A Fitness Open House For You.
It’s been over 40 years that I’ve been working with students in the martial arts and fitness industry.
Over that time I’ve had the good fortune to try many things and to learn from both the good things that I’ve tried and also the not so good things.
In that time I’ve discovered some important good things for success in a fitness business or any business for that matter.
Here they are:
Recently I met a fitness business owner who hits on all of these very important points.
Her name is Sarah Lau-Melby.
Sarah owns the GET Fit Studio by Sarah at 315 Ryan Street in Holmen.
Sarah has been in that location since May after moving her operation from Trempealeau.
I wanted to invite you to her Open House on Saturday November 10.
Here’s the schedule of events:
If you are looking for some high energy exercise and loads of fun then carve a few hours out of your schedule to join us on the 10th.
I’ll be there to do some Self- Defense from 10-10:45.
If you’d like to reach out to Sarah directly, please visit the Get Fit Studio By Sarah Facebook Page.
This really is a gift that changes lives.
My name is Fred Nicklaus. I am the owner of Nicklaus’ Martial Arts America in La Crosse. On Saturday, November 15th we tested 10 of our students for their Black Belts. It was a very special day for these young people. They’ve worked hard to get to that day.
As a business owner I often tell people about the many benefits of our martial arts program. People expect that I say good things about our program because it’s my business, but because I own the business they might also be a bit skeptical about the many good things that I say.
Before these youngsters graduate to their Black Belt we ask them and their parents to write what the Black Belt experience has meant to them.
Take a peek at what some of our families have said about their training.
What you’ve just read is what lead us to create the perfect Holiday gift package for your child. When you give your child a martial arts gift package you are giving them an edge in every area of their life.
Here’s what they will get.
This really is a gift that changes lives.
I’ve included excerpts from some of their personal testimonials for you to read. When you read these personal success stories I hope that you will better understand what our program is about and why I say that this could very well be the perfect Christmas present for your son/daughter.
Proud Karate Parents of Julia S
“Obviously, in the physical sense of the word stronger, the activity both from aerobic and a muscle-building standpoint with the training for karate and Black Belt has helped our daughter to become physically stronger. But the strength she gets from the commitment, dedication, and perseverance to develop into a Black Belt goes much beyond physical strength. The ability to think when physically or emotionally stressed is a learned skill and the training for martial arts and Black Belt help hone this skill, which has many applications in life.
The development of respect; The appreciation for the value of hard work; and the importance of tenacity or never quit attitude are key benefits that she has learned well ahead of the typical experiences that lend to these attributes in life without martial arts.
I believe that many children have the potential to develop the attributes mentioned above and many will do so through the guidance of their parents, the observation of their friends, and their organized activities such as at school. Starting martial arts as a child allows for that person to develop these skills well ahead of the life stage where they normally would. This catapults the child into making decisions in their adolescence and young adulthood that will hopefully land them on a road to success as an adult and possibly a parent themselves someday. This acceleration and optimization of these skills at a time in their life where they can experience the benefits of hard work, persistence, and respect can only go to solidify those attributes into adulthood. Ultimately this will hopefully lead to success and a happier life for your child. What more can a parent ask for?“
Parents of Julia, Ryan, and Aaron P
“Reaching Black Belt candidate level has made our daughter, Julia and sons, Ryan and Aaron stronger and better people in mind, spirit and body. We have seen an improvement in their physical strength and endurance over these three years in karate, and especially over the last month during candidate classes. Many days over the years they practiced for another sport or competed in a game and also came to a karate class or two—physically, they are very fit. Mentally, they have found the strength to push on when tired and not let fatigue stop them. And as important as the physical aspects of karate are, the most important, lifelong changes we believe they have gained from their karate experience the feelings of accomplishment, self- worth, and self-confidence.
What we will most remember include the first time we saw Ryan raise his hand to contribute to a discussion during karate class. Prior to that, we heard from his teachers that he was very quiet and didn’t feel comfortable sharing in school. Since, we’ve only heard great reports–that he contributes in class, asks good questions, and is very responsible and respectful. We will remember when Aaron decided that he really wanted this and started putting in the extra work. We will remember when each of them started “getting it” and looking strong and confident during class. We will remember the chore sheets and how those chores became habits as they learned the importance of contributing to our family.
There were many times over the years that it was difficult to come to karate—not physically difficult, but difficult because the children weren’t feeling motivated and there were so many things to be done at home. Because we made the commitment to continue to Black Belt, they have had to make difficult choices—missing out on other opportunities and activities. Teaching them the importance of following through with a choice, not giving up when it is difficult, and pushing through to a goal are all such important life lessons.
We talk with the kids often about the student creed and how it applies to so many aspects of their lives—school, responsibilities, sports, family life. Three years ago when the children started as white belts, we didn’t realize how much they would learn within the karate studio that would be meaningful throughout their lives. It isn’t so much the punches and kicks, the forms, or the basics that will take them farther, it is all of the rest that really matters“
Proud Karate Parents of Keegan M.
“Our story began about 3 ½ years ago. My son Keegan was 10 years old. He was invited to a birthday party at Nicklaus’ Martial Arts America by a classmate of his. Keegan attended the party and was offered the free month membership. He immediately asked me if he could join. I have to admit I was a little hesitant at first because Keegan had joined several other groups and tried other team sports, but he would quit after just a short time. He had not found something that he enjoyed doing to see it through to the end of the season. We signed Keegan up for the month and it didn’t even take a full month to know that he had found his forte.
Keegan has been working hard every week at his classes, growing physically, mentally, and emotionally along the way. As the oldest child in our family, he has 4 younger siblings who look up to him. Keegan has taken the role of “big brother” seriously. He helps out by watching and playing with his brothers and sisters. He is a positive role model for them. I believe that his Martial Arts has helped him develop a sense of responsibility.
