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There is a reason why Oprah, Dr Phil, Dr Laura Schlesinger, Jillian Michaels (Biggest Loser), Tony Robbins, pediatricians, child physiologists, and educators all agree that Martial Arts is one of the most valuable things you can involve your child in. Read more…
“My son, has only been attending classes for the last 3 weeks. My husband and I have noticed a big change in his attitude and behavior — he’s much more positive and willing to cooperate. He’s very aware of “black belt courtesy” and talks about self-discipline. We have to attribute the change to you and your staff at Alpha Martial Arts. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!” -Erin B.-
By Dave Kovar
It goes way beyond self defense and can help a child in nearly every aspect of their life. Improved health and fitness, athletic enhancement, increased confidence, better concentration, better behavior, more courteous and respectful; martial arts can help do all these things.
Sound too good to be true? It’s not. As a matter of fact, many experts agree that in this day and age of escalating childhood obesity, increased playground violence and deteriorating family structure, if you do nothing else for your child, you should make sure that they learn how to swim and they learn martial arts. Let’s discuss why.
“I just wanted to let you know that for the first time, [our son] came home with straight A’s! He’s always been smart enough to get them, just not dedicated enough. [My husband] and I both feel that your leadership program and his Storm Team service hours have truly contributed to his development and desire to do the best that he can do. We are so grateful that you have your studio and are committed to helping young people! You offer something very special and important for kids. Thank you very much for all you do. It really does make a difference!!” –Teresa P.-
- Self Defense = “Practice the fight so that you don’t have to” is a phrase that is often used to describe the self defense benefits of martial arts training. It refers to the fact that as a child becomes more confident in their ability to defend themselves thru martial arts training. The need to defend themselves automatically decreases because they unconsciously begin to carry themselves in a more confident manner and that confidence is projected to those around them, making them less vulnerable to predatory behavior. On top of that, martial arts’ training includes strategic self defense as well as actual self defense. Children are taught how to recognize a potentially dangerous situation and how to avoid confrontations.
- Athletic Enhancement = There is a reason why virtually every professional sports team in virtually every major sport, supplements their training with martial arts. Martial arts training offer several advantages. First off, it is amazingly effective in enhancing general coordination because it uses every part of the body in a balanced way. Upper body, lower body, right side, left side, forward movement, lateral movement, rotational movement, it’s all included in martial arts training.
- Fitness = The three pieces of the fitness puzzle are strength, flexibility and endurance. Martial arts training demand a balance between the three. Therefore, a child who trains in martial arts will find their deficiencies greatly enhanced. Also, because of the balance in the three pieces of the fitness puzzle, they are less likely to injure themselves while participating in other athletic endeavors.
- Health = Martial arts training is a proven link to better health for people of all ages, but especially children, for several reasons. First off, it is great exercise, but because it is fun, kids don’t mind doing it. Discussing diet and lifestyle habits with students is a part of martial arts training so children who grow up training develop healthy habits that will stick with them for life.
- Concentration = Very few activities engage the mind, body and spirit more than martial arts. Because of this, a child’s ability to concentrate is greatly enhanced by their martial arts training and this concentration tends to be easily transferable to other activities.
- Respect and Courtesy = Due to the fact that martial arts teaches techniques that could be harmful to others if applied, martial arts instructors are obliged to stress the importance of respect, courtesy, and restraint. It has been proven time and again that children who are skilled in martial arts tend to be extremely respectful, considerate and composed.
- Confidence = Martial arts virtually always lends to increased confidence in children for a couple of specific reasons. First off, there are no bench sitters, every child participates, and is judged not against others but more importantly, against their own potential. Secondly, the structure of martial arts is built on the concept of setting children up for success by giving them a series of realistic, short term goals that they can attain quickly while keeping them focused on an exciting, long term goal. Each time they experience success, their confidence improves until they tend to believe that with hard work and dedication, they can accomplish just about anything.
