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Top 7 Secrets to Enriching Your Child’s Life in 90 Days

Are you tired of trying to get your child to pay attention, to speak up and not be so shy
and to get better grades in school?

Does your child display the following symptoms of ADD or ADHD – difficulty focusing,
forgetfulness, fidgeting, hyperactivity, anxiety, depression or boredom?

Does your teen constantly stress you out because they’re totally unmotivated, disrespectful
and making bad decisions?

If you’re at your wit’s end because you’ve tried everything under the sun to help your child
and nothing has worked so far…

Read on… because there’s hope.

Martial arts have been around for thousands of years because its teachings are invaluable,
and its techniques are effective. Martial arts can help your child learn many important life
lessons, overcome their struggles and change their lives forever.

Not only will you see immediate effects in your child’s body, mind and spirit…
these changes are also long-lasting with consistent martial arts training.

Here are 7 secrets of how martial arts can enrich your child’s life in as little as 90 days…

Look around and you’ll see that we have an epidemic when it comes to out county’s obesity problem. In addition to being overweight, we’ve also become increasingly unfit, which affects our health in negative ways.

The National Institutes of Health posted an article dated April 13, 2017 that said this:

“Rates of new diagnosed cases of type 1 and type 2 diabetes are increasing among youth in the United States, according to a report, Incidence Trends of Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes among Youths, 2002-2012, published today in the New England Journal of Medicine.”

“Because of the early age of onset and longer diabetes duration, youth are at risk for developing diabetes related complications at a younger age. This profoundly lessons their quality of life, shortens their life expectancy and increases health care costs.” said Gluseppina Imperatore, M.D., Ph.D., epidemiologist in CDC’s Division of Diabetes Translation, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion.

The obesity problem is particularly alarming as it relates to kids. Youth sports and physical education programs are great, but not every kid is a great athlete and many schools no longer offer PE.

The martial arts offer many benefits, but when it comes to health and fitness, becoming a true martial artist means being in the best shape you can be and having a healthy lifestyle.

Martial arts can help your child get fit, strong and healthy. This is probably the most obvious way in which martial arts can enrich your child’s life.

Of the many challenges that parents face today, one that’s rather significant is that our kids are constantly
plugged in. While there are many benefits to being on the computer, exchanging text messages with friends
from their phones and playing video games, there are a lot more benefits to be had in stillness and silence…
even for kids.

Of the many challenges that parents face today, one that’s rather significant is that our kids are constantly
plugged in. While there are many benefits to being on the computer, exchanging text messages with friends
from their phones and playing video games, there are a lot more benefits to be had in stillness and silence…
even for kids.

Unfortunately, being still and silent, even for a short period of time, are rare these days. At some point
in a person’s life, we will all come to learn that the greatest obstacle we face in our lives is ourselves.
That battle is fought in the stillness of our hearts and minds and the willingness to confront ourselves
and our demons.

As Bruce Lee pointed out, “Behind the punches, kicks and knees, a true martial artist learns to sit with
himself and see where his weaknesses are.”

In the countless martial arts classes I took over the years, I remember many challenges, breakthroughs
and setbacks. What I don’t remember is having distractions or gimmicks like you often see these days.
At the martial arts studios where I trained, there was no loud music or flat screen TVs, just a lot of focus,
hard work and sweat equity.

As a martial artist, your child will learn what it’s like to be still, challenged, and focused… and how
crucial those skills are in their day-to-day life and overall success.

In the martial arts, your child will learn firsthand what it feels like to take a hit – whether it’s a real punch in
class or a big disappointment like failing a test they studied hard for.

Part of growing up is learning that we all take hits of one kind or another. The key is in learning how best to
take that hit, roll with it and get back up. Martial arts teaches that no matter what knocks you down in life,
you must get back up and keep going. You must never give up because great blessings come as a result of
great perseverance.

Unfortunately, this lesson seems to have fallen by the wayside in a culture that caters to “every kid gets a
trophy.” In the martial arts, your child will win some and lose some. They’ll learn what it’s like to succeed, but
they’ll also learn what it’s like to fail… a lot. Half of martial arts is hitting, and the other half is getting hit.

