Students Prove Their Skills with Real Data

Students measure real skills data with our 2020 Armor

Students Prove Their Skills with Real Data

Improvement in many areas is often subjective. It is quite common for a student to ask him or herself, “Am I getting better?” and feel frustrated with a perceived lack of progress. It can be very difficult to identify areas to target for improvement (what should I be practicing?), which can slow down progress and derail motivation. Well, United States Taekwondo students don’t have to guess about their improvements anymore.

 

United States Taekwondo has invested in 2020 Armor vests, an amazing technology that allows us to track real time data for reaction time, power, and stamina. The best part is, it’s super fun, too! Students take a baseline measurement in these three key areas, and they can then track their improvement over time. This is incredibly valuable when it comes to goal setting. A goal that can’t be measured is not a good goal.

2020 Armor has some other super cool functions, as well, which we’ll introduce in a future post. If you’d like to join our martial arts family and try our 2020 Armor out for yourself, give us a call or fill out the form at www.UnitedStatesTKD.com.

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.

 

Karate friends

Imagine Your Kid With More Confidence!

Imagine Your Kid With More Confidence!

Actually, if your kid is already training with us at United States Taekwondo in Buda, Texas, you are most likely already witnessing it first hand. Confidence building is woven into the very fabric of our karate program!

How does it work?

It begins from the moment a student sets foot onto our training floor for the first time. The learning starts immediately, as does the first taste of success. Students learn their first few basic karate techniques and memorize our Student Creed to earn their first belt: the White Belt. This early “victory” sets the stage for bigger wins in the future. There is something really special about seeing the belt tied onto a student’s waist for the first time.

The United States Taekwondo Belt System

At our school, we learn goal setting through a series of short and long term goals. Our martial arts students earn “stripes” on their belts by learning different pieces of our curriculum. Earning stripes motivates the students to work hard and also lets them know where they stand in relation to the requirements for their rank in our system.

In addition to these “physical” stripes, students also earn what we refer to as “home”stripes. Home stripes are earned by demonstrating respect, responsibility, and effort at home and at school. These stripes are differentiated and individualized for each student, and reflect our philosophy of constant improvement.

If you’re a current student at our school, keep up the great work, and if you haven’t joined our team yet, visit us online at BudaKarate.com, shoot us an email, or call us at 737-999-4004.

About United States Taekwondo

BudaKarate.com and United States Taekwondo is the only Taekwondo school in Buda recognized by Kukkiwon (World Taekwondo Headquarters in 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 BudaKarate.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 is just south of Austin in Buda, Texas at 3600 FM 967. United States Taekwondo serves Buda, Kyle, and South Austin.

Improve Your Goal-Setting Skills by Training in Martial Arts

Martial arts have been practiced and passed down generation after another for centuries now, though the true origins of certain disciplines remain shrouded in the mists of antiquity. Fighting styles have evolved and given birth to new ones over vast periods of time. Today we have various types of martial arts such as Karate, Kung fu, Jujitsu, Aikido, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Judo, and Tae Kwon Do, which focus on different aspects or styles of fighting, with both shared and unique traditions and philosophical elements.

Initially developed for prowess in personal combat and self-defense, these martial arts have now been found to improve the character, behavior, and mental conditions of students of all ages and backgrounds. Apart from physical movements, most of these martial arts also espouse intellectual concepts such as balance, meditation, proper breathing, and combat ethics. In this piece, however, you will see how it helps in improving your goal-setting skills in life.

Improving goal-setting skills

The abilities to set “smart” goals and then work and persevere to earn them on time are important for anyone in his or her everyday life. And to achieve them, you need to have a set of skills that may be developed from practicing martial arts. Focus and concentration on the job or goal at hand is important to achieve it. Martial arts develop concentration, listening skills, and reaction time, significantly helping students focus and remain loyal to their goals.

Physical fitness is an incremental process achieved by training over time, but it’s a vital pursuit for those aiming to achieve certain health goals, like significant weight loss or beating a disease. Most martial arts schools stress the importance of diet along with much repetition of the rigorous techniques of the discipline. A fit body and clear mind give you the self-confidence to go the extra mile. The belt system in martial arts keeps you engaged with one goal after the other. This in turn reflects in your goal setting skills in your professional and personal lives. Now let us see how to set goals in your life with the help of martial arts.

How to set goals

List the goals that want to achieve. Make sure these goals are not far-fetched and assign a time period for each goal. For example, you want to reduce 30 lbs by the end of the year. Measure your progress throughout the process of reaching your goal. If you manage to complete it in the specific time period, reward yourself with a something new, and if not, punish yourself with some extra practicing time per day. Keep the goal visible: look at it every day.

Picture finally reaching the stage of success to motivate yourself to reach it. For example, if your goal is to earn your 1st Degree Black Belt, picture yourself wearing it in class, and no bigger motivation may be required. Martial arts demand your pain and sweat if you want to pass each level through successive ranks and belts – and acquire the powerful abilities that come with them. This level of long-term or intermediate goal motivates you to keep trying as challenges and rewards continue occurring in your training and fitness.

People have a misconception that martial arts training is merely for children. Adults experience many more complex challenges, responsibilities, and stressors in both personal and professional lives. Hence, by improving self-confidence and self-control, rehearsing martial arts techniques is especially helpful to adults. It helps us become more efficient, and also more likely to “keep our cool” during difficult situations. Bypass the misconceptions and start learning martial arts today if you want to start converting personal dreams into life-changing realities!