WOW 2014 is almost here!  Oh, my how the time has flow by!  What began as the Knox County YMCA martial arts program back in the early 2000's has now moved into a spacious 3600 sq foot training center!  We are still a work in progress at the new location, 1960 North Henderson Street (Next to Happy Joe's!).

We can't thank all of our supporters enough!  There have been many bumps in the road, mistakes and adversity to deal with but the main thing we try to remember is that we persevered.  In 2014 Galesburg Academy of Martial Arts will celebrate our 10th anniversary serving Galesburg, Knoxville, Monmouth and Abingdon with quality martial arts defense programs taught by caring and qualified instructors!  We are excited about the future!  There will be expanded programs, new programs, exercise equipment rooms and many more things to come! 

GAMA has promoted 10 individuals to black belt level.  We are proud of all of those who achieved this very distinct goal.  ALL of our students are on the right path to achieve black belt!  That's right, ALL of our students have what it takes to achieve black belt!  What does it take?  Time, practice, dedication, motivation, self confidence, discipline are just some of the ingredients that go into making a black belt.  Black belts are earned over night but rather over time.  We used to have a saying at GAMA "Black belt is the GOAL".  But, we are changing that immediately!  Our new philosophy is "BLACK BELT AND BEYOND!".  Some of you may wonder why the change or why the need to change it.  Let me explain!  Our black belts are good students, many are on honor roll at their school or college!  Our black belts are pursuing continuing education!  2 of our black belts are currently attending college, one of those two is at medical school!  Our black belts are good citizens!  Our black belts have helped our school raise thousands the American Cancer Society, hundreds of pounds of food for the FISH Food Pantry!  You see, black belts just have a tendency to continue a life filled with excellence in so many areas!

Learning never ends!  So, if you are a GAMA black belt it's time to focus on new goals, perhaps achieving your next dan rank!  If you are a color belt, it's time to rededicate yourself to the goal of black belt and beyond!  Don't limit your goals to what most can achieve!  Raise the bar, raise the expectations, raise the standard!

Please remember that a new program schedule takes effect in January and that the studio will be closed on December 24th, 25th, 31st and January 1st!

We want to wish everyone a very Happy Holiday and A New Year!

Master Aaron



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