Middleburg Martial Arts Instructors Reflect on Opening a New School and What Black Belt Means to Them

Mr. Braden, Ms. Becky, and Head Instructor Master Rachael Macy, the black belt instructors of the new Ripple Effect Martial Arts in Fleming Island, Florida, lend their perspective on teaching adults, inspiring confidence in kids, and breaking through to goals through training in the martial arts.

August 24, 2021

Episode 14: Martial Arts and the Psychology of Well Being with Ms. Allie Hayes

An artist. A recent college grad. An advocate for healthy balance and self advocacy, especially for young women. A quintessential martial artist, leader, and competitor. That’s a blunt summary of the accomplishments of Ms. Allie Hayes, 3rd-degree black belt in American Freestyle Taekwondo and co-leader of the competition team at Ripple Effect Martial Arts. Listen to Allie’s honest thoughts on how martial arts can help young people—people of any age—overcome difficulties and self doubt.

August 6, 2021

Episode 13: Mr. Olmstead

From looking at cool martial arts silhouettes in the Yellow Pages as a kid, to earning multiple black belts and teaching Tae Kwon Do, Mr. Olmstead lives and breathes martial arts. He’s also a professional graphic designer, a webmaster and all around fun guy. Listen to why he feels there’s value in taking a hit and how he’s always striving to improve as a black belt.

July 20, 2021

Episode 11: Master Jan Lappin

A degree in Psychology. An affinity for world cultures and languages. Black belts in traditional Korean and Japanese martial arts. Author with an office full of swords. These are just a few aspects describing Master Jan Lappin, founder and master instructor of Middleburg Martial Arts in Florida. She has a lot to say about how martial arts impacts the life success of kids and adults, and how it inspires people to achieve their goals. Why practice martial arts as a kid? Why practice martial arts as an adult? How to use a cane for self defense? It’s all here on the Ripple Effect Martial Arts podcast. Listen in.

June 15, 2021

Episode 10: The Black Belt Journey with Mr Bobby Verant

Dreams come true. That’s what earning a black belt, in some measure, means to the lot of us. Just ask Mr. Bobby Verant, recently promoted to head instructor of the Ripple Effect Martial Arts Johnstown School. If you’re into trivia, listen up: What’s Mr. Bobby’s stage name? Do Tonka Trucks come from a lake community just outside the Twin Cities? And how did Karate Kid Daniel LaRusso influence Mr. Bobby to move out to Colorado and start his Black Belt journey? Find out the answers to all these and more in the latest podcast.

May 28, 2021

Episode 9: Master Mom, Amanda Olson

Amanda Olson, aka “Master Mom,” is Master Instructor of Olson’s Martial Arts Academy in Johnson City, Tennessee. She’s also an author and a frequent guest on television, radio and other media, answering questions from parents about how to raise kids and inspire obedience, respect and focus at school and home. Want some advice on parenting kids in a crazy world? Ask Master Mom.

May 8, 2021

Episode 8: Ms. Lara Lauritz – School Psychologist, Mother, Martial Artist

Lara Lauritz’ karate autobiography could be called “Momma Needs to Kick Stuff: Why a School Psychologist Wants to Earn Her Black Belt”. Ms. Lauritz has been a karate student for four years and will soon test for certified Black Belt with her youngest son. She’s also been working with elementary-age kids for more than 25 years and has many personal and professional insights into the connection between martial arts and effective learning for kids. And just to spice things up, she talks about how karate combinations are like water slides. Seriously. Tune in for some thoughts from a karate mother like no other.

April 23, 2021

Episode 7: Mr Julius Tabert: What it Means to Be a Black Belt

Mr. Julius Tabert is a black belt of the old school. Member of the German National karate competition team in the 1980s, he grew up grinding the proverbial 12 miles uphill (both ways) to train in traditional martial arts. He went on to win international kumite championships, and has since become an American citizen and raised two kids through to black belt. Mr. Tabert continues to embody the spirit of a karateka in family, business, and life philosophy.

April 12, 2021

Episode 6: Mr Ben Stott

2nd-degree black belt and Ripple Effect Martial Arts instructor Mr Ben Stott gets personal on his own Black Belt journey. He talks about what it’s like to train as a family, how he got a feel for karate as a (once) “unathletic” white belt, sparring against other styles, and how he gained confidence through the martial arts. And Cobra Kai. And historic Cameros. Dive in!

April 5, 2021

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