UpLevel is Dedicated to Serving All Families, No Matter Where You're At
We often see parents frustrated that their kids settling for less than they’re capable of. Here’s one story:
Jennifer is a proud mom of two kids. She has a 10 year old and an 8-year old. One is in 5th grade, and the other is in 3rd grade. Her kids are doing ok in school. When she reads the report card at the end of each semester, they get mostly B and C scores.
Jennifer knows this isn’t for lack of talent – each child is exceptionally bright. But she can tell that for some reason they’re not doing their best.
After she drops them off at school, they don't learn much. They get distracted easily and have difficulty comprehending what the teacher is saying. When they arrive home from school, the kids play video games for hours, waiting until the last minute to do their homework.
She has to remind them constantly to help out around the house.
They dabble in a lot of different kids’ activities, but don’t want to commit to much.
Meanwhile, her kids are shy, off by themselves at recess.
This keeps Jennifer up at night. She wonders: will their grades suffer in middle school and high school due to their lack of self-discipline? Is she preparing them well for real life? Will these habits continue when they get older?
She wonders how some parents can do it all. She has a crazy work schedule that leaves her feeling “out of it” when she comes home.
She barely gets enough time with the kids. She has to do all the chores. And getting them to do homework is a major hassle.
She’s caught up in life’s emergencies, leaving little time to take care of herself. Something is missing.
All the time, parents tell us stories similar to Jennifer’s.
Our crazy schedules make it difficult to find the means to teach the life skills that kids need to thrive. When they get older, it shows. They graduate from college, but get low-paying jobs. They move in with their parents, afraid to strike out on their own.
While we’re at it, the bad habits and difficulty with follow-through doesn’t just apply to kids. We’re not taking good care of our bodies, either. We eat pizza, hamburgers, French fries, pop and nachos because it’s convenient. It’s not what our bodies really need, though.
We don't get enough sleep. We hit that "snooze" button multiple times because our bodies have low energy. We experience brain fog, making it hard for us to do our best on the job. All of this takes its toll.
Our kids are in danger of experiencing these problems as well, if something doesn’t change – and soon!
Perhaps your story is not that extreme. Maybe you just want your family to spend more time together or learn how to defend themselves. UpLevel is dedicated to serving all families, no matter where you’re at. Read on to see what we are all about!
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We all wonder how some parents juggle it all! We have crazy schedules, kids' activities and hectic lives. "Our time is spent on Smartphones, video games and TV shows. We have to make the time to grow closer together as families.
At UpLevel, families escape from the Smartphones and life’s craziness. We have tons of fun working out every week. Our motto is: a family that trains together, stays together!
100% of our classes are family classes. Our highly trained instructors make sure that everyone learns to defend themselves, no matter what their age.
Since we have a wide age range in classes, we line up according to height. This ensures you train with someone a similar size to you. This also comes in handy when you’re learning more advanced black belt moves.
We love seeing kids get top scores on their report card perform well in sports. But if inwardly, they’re plagued with doubt, fears, anxieties, peer pressure, low attention spans and low morals, their ability to succeed and thrive is severely inhibited, no matter how many A’s appear on their report cards or how many hat tricks they scored.
When we don’t intentionally train them to be young men and women of character and integrity, then poor choices become the default. Instead, children and teenagers that could be getting good grades and becoming young adults who demonstrate responsibility and a love for learning, they suffer from addictions to drugs or alcohol or other harmful choices.
According to a recent survey done by CBS News, 42.5% of teenagers have tried illicit substances 
Also, many of them struggle with bullying. A UCLA psychological study indicates that 83% of girls, and 79% of boys report being bullied either in school or online .
It’s time for us to build the character needed to help our youngsters become outstanding men and women that will make us proud when they grow up.
Have your kids ever begged you to get the hottest new toy? Or a new car? (Yikes!)
In America, we buy things we can't afford. We accumulate lots of debt and don’t want to wait for things.
Instant gratification has its downsides, though. Our kids forget that it took years of hard work to get that new house or new job.
We need to teach them appreciation for things that don’t pay off right away.
At UpLevel, we teach kids to focus less on the success of earning their belts and to appreciate the journey of getting there. Frequently, this translates to harder work in other areas of life as well.
We spend our days distracted from the real world with email, Facebook and Smartphones. Our kids play video games instead of building meaning friendships. And then we wonder what happened to the time!
We’re paying a hefty price for our access to easy entertainment. We don’t spend enough time just present with our kids and loved ones. And kids? They have difficulty focusing in class, more attuned to the flash-by world of social media and computer games.
Martial arts trains your child’s brain to focus longer and tune out distractions. It cultivates presence and intentionality in our time with family and friends. It builds quality relationships through hard work and camaraderie.
Our kids are so talented! They have big dreams, but they’re not achieving their full potential.
They’re too hard on themselves when they mess up. And not confident in their abilities.
As a result, they settle for less than their best.
At UpLevel, kids learn that it’s OK to make mistakes, as long as they learn from them. That delicate paradox is the foundation for improvement.
We're supposed to exercise 30 minutes a day, 3-4 times per week. But then exercise gets turned into a “chore” and becomes a low priority.
The daily grind takes over. We have work emergencies, issues around the house and crazy schedules. And we stop taking care of ourselves.
We eat hamburgers, French fries and pizza, instead of healthy, nutrition-packed food.
It takes its toll on us. We get mentally exhausted. Accumulate brain fog. Watch Netflix instead of spending quality family time. We hit the snooze button instead of waking up refreshed.
We log endless, slogging miles on the treadmill. Or we lift weights at the gym and develop a few muscles, but they’re only for show.
Working out can be turned into a fun, habit-forming family activity at UpLevel! Everyone can get in better shape, create great memories, test their physical limits and have a blast.
It also brings out the “kid” in you! Remember those squats, bends, crawls, walks, runs and other things you did as a young person? You got quality exercise without thinking about it - because it was fun!
We also teach self-discipline, focus and concentration – skills your kids can use for years to come.
Because parents tell us all the time that it helps them & their kids combat bullying and peer pressure and build more confidence and self-discipline. We're confident that you'll reap the rewards as well if you work hard & come to class each week! Like anything else in life, you will get out what you put in.
Our recommendation: jump in, have fun, and earn your black belt along with your family!
Our entire goal at UpLevel is to help your family become black belt leaders in your home, school, and community. We are a ‘Black Belt school’ and what that means is that it is our goal for every student that comes here to one day earn a Black Belt.
Our family martial workouts are so much fun, they can be habit-forming. Plus, we teach valuable life skills that many family members can use years later.
Ready to have a blast working out?
Check out our free family karate class!