Can you beat my score? Try this Black Belt Workout

I believe part of living the Black Belt Way is to maintain a high level of health. This requires you to do something consistently to UPlevel some aspect of your body. I like challenges and here is one I would like to share with you.

Do this fitness test and let me know what your score is. If you beat me, I have a very special gift for you. Go for it!

Here is how it goes.

1 minute of burpees – your must jump off the ground for each one.

1 minute rest

1 minute of super planks – 6 step process = 1. Elbow, elbow, knee, knee, hand, hand – see the video.

1 minute rest

1 minute of sit ups – your hands must touch the floor and then your heel

1 minute rest

1 minute of push ups

1 minute rest

1 minute squats – must touch chair

Take your total score and add it to your age and that is your total score.

This video is sped up to 2x. Enjoy!

Sam

Live the Black Belt Way

 

 

US Marine Shares his story and struggles

22 veterans commit suicide everyday!
I was in a Super Kicks Karate staff class the other day and someone asked me if I had been tagged in the 22 pushup challenge yet. I hadn’t been tagged but I began to think about how I could help bring awareness to the fact that 22 veterans commit suicide every day.
In my mind, 22 is just too many – one would be too many.
I wanted to find out how we could help so I interviewed Sergeant Dolly of the United States Marines who is a two time purple heart recipient.
The purple heart award is given in the name of the President of the United States and is awarded for anyone wounded or killed in battle.
Sergeant Dolley has an incredible story. He has found over a dozen land mines (including stepping on one himself) during his time overseas. He has also personally dealt with the struggles of having four friends who were veterans commit suicide.
Matthew Vinny Dolley credits the organization Charlotte Bridge Home for helping him get settled back into civilian life. You can see the work they do and get involved at http://www.charlottebridgehome.org.
Everytime you share this video Super Kicks Karate Ballantyne will donate $5 per share up to $1000 to Charlotte Bridge Home.
Share this and let’s get the word out on how we can all help veterans who are struggling.
To black belt and beyond!
Sam Wegert
Living the Black Belt Way

 

 

 

Martial arts is recommended by Psychology Today and the U.S. Military Academy

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Great article written about me and my schools. This tells a little bit of my story and how much martial arts helped me. It is also a great testament to how many people have supported me along the way especially my mother. I am very grateful.

It is commonly known that children do better with high self-confidence. With it, kids get better grades, excel in athletics and after-school activities, attract more friends, become leaders and do well on the job. In short, they are successful in life!

For many parents and youngsters, though, the road to high self-confidence is filled with potholes.

 

How many times have you heard your child say….

  • “I’m not any good at sports – I’m never allowed to play!”
  • “I can’t do this homework assignment – I just don’t understand it…”
  • “I’ll never get my grades up…”
  • “I’m just not very smart…”
  • “I’ll never be as good as…” – even though you know that they’re so talented!

Or….have you ever heard your child downplay his or her abilities or refuse to engage in new activities?

It’s something that nearly every parent has experienced.

What can you do to help your child overcome these obstacles?

The key is to get your child involved in an activity where he / she can succeed. It could be dance lessons, a sport, music or another activity.

Many parents have found that martial arts is an after-school activity that not only does their child enjoy, but also builds their confidence. Kids love it because it’s fun – but what’s really happening is they are building confidence, getting in shape and acquiring life skills!

In martial arts, everyone participates. And it’s OK if your child doesn’t get a move right the first time. What matters – and what our instructors emphasize – is that they do the best they can.

Martial arts is also very effective at building character and self-control in your child – as students learn how to defend themselves in any situation. Super Kicks Karate, a martial arts academy in Charlotte, NC, goes even farther in helping develop self-discipline by handing out chore charts and having kids hand in report cards to ensure they do their very best in school, keep up with their chores, show respect to their parents and act with integrity.

Dr. Ruth Peters, a world-renowned child psychologist featured on the Oprah Show, CNN News, Good Morning America and other national media outlets, said, “I recommend sending children to a good martial arts school to increase their focus, to get them to concentrate better, and to gain more self-control.” [1]

A research paper published by the U.S. Military Academy says that it helps people control their negative emotions, such as fear, doubt and anger, which frequently carries over to everyday life. [2]

Psychology Today agrees. “Carleton University found that children in martial arts have a lower level of anxiety; an increased sense of responsibility; a decrease in the willingness to take foolish risks; a higher sense of self-esteem; and a higher level of social intelligence (January 1985 Edition).

