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  • Hatfield Area Parents - A Tool for Improving Your Young Athlete's Performance

    Hatfield Area Parents - A Tool for Improving Your Young Athlete's Performance

    Imagine your child on the field running quicker than ever before, outmaneuvering all opponents, and having the confidence to overcome every obstacle! Today I’d like to talk about the benefits of supplementing youth sports with martial arts training! Before we can, we must overcome the first challenge standing between your child and the achievements listed above. Martial Arts instructors from around the nation often notice a trend revolving around youth sports. Children and Parents often jump the gun and switch from one sport to another, sometimes putting a hold or quitting martial arts training altogether. It is easy to see why: “Transportation is hard”, ....

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  • Teaching Our Kids to Stick With Things

    Teaching Our Kids to Stick With Things

    Hey Parents! Today I’d like to talk about tough situations, struggles, failures, and the importance of following through in a manner that promotes growth in children. When things get tough for our kids the two most common ways parents handle these situations is to either swoop in and be the hero or to leave them to “figure” it out. This could mean doing their homework for them, not pushing them to get back up on that horse, or allowing them to quit a sport/activity that they love simply because they have hit a roadblock. The issue is that in most cases both of these choices rob our kids of the chance to learn, overcome, and become a stronger individual. So how can we ....

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  • Montgomery Township Area Martial Arts School Discusses Anxiety

    Montgomery Township Area Martial Arts School Discusses Anxiety

    For the past nine years I have been a full-time martial arts instructor. A sizable percentage of my students (of all ages) struggle with anxiety. In addition, I have loved ones who live with General Anxiety or Social Anxiety. I have had my own challenges in the past. In sum, it is fair to say I've had the opportunity to coach several hundred people, including myself and those closest to me. We all feel anxious SOMETIMES. That feeling can range from butterflies in the stomach to sheer panic. In real life, it is extremely rare that we are in true panic situation. But our bodies still resort back to what we need to do if being chased by a saber tooth tiger or woolly mammoth. In modern ....

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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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