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May 20, 2016

Fri, May 27 2016
Celebrasian Festival
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Sat, May 28 2016
Saturday Specialty Classes: Kicking Class
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3 Activities to Teach Respect

As a parent, you are probably well aware of the differences between telling your child something versus showing them. Children learn best by doing. This doesn’t mean oral communication is out the door, but providing visual or hands-on activities for your children helps reinforce concepts and creates a deeper understanding. The concept of respect can be difficult for children to grasp, so we’ve compiled a few fun activities you can participate in with your child to help teach them how to be respectful.

Black Belt Photos Online

Check out the first set of Black Belt Extravaganza photos! Go to to view and purchase any photos. Photos can be purchased directly from the photographer, Christopher Maharry.

Teaching Your Kids to Rise Above Bullying

At Farrell’s U.S. Martial Arts, we follow the Tenets of Taekwondo. These are values we work to instill in our students both inside and outside of the dojang (school). One of these values is “indomitable spirit.” What does indomitable spirit mean? Simply stated, to rise above and persevere. Our world can be cruel and unjust, judgmental and biased, vindictive and scary. We see all-too-often instances of bullying played out on social media and heard through the school grapevine. As a parent, it’s our responsibility to teach our children how to handle themselves in any situation – how to be resilient. Of course, we would all hope our children will never have to deal with a bully, but life happens and we can’t control that. We can, however, teach our children how to accept it and rise above.

Activities to Boost Hand-Eye Coordination

We all know the obvious reasons for good hand-eye coordination such as helping children catch a ball or hit a golf ball; however, did you know there are other, non-sports related benefits to having good hand-eye coordination?

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Ryan Bishop PhotoRyan Bishop, Head Waukee Instructor

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Instructor Since: 2008
Why Taekwondo: Taekwondo is not all about kicking and punching. I think of Taekwondo on more of the values that are taught here at Farrell’s such as self-discipline for your own actions, respect to everyone that you see and the perseverance one takes through practice of Martial Arts which is why I am blessed to be a part of something so special!

Master Bishop has lived in Des Moines, IA his whole life and couldn’t be in a happier place. His family put him in Farrell’s when he was just seven years old back in August of 1998 and he is very thankful of his mother and grandmother for putting him in something that he truly loves to do every day! Being a part of my students’ lives six days a week makes every day unique and also challenging for me but couldn’t be any happier anywhere else! In Master Bishop’s spare time, he loves to teach cardio kickboxing classes also located at Farrell’s, going to the gym as often as he can, going disc golfing and also loves weather, especially thunderstorms!




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