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"My daughter is a very outgoing child full of determination, however, it took her a while to warm up to people. Now she's not scared to talk to new children, she opens up to them with ease because her confidence has been reinforced. Earthway doesn't just teach the children how to defend themselves, I believe the teachers here teach the children how to BE themselves as well. They always find ways to incorporate important characteristics such as respect and responsibility when teaching their students. I am grateful for such great teachers of a great art. They have made a great addition to the area and I hope to see them there for years to come!

Hope you get a hundred more, you guys are awesome!"

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"The Earthway program goes above and beyond in what it offers participants: not only excellent instruction in the martial art by instructors who have given the highest level of commitments to quality programming, but also in the breadth of knowledge that is offered to the students on all subjects from emotional health, social health, self defense, self esteem, and beyond. My family has participated in the program for over two years, and they have learned and excelled in skill development and in taking responsibility for themselves. I highly recommend this program!"

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"Earthway has a great program! The confidence my son has gained from going here has been amazing. He also has better focus, self control and many other good lessons. The instructors care so much about the child as a whole. They support the kids in their endeavors outside the dojo as well. If you are looking to try someplace new, it is definitely worth a visit!"

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"My son has improved so much since starting this program! His coordination is better, but more importantly he is more focused, listens better, and is better disciplined. He looks forward to going and he talks to everyone about it. His little brother is dying to join in!"

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I am so grateful for the Earthway program! My son gets so excited when it's time to go and they have helped him improve so quickly in many areas! They educate the whole child, including discipline, respect, responsibility, and much more... Not just the physical aspects of the sport. The instructors are phenomenal and care so much about the students! I highly recommend this program!

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"This program at Earthway has helped my daughter greatly with self esteem, she counts down the days until the next class. The instructors care about the child and it shows with the happy faces on each student. You would love this place!"

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"Our son has repeatedly experienced issues at school due to his shyness and lack of self confidence. Although he never had difficulty with children his own age, he was nearly unable to interact with his teacher or children much older than himself, and this was leading to a lack of focus and some minor behavioral issues. Some of the shyness issues have been repeatedly addressed at parent-teacher conferences; the teacher couldn't understand why a child who had such high marks would NOT speak to her at school. We also had several discussions with him to try to help him break down whatever barrier seemed to be hindering his ability to speak to older people. We couldn't figure out what was affecting our highly intelligent, friendly little boy!
Since we started Taijutsu at Earthway Dojo, I've actually received phone calls from his teacher congratulating us on bringing him out of his shell and on his renewed ability to interact in the classroom. His ability to focus has been improved hugely, and he just seems to stand taller overall, often having only the smallest hesitation when speaking to people older than himself. I cannot stress enough the amazing impact we've seen on our son's self confidence and shyness, and it's only been about three months!"

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"We found out about Earthway Martial Arts by accident. I was talking to a friend and she mentioned her son had started with this new place in Coal City. Being very active and athletic parents, we had never really given martial arts consideration, but we knew we wanted our sons to participate in numerous activities. We tried other activities and those were a nightmare. Our oldest, Braydon (4), would just scream, cry, and carry on. It was very embarrassing to see him throw such a fit when all we wanted him to do was participate. Well, our friend seemed very enthusiastic about this martial arts thing, so we decided to give it a try. The first class was ROUGH. Braydon didn't want to have anything to do with it. Markk and Brittany could see his hesitation right off the bat. They were incredibly patient with him and encouraged him, but didn't push him. They were also incredibly patient with us. Through the first few weeks, Braydon would cling to us for dear life. Now, in other activities, we were just looked at like, "Really, can't you just MAKE him do this." This was so frustrating. Well, after multiple attempts to get him to participate, it took me actually doing the exercises with Braydon, which Markk and Brittany didn't seem to mind, and then he felt confident enough to do it himself. In just a few months, Braydon's confidence has grown so much that he runs into class with a smile on his face, and can't wait to participate; often times, he tries to do too much. smile However, that enthusiasm and excitement didn't come right away. It took time, and Markk and Brittany were willing to take the time and ensure us that he would come around and he would be successful. Sure enough, they were right. Now, our son has a great deal of confidence. He has even spoken out in support of others that may not always be included, and we see him trying to make good decisions. We even catch him stopping to think about what he's doing and whether or not it's a good decision to make. He speaks often of things Markk and Brittany have taught about in class.

On the other hand, our youngest and very outgoing, not-so-shy son, Landon (2) who can't participate yet, can't wait to start. Thankfully, there was a 2 and under class offered. Every morning Landon would wake up and ask us if he had class today. In just a short few months, his participation will become a reality. We can't wait to see what participating is going to do for him.

I have also started training with Markk and Brittany. I wasn't sure what to expect at first, but let me tell you, I'M HOOKED. I find myself always wanting to go to class and not wanting to leave when it's over. Markk and Brittany really bring the reality of, "This is when you will use this in real life," into the training. They have an amazing dynamic and it really draws you into their world.

Earthway Martial Arts has been such a blessing to us. Whether it's building our sons' confidences or helping me understand how to gain more control over my own safety, Earthway Martial Arts is there. I couldn't imagine placing the safety of my family in the hands of anyone else. "