Martial Arts Fitness

Children are full of energy and we have to find ways to channel that energy in a positive manner. We try to involve them in activities to keep them occupied, as well as to socialize them. Martial arts provide activities that do both, and so much more.


Children’s emotional well-being is just as important as physical fitness. Children are inundated with so many negative occurrences in the world. Many places, once considered safe havens, are now full of violence. The physicality of martial arts training releases endorphins, which then acts to improve mood and relieve stress. In addition, certain forms of this art promote emotional wellbeing by combatting aggression. Breathing exercises and meditation are performed during some routines, and they have a very calming effect. Many children have unresolved issues that result in bottled up feelings of anger. More and more children are being bullied or otherwise experiencing difficulties in their life.


Setting goals is another important lesson learned while training at the various levels. Your child starts from the bottom and works their way up. They are awarded every step of the way with stripes and belts. They learn that hard work pays off in the long run and that you have to apply yourself and practice daily to achieve your goals. It’s a huge boost to their self-confidence. They feel a sense of pride when they achieve their goals, especially the 1st and 2nd Degree Black Belts. These lessons carry over to other areas of a child’s life.

Lessons in self-defense should be mandatory. Consider all the dangers that children face in the world today. It’s pretty frightening. There are so many threats to a child’s safety. Smaller children are very vulnerable in every way. Older children sometimes have to deal with bullies or fighting at school. The discipline also teaches the art of nonviolent conflict resolution, which is the real goal in any given situation where there’s a threat. It’s always a good thing to be able to defend oneself–a lifelong lesson.


It’s up to us as parents to guide them in the right direction, and encourage them when they try to take the easy way out. Martial arts can be a fun learning experience for children. We all want the best for our children and sometimes they need a push in the right direction. There are so many different activities available and they may not always pick the right one. Even when they do, it may be for the wrong reasons. These lessons are long-term commitments, where they will have to practice and work hard to progress. But the rewards are tremendous if they stick to it.


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As the summer begins, are you on the hunt for a new exercise routine? Do you want to try something new and exciting — but you also want to make sure you’re getting the most out of the time you put into your hour of exercise? Do you want to tone, trim and get strong?

If you’re ready to change your exercise regime, then look no further than a martial arts. Not only is martial arts training a precise and beautiful practice that will improve your balance and strength — but it has many health benefits, including boosting your self-confidence and helping you lose weight.

Don’t miss out on what training can do to elevate and push you forward this year. Here is why:

Reason #1: Get a Complete Body Workout

One of the greatest benefits of this ancient practice is that it works every muscle in your body. When you exercise this way and really lean into the moves — you’ll be engaging a total body workout that not only will make you sweat it out but will help you rest better at night.

Many people get hung up on exercise regimes that engage only one core muscle — like the legs in the case of running. But martial arts take a total-body workout to an entirely new level.

When you get done with your first class, you will have burned hundreds of calories in an hour that will completely smoke whatever exercise you had reserved for the treadmill or elliptical machine.

Reason #2: Build Muscles

Not only should you expect to lose weight when you incorporate a regular martial arts practice into your lifestyle, but you should expect to gain some back via muscles. You use your core body to build those muscles and to grow stronger every day through the practice — and you’ll begin to notice your arms and legs begin to show some definition over time. As you engage that muscle mass and tone it up — your metabolism becomes smarter and more efficient — and you begin to burn even more calories.

That gives you the chance to choose healthy, protein-rich foods to eat to replace those calories, which will further help build your muscles and keep your body super strong over time.

In addition, you’ll build your balance as you build your muscles and make your reflexes stronger as you face your opponent and develop the practice. All in all, all of these sub-benefits go back to the core you are strengthening via martial arts exercises — and that’s something few sports and practices can offer with the kind of targeted precision that a martial arts can!

Reason #3: Watch Your Self-Confidence Soar

This practice is both an individual and a group one — and that means you’ll be able to be both introspective when it counts and more social when you need to open up and build relationships and trust. You will be training in a community and be learning to set goals for yourself. You will be learning from those who have gone before you and getting better with your moves over time. You will have someone there with you all along the way.

You’ll be encouraged and supported by your teachers and classmates — and that will drive you to continue reaching high for your goals and getting that form right. When you finally reach your goal, you will look back and feel confident and empowered knowing you mastered and executed such beautiful, strong moves.

Martial arts practices also teach good ethics and morals — such as kindness and patience. As you practice these arts, you begin to adopt some of these practices and let them infuse your life throughout the day.

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