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Martial Arts is More Than Just a Physical Workout

Martial Arts Is More Than Just a Physical Workout

When you think of martial arts, one of the first things that probably comes to mind is self-defense.  Yes, martial arts is great for the body, but also for the mind.  There are undeniable benefits from hitting the gym everyday, but the monotony of the treadmill or elliptical can lead you to stop showing up out of pure boredom.

Research has shown us that jogging can help life expectancy and yoga can increase our mood. While martial arts can help you defend and protect yourself, it can boost your brain’s cognition too.

Martial arts is a full body workout.  Not only that, but the movements that you perform are not what you would find in your typical gym.  There won’t be any dumbbells or stationary bikes in the dojo.  Instead you will learn techniques that result in a more well-rounded level of strength and fitness that you can use in everyday life.

Uniting the mind and body.  All martial arts disciplines require focus, control, and mind-body awareness. Repeated practice has been shown to build cognitive function, self-esteem, self-awareness, and respect of self and others. Studies have shown that martial arts practitioners of all ages and levels had significantly better performance on attention and creativity tests, as well as significantly higher levels of self-esteem. Other studies have shown that practicing martial arts improves behavioral outcomes for youth with autism spectrum disorders, including stereotypic behaviors, social-emotional functioning, cognition, and attention.

In a US study with children aged between 8-11 years old were given traditional martial arts training that focused on respecting other people and defending themselves.  The children were also taught how to maintain self-control in heated situations. This study found that martial arts training significantly reduced the level of aggressive behavior in boys.

There is far more to martial arts than just kicking and breaking boards.  Martial arts has been practiced for both self-defense and spiritual development for hundreds of years and only recently have researches had the methods to asses the true extent of how this practice affects the brain.

There is such a wide range of martial arts, some gentle and meditative while others physically intensive.  With that said there is a type for everyone to enjoy, go see how it can boost your brain.

If you’d like to schedule a free trial class, visit us online at UnitedStatesTKD.com, shoot us an email, or call us at 737-999-4004.

UnitedStatesTKD.com and United States Taekwondo is accredited through Kukkiwon (World Taekwondo Headquarters) in Seoul, Korea.

Founded in 2017 by Master James Lockett, a 5th degree Black Belt and Master Instructor, United States Taekwondo offers Karate lessons for pre-school children ages 3-6 and elementary age kids ages 7 and up that are designed to develop the critical building blocks kids need – specialized for their age group – for school excellence and later success in life.

United States Taekwondo Adult Karate training is a complete adult fitness and conditioning program for adults who want to lose weight, get (and stay in shape) or learn self-defense in a supportive environment.

Instructors can answer questions or be contacted 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at UnitedStatesTKD@gmail.com, or you can call directly at 737-999-4004. You can also visit our website at UnitedStatesTKD.com.

About Master James Lockett:  James is a fifth-degree black belt and certified master instructor.  He has a Master’s Degree in Education from Framingham State University. He has been teaching martial arts for over 25 years. Master Lockett is a passionate educator who has taught all over the United States and Korea.

United States Taekwondo offers the best in martial arts training in both north Austin (Wells Branch) and south Austin (Buda). United States Taekwondo serves Buda, Kyle, Austin, and Pflugerville.

 

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The Benefits of Martial Arts for Kids Who Learn and Think Differently

The Benefits of Martial Arts for Kids Who Learn and Think Differently

Every kid needs exercise and time to play, but kids who learn and think differently can have a hard time finding sports that fits them well.  Unlike most sports, Martial Arts is focused around an individual’s personal growth, rather than comparison to others.

This makes Martial Arts a great outlet for children in general, and is particularly helpful for children with challenges.  Where team sports mainly focus on physical development and competition, Martial Arts focus on the individual as a whole.

Martial Arts focuses on three fundamental areas of growth.

Physical Development – Doing martial arts moves can help kids get a better feel for their body; training the body to have better flexibility, strength, coordination, balance, speed and agility.  This is great for kids who struggle with motor skills. Physical activity is one of the best releases for children with ADD/ADHD, helping to stimulate the brain for better focus and performance (according to Science Daily)

Social Development – Martial Arts teaches children the importance of leadership, respect, teamwork, accountability and honesty. Instructors teach children how to communicate with each other in an effective manner. Holding kids accountable builds independence and responsibility, which is a huge step in development and life skills. Negativity is not tolerated in class and students are encouraged to support each other.

Emotional Development – Teaching children self-confidence, mental control, perseverance and control are core values in martial arts. Since kids with ADD/ADHD struggle with focusing and staying on task, both the muscles of the mind and body are getting stimulated while practicing.  Students are encouraged to continue to reach for their goals and never giving up on themselves. Kicks and punches also allow children to work out any frustration or anger while practicing self-control.

Children of all kinds benefit from learning Martial Arts. Encouraging children the opportunity to build positive self-esteem and find a community.

If you’d like to schedule a free trial class, visit us online at UnitedStatesTKD.com, shoot us an email, or call us at 737-999-4004.

