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Some Real Truth about Self-Esteem…

So as one of out students’ parents said to us recently:

“Ibu has increased in self-confidence, especially when pursuing goals” Tina Brooks

If you got to watch the Self-Esteem Success Training Part I or Self-Esteem Success Training Part II  there are a lot of misconceptions about developing self-esteem. 

Some of these misconceptions can really damage our kids’ confidence!

One of the myths of building self esteem is that affirmations work… well they DO, sort of – so it’s only partially a myth I guess. They work if you’re affirming what we already believe. In other words, if you affirm something I don’t believe is true like… “Hey you look great!” and I feel like I look lousy… well then, that affirmation makes me feel worse NOT better.

If, however, it’s something I also believe… for example as I make achievements getting closer to my goals… IT WORKS GREAT!

Our martial arts example is each class, and each 2 month “semester” we set goals for students (sometimes these are “karate belts” sometimes other goals) and when they achieve these visible clear goals on their way to a bigger goal (Black Belt or higher), it’s easy for parents – and themselves – to affirm how wonderfully they are doing…

Because They TRULY ARE Doing Great…

Self-Esteem (positive Self-Esteem = Confidence – the kind we want to build) is built when we are genuinely improving and we can see it… adding affirming statements on at this point multiplies this growth exponentially!






Ch. Master Nominee Greg Moody, Ph.D.

P.S. Here is Part One of the Self-Esteem Training:


P.P.S. Here is Part Two of the Self-Esteem Training:


P.P.P.S. My favorite halloween character is Herman Munster… If any of you get a photo in a costume with him send it to us! and KarateBuilt Martial Arts have been selected the nation’s #1 martial arts schools for EIGHT YEARS IN A ROW!

Founded in 1995 by Dr. Greg Moody an 8th degree Black Belt and Chief Master Instructor, KarateBuilt Martial Arts and Karate lessons for pre-school children ages 3-6 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.

KarateBuilt 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 866-311-1032 for one of our nationwide locations. You can also visit our website at

About Dr. Greg Moody:  Greg is an eighth-degree black belt and chief master instructor.  He has a Ph.D. in Special Education from Arizona State University (along with a Master’s Degree in Counseling and a Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering – he actually is a rocket scientist). He has been teaching martial arts for over 25 years and has owned eight martial arts schools in Arizona and California. Chief Master Moody is a motivational speaker and educator and teaches seminars in bullying, business, and martial arts training, around the world. See more at

The KarateBuilt Martial Arts Headquarters is in Cave Creek, Arizona at 29850 N. Tatum Blvd., Suite 105, Cave Creek AZ 85331. You can locate the Chief Instructor, Master Laura Sanborn there directly at ‭(480) 575-8171‬. KarateBuilt Martial Arts serves Cave Creek, Carefree, Scottsdale, and Paradise Valley Arizona as well and Grand Rapids, MI.

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