Kids, Martial Arts, And The Valuable Lessons They Learn – Part 1

June 22nd, 2010

Children can gain unique value from learning the martial arts.

Parents often enroll their kids into classes in order to teach them how to defend themselves. While self-defense is certainly one advantage to pursuing any given fighting style, it is the least among several benefits. Kids are at a stage in which they absorb everything around them. They’re deeply impressionable. They adopt others’ influences into their own perspective of the world and those with whom they interact. Kids martial arts classes play an important role in that development.

In this article, we’ll describe the powerful lessons that young people learn as they pursue the martial arts. If you’re a parent and are considering enrolling your son or daughter, you may be surprised by the valuable lifelong lessons to which you’re giving them access.

Discipline And Focus

Teachers across the country complain that the attention spans of their students have plummeted over the last several years. Whether this is due to the fast-paced environment in which these kids live or other reasons, they lack the focus of the previous generation. Instruction in karate, judo, aikido, and similar systems can help young people regain the discipline they need. The repetition of moves encourages a deep focus as children struggle to master those moves with precision.

The discipline and focus they gain from the instruction has value far beyond the classroom. Eventually, they’ll use these traits when performing their jobs and interacting with their families.

Physical Fitness And Coordination

Obesity continues to spread and people are living more sedentary lives than ever. Making matters worse, many public and private schools have eliminated physical education due to budget cuts. Parents are observing their children, dismayed that they would prefer to sit inside and watch television rather than go outside. This trend has led to a weight problem among young people. The lack of exercise has taken a toll on their physical fitness.

When parents enroll a child into martial arts classes, that child is able to take advantage of a rich source of physical activity. It improves their cardiovascular health as well as their coordination. What’s more, dojos offer year-round instruction. While Little League and other team sports are seasonal, martial arts classes provide a source of physical fitness throughout the entire year.

If you would like your child to train at a safe and exciting martial arts school that is family oriented, than contact The Dojo of Karate & Fitness at 303.920.4500 or email at [email protected]

They are located in the Safeway Shopping Center on 128th Ave and Zuni St. in Westminster / Broomfield.

BREAKING NEWS — The Dojo of Karate on Fox 31 Good Day Colorado

January 27th, 2010

And that’s no typo either!

The Dojo of Karate was fortunate enough to be on Fox 31 Good Day Colorado and Channel 2 Day Break: On The Deuce with Dan Daru.

Master Instructor Javier Lozano, Jr. informed the news station that this Saturday, January 30th from 11am to 1pm The Dojo of Karate will be hosting a Board Breaking Seminar for students of the school and families in the community that are NOT members, but would like to try it. As mentioned, there is no experience necessary to learn how to break a wooden board when using a martial arts technique.

The Dojo of Karate had about 20 students show up at 5:45am and participate in this Martial Arts demonstration on live television from 6am to about 8am, with many of them breaking the boards in a live action shot. We have no idea how they had so much energy that early, but we greatly appreciate their efforts for working hard and having fun.

Mr. Dan Daru was also a pleasure to work with the entire time, making the kids feel welcomed and empowered by getting them involved in conversations, yelling, and just letting kids be kids!

Lastly, we want to say thank you to ALL the parents that showed up bright and early, with a smile… granted it may have been the caffeine, but your commitment to The Dojo has not gone unnoticed.

If you would like to take a look at a video clip from Fox 31 Good Day Colorado, please click on the play button below.

P.S. – Master Instructor Javier Lozano, Jr. will also be on Fox 31 News at 6pm tonight to promote the Board Breaking Seminar this weekend.

Enjoy!!!

Caleb Just Can’t Get Enough Karate

January 16th, 2010

Honestly, Caleb was one of our first students when The Dojo of Karate first opened, and he’s been training just as hard now, as when he started.

He has developed self-confidence, discipline, perseverance, goal setting, strength & flexibility, and many more attributes students gain from training in the Martial Arts.

If you would like your child to get the same results, we highly suggest you enroll them in our Children’s Beginners Karate Program.  We are currently offering an Introductory Karate Package which includes 1 private lesson, 2 group karate classes, and a free uniform for only $24.95.

Come check us out!

Broomfield Children’s Martial Arts School

December 4th, 2009

The Dojo of Karate is Colorado’s Premier Martial Arts School.

We teach kids how to gain more self-confidence, learn self-discipline, stay focused in school, improve their grades, exercise, all while having fun in Karate.

To learn more about our Kids Karate Classes, please call 303.920.4500 or visit us at: http://www.BroomfieldKarate.com

Feel free to check out one of our classes and see everything your child will learn.

Mixed Martial Arts For Kids

November 24th, 2009

A few months ago a student of mine sent me a link about kids in mixed martial arts or MMA. Below is the link.

This video was aired on ABC last year and seemed very controversial because of kids were being put in rings by the age of 5 or 6 years old to begin fighting with another child.

http://abcnews.go.com/video/playerIndex?id=5615095

The Dojo of Karate appreciates what the Mixed Martial Arts and UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship) world has brought to our industry in making our art more present to the public.

However, we are more concerned about our students safety, especially children.  By the time a child reaches about 16 or 17  years old, their body is finally beginning to develop completely.  Doctors say that an adult typically stops developing and growing by about 22 years old.

When kids are taking full punches and kicks to the head and body without proper protection, you are jeopardizing the safety of your child and potentially allowing them to get injured at a young age where they will not be able to recover properly because their growth plates, muscles, bones, and ligaments are not developed yet.

The Dojo of Karate teaches kids self-control, develops confidence, and instructors proper punching and kicking techniques to all of our students while using the latest technology of safety equipment, which involves head gear, chest guards, hand pads, feet pads, shin guards, and mouth pieces.  This equipment helps prevent major injuries and allows a child to build confidence in their skills of self-defense.  In addition, students are not allowed spar with partners until after 6 months into their training.  Why…? Again we are more concerned about the safety of our students.

Plus, let’s face it… no one likes to get hit.  Especially if it’s hard.  By using controlled techniques you are actually teaching your child better martial arts skills than anything else because it requires them to focus their power and speed when training with partners.

Again, we appreciate what the MMA world has done for the sport, but as parents we all need to make sound judgment in where we allow our children to participate in combat type sports.  If their goal is to become a UFC fighter, that’s fine.  But risking your child’s safety at a young age… is it worth it…?

I won a World Title in fighting back in 2000.  One of my greatest accomplishments.  I was a Teenage Fighting  runner-up champion in 1998.  I got into tournament competition around 15 years old.  I know what it takes to win.  But, I also can say this…

It’s not worth getting seriously hurt to simply win a title that everyone will forget about in 2 years.