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  •  in Hatfield - BucksMont Tae Kwon Do  - Benefits of Martial Arts for Adults, by John Whyte, MD, MPH

    Benefits of Martial Arts for Adults, by John Whyte, MD, MPH

    This blog, I am re-posting an article I found on WebMD by Dr. John Whyte, a Board-certified internist. He interviews Michael Jai White, who you may know from the movies. He holds Black Belts in multiple martial arts. Master White discusses how martial arts like Tae Kwon Do can reduce stress for adults, and the importance of finding the right school. To him, and us, this means an affiliation with a national or international sanctioning body to ensure the legitimacy of the school outside of the school itself. Enjoy! If you’re looking for a way to get fit, reduce stress, improve your focus, and lower your risk of certain diseases, you may want to consider martial arts. ....

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  •  in Hatfield - BucksMont Tae Kwon Do  - Mindfulness and Kids

    Mindfulness and Kids

    Martial arts integrate body and mind to bring out the best in the practitioner. A student who is not focused and relaxed cannot perform their best in martial arts, school, homework, or whatever the task at hand may be. We teach children as young as four that they have a tool that is with them all of the time to restore their focus when they are anxious, frustrated, hyper, sad, or afraid. When adults understand this tool, they become less dependent on chemicals to ease them through challenging times. But, this takes consistent, daily practice. A child who has been practicing mindful meditation will be less motivated to experiment with drugs or alcohol. They will know that they cloud the ....

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  •  in Hatfield - BucksMont Tae Kwon Do  - Remembering What It Is Like To Be a Beginner

    Remembering What It Is Like To Be a Beginner

    Each week, I have the opportunity to introduce new people to the world of martial arts. We begin new students with a private orientation and lesson. Still, sometimes when new people come in, they are really scared. Are they afraid of getting hurt? Nope. They are afraid of failing. And it's not just kids. You know that our greatest fear as adults is public speaking. More people say they are afraid of public speaking than they are of dying. We are deathly afraid of making fools of ourselves. We'd rather be in the casket than give the eulogy! So when people come in to my class, they are really nervous, and sometimes in a debilitating way. This is why we offer 3 weeks of classes (2X a week) ....

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  •  in Hatfield - BucksMont Tae Kwon Do  - Is Martial Arts in Montgomery Township Expensive?

    Is Martial Arts in Montgomery Township Expensive?

    A barber shop owner has been in the neighborhood for years. He gave a great haircut at a fair price, and had a loyal following. One day, a new barber shop opens up across the street, and posts a big sign: "$6 Haircuts!" Was the shop owner angry (probably). But then he realized, people care about price, but what they really want is value, and a great experience. That is what keeps them coming and recommending friends. So he posts a sign in his window: "We fix $6 Haircuts!" Bam! You want to compete on price? Go ahead. Is martial arts expensive? It is a question you may be wondering. Price is one of the most important factors in determining if a purchase is possible or wise to make. ....

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  •  in Hatfield - BucksMont Tae Kwon Do  - Coaching from the Sidelines

    Coaching from the Sidelines

    We want our children to give their best when they participate in extracurricular sports and activities. The problem is, we sometimes get so caught up that we actually make it harder for them to be successful in their moment. Here are some things for sports parents to think about. I am using Tae Kwon Do as an example because that is what I do. Consider what your child has on their mind during the 60 or 90 second round in a sparring match: Which technique should I throw? • What technique is my opponent going to throw? • What if I get hit? • What did my coach just say? • Are they cheering for me or my opponent? • Where am I in the ring? Close to the ....

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  •  in Hatfield - BucksMont Tae Kwon Do  - Making Connections with Our Children

    Making Connections with Our Children

    One of the most important things that you can do as a parent is establish a connection with your child. In fact, children need connection more than anything else. Here are a few ways that you can begin to build a great connection with your child: Daily Interactions 1. Make one-on-one connections with your child. Instead of asking a question from across the room, take an extra 15 seconds to walk to your child, get down on their level, maybe tap their shoulder or touch their arm, and ask the question. Chances are they will engage right away (instead of ignoring you) and answer you because you have made that personal connection. 2. Connect with your child as many times per day as ....

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  •  in Hatfield - BucksMont Tae Kwon Do  - Achieving Higher Quality Results - Faster

    Achieving Higher Quality Results - Faster

    When I was in college, I had a professor who taught a unique approach that motivated us to think way outside the box when contemplating a big project. It was called “DBA.” Instead of taking hours or days staring at a blank page, he suggested that we work in stages. D: Create a project that would be considered a “D.” Do it in about 10 minutes, no more than that. Just write whatever comes to mind. He would tell us what he loved about our idea, which gave us forward momentum. B: Ta king his comments, we built on that and spent an hour or two, not worrying about dotting the i(s) and crossing the t(s). He told us what he loved about our project and sent us back ....

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  •  in Hatfield - BucksMont Tae Kwon Do  - When Your Children are Too Hard On Themselves

    When Your Children are Too Hard On Themselves

    Perseverance is a tenet of martial arts. We want our students to develop the competence and confidence that only comes from not giving up the moment they hit a speedbump. But we are seeing a greater number of kids who beat themselves up when they feel like they can't get things right away. It may be due in part to the school environment that has increasingly become more competitive and test-driven at younger grades. I was talking with one of the parents about it, and they said, it is not self-esteem that kids lack, it is self-compassion. This was a giant "A Ha" to me and I decided to dig deeper into this subject. Parents often bring their children to us to develop greater ....

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  •  in Hatfield - BucksMont Tae Kwon Do  - Martial Arts, Confidence, & Happiness

    Martial Arts, Confidence, & Happiness

    I teach martial arts. Specifically, I teach traditional and sport Tae Kwon Do and Combat Hapkido for self-defense training. Students learn blocks, kicks, punches, sparring, and how to respond to assaults. They earn belts as their skills improve and they advance through ranks. Like any discipline, the more you put into it, the more you get out of it. But what is it that makes martial arts so valuable? What distinguishes it from the range of other activities in which people can participate? What is it worth for you (or for your child if you are a parent) to be able to do the following:
    Go anywhere that other people regularly go, without fear that you don't belong there
    Know that you can ....

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  •  in Hatfield - BucksMont Tae Kwon Do  - Why Martial Arts Kids Are Like Kryptonite to Bullies

    Why Martial Arts Kids Are Like Kryptonite to Bullies

    At Bucksmont Tae Kwon Do and United Sports Tae Kwon Do, our students take an oath before and after every class. They say: I shall observe the tenets of Tae Kwon Do I shall respect my instructors and seniors I shall never misuse Tae Kwon Do I shall be a champion of freedom and justice I shall build a more peaceful world. We teach the skills to fight. The kicks and punches we teach can cause real damage. That's not what we want. Kids fight because they are scared. Scared of not being seen as "cool" or "tough." What we want is for kids tohave the confidence to walk away. The best fight is the one they are able to avoid. But, if they must defend themselves, do only what is necessary ....

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