How does martial arts build confidence?

There’s far more to martial arts than just kicks & punches. It teaches your youngsters how to deal with stress, failure, adversity, setbacks and develop their talents in a whole new way – and build valuable life kills.

Sam Wegert, a professional martial arts instructor in Charlotte, has successfully worked with over 1,500 kids, teens & adults. And he explains the many ways that martial arts helps build self-confidence.

“Karate helps students work their muscles together in new and exciting ways.”

“A lot of times, kids get discouraged and don’t try new things because school teaches them that failure is not OK. But we tell kids that it’s OK if you don’t get a move right the first time – as long as they keep doing their best.”

“They also remain calm under pressure, even in life or death situations and can stand their ground when they get bullied. It also helps them handle stressful situations more easily.”

“Parents also notice a huge difference in conversations with new people. They start to say “Yes, sir”, “Yes, Maam”, look people in the eye, model and emulate their confident posture and carry on a conversation with their peers. As their confidence improves, they begin to stand up straighter, look at strangers in the eye, stand up for themselves when picked on (which causes bullies to respect them a lot more), etc.”

They also begin to work harder academically. “We reward kids for hard work, setting goals for themselves and doing their very best in school. Teachers are very happy because our students become more attentive in class.”

In addition to this, it helps kids overcome their fears. “Many kids have very deep fears about trying new things, while downplaying their abilities. We continually encourage them to do their best and tell them it’s OK if they don’t get a move right the first time. The result is that they see these challenges in a whole new light and it plays a huge role in helping them overcome their fears.”

Most importantly, martial arts build character. “Students train with both older students and instructors who serve as excellent role models to the younger students. The entire atmosphere in our academy is one of strength and honor.”

25-year old Sam Wegert, the founder of Super Kicks Karate in Ballantyne, has witnessed the transformative power of martial arts in his own life.

“When I was 12 years old, I was surrounded by good role models. I wasn’t drinking or smoking, although I did have a number of challenges. I had a lot of difficulty looking someone in the eye, introducing myself to people I didn’t know, and trying new things – I would sometimes get so concerned about doing things the right way that I would be afraid to try new things.”

“Also, I felt like I didn’t really fit in. I had big goals – I wanted to be the President of the United States as a kid. Later on, I told people I wanted to be a millionaire. Sometimes, I would get criticized because people thought my dreams were crazy and that I could never do it. As a result, I would sometimes get discouraged instead of pursuing my passions.”

His mother, MariLou Wegert, indicated Sam was well-behaved, although he did struggle with self-control. “When he was playing soccer for a recreational club in Amherst, he was so aggressive that his two front teeth were knocked out were knocked out on the first day of practice. Not long after that, he broke his wrist being too aggressive on the snowboard.”

So she enrolled Sam in 3 martial arts lessons after being impressed with a sharp young martial arts instructor she met while working at the local library.

“He was incredibly respectful, well-groomed and friendly and thought he would be a good role model for Sam. When I realized that martial arts isn’t all about just kicks & punches, but also builds valuable life skills & character, I signed Sam up for martial arts classes.”

“When he walked into his first class, he actually trembled – his body shaking as they put on his uniform. Afterward, he said to me, “Mom, I don’t want to go back there ever again!”

“But I insisted that he go back, because I had already signed up for three classes and he willingly stuck it out.”

“By his third class, though, his attitude toward martial arts started to change, and with that, the beginning of a life-long passion and career.”

MariLou Wegert recounts, “He used to come home at 11 p.m. after class, practicing his moves with the back porch lights on outside. He was hooked.”

“Those classes caused him to mature at a rapid rate. He started introducing himself confidently to strangers and looking them in the eye, stood up straighter, and didn’t take it personally when he made a mistake.

“It led to him becoming more independent (moving out of the house at age 15) and wise beyond his years. We have a very close relationship and he’s incredibly polite and respectful as well.”

“I learned that it’s OK to fail – as long as I get back up and improve, and do my absolute best. That really transformed my confidence. I started to realize that I am capable of so much more than I originally thought – as long as I keep working hard, persevere and learn from my mistakes. We teach those same things to our students.”