“I think [my son] is really getting a lot from your program!! More than just Karate moves, it really makes him more confident in life in general, so THANK YOU!” –Einat A.-
“The moment I decided that Alpha Martial Arts was the place for us, no matter the expense or time involved, was pretty early on. My children have been in many activities over the years, and your program is the only one where they get any reinforcement of respectful behavior. My children think very highly of you, as do my husband and I. Thanks and thanks again.” -Stephanie M.-
“You have a great gift as a teacher. You can break down a move so that anyone can do the same move or technique given time and plenty of practice. I like how you conduct the class so that we all encourage one another in class whether it is to show one another a self defense technique or a new form. Everyone feels they are there to learn and have fun but not out to hurt or “know it all” attitude. I like the teachers you have selected to teach your classes. They reflect the same attitude and style as you. Every time I go to class it is like going to an exclusive club to hang out with my friends. And I have made lots of friends in your school. Thanks again.” –Richard A.-
“You are truly making a difference in the lives of many kids and in the homes of many families. You are a great inspiration to both me and my husband and I have learned a lot about how to deal with not only my kids but other kids as well by watching you work. Every week when I show up with my “entourage” of kids you always make them feel welcome and I walk out of there blessed by my time. Thanks for investing so much time and energy into these kids.” -Vicki J.-
“I wanted to say Thank You for making a point of [my son’s] practicing after class yesterday. You made him feel very special and the positive reinforcement is a very strong message to him that his hard work is translating into success. He couldn’t wait to go home and tell his dad that he got a “you rock” from some black belts! He really holds you in high regard and you hold a special place in his heart and mind when he is trying to do his best: in karate, at home and in school. You have a very unique and amazing talent with those kids and we are thankful to be a part of that. Thanks for going out of your way to make him feel big yesterday!!” -Much love and respect, Shari K.-
Adults Fitness Kickboxing & Muay Thai
Find out what makes kickboxing such an amazing workout…
“There are 3-4 different instructors teaching Kickboxing. I love that as they each bring something different to the table each workout so you never feel bored or like what you are doing is getting old. Also everyone is SUPER friendly and encouraging. Do not feel like because you have never done anything like this before or did not come with a friend you will feel left out or out of place. Everyone encourages everyone to try their best and push your limits, some of the most supportive people I have had the pleasure of meeting. I’ve already lost a half inch off each thigh in 2 weeks of going 4-5 times a week. I have been making a conscious effort also to eat healthy but nothing dramatic.” -Stina K.-
“Great atmosphere, and great people! The Muay Thai instruction is the best I have experienced!” -Jerry M.-
- Melt fat, fast – Combining martial arts techniques and heart-pumping cardio, kickboxing is a high-energy workout that is guaranteed to burn calories and fat.“It’s an incredibly efficient workout. Kickboxing alone burns about 750 calories in an hour,” says Sammie Kennedy. “Add in jump rope and conditioning drills, and you could burn anywhere from 750 to 900 calories in an hour.” The cardio-conditioning element of kickboxing is one of the most effective ways to burn fat—especially that stubborn belly fat that’s associated with an increased risk of heart disease, diabetes and some types of cancer. A study published in the American Journal of Physiology found aerobic exercise to be better at reducing belly fat than resistance training, by burning an average of 67 percent more calories.
- Tone your entire body – A typical class combines kickboxing drills with jump rope, circuit training and core strengthening exercises. “There’s a large toning component to kickboxing because it forces you to engage all the muscle groups in your body,” says Kennedy. By using kickboxing pads, as opposed to simply air boxing, you’ll burn even more calories. “You’ll also work your back and trim your waist because each move requires a lot of core power behind it,” she says. Engaging your core will also ultimately improve co-ordination, while the constant movement in kickboxing improves flexibility and reflexes.
- Learn valuable self-defense moves – While the majority of women are turning to kickboxing for the physical workout, the self-defense aspect is a perk for many people, says Kennedy. “We teach it with an emphasis on ‘this is why you’re learning this,’ ‘this is what you would use this for.’ It’s important for people to know why they’re doing certain moves and engaging certain parts of their body,” she says. Having the ability to protect yourself is a valuable asset and it’s empowering to know that if you were in a dangerous situation, you have the knowledge to help get yourself out of it safely.
- Take out stress and aggression – Sometimes the best way to release stress after a hard day at work is not a cold beer, but some intense physical activity. Kickboxing offers a healthy way to get out some of the day’s frustrations out of your system, which will also help you get a better night’s sleep and improve mental clarity. “It’s an excellent release to be able to beat up your boss on the pads,” says Kennedy. “Boxing also increases the release of endorphins, which can diminish with stress.” The group atmosphere of kickboxing is even more effective in releasing endorphins. While any type of vigorous activity will release these feel-good chemicals, group exercise enhances their impact, according to researchers from the Institute of Cognitive and Evolutionary Anthropology in Oxford, England.
- Feel sexy and confident – There’s nothing sexier than being able to kick some butt, and look great doing it. The intensity of kickboxing means you’ll see improvements and results quickly. “When you’re putting yourself through a program that does really challenge you and you finish it—that alone boosts confidence dramatically because you’ve accomplished something and that’s something to be proud of,” says Kennedy.
