Are all martial arts schools created equal?

Unfortunately, that answer is No. They are not a commodity. It’s just like not all private schools are the same, even though they fall under the label of “private” schools.  Some are better than others because of many different factors.

The point is this: the quality of your experience; the feeling you get from training; and, how confident you are that the school can help you reach your goals are the determining factors.

Martial Arts are codified systems and traditions of combat practices, which are practiced for a number of reasons: as self-defense, mental and spiritual development; as well as entertainment and the preservation of a nation’s intangible cultural heritage.

Studies confirm that teaching experience increases teacher effectiveness.  Experienced teachers have a positive impact on a student’s performance. As teachers gain experience, their students are more likely to do better in other aspects of success beyond the martial arts classroom.

Making the right martial arts school selection is an important decision. All martial arts styles support the development of the following:

  • Personal character. Self-confidence and self-esteem. Focus and concentration. Self-discipline and mental toughness. Physical fitness and Self-defense. However, different martial arts schools who emphasize mostly on martial arts traditions often miss the mark.
  • The practice of martial arts is largely about the development of self-esteem. Therefore, you want to find a martial arts school where the instructors emphasize the effort as well as the result.
  • To build self-esteem, martial arts instructors must acknowledge, recognize and reward the efforts of the student. Some martial arts schools emphasize the effort and others emphasize the result. For students to gain the greatest benefits from martial arts, look for a school that emphasizes the struggle over the accomplishments and successes.
  • Perseverance is the steadfast pursuit of a task, mission, or journey in spite of obstacles, discouragement, or distraction. In contrast, grit is argued to be a trait of perseverance. Grit enables an individual to persevere in accomplishing a goal despite obstacles over an extended period.

To summarize, the two most important criteria in selecting a martial arts school should be these:

  1. Level of emphasis on personal character development and a teaching approach that is focused on building self-esteem.
  2. To evaluate a school against these two criteria, you should discuss them with the school’s instructors. Also, you should observe a class, paying particular attention to what is emphasized and how the instructors teach the classes.
    Competitive Edge Karate’s Self-Defense System was designed with the purpose of Creating Valuable and Positive Change. It is a clear, compelling, principle-driven approach to self-defense training that develops strength and conditioning, confidence in being able to defend yourself and by combining a champion’s mindset with a meaningful message-based approach designed to enhance a student’s overall life skills.  CEK cultivates a student’s sense of self-discovery through self-defense skills.

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Does Your Child Know About Stranger Danger

Children can be very trusting of others, an issue that can lead to serious problems if a stranger’s intent is malicious. While many strangers are nice, a child needs to learn to recognize a situation to avoid stranger danger from those who aren’t trustworthy.

A parent can help a youngster by teaching and reinforce the following concepts.

Defining a Stranger

It’s important to emphasize that a stranger is someone not known to a child or to the family.

A common perception established through cartoons and other avenues is that a stranger looks scary, but this may not be the case in real life. Help a child to understand that a person’s appearance alone isn’t enough to determine whether they are nice or not.

Additionally, explain that being recognized or called by name by a stranger doesn’t mean that the child or family know that individual.

Good Strangers

It’s important to help children understand that not every stranger is bad.

Some strangers have jobs of protecting or helping others, and a child may need to approach safe strangers in instances of need. For example, firefighters and police officers are easy to recognize.

In work settings, school officials such as teachers and office staff may be strangers who can help. An employee in a store at a cash register or desk may be helpful, especially if a youngster is lost. Provide examples of situations and locations where help may be safely sought.

Understanding Dangerous Scenarios

Role playing or discussing dangerous situations can help a child who needs to better understand how to deal with strangers.

Warning signs of suspicious situations may include:

-An adult asking a child to disobey his parents
-An individual asking a child to keep a secret
-Any situation that makes a child feel uncomfortable

A youngster should be taught to deal with these situations as well. “No, go, yell and tell” is a simple mnemonic device to help a child remember what to do when in an uncomfortable situation.

-It is okay to say no to a stranger.
-It is important to go someplace else, leave the situation.
-It may be necessary to yell for help.
-It is important to tell an adult about suspicious individuals.

Safety Measures

Parents play a key role in keeping children safe from stranger danger by knowing where their youngsters are at all times.

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