UnitedStatesTKD.com and United States Taekwondo is accredited through Kukkiwon (World Taekwondo Headquarters) in Seoul, Korea.

Founded in 2017 by Master James Lockett, a 5th degree Black Belt and Master Instructor, United States Taekwondo offers Karate lessons for pre-school children ages 3-6 and elementary age kids ages 7 and up that are designed to develop the critical building blocks kids need – specialized for their age group – for school excellence and later success in life.

United States Taekwondo Adult Karate training is a complete adult fitness and conditioning program for adults who want to lose weight, get (and stay in shape) or learn self-defense in a supportive environment.

Instructors can answer questions or be contacted 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at UnitedStatesTKD@gmail.com, or you can call directly at 737-999-4004. You can also visit our website at UnitedStatesTKD.com.

About Master James Lockett:  James is a fifth-degree black belt and certified master instructor.  He has a Master’s Degree in Education from Framingham State University. He has been teaching martial arts for over 25 years. Master Lockett is a passionate educator who has taught all over the United States and Korea.

United States Taekwondo offers the best in martial arts training in both north Austin (Wells Branch) and south Austin (Buda). United States Taekwondo serves Buda, Kyle, Austin, and Pflugerville.

 

Growing in Fitness for Self-Defense

Before you can understand how martial arts and combat training can help improve your fitness and health, it is important to understand what “fitness” really is. There are two essential aspects to your personal fitness.

The first relates to your physiological well-being. In order for this aspect to be actualized, it is important for individuals to adhere to the right kind of diet, do some form of physical activity regularly, get the right amount of sleep on a consistent basis, and as much as possible, refrain from harmful habits like excessive drinking and smoking. This will ensure that most or all of the systems and parts of your body are functioning at maximum capacity, which helps you avoid painful, costly, and prohibitive medical conditions in the future.

Physical and mental fitness

The second aspect of fitness actually relates to the physical capabilities of your body. This aspect of fitness is also intimately linked with sharpness of mind as well. Apart from being able to use your body to perform difficult and exhausting physical feats, your mind must also be able to assess and evaluate a threat or a life-endangering situation quickly enough for you to take measures to protect yourself. You must be able to endure monotony, even pain sometimes, to push your limits and reach your goals – which requires both physical and mental stamina. Martial arts training is particularly well-suited for self-improvement training for this reason.

An important thing to remember about martial arts training is that it is ultimately geared toward self-defense. Do not begin training with the intention to cause someone else harm; you will instead learn respect. This kind of training is designed so that you are able to properly handle yourself during a confrontation that could potentially threaten your life or those of your loved ones. As such, martial arts training is designed to help you maneuver yourself out of a violent situation in the most practical and quickest way possible.

Martial arts can be beneficial if the practitioner can use them properly in a street fight, but the real key to self-defense is keeping your body and mind healthy. Studies have shown that athletic training in martial arts can do wonders to stave off conditions like osteoporosis, obesity, joint problems, and neuro-muscular problems. The idea behind this alternating high and low impact training is not to grow to the size of a body-builder, but to allow you to control your own body weight in the best possible manner. In doing so, you will be able to build strength, speed, flexibility, and agility to extremely high levels without compromising the physiological balance of hormones and chemicals in your body.

Increase the Quality and Results of Your Physical Fitness Routine

A professionally-taught Karate program can yield better specific and overall results from your personal investment (time, effort, and money) in a supervised physical fitness regimen. Martial Arts schools have been helping adults and children improve the quality of their lives for some time, with tangible, enduring, life-improving outcomes for many students of all ages. Taking classes at a modern training facility is a great way to increase your confidence, make new friends, increase your personal security, and have fun while improving the overall quality of your physical fitness routine.

Maybe you started working out at a conventional gym a couple of years ago. Like many others, you probably got great, motivating results – at first. And perhaps not unlike them, you eventually “reached a plateau” somewhere – seeing fewer returns from your effort and resources. If this sounds familiar, training at a reputable Martial Arts school could be just the thing to get your fitness progress back in gear.

Training in a quality program provides students a well-rounded, comprehensive program for complete fitness. By practicing Martial Arts, you become faster, stronger, leaner, and more flexible while simultaneously reducing stress and increasing your level of cardiovascular fitness. Training in Martial Arts allows you to feel more “in tune” with your body than ever before. Martial Arts are a holistic practice. Along this bodily accord comes a new sense of mental and spiritual calm, paradoxically giving you the capacity for explosive power. Many students find this mental, physical, and spiritual clarity carries over into every aspect of their lives.

Friendly, experienced instructors work with students individually and as groups to achieve their personal fitness goals at your own preferred pace. People are different. A trained instructor will understand that what works for one student may not work as well for another. Fortunately, the Martial Arts provide effective, enjoyable exercise for all fitness levels, goals, and schedules.

If you’re bored lifting weights, spinning, or climbing stairs for hours on end, or feel frustrated by a lack of discernible results, Martial Arts training could be the ideal solution. Martial Arts classes offer students an excellent means of achieving the best physical fitness of their lives while simultaneously providing them with the tools not only to defend themselves, but also to grow as individuals.