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.

Interval Training

October 23rd, 2009

So my boot campers this morning did their 1st true Interval Training.

So what is Interval Training?  Is it the latest craze?  Does it make you better?  Will you out perform everyone else?

Well… yes and no.

No, it’s not the latest trend or craze for exercise.  It’s just a different form of aerobic and anaerobic exercise.

But, yes, it will burn more calories in a shorter amount of time AND more calories burned 24-36 hours AFTER your workout…


Check out this article about Interval Training…

Today, my boot campers did what I like to call “Toss-N-Sprint”.

They basically take a medicine ball and toss it as far as possible…

From there, they sprint to the medicine ball and jog back to where they started.   They did this for a duration of 5 minutes.  Some paced themselves, while others were going all out…  By the time they were around 3-4 minutes into the workout routine, they were slowing down.  But I promise you, they burned more calories in just those 5 minutes than running on a tread mill for 15 minutes.

At the end, we ended it with a steady state run to help build their cardio.

Next Tuesday we’re doing our first PFT day (Physical Fitness Training)…  should be interesting because this is where they get bench marked…