The first time I got struck on my head, I rushed to the mirror to see if there was a mark on my face. The
students in class laughed about it for months. While I didn’t find it too funny at the time, I learned to accept
that I would get hit and it enabled me to relax and better protect myself. That acceptance led me to be able
to anticipate, respond and maneuver better.

Strangely enough, learning how to take a hit is perhaps the best way for your child to learn how to avoid it.

It can be scary for a child to step outside their comfort zone and try something new. The thing is, if your child
doesn’t develop confidence at a young age, they’ll grow up without it, become adults and be afraid their entire
lives. How many adults do you know who are like that? I know quite a few.

Your child’s confidence will soar through the roof when they participate in martial arts. Successfully completing
a beginner’s class and being able to advance and play with the big kids will give your child a lot of self-assurance,
which then has a snowball effect – not on the mats, but in every part of their life.

Of course, playing with the big kids also gives kids a little reminder of humility – someone is always bigger and
stronger. I remember my martial arts instructor firmly telling two of the boys in our class that if they ever used
their martial arts training in the wrong way or to show off, they would have to deal with the likes of him.

The right martial arts school will teach your child that there are no tough guys. Every martial artist ultimately
learns this sense of self-worth, respect and true confidence. Your child will learn that courage, confidence
and respect for self and others come from a deep sense of knowing yourself first.

What they don’t teach you in organized sports is knowing how your body moves and how to
really listen to your body. To listen to your body is to also see your thoughts and have a
heightened awareness of your emotional state of mind.

A martial artist is taught to see, feel, and listen – both internally and externally. Tapping into
intuition, fear and courage are examples of being able to combine the physical, mental and
spiritual parts that make up who they are.

How often have you heard the phrase “being paralyzed with fear?” Being able to notice and
overcome that fear is what your child will learn in the martial arts and apply in their life.

One of the first lessons my instructor taught me in martial arts was that words were never a reason for a
fight. That simple advice alone has saved me many times over the years.

In the martial arts, you learn that there is no such thing as “fighting” words. Instead, you learn to respond
without reacting… which is often the best course of action to take.

We live in a world where bullying is rampant. 28% of U.S. students in grades 6–12 and 20% of U.S.
students in grades 9–12 have experienced bullying. An even higher percentage – 70.6% – of young people
say they have seen bullying in their schools.

Having effective conflict resolution and anti-bullying skills is a ‘must have’ in our modern society, as it
could come down to being a matter of life or death.

Of the many things I have learned in the martial arts, breathing is near the top. My instructor once told me
that he could tell how someone fights just by observing how they breathe.

Indeed, nothing is more essential to the success of how we move and use our body than tapping into the
life force of our very being – our breath. Ask any professional athlete, or an actor, singer or dancer, and
they’ll tell you that to succeed in any physical craft, you need to be able to breathe correctly.

I’m amazed at how many adults I’ve worked with who never learned to breathe properly when under
physical exertion. This skill can literally save your life and, at the very least, reduce the duration of panic
attacks and calm you when you start to feel anxious.

In the martial arts, your kid will learn the essence of how to breathe, enabling them to relax under the
many pressures they face these days – giving a speech, performing in a school play, taking tests, etc.

Every long, slow, deep breath enriches a child’s life in our ever-changing, fast-paced world we live in.

The bottom line is that almost every child can and will benefit from martial arts training. Their life – and yours – will be enriched in so many different ways. And you’ll see amazing changes in as little as 90 days or less.

As to which style of martial arts to enroll them in… quite honestly, that is not the most important consideration. The key in choosing a school is to do your due diligence when it comes to evaluating the integrity of the program. Choose an instructor who is focused on the needs of your child and a program that will afford your child the opportunity to receive the personal attention they need to excel.

For a typical six or eight-year-old, the idea is to just get them moving and focused. For a tween or teen, it’s also about keeping them focused and motivated on something they like and want to excel at.

We’re more than happy to answer any questions you may have or schedule a time for you to stop by, see how we train our students and talk to other parents.

Hope to see you soon and help your child excel at being fit, focused and confident!