“I am not athletic and I haven’t worked out in years. However, the environment here is super supportive and yet they push you. It was great, I always left sweaty, happy and accomplished. I highly recommend it for those who want to get in shape and learn Muay Thai/Kickboxing.” -Veanessa J.-
“Lots of different moves and variety means you’re never going to get bored and stay challenged. I get a good sweat going and feel mentally stimulated.” -Evelyn F.-
“The Muay Thai Kickboxing class here is a genuine martial arts class. You will be expected to punch things – hard. And kick them. And elbow them. If that sounds like your kind of thing, sign up! The instructors are enthusiastic and fierce, but encouraging. I like ’em. There’s an underlying sense of discipline, perseverance, and a strong work ethic here – everything you’d expect from a good martial arts gym.” -Ariel Z.-
“I was pleasantly surprised about how great of a work out I got, while having fun. I left feeling refreshed and “kick-ass” but also exhausted. This place is clean, the instructors are friendly and helpful (they actually walk around the whole room and corrects/encourages everyone), and the kickboxing moves are not that difficult for me being that I don’t normally kick and punch things.” -Sonia Y.-
Top ten reasons why you should try CrossFit
- Results – That’s what we’re all after right? Whether you’re after decreased body fat, increased muscle mass, improved triglycerides, or stronger bones, CrossFit produces measurable results that are visible in blood tests and in the mirror. Who doesn’t want to look good naked?!?
- GPP – CrossFit is a General Physical Preparedness program that prepares you well for life’s demands. No matter how simple the task, by practicing a wide array of functional movements, you’ll be increasing your longevity and independence. Gone are the days of “back and bi’s, chest and tri’s.” Welcome to a world where routine is the enemy and the certainty is change.
- Universal scalability – Whether you’re a professional athlete, out of shape, or a retiree, the CrossFit program is adapted to suit the needs of any individual. We scale the loads, repetitions, or even the exercises and produce the same fitness. Should Grandma do CrossFit? Absolutely! Will it look very different from a CrossFit Games-level athlete? Without a doubt.
- Neurological sufficiency – By practicing functional movements that are inescapable in daily life, you’re learning to move safely and efficiently. For example, though the deadlift might sound dangerous, any time you pick an object off the ground, you’re completing a deadlift. By practicing the movement, you’re wiring your body to perform the movement well.
- Mindset – CrossFitters experience many adaptations to the program, but one of the biggest is the adaptation that occurs between the ears. CrossFit requires hard work and hard work is uncomfortable. One of the greatest elements of CrossFit is the mental toughness that it creates and carries into all aspects of life.
- Off-season training – There are a lot of sports that people participate in that are seasonal (triathlon, skiing, climbing, football…) and require a sport-specific skillset. CrossFit is an amazing program for off-season training to improve fitness as a whole by developing cardiovascular/respiratory endurance, stamina, strength, flexibility, power, speed, coordination, accuracy, agility, and balance. By bringing each of these specific capacities up, athletes perform better in-season.
- Community – Experience a community unlike any other. CrossFit at an affiliate, such as Jab CrossFit, is more than just exercise. You’ll celebrate personal records alongside other athletes (all participants are considered athletes no matter what level). You’ll have the opportunity to experience community events, such as Paleo potlucks, competitions (as a spectator or as an athlete), team events, learning workshops, and subject matter expert lectures. Or, you can just come in on an active rest day, and mobilize your tired muscles and chat with friends.
- Affordability – A point of contention for many people. There are several options for getting involved in Crossfit, from personal training ($$$), to small group training at an affiliate ($$), to working out on your own utilitzing CrossFit.com (free!). The most common route is starting at an affiliate, where you’ll be taught the skills necessary to complete a WOD (workout of the day), be coached through a WOD and then be cooled down. Try getting that for $150/month at a “Globo-gym”.
- A change of pace – Losing the excitement you used to have for exercise? Well, keep it going! Because the workout changes everyday, you’ll find yourself clicking refresh on your affiliate’s WOD blog (a guilty pleasure of all CrossFitters) each night until the new workout is released. You’ll find yourself getting butterflies in your stomach on the way to the gym and you’ll be rushing with endorphins as you leave.
- Fun – CrossFit is making working out fun again. This is the biggest point for most people. By combining elements from the list above, CrossFit will leave you sweating, smiling, and wanting more. Don’t believe me? Call a buddy and attend a free “intro class” at your local affiliate. Most allow one or two free drop-ins to get a feel for the culture at the gym. If you don’t like one, try another!
Courtesy of GoRecess.com
Parents! We teach more than just self-defense in our classes. We also provide our students with tools to succeed in everyday life. Imagine the feeling you’ll experience when you see your child make better choices with a more confident and enthusiastic outlook. Those are exactly the benefits your child will gain from our internationally recognized, age-specific, Martial Arts programs.
Adults! We have been helping parents and professionals achieve their martial arts and fitness goals since 2001. If you would like to learn effective self-defense, get healthier and make some good friends in the process, then we are the place for you. “You don’t have to be in shape to get started, but you have to start to get in shape!”