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Martial Arts Teaches Respect

Kids can learn many valuable life lessons and gain a set of traits from training in martial arts, from confidence to self-defense. In addition, martial arts helps kids develop a sense of respect, both for authority figures and their peers. Showing respect for people is a skill children need to learn early, as they’ll use it their whole lives. Here’s how martial arts training can promote respect:

A disciplined environment 
Martial arts dojos are typically formal environments where students and instructors alike are expected to maintain discipline. When students come into the room, they often bow to their instructor and peers, signaling that they’re ready to focus on training. Such exercises show respect for the space and the lesson. Agreeing to pause outside life while training is a sign that the practitioner respects the dojang, and that’s something kids can pick up.

Aside from the ways in which entering the dojang teach respect, martial arts in general promote discipline. Controlling movements, holding back force, continuing to train despite being tired: All of these things require discipline. Being able to show respect also necessitates discipline. When kids are mad or frustrated during a lesson, they must still behave respectfully toward their instructors and peers.

Engaging with others
Getting along with others in a social space can be challenging, and being respectful is necessary for harmony. In martial arts classes, kids interact with instructors and their peers, some of whom they may not see eye to eye with all the time. What’s more, because training a skill can be frustrating, lacking discipline and respect can result in outbursts. For this reason, developing respect and discipline is necessary. Instructors won’t tolerate poor behavior in class.

Through training, children can learn to stay calm despite making mistakes and work with others to improve their skills. Being knocked down and then helped up by the same person can promote mutual respect.

Everyone makes mistakes and loses matches in martial arts training. There’s always someone with greater skills, so humility is a major part of training. Kids who learn humility by seeing they have a lot of work to do will come to respect others, especially those who are talented. In fact, being humble is an integral part of being respectful.

Discipline and humility taught in martial arts classrooms can help kids learn valuable lessons about respect. The more respectful they are, the more likely they are to succeed in the dojo and life.

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Back to School with Martial Arts!

Hello all!  Since we are all back to school now, I thought I'd hit some points you might want to share with your friends about the benefits of martial arts training!  Did a little research here and found the following article about it and wanted to share it with you.  Here goes:

Exercise such as martial arts positively impacts children andadolescents' academic performance, according to the Journal of Pediatrics. The University of Madrid conducted the three-year study, which included 2,038 individuals aged 6 to 18. As physical fitness improves individuals' health, it also positively affects the brain. This study indicated exercise can enhance students' ability to perform well in school.

Physical exercise improves academic performance
Researchers found that motor ability, cardiorespiratory capacity and muscular strength all play a role in benefiting students' academic performance. In fact, motor ability is strongly associated with academic development. Irene Esteban-Cornejo, MSc, Autonomous University of Madrid stated high levels of cardiorespiratory and motor fitness had the ability to decrease the risk of school failure.

TIME magazine indicated intellectual programs coupled with physical exercise can play a major role in impacting students' success in school. In addition, TIME also pulled from other studies that show effective heart and lung function leads to better blood flow in the brain. Therefore, this can enhance cognitive abilities.

Martial arts can help students achieve better grades
Given this study, it's crucial for young individuals to engage in physical fitness. There are various ways to motivate students to exercise. KidsHealth, a children development advice site, suggested parents, teachers, coaches and mentors highlight how exercise can be a fun activity. Kids have to enjoy exercising to stay committed. In addition, it's best for students to participate in a sport that is aligns with their age and interests. If this is not prioritized, a child or adolescent may be bored and quit.

However, when students enjoy the activity, they are more likely to stick with it. KidsHealth stated when children and adolescent practice a skill, they feel accomplished. This is especially true when their efforts are recognized.

Martial arts includes both aerobic exercise and motor tasks, which is an ideal exercise for children and adolescents. As children participate in martial arts classes, they have a better chance of reaching their academic potential. 

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Tiger-Rock Martial Arts s a National franchising company providing health, skills and fitness training through its franchisees’ Martial Arts programs for members of all ages. Our programs enrich their personal and professional lives in many ways. Tiger-Rock programs are a blend of modern sport science, the latest research, and hundreds of years of martial arts tradition to provide you with the most effective experience available.