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Leadership. Comraderie. Accountability partners. Empowerment. Self defense skills (emotional and technical). Community of experts. These are attributes of JGMAA that have built a successful business where the customers..the students, come first. One's life will never be the same after joining the JGMAA family. Hanshi John Geyston has a way of reaching stuudents aged 3 to 73+. This academy integrates a variety of martial arts styles while keeping art disciplines pure. Worthy of 5 stars for sure.

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Want to learn to defend yourself ? This is the place ! Self defense from the best ! This Academy is a Royce Gracie self defense based academy ! I have been with this academy for six years and will always be involved. This is a home!

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Our Son Conner started at John Geyston's academy nearly 8 yrs ago. This is his thing, he loves it.
The training is truly amazing, it's helped Conner become confident in many aspects. The academy has been like family to us for many years. John & his staff take pride in all the students. We absolutely love John Geyston's academy & plan to spend many more years with them.

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I've loved my fitness kickboxing experience! John knew my name when I arrived and made sure to see if I was comfortable the whole class. The instructors were so helpful and welcoming! Can not wait for the next class.

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I love the fitness kickboxing classes! The energy is great and the instructors help keep me motivated. The workouts have really helped me improve my running, and I look forward to the classes every week. Thanks for a great program!

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The absolute best for martial arts. I've been a student for over 5 years and it has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. Mr. Geyston and his staff are professional, caring, and go above and beyond to bring the very best to their students.

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Hanshi John Geyston brings the best martial arts to Illinois. Not only does his academy have top level Royce Gracie Jiu-Jistu and martial arts, they do everything in a fun family atmosphere! I felt at home and welcome the first time i stepped into this academy! If you are you looking for a school for your child to learn respect and confidence or you are looking for great self-defense then look no further than John Geyston's Martial Arts Academy!

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Best place to train. The staff is great and best of all the owner John is always a phone call or text away to answer all questions. John teaches the adult classes so that tells you he is there for the passion he has martial arts.

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My son Carder started here late last year and is still new to karate but I have seen such a difference in his attitude, commitment to things he starts, and the way he handles his responsibilities. I love the fact that he gets excited every day about karate but also understands that we don't use karate to fight or show off but as needed and in a respectful manner. Thank you to all the amazing teachers and staff at JGMAA for giving my son a great example and another role model in his life!

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My son, Skyler (age 6) is very into sports, but unsure which he wanted to pursue. We did the 6 week program--not knowing what to expect. We were treated like family from the first time we walked in the doors. The instructors had the children engaged and focused the whole time. It is a very well structured class. As a parent, it was fascinating how much my son learned in such a short time--while having a great time doing so. The opportunity to earn the attitude stripes --encouraged both respect and extra nightly reading at home ---another plus! He loved going each week. If our schedules weren't so busy, we would be full timers! If you or your child are even slightly interested in martial arts, I would absolutely recommend trying this academy. Nothing but a positive experience for us!

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Our son Braden has been a student of Hanshi John Geyston since 2010. The knowledge, skills, and mental attitude he has obtained in that time is amazing. We are grateful to Hanshi John and all of his instructors. They are not only great teachers but great role models. The academy is wonderful. The youth program is outstanding.

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Our son attends the youth classes here and it has made a world of difference in him. He has so much more confidence in himself and really enjoys the academy. The staff is fantastic!

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I dropped in for the Saturday morning class, everyone was friendly and the instruction from John was top notch, if you're looking for a place to train in Springfield this is a great place with a great group of training partners.

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The hardest part was walking into the academy and having no idea what to expect or do. It is one of the best decisions I've ever made in my life. Since day one I've always felt welcomed, encouraged, and motivated by every person in the building. Not only have I improved physically and mentally, I have gained a 2nd family and found something to be proud of.

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How Ignorant are you?

How Ignorant are you? 

Okay I don’t think you are stupid. Relax lets talk a bit.

Have you ever asked yourself that serious question?

