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Meet Our Instructors! Introducing Mr. Adam Tate!

Posted: March 16, 2017

In January 2014, Adam started Taekwando lessons. He was 14 at the time. This was only the beginning and Adam was hooked! For 3-5 days a week Adam would be in class, dedicated to learning more.

He loves to do Taekwando and has moved up levels very quickly. In October of 2016, Adam earned his black belt, and earned the title of Mr. Tate! We are very proud of him and all that he has accomplished.

Earning his black belt wasn’t the end for him. He has the drive and determination to keep going and one day he wants to own his own studio. Even now, Mr. Tate still goes to classes every day, he helps instruct and is even working towards his 2nd degree black belt. Besides this he also trains for Krav Maga twice a week at the same studio.

The Value of Humility as A Leader: A Mastership Thesis by Master Travis Dillow

Posted: February 17, 2017


Humility is the one of those topics in leadership that very few people really like to talk about. In fact it is probably one of the strangest—or rather complex characteristics of a leader. I believe that every leader should have a certain level of humility as it is really defined, but at the same time, the misconception of humility when put into practice by a leader can cripple his or her leadership. Humility is not the act of feeling poorly about one’s self; in fact it is not even the act of thinking bad about yourself, your skills, or your abilities. Well-intentioned leaders who think they are developing a stellar character trait as a leader often practice this type of false humility or misconceived humility. Humility is however, the quality of being modest, reverential, even obsequiously submissive, and never being arrogant. When leaders try to shape their leadership personality under the false definition of humility, it takes away one of the core principles that a leader needs to show to his or her team: confidence. Let’s break down this definition a bit, and talk through each of the points in the above definition to help us get a greater perspective on humility in leadership.

Being modest: Modesty is not weakness. Often times, leaders mistake being modest for being weak, but that is never the case. In fact, some of the most powerful leaders in history have been really modest men or women. Modest simply means to be unassuming in the estimation of your achievements or abilities. This is the leader who does not assume a right or position just because of what he or she has accomplished in the past, or believes he or she can accomplish in the future. You will recognize a modest leader when you see them; they are someone who has a general track record of under promising and over delivering. This is a leader who does have an understanding that he or she possesses the abilities to make things happen, achieve great things, and bring vision to fruition. But more than all of that, this leader knows that it is going to take hard work, dedication, and discipline to accomplish anything. A modest leader knows that he didn’t get where he is by simply knowing everything, but by putting in the time to learn as he goes.

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