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Word of the Month – Confidence


Week 2

“If you hear a voice within you say “you cannot paint,” then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced..”
Vincent Van Gogh, Dutch Post-Impressionist painter

Confidence for Adults

Whenever that little voice in your head says, “Can’t,” resist with the focus and discipline of a martial artist. Most of your goals, dreams, and aspirations are possible, although that voice tries to convince you otherwise. Ultimately, you make the decision to be an “ I can’t” or an “I can.” Have confidence in your abilities and you will always be an “I can” and an “I did.” Many middle-aged single mothers who returned to college to complete their degrees initially thought it was impossible. They found the confidence in themselves, however, to sidestep their doubt, focus on their goal, and reap the rewards. Continue to develop your confidence, so regardless of how loud the voice may become, your confidence and accomplishments will silence it.

Confidence for Kids

Sometimes, you are the greatest obstacle to your goals. That little voice in your head tells you it can’t be done. Use the focus and discipline of your martial arts training to silence that voice. Focus your confidence on your goal or task. You will achieve it. You can master a really cool jump spin kick. Tell yourself “I can,” and then jump and kick with confidence. You can be a straight “A” student. Tell yourself, “I am smart enough to reach that goal.” Listen to your voice of confidence. It will guide you to your goals.

Action For This Week

  • What goal did you accomplish that, at first, you thought was impossible?
  • How did it make you feel when you were successful?


~ C. Matthew White, Renshi and Crabapple Martial Arts Academy has been selected as one of the nation’s #1 martial arts schools for SIX YEARS IN A ROW by the American Budokai International!

Founded in 2013 by Mr. C. Matthew White a 5th degree Black Belt in Karate and 5th degree Black Belt in Jiu-Jitsu, and Master Instructor, Crabapple Martial Arts and Karate lessons for pre-school children ages 4-6 and elementary age kids ages 7 and up are designed to develop the critical building blocks kids need – specialized for their age group – for school excellence and later success in life.

Crabapple Martial Arts Adult Karate training is a complete adult fitness and conditioning program for adults who want to lose weight, get (and stay in shape) or learn self-defense in a supportive environment.

Instructors can answer questions or be contacted 24 hours or the day, 7 days a week at, or call directly at 770-645-0930. You can also visit our website at

About C. Matthew White, Renshi:  Matt is a fifth-degree black belt in a traditional Japanese and Okinawan Martial Arts – Shuri Ryu Karatedo and also a fifth-degree black belt in Japanese Jiu-Jitsu – Shintoyoshin Kai Jiu-Jitsu, and is a master instructor with a title of Renshi, which means Scholar in Japanese.  He has a bachelor’s degree in Exercise and Sports Physiology. He has been training and teaching martial arts for over 27 years and has owned Crabapple Martial Arts Academy since 2013. Renshi White is a motivational speaker and educator and teaches seminars in bullying, business, and martial arts training, around the world.

Crabapple Martial Arts Academy Headquarters is in Alpharetta, Georgia at 12315 Crabapple Road., Suite 124, Alpharetta GA 30004.