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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.

 

Helping Children Develop Self-Control

When a child throws a tantrum in the middle of a grocery store or a theater, the spectacle can be extremely frustrating for the parent. The first “fit” might be tolerable, but as days, months, and years go by, the inappropriate outbursts can intensify and occur more frequently… unless parents take pro-active measures to correct the behavior of their children. Teaching kids self-control has everything to do with making them think about the consequences of their behavior before they speak or act. Even mature, respectable adults have problems with self-control in many cases, but the parents’ important role as behavior models for their children cannot be denied.

Living in the moment

Young children live very much in the present and do not set goals like experienced adults. Teaching children from an early age the importance of setting a goal (which requires work and patience to achieve) is a fundamental lesson for understanding and attaining self-control. We cannot always get what we want immediately, and in many cases, it may take more time and effort than planned.

A common mistake that many parents make is in praising and gratifying their children too much. When this takes place, children can become complacent, realizing that whatever they do, they will get exactly what they want. Alternatively, parents must try to acknowledge the effort that children are making towards achieving a particular goal, and encourage them to continue displaying self-control in their pursuits.

Balancing incentives and deterrents

In some cases, it may be required to discipline a child when they behave badly. Children under the age of three find it particularly frustrating if they aren’t allowed to do the things they want when they want, whether it’s playing with toys or playing in the mud. Likewise, pre-schooler “temper tantrums” also occur sometimes when instructed to do something they don’t want to do, or when they don’t want to do it. As a parent, it is important to set clear, consistent expectations (rules) for children, to offer choices, and to explain consequences. If a child fails to observe parental rules, it might be necessary to discipline him or her in a productive, non-violent way such as forcing him or her into a ‘timeout’ or denying him or her a certain pleasure for a while.

At the same time, it is often valuable to talk with children about self-control and its importance. Discussing self-control (and its opposite) can often help children appreciate the concept much better and pay closer attention to their actions. As such, congratulating a child when he or she has achieved something through self-control is also vitally important in the developmental process. Enrolling your child in structured self-improvement activities like karate definitely
helps develop self-control in participants. Professional instructors are trained in many methods for keeping the attention of individuals in class, maintaining discipline, and reinforcing positive behaviors, which translates into better self-control exhibited at home, school, and elsewhere by the children who train.