“It also helped me with meeting new people. When I was younger, I had difficulty introducing myself to people I don’t know and was very shy. Now, I feel like I can strike up a conversation with anyone – and my Mom would say I’m one of the most outgoing people she knows.”

“Another thing my instructors taught me to do is to practice a move 1,000 times. Once I mastered it and received the “Perseverance” patch, my confidence improved greatly. We do similar things with our students.”

High self-confidence led to Sam Wegert becoming one of the youngest chief instructors in the United States and growing his first martial arts school into one of the fastest growing schools in the United States, earning “School of the Year” by the American Freestyle Karate Association.”

“This would not be possible without the confidence that my instructors helped me develop.”

Now, Sam Wegert is using Super Kicks Karate as a way to give back to the community. He is focused on helping kids develop more confidence – so they do their very best in school, become leaders and make a difference in their communities.

“We’ve seen some inspiring transformations at our academy, says Sam. “We had one parent that recently moved into the Charlotte area and enrolled her daughter here at Super Kicks. As a result of her daughter’s growth in confidence, she won the “Courage Award” at her school for meeting new friends and attempting the extra credit problems on her test.”

“Another parent from Ballantyne, Kristin C., enrolled her 4-year old son at Super Kicks Karate. Soon after, she reported that he started picking up his toys without being asked. She was amazed at the transformation!”

“We often enroll shy kids unable to talk to adults or look them in the eyes. Through our program, they transform into young adults who can easily carry on conversations with people they don’t know.”

Super Kicks Karate offers a free month of classes, so you can experience the many ways that martial arts helps kids build confidence.

During the free month, your child will be taught life skills, in addition to learning kids and punches:

Your child will get to break boards and use other cool weapons, as well as experience a fun workout!

Your child will also be taught self-discipline, and it’s reinforced with chore charts. We’ll reward your child for making his / her bed, doing chores, putting dishes away after done eating, putting clothes away and brushing teeth at the end of each day.”

Thirdly, we’ll focus on character development. Your child will be encouraged to treat you with respect, get along with siblings, treat teachers at school, other classmates and older people with respect, say “Yes, Sir” and “No Maam” and sit still in class, without getting distracted.”

Finally, we’ll help your child speak loudly and clearly, look someone in the eye, and feel comfortable meeting new people.

Kicks and punches only scratches the surface of what your child can learn at our academy!

The one month trial is a valuable way for you to bring your kids to several classes, get acquainted with our instructors, experience the sport and have tons of fun. You can even get a great workout with your youngster! Many parents have enrolled with their child for a great family bonding experience.

Many parents, after taking their kids to classes at Super Kicks, find that their kids have so much fun that they can’t wait to come back to the next one!

There’s no pressure to sign a contract. And if you decide that it’s not right for you, your kids are always welcome to come back to Super Kicks Karate.

We’d love to meet you and your family! To sign up for a free private lesson, as well as 1 free month free classes, click here.

Sources:

  1. http://www.westpoint.edu/cfe/Literature/Shireman_10.pdf
  2. http://www.fearknot-martialarts.com/Ten%20Tips%20for%20Working%20With%20ADHD.pdf

5 reasons to stretch for 5 minutes

Face it! 5 minutes is easy to find if you are committed. If you could lower your stress, dismiss toxic acid from your body, build your family bond even stronger, and dramatically reduce the resistance in your body would you find those 5 minutes.

We think you should. Mr. Robert Turner is a 4th degree black belt, world champion martial artist and program director at our school in Charlottesville, VA. Him and I will share why we think you should stretch for 5 minutes every day.

Serving you through martial arts,

Sam Wegert

 

3 things I learned from my martial arts instructor…and what you should look for in one.

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I am going to assume that you are looking for a martial arts instructor. Should you be? Well, only you really know the answer to that question but I would highly recommend it and perhaps after this article you will be more inclined to invest in one. Having an instructor like I had growing up can change your life and for me it changed not only my life but thousands of others.  I’m only 25 so that number is going to grow. That is unless I get mugged in a dark alley sometime soon – again not likely to happen seeing that I DID have a martial arts instructor.

