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Summer kids read to stay fit.

Everyone agrees that summer reading is important for kids - and we want to make it a bit more fun! 

We also know that proper exercise is important as well as becoming bully proof.

We are challenging kids K - 5 to have a Kickin' Summer

Commit to reading a book a week during July and our martial arts school will reward you with FREE Self Defense and Fitness classes for the month of July.

Kick up your reading and Kick up your fitness.  This One - Two punch will make the summer fun and rewarding at the same time.

Our Summer Reading Program encourages reading and also helps children stay fit and safe.  They will jump, kick, stretch and have fun because our students not only learn the most but have the most fun too.

Kids in grades K-5 can participate by following these easy steps:

  • Read a book a week in July
  • Print out the Summer Reading Form
  • Write down the names of the books read on the form
  • Take the form to our martial arts school
Receive Free Karate classes all July and a Free Martial Arts T-shirt  

 
 
What Concerned Parents Can Do.




Being Active Every Day - kids health 

Most of us know that kids are supposed to get at least 60 minutes of physical activity a day. And 1 hour spent being active sounds like a pretty easy goal, doesn't it? 

But as kids get older, increasing demands on their time can make getting that hour of exercise a challenge. Also, some kids get caught up in sedentary pursuits like watching TV, playing video games, and surfing the Internet. Even doing a lot of studying and reading, while important, can add to a lack of physical activity.

 On top of that, during these years kids often come to a fork in the road with sports. Those who are athletic might end up increasing their time and commitment to sports, which is great for their physical fitness. But more casual athletes may lose interest and decide to quit teams and leagues. Unless they find replacement activities, their physical activity levels tend to go way down.

But being active is a key part of good health for all school-age kids. Exercise strengthens their muscles and bones and ensures that their bodies are capable of doing normal kid stuff, like lifting a backpack or running a race. It also helps control their weight and decreases their risk of chronic illnesses, such as high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes.

Keeping Kids Motivated

So how do you get kids motivated to be active, especially those who aren't natural athletes?

Kids can be fit even if they're not winning sports trophies. The key is finding activities they enjoy. The options are many - from inline skating and bike riding, swimming and especially martial arts.

When kids find an activity that's fun, they'll do it a lot, get better at it, feel accomplished, and want to do it even more. Likewise, if they're pushed into activities they don't like, they're unlikely to want to participate and will end up frustrated and will feel like exercising is a chore.   Martial Arts instructors are experts with casual athletes by making it a fun and rewarding choice.

 Help Kids Find Their Niche

When choosing activities, consider a child's interests, abilities, and body type. A bigger child might be suited for football because size is an advantage. A smaller child might succeed at baseball or might consider a non-team sport. 

Also, consider temperament. A mild-mannered boy who might not be comfortable playing football may like the challenge of karate.

Casual athletes: These kids are interested in being active but aren't star players, so are at risk of getting discouraged in a competitive athletic environment. Most kids fall into this category, but in a culture that is obsessed with winning, it's easy to overlook them as athletes. Encourage them to remain active even though they aren't top performers.   Once again martial arts is a great choice. The competitor in martial arts is oneself.  The goal is self improvement.  The additional benefits of a strong social atmosphere, confidence and of course safety and self defense make it a choice of parents.

Parents Can Make a Difference

Kids look to parents for guidance, support, and encouragement. It's very important to set a good example, so don't groan about your own exercise - make it a priority and look for chances to be physically active as a family.  Most martial arts schools encourage family participation.  If you don't want to participate you can still be a raving fan and support your child during classes, events and graduations.

 
 
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How a Martial Arts Program can increase Self-Esteem:





  • Martial Arts classes use positive reenforcement.   Instructors bring out the best in kids by identifying strong points and effort.   Kids get feel great about themselves each time they experience classes.
  • Students practice things they are good at so they find a sense of pride.  They are then given increased challenges.   Their confidence increases as they discover they can accomplish more difficult drills and moves.  Instructors are good finders and remind students of their abilities.

  • Does the little voice in your child's head often say "I'm no good at this" or "I can't do it - it's too hard for me"? That negative thinking happens to everyone.   However a good martial arts program surrounds kids with positive peer pressure and support from other students and parents.     When the instructor yells out "What are the three most powerful words?"   You will hear the kids respond "YES I CAN."
  • Martial Arts has three rules.   1. Have fun.  2. Try YOUR best.  3. Improve every time.   These rules are used to ensure kids compare themselves and their progress with themselves.
  • Kids spend time on positive things including exercise, fitness, eating healthy and becoming a leader.
  • Kids pitch in to support one another in class and to help beginning students.    This makes them feel worthy and important.  All steps lead to Self esteem.