Julia P’s Story – WHY I WANT TO BE A BLACK BELT
“Being in martial arts has made me a stronger and better person in many ways. One way is my respectfulness towards others. If I had not been in karate long enough to achieve my black belt I do not think I would have as much respect for my parents, peers, and brothers. Another way becoming a black belt has made me a stronger person is my ability to do public speaking. Before martial arts I was always very shy and went along with whatever someone wanted me to do. Now I am able to do class presentations and school reports without stuttering; I also use a clear voice. I can do this because of pushing myself out of my comfort zone during karate class and sometimes teaching younger belts or my classmates combos, a skill we worked on a lot in classes. I also make my own decisions and don’t give in to peer pressure. One way karate made me physically stronger is that I now know that I can push myself to maybe do five more pushups, for example. This has helped me in track and field to sometimes run an extra four hundred meters before practice is over.
Positive changes I have made to become a black belt are my schoolwork and my understanding of the importance of classes. During my candidate training I had to go to three or four classes a week. Since I usually have quite a bit of homework, I have learned to finish it quickly and neatly before karate. This has made changes in how long it takes to do my homework. Now I very rarely have to do an assignment at the last minute. I also don’t procrastinate anymore. Without trying, karate has made me a better student as well as a better person.”
Reilly S’s Story – Why I want to be a Black Belt:
“Training for Black Belt has made me a better person in many ways. One way is public speaking.
I attend La Crosse Design Institute, LDI, which uses project based learning. Each project has to have an oral presentation portion and I feel that I have become more fluent. It has become second nature to introduce myself and start talking.
The drills that have helped me are ones such as the four rules to introducing yourself; eye contact, firm hand shake, speak clearly and smile.
The other drill is the leadership drill where we have to teach a group of students how to do something. Breaking things down step by step has helped me choose my words more carefully, as well as teach me patience.
The positive changes I’ve had to make are being a better time manager. In order to come to more classes, and do more sparring I have to make sure my homework is completed early. I had to become a better time manager because I have school projects with due dates that were close to karate due dates”
This really is a gift that changes lives.
As a parent you want the best for your son/daughter. It’s your gift to your child and you’ll do whatever it takes to give it.
There are challenges, however.
What are the things that you could choose from that would appeal to your child and give him/her lasting positive results? There are many options. You have to make a good choice. All options are not the same.
Allow me to introduce myself.
My name is Fred Nicklaus. I am the owner of Nicklaus’ Martial Arts America in La Crosse.
For the past 36 years I’ve been developing a system that has given many positive results to thousands of youngsters.
Let me be clear.
I’m not suggesting that I have all of the answers to help raise positive, healthy, confident children.
I do know that many kids just like yours have been able to gain focus, confidence, respect for self and others, commitment, ability to accept challenge, improved health and fitness, and have also become part of an extended family that has their best interests in mind.
I’d like to extend an offer to you.
It’s the same offer that all of our other families have taken advantage of when they have started in our program.
I would like to pay for one month of martial arts lessons and a martial arts uniform for your son/daughter.
It’s the very best way that I have discovered to give new families a chance to experience what we do in our program.
In many cases children have enjoyed their lessons and parents have been able to see how what we teach in our martial arts classroom can help their kids do well in school, at home, and in every aspect of their lives.
As I mentioned before, I certainly don’t have all of the answers. It would be dishonest to tell you that I did.
I want to give you a chance to see for yourself if my martial arts training program might be something that could work for your son/daughter.
You can find out more about our program by going below to register.
My staff and I would enjoy meeting you and your family. I hope that we can serve you in the very near future.
If you would like to take advantage of my offer please call us at 788-4410. We would be happy to answer any questions that you might have and arrange your son/daughter’s first lesson.
Fred Nicklaus- Owner Nicklaus’ Martial Arts America
P.S. I should tell you that this offer of one month of lessons and a uniform is something that your entire family can take advantage of. Try Below
So you’re thinking about an exercise program for yourself or a family member. You’re not sure what to try, but you’ve got a long list of maybes.
Have you considered martial arts classes?
Here are some reasons why martial arts training might be something for you to consider.
Martial arts training, and its many differents styles and systems, have been around for thousands of years. Many good teaching and learning techniques have been discovered over that time. Many of these successful techniques are completely new to many people.
It’s not so much the system that you should be looking at when considering martial arts training, but more importantly the people who are teaching the system.
It’s important that the teacher that you choose be proficient in what he/she is teaching and has an ability to make students feel safe and comfortable in this new learning environment.
Back to the question of why you should consider martial arts training for your exercise program.
The martial arts provide students with an all body workout. This means that the benefits to you include cardio vascular fitness, strength, and flexibility.
In addition to the physical benefits of martial arts training there are also many mental and emotional benefits.
Going through the challenges of developing the physical skills of the martial arts leads to students who develop more self-confidence, persistence, ability to accept challenges, as well as an enhanced self image.
The challenges of the martial arts are realistic and doable. Students will be taken to new levels of challenge and difficulty all the while feeling that this is something that they can do.
Martial arts training provides students with a place where they can also get away from the stresses of everyday life. Whether it’s learning a new pattern of movements, a new and intricate self defense manuever, or a challenging set of kicks and punches, martial arts training allows the person an opportunity to get away from it all and immerse themselves on the task at hand.
In many cases martial arts practitioners have reported a calmer more relaxed outlook as well as an increased ability to focus and get things done while at work, school, or at home.
Martial arts training has proven to be the total package for many children and adults. There’s a good possibility it can prove to be your answer to better fitness and overall health too.