My instructor, Master David Clements, is a 5th degree black belt in American Freestyle Karate and is ranked in a million other styles (always good to exaggerate a little when talking about someone who changed your whole life). He was truly a godsend to me in so many ways; in many ways he probably doesn’t realize. This article is meant to help him realize that and also hopefully help you realize a little bit what you should look for in the people you allow to influence you or your kids.

Master Clements, as we called him, made a business decision to open a beautiful 6000 square foot studio in a town of 2000 people. It was a very optimistic decision.  To give you perspective, I now own a martial arts school that is 2500 square feet in a town of 2.5 million and growing. But I truly believe he was there to give me a future, and that God had a divine appointment for me when I walked in his door and my mom made me enroll even though I was scared out of my mind and literally cried my first class (give me some grace though – I was only 10).

My instructor taught me many things and I would like to share three of them with you right now.

  1. Do the right thing….always!                                        
  2. Family is important
  3. Relax.

 

Do the right thing.

This one sounds so simple but the truth is, it isn’t. It just isn’t. Our brain gets in our way and wants to rationalize this, and give you leeway in that. Look – it’s simple – there is a right, and there is a wrong. Stop ‘thinking about it’ and make the call that would be in line with character. Now, I’m not so blind to realize there aren’t some decisions that are more complicated than that, but most of the time we make it more complicated than it is worth.

Master Clements taught me this over and over again! It was drilled into who I was as his student.

One time he had a student who enrolled and then came back in that very day and asked for their money back. They knew there was a no refund policy but the right thing was to just go ahead and give them their money back. He did it even though he had the ‘legal’ backing to not go through with it.

He was always firm on doing the right thing by each person and for him that meant asking ‘what would be best for the other person?’ and not only himself.

 

Family is important

I had the opportunity to attend the funeral for my instructor’s mom. She was an amazing woman and the caretaker of the karate school I grew up in. She was the one responsible for calling me the day I played hookie from karate and scolded me gently and asked me when my next class was. I didn’t skip class again.

My instructor, Master Clements, had a thing about spending time with and committing to family. It isn’t something you see a lot of these days (how many of us even have family meals together anymore, I mean really?)

One of my friends has a tattoo that says ‘love is spelled t-i-m-e’. Master Clements knew this and was always there to make his family the most important. He didn’t mind driving either. If there was an event or a family member (and a lot of times his students became like adopted family to him) that was in need he was there. This taught me a lot about the importance of relationships in your life.

I’ve learned that relationships really matter – more than adventure, more than money. Think about it – the last time you had an epic adventure by yourself – the story afterwards was just never as cool or exciting as you would have hoped. And let’s be really real – making money is amazing but no one in their heart wants to be the richest man in the world and completely alone. Relationships are important. Um, really important. Invest in them.

Another mentor always told me – ‘Sam, anything you want is just a relationship away.’ I’ve found that to be pretty true in my life.

Mr. Clements taught me this and modeled it so well with his family. He was always there for his mom and even committed to support her later in life. He paid a monthly sum to support her until she passed on. In a day and age where most people are trying to ‘get rid’ of their parents this spoke a new language and gave me a new foundation on how to look at family.

 

Relax

Ok, for those of you who know me, this is definitely not the one I model the best. There are so many people who can relax better than I can. If I’m not sleeping (for the 5 hours average I seem to get each night) than I am busy – busy with something or someone. I like this but there is just that time when you need to tell your somewhat overbusy and perhaps slightly annoying self to slow down and relax.

Master Clements modeled this. He would kick back – throw his shoes up on the desk and actually have a real conversation with you. You know, one of those conversations that last longer than 2 minutes and ends with ‘I’ve got to go but good to talk with you’. (wow, I think I’m convicting myself here) For a 10 year old boy trying to find his way in the world and trying to be different this was the most important thing anyone could have done for me.

Studies show that children who simply have someone in their life they can talk to, who actually, truly cares, are much more likely to stay out of trouble and create a meaningful life. Translation – you can help create meaning in the world simply by caring and talking to someone. Yes – YOU. Even if you don’t know or have all the answers, or even if it’s been a very long time since you have been a teenager.

Share and care. Perhaps that is the message of this post. The real message is a heartfelt ‘thank you’ and ‘happy birthday’ to one of the people who inspired me to UpLevel my life in so many ways.