Kids with good self-esteem are more likely to try again. They expect to do better next time - and usually they do!

Greg Silva, author of The Silva Solution, Building Black Belts from the inside out".   President of Black Belt Schools International


Click on the link below to sign up for a Summer to Remember!

 
 
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Our theme for June is Believe in Yourself!One of the greatest challenges that we face is truly trusting that we have the ability to accomplish our goals. We may try to skirt the issue by neglecting to set the goals in the first place. I think that many times we don't even realize that we are selling ourselves so short.

One of the great things I have learned from training is the ability to set goals and make arrangements to meet those goals. They are often challenged by physical resistance or time restraints, but I have found that just by setting the goal, I have a greater ability to accomplish it.

Now, the scary part is believing in myself.  I have to admit that I have pushed myself out of my comfort zone this past year. But by standing in a previously unknown field, I have discovered that I have far more in me than I initially realized and that the world is indeed wide open to me!

I would love to work with you, help push you a little out of your comfort zone, and watch you stand in awe at the strength that has been resident within you all along.

Come and visit me at the gym and together we will discover how incredible you truly are!


 
 
Forget the Shirt and Tie this Father's Day.   What about shorts and gloves instead?

Martial Arts is the Ultimate Father's Day Gift

1.  When it comes to safety on the streets, guys who train martial arts have got it covered. They are well prepared to defend themselves (and their loved ones) from an unwanted attacker.

2. Doing all those drills, repetitions, cardio and bag work isn't just for better conditioning or to become better in martial arts - it inadvertently gives martial artists those much desired six-pack abs (or at least some semblance of them).

3. Guys are passionate about martial arts.  It's quite rare to meet a man who can fully devote all of his energy and effort into something that he loves. Even if you aren't a martial arts practitioner, you probably can't help but be drawn into a deep conversation about martial arts.

4.  Martial Arts builds determination.  Martial artists know that the only way to success is through hard work. Once they have a goal, they'll stop at nothing to make sure they achieve it. Determination is an innate quality martial artists have, developed over time through seasons of both good and bad times in training or competition.

5.  Confidence.  Through martial arts, a man gains courage over many aspects of his life. He becomes confident in knowing he can defend himself from an attacker, and that he is able to improve himself in many ways. This transfers into every aspect of his life, making him a better, stronger person both physically and mentally.

6. Training is fun.   Punching, kicking, sweating, getting out aggression and getting lost in the moment is good for the head and great for the body.

For Fathers Day we have gift certificates, gloves and training gear.   Classes for Father's Day are 50% off.

Use the code FathersDay16 to get 50% off our 6 week introduction!
 
 
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According to Mens Fitness and the rebooted body.

The idea might sound insane to some people: You're going to pay money so you can go to a place every couple of days and get beat up. But, joining up to study a martial art can be extremely rewarding for your fitness and your overall well being. Picking the right system to study is crucial if you're going to enjoy yourself and, ultimately, stick with it. Here's a quick guide to help you figure out which one is right for you. And this list is just a start. There are plenty of other areas of study out there to explore, but these are likely the easiest to find 

BRAZILIAN JIU-JITSU

What is it? This ground-based grappling technique broke off from Judo in the early 1900s. It really started to come to prominence when master Royce Gracie used it to dominate the early UFC tournaments. The object is to put your opponent in a submission hold that either knocks them out or inflicts so much pain that they have to submit.

MMA

What is it? Mixed Martial Arts hasn't been in this country for long, but it sure has changed a lot since the early days of the UFC. What started as a collection of fighters from strict background facing off Bloodsport-style has evolved into a mature sport with a huge following and lots of nuance.

TAE KWON DO   /  KARATE

Most programs include a wide variety of activities. You'll do a lot of drills and a fair bit of sparring, but there are also other things like relaxation techniques, standard cardiovascular exercises as well as self defense.

Combat and play fighting is well aligned with the primal nature of many intelligent animals. In terms of evolutionary usefulness, it's about as functional as any form of exercise can get. Until you've participated in martial arts, it's impossible to understand just how frail and "in danger" you would be during a physical attack or confrontation. Training in martial arts is great for fat loss and fitness, but it could also save your life.
The reason martial arts are so well suited to promoting fat loss and improved body composition is because they blend functional movements with strength training, cardiovascular conditioning, agility, mobility and flexibility, spatial awareness, and gross motor control.

Check out this special deal to get you started on your fitness journey with Krav Maga or Han Mu Do!  6 Weeks of trial classes for only $34.50! Use the code FATHERSDAY16 to get this great deal!