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Self Defense | Week 2 | Optimism

January 10th, 2022


According to Henry Ford, “Whether you think you can or you can’t, you’re right.” To become a Black Belt is not an easy thing to do and as you aim to be a higher-ranking Black Belt it becomes even more difficult. When leading and instructing Black Belt training for students who are preparing for their test, Henry Ford’s quote always come to mind. The students who typically have a positive and optimistic mindset tend to find success in their quest to become and achieve Black Belt Excellence. 

It is not a surprise to see students succeeding when making efforts to attain their next rank when possessing habits of a positive and optimistic mindset. Instead of wasting their time finding ways they cannot do something they are using their time wisely in finding ways on how they can overcome challenges and obstacles that come in front of them.  This sense of optimism leads to many creative ideas assisting them in moving towards the right directions. More importantly the training becomes more enjoyable, memorable and meaningful.   

Optimism means to have hope, confidence and a positive attitude. For some this is not easy to do but I do encourage you to begin creating this habit of optimism, especially when times become difficult. In developing an optimistic mindset here are a few things to consider:   

  1. Focus on solutions not on problems.   
  2. Minimize the negative when realistic to do so 
  3. Celebrate small victories  
  4. Have an Attitude of Gratitude 
  5. Surround yourself with optimist  

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UAMA Announcements

Professional Karate Photos

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Sign Up for your professional Martial Arts Photo.

January 29th @ UAMA

We encourage everyone to sign up to a time slot using the link below. There is no purchase necessary, and everyone that takes a picture will be added to our studio poster.

When you register, click the location, UAMA2022 and the available times will show. If we need more times, more will be added.

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Flight 52 Black Belt Show

Come and join United Academy as Flight 52 completes their Black Test at the Black Belt Show January 29th. There will be performances by Flight 52, our Demonstration Team, and others.

January 23rd @ 5:30 PM

Downtown Morgan Hill, Playhouse Theatre

Calendar & Events

Dates To Remember!


  • 1/12 & 1/13: Buddy Days. Bring a Buddy and Get a Free Yogurt Pass!
  • 1/23: Black Belt Show @ 5:30 PM Downtown Morgan Hill Theatre
  • 1/29: Karate Pictures

Click on Calendar below for more events and to download and print your copy.

Acknowledgements & Kudo's

Happy Birthday to...

  • Hana Rayudu - 1/10
  • Olivia Murillo - 1/13
  • Eli Ivory - 1/13


FLIGHT 52 - We Power Through!

We are in the last weeks for the next round of Black Belts to finish their current training. As you all know, becoming a 1st Degree Black Belt takes a lot of time, dedication, and perseverance. To go further than the 1st degree takes just as much dedication. Please join us to wish Flight 52 the best of luck on their final journey to completing their goals. YOU GOT THIS!!!

Cgn Kathryn Huffman, Working towards her 3rd Degree

Jakob Gampon, working towards his 2nd Degree

Jeff Perryman, working toward his 1st Degree

Kate Preserthdam, working toward her 2nd Degree

Nate Tiernan, working towards his 2nd Degree

Neil Keller, working towards his 2nd Degree

Nicolas deLeon, working toward his 2nd Degree

Penny Johnson, working toward her 2nd Degree