I am forever grateful.

Thank you sir.

Your student,

Sam Wegert

4th Degree Black Belt

 

 

The three things you never do while helicopter skiing…even if you are a 4th degree black belt.

20160315_150452The three things you never do while helicopter skiing…even if you are a 4th degree black belt.

  1. Never ski alone
  2. Follow your guide
  3. Never – never eat 4 and a half sandwiches before going for round two

I just returned from one of the most epic bucket list items I have ever done – for three days I skied down some of the most beautiful slopes in the world after being dropped off at the top of a mountain by a helicopter in pure white powder.

It was spiritual, fun, exhilarating, and epic.

Here are three things you should never do when you go cross this off your bucket list too (um, because this obviously should be on everyone’s bucket list)

  1. Never ski alone. I wanted to venture off into the unknown and ‘stray’ a little bit. Don’t do it – it’s not safe and there are things called avalanches out there. My analogy in life is this – get a buddy, like right now, get a buddy for something you are doing together. If you want to get better or complete anything – it’s proven – you will get there faster and more consistently if you have a buddy. Want to be able to say you are a black belt? Get a buddy. Want to lose 10 pounds? Get a buddy. Want to improve your performance at work? Get a buddy.

One of the best decisions I ever made was to get an accountability partner for how I feel each and every day (you know you are in control of this, right?) We check in on how we managed guiding our emotional states that day, how we felt, and what got in the way of our being able to live freaking fantastically. Best decision ever!

  1. Follow your guide. Your guide knows this mountain. He is trained to look out for stuff that could kill you – not that you are really worried about this stuff. If you are like one of my friends that was in my group, you don’t really care about this at all and want to jump off every cornice or cliff you see. You might normally think this is me, but this time it was someone twice my age – a true adrenaline junkie. He even took a 30 foot cliff jump and we got it on film. Sick!

My point is this – you’ve got to have something guiding you in life. A mentor, a coach, a leader, someone you respect and admire, and who you know has your best interests in mind. One of the best decisions I ever made was to join a group called GoBundance. They are a tribe of wealthy, generous men who choose to live epic lives. Check it out – you should join – they literally guide you to success and living the values of: 1. Age Defying Health. 2. Bucket List Adventures (heli-skiing – checked!) 3. Real Relationships 4. Horizontal Income (that by the way is making money while you lay down – pretty cool eh) and 5. Genuine Contribution.

I have always had martial arts instructors who help lead me in the right direction. Grand Master Lawrence Arthur and Master David Clements have had enormous impact on my life and I am forever grateful. Let’s stop talking about this – go find a guide.

  1. Never, NEVER eat 4.5 sandwiches before you go out skiing for round 2. So this one I learned from personal experience. See – it’s just that when you come back from the first part of the day you are so friggin’ hungry and you really want to eat a lot, and you do, and when you do, you feel like crap as you try to keep up with your partner and guide. It’s the worst, and you feel bad.

Look – we all know what is bad for us, and we usually eat it and do it anyway. The challenge is this – stop thinking about how pleasurable the experience is when you are doing/eating it. Start thinking about the PAIN that will ensue afterwards. If that is still not enough from getting you to stop or quit something that is terrible for you, then use your guide and your partner to hold you accountable. If that is not enough, then I’d say you are lost beyond all hope.

Only kidding, of course.

Following through is the biggest key to anything. If you want to lose weight – follow through. If you want to become better at kicking, then you must follow through and practice. What I have found is that we know what to do, so stop learning more about the issue – apply some follow through like yesterday! Nike says it best ‘just do it’.

I am honored to spend time with such an amazing group of guys on this trip. I wish GoBundance all the success in the world. You guys have truly change my life forever. Seriously though – I am most inspired by the heart of this group.

And as always – I couldn’t do anything I do without my amazing group of family, friends, teams, and mentors that literally change the world each day they wake up…for real. It’s crazy and they are amazing!

To Black Belt and Beyond.

Sam Wegert

4th Degree Black Belt

Why Choose SuperKicks Karate?

Miss Wyoming United States 2012, Mary David, gives her thoughts on what makes SuperKicks Karate not just “another” martial arts school.