Martial Arts & Self-Defense Blog
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In the modern era, doctors are far too quick to prescribe medication to adolescents with behavioral problems such as ADHD. Often, the doctor doesn’t even recommend counseling or therapy and while the medicine can be effective, it leaves a disturbing legacy of a child dependent on pills to make it through life. Instead of going down this road of quick fixes, medical practitioners should read the studies that show the effectiveness of martial arts when it comes to improving the behavior of adolescents. Martial arts provide a great outlet for a...read more
Karate has evolved from martial arts that are thousands of years old and throughout its history, students have been encouraged to practice katas. This is the practicing of preordained fighting moves designed to defend against imaginary attackers and solidify form and technique. However, katas has been criticized by some experts who suggest that it is of no use in a real combat situation which makes it a waste of time. Yet this is an opinion that perhaps overlooks the real meaning of katas and the reasons why it is performed as we outline...read more
The United States and much of the Western world has a serious problem with obesity. The growing number of sugary and fatty foods coming on the market coupled with the increased advertising budgets of food companies means this is not an issue that is going away any time soon. While families tend to bond over pizza and movie night, there is a better and healthier way to spend quality time together: karate classes! This form of martial arts is the perfect blend of cardio exercise and self defense. While it is not easy to become proficient in...read more
The Karate Kid series of movies showed the classic example of the bullied teenager taking up a martial art and fighting back against his tormentors. It was a legendary feel-good film and encouraged tens of thousands of teens to take up karate. While you shouldn’t assume that karate will transform a teenager into Jackie Chan, it can be an excellent addition to their lifestyle. Teenagers should always be encouraged to participate in sports because it helps them to remain active, fit and healthy and can keep them away from the unsavory aspects...read more
Child psychologists will tell you that child bullies perpetrate their mean acts because they are the product of a home where love and attention is in short supply. Perhaps it is a cry for help or else they wish to feel good about themselves by making a smaller, weaker victim feel inferior. This is all fine and well but a young child can’t stand face to face with his tormentor and explain that the bully’s actions are a representation of self-loathing! Instead, bullying victims need to stand on their own two feet or risk being the target for...read more
Most people associate Taekwondo with kicking and punching but there is also a focus on weapons training. It is important to note that carrying such weapons on your person is illegal in many states so remember to keep Taekwondo weapons training within the confines of your school. Below are six of the most commonly used weapons in the art of Taekwondo. Eskrima Sticks These are weapons often used in the traditional martial arts of the Philippines. These sticks are made from rattan and are known as yantok. Despite being remarkably light,...read more