Just Jump…..Why You Should Start Martial Arts Now

“As soon as I get in shape…..When my schedule is not so busy…..when I have a little more money……as soon as I start my diet……when I get a little stronger.”


We have all heard these or said these before starting our martial arts training. They are the little things we tell ourselves and others about why we can’t train…..and they are all natural.

 The truth is we know deep down that we really want to train, but the thought of walking into an Academy just plain scares us.


The good news is…..you don’t have to be! Training in a good Academy will not be a scary experience, will not require you to be an Olympic athlete, and it not just affordable…..but you can’t afford not to do it!

 “AS SOON AS I GET IN SHAPE”………They only way to get in martial arts shape, is by doing martial arts. No other exercise can duplicate the movement and coordination you develop on the mat. More importantly it is one of the only forms of exercise that lets you develop at your own pace, that focuses on perfect technique, and smooth repetition.

 “When my Schedule is not so Busy”…….The truth is, our schedule is never going to slow down. Life has a way of piling up responsibilities, events, obligations. We have to make time for ourselves, to remember we have the power to create the lives we want to live. The great news is you can stay consistent, make phenomenal growth, and reach your goals by setting aside a few hours each week and sticking to it.

The Average Adult spends 3 Hours a day in screen time……..imagine just investing that much time on yourself over the course of a whole week. We create time for the things we value!

 “I Can’t Afford to Train.” The cost of training might seem expensive at first glance, but training at most Academies only costs between 3 to 5 Dollars a day. Less than the Starbucks you picked up this morning, or the First Run Movie Ticket you bought this weekend, less than a night out on the town…..and that is just the short term.  Consider the long term cost…..your insurance copay is probably more expensive than 3 to 6 Months of Training. Medication to treat preventable illness and injury, the cost of injuries that could be avoided by training, just the feeling and benefit of having a healthy body outweighs the cost of class. You literally cannot Afford to Train!

 Training at a Good Academy is like becoming a part of a Positive, Caring, Team. Where each person is dedicated not just to self improvement, but to helping you improve too! The atmosphere is positive, the classes are challenging and fun….and it is kind of place that you look forward to coming back to.

 Don’t wait………Jump. Jump into training, into a new life, a new year, and a journey that will last a Lifetime!

Ready to Jump, Find a Great Academy Here: http://www.carolinabjj.com


On Slipping….


“Daddy I slip a lot less when I hold your hand.” 


My Son was talking about the rocks we were walking across, but he reminded me the importance of being connected to the things that keep us from slipping, and keep us moving along the right path.

Life is too complex, too difficult, and just plain too tough to get through without having to hold onto someones hand from time to time. Without having to lean on someone, or something to get you down the trail. Without having to be part of a group for direction, comfort, and safety during our trip.

IMG_1503The question is, whose hand are you holding, what are you leaning against, what group do you travel with. 

Life brings us the opportunity to strive for perfection, to seek out the best in ourselves through the help of others, to allow us to be guided and lifted by those who see the destination ahead, and not the side trails that look promising but lead to nowhere.


Chose the hand you hold carefully, choose the things you use to prop yourself up, surround yourself with people concerned with the destination, and the ones who walk the right path, even when it is not the easiest path.

Most of all even when no one is around to help you, when Daddy has already reached the end of his trip, you still have a Father who is always there to guide you, to hold you, to put you on the right path, to hold your hand and let you know everything is going to be just fine.

Safe travels, God bless, and Thank you to the people who hold my hand when I need it.



Joshua Page, Hickory Academy of Martial Arts





Waiting for Change…….

Everyone wants to make a change in some part of their life. Maybe it’s income, body weight, fitness level, education…the list goes on and on, but everyone wants to make some kind of positive change.

What separates the successful, and those who are struggling, despairing, and complaining is many of us are simply waiting.

Waiting for the right time, the right conditions, for the next holiday to be over, until after the next Birthday, until work slows down, the kids are in school…..again, the list goes on and on.

The truth is there are no right conditions, there is no favorable time, there will always be another holiday, birthday, time constraint…….excuse to keep you waiting.

The good news is that the healthy you, the happy you, the successful you, the you that you dream about and more is out there waiting…….for you to come along and uncover it.

To uncover it a piece at a time through diligent and daily efforts. Through hard work, and dedication, and most of all through staying the course.

We think of change happening in an instant. Maybe it is the age we live in, where everything happens at the click of a mouse or the touch of a screen. In an age of before and after pictures, we never get to see all the in between pictures. Never get to see the struggles, and the time it takes to get to after.

Remember, until we get started….we are just stuck on “before”, and that is no way for you, me, or anyone to live our lives.

Get up, get out, and start moving. Start living……and stop waiting for change.

-Joshua Page

Hickory Academy of Martial Arts



Out of Harms Way: Leadership to prevent bullying….

Our sixth installment about bullying, and how to deal with bullies. This episode is all about leadership, and becoming a person of influence that affects all the people around them in a positive, uplifting, and inspirational way.

see them all at: http://www.youtube.com/hickorykarate

Our Vision…of Your Future

This is a place that the impossible becomes possible….where you can go from nothing special to something amazing, from potential hidden under doubt and fear, to confidence and talent realized, from a coward into a fighter, a quitter into a champion….

It is one of the few fair places you will walk into, one of the few places where you gain in exact proportion to what you give, one of the only places where respect and honor aren’t just words written on the walls, where character isn’t just talked about…it’s on display.

Where suffering and sacrifice are good things, that pave the way for your success, and for those who follow us.

We call this place our Dojo, and we want you to come and train, sweat, suffer, sacrifice, and succeed…until that place lives in your heart and shines from deep inside you for the whole world to see.

Goal and Values Part 1

Right now everyone has already made, or are in the process of making your goals for the new year…a few of us have already broken our resolutions!

A huge boost to our success in this new year is in how we set up our goals, and how we set ourselves up to succeed.

Goal, resolutions, promises don’t have to be about denial, and suffering. They can be about living out our dreams and passions!

Part one our two part series talks about just that!
See part two here: http://youtu.be/_yS78dikdxU

Enjoy, and good luck living your goals this year!
-Joshua Page, http://www.hickorymartialarts.com