I was listening to a Podcast the other day when I was traveling and they asked what is the Ignorance Tax Rate you pay each year?  The premise of this question was that are you holding yourself back based on not advancing your level of knowledge, performance and skill level because you no longer actively improve upon your education to increase that level.  

For Illustration purposes he tied the verbal description to annual salary because numbers for most people are easier to relate to numbers than concepts. By the way this is also very relatable to skill level, intellectual growth by school or craft, career advancement opportunities as well as health and fitness.

So let’s say you know your experience in time is equal to someone else in your field but they are making $100K a year and you are making $50k a year . Then math would show that your Ignorance Tax Rate is $50k per year. Now if you been at that same position, field, career for let’s say 10 years,  well math shows us that you paid $500,000, a half a million in Ignorance Tax Rate. That might be higher than your retirement fund. So basically its way to say, ask yourself what are you cheating yourself out of in your field or any area of your life because you stopped elevating your knowledge or increasing your skill level to stay relevant?  

Let me relate it to Martial Arts first for me and then to my career.   What martial arts has taught me if “you don’t know what you don’t know”.  I see so many one sided martial arts that are single minded and single art focus that have no tangible experience or slightest personal exposure on what they criticize of others arts values.  So their Ignorance Tax Rate is relatable in loss skill, lack of knowledge or average or less than average physical, mental and emotional ability. As a martial artist first and foremost I study and train daily because when I put myself in scenario to test physical skill opposed to the history and theory only concepts my instructors fed me verbally I realize that theory had flaws  when I physically went beyond my 4 walls and those theories did not hold much water in what was truth. At that moment to try and expand my art at that moment I never knew before what I did not know. So since that time I try never to not know anything about the arts and ranges they compliment.

That same is true for my field when I was career labor negotiator and now as a full time  school owner operator, a CEO, an Employer, a Manager, Payroll. Bookkeeper, Investing, Leasing etc, its multi hat operation right – as is most of our lives and careers.  

So I learn and I invest time, trust in mentors and invest lots of finances in learning more. My 3 monthly Mastermind group and  mentor/coaching fees exceed my State of Illinois Salary in 1994. Example for month of May only, I have 8-10 hours of teleconferences per week. This last week I was in Biloxi Mississippi training with Alan Belcher, one of my Mastermind Groups Combat Tribe for 4 days total.  Each night I go back to my hotel room order room service and write all my notes out into content for my Operational Procedures. Why? So my staff can elevate their skill and knowledge. We as operation elevates. Basically we grow together. Before that the first week of May I was in Denver for 2 days with Dave Kovar and David Chamberlin’s Satori Alliance Mastermind group Ascend followed by 10 members of my staff and trainees joined us in one big house for  3 more days of Pro Mac Conferences.

See, I live by by 2 rules little bit better today and little bit better tomorrow and that I don’t know what I don’t know.  Rule 3 I guess is I push myself to always be learning and developing because it’s my responsibility. I owe it to me, I owe it to my family, I owe it to my staff, I owe it to my students and JGMAA families and I owe it to my community.  I must always so therefore I do. I elevate my level of knowledge and skill constantly. So each day I am trying to eliminate by Ignorance Tax Rate that I have paid Annually.

So my purpose of this message was that I hope it made you examine what your Annual  Ignorance Tax Rate and how you can examine it and decrease it. As I tell students at belt graduation, There are 3 L;’s – the third one is Lots and Lots, no matter what you think you know you still have Lots and Lots more to learn and to develop.  Remember it is easy to hit a comfort zone and we are all guilty of it but you also remember you never know what you don’t know.

So let me close this post with this favorite quote from one of my dear friends and motivational speaker Mr. Jack Burton from ChinaTown….  “When some wild-eyed, eight-foot-tall maniac grabs your neck, taps the back of your favorite head up against the barroom wall, looks you crooked in the eye and asks you if ya paid your dues, you just stare that big sucker right back in the eye, and you remember what ol’ Jack Burton always says at a time like that: “Have ya paid your dues, Jack?” “Yessir, the check is in the mail.”

 

Are you paying your dues to learn or your dues in Ignorance Taxes ?

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