Benefits of Martial Arts

There is a reason why Oprah, Dr. Phil, Dr. Laura Schlesinger, Jillian Michaels (Biggest Loser), Tony Robbins, pediatricians, child physiologists, and educators the world over all have alluded to the fact that Martial Arts is one of the most valuable things you can involve your child in.

It goes way beyond self defense and can help a child in nearly every aspect of their life. Improved health and fitness, athletic enhancement, increased confidence, better concentration, better behavior, more courteous and respectful; martial arts can help in all these areas.

Does this sound too good to be true? It’s not. As a matter of fact, many experts agree that in this day and age of escalating childhood obesity, increased playground violence and deteriorating family structure, if you do nothing else for your child, you should make sure that they learn how to swim and they learn martial arts. Let’s discuss why.

Self defense- ” Practice the fight so that you don’t have to” is a phrase that is often used to describe the self defense benefits of martial arts training. It refers to the fact that as a child becomes more confident in their ability to defend themselves thru martial arts training. The need to defend themselves automatically decreases because they unconsciously begin to carry themselves in a more confident manner and that confidence is projected to those around them, making them less vulnerable to predatory behavior. On top of that, martial arts’ training includes strategic self defense as well as actual self defense. Children are taught how to recognize a potentially dangerous situation and how to avoid confrontations.


Athletic enhancement – There is a reason why so many professional sports teams in virtually every major sport supplements their training with martial arts. Martial arts training offers several advantages. First off, it is amazingly effective in enhancing general coordination because it uses every part of the body in a balanced way. Upper body, lower body, right side, left side, forward movement, lateral movement, rotational movement, it’s all included in martial arts training.


Fitness – The three pieces of the fitness puzzle are strength, flexibility, and endurance. Martial arts training demands a balance between the three. Therefore, a child who trains in martial arts will find their deficiencies greatly enhanced. Also, because of the balance in participating in other athletic endeavors.


Health – Martial arts training is a proven link to better health for people of all ages, but especially children for several reasons. First off, it is great exercise. But because it is fun, kids don’t mind doing it. Discussing diet and lifestyle habits with students is a part of martial arts training, so children who grow up training develop healthy habits that will stick with them for life.

Concentration – Very few activities engage the mind, body, and spirit more than martial arts. Because of this, a child’s ability to concentrate is greatly enhanced by their martial arts training and this concentration tends to be easily transferable to other activities.

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Respect and Courtesy – Due to the fact that martial arts teaches techniques that could be harmful to others if applied, martial arts instructors are obliged to stress the importance of respect, courtesy, and restraint. It has been proven time and again that children who are skilled in martial arts tend to be extremely respectful, considerate, and composed.

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Confidence – Martial arts virtually always lends to increased confidence in children for a couple of specific reasons. First off, there are no bench sitters, every child participates and is judged not against others but more importantly, against their own potential. Secondly, the structure of martial arts is built on the concept of setting children up for success by giving them a series of realistic, short term goals that they can attain quickly while keeping them focused on an exciting, long term goal. Each time they experience success, their confidence improves until they tend to believe that with hard work and dedication, they can accomplish just about anything.


– Dace Kovar

Benefits of Martial Arts

Some parents may think that martial arts promotes violence, but that is a myth, according to experts. The martial arts actually help teach self-discipline and socialization skills.


In fact, many parents who have children with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) report great success with these programs because self-control and concentration are exactly the skills underdeveloped in ADHD kids.


Kids testing for new belts, usually every three months, is a great way of exercising setting and achieving goals. Experts say, it’s the respect kids learn, whether from bowing or standing still and waiting for the next command, that can be the most important benefit: It often carries over to school, helping to improve behavior, and even grades, according to recent research.



Dealing with Anger

We all know what anger is, and we have all felt it from the small irritations to the full scale rage.  Anger is a completely normal human emotion.  However, when it gets out of our control it becomes destructive causing problems like at work, home, relationships and your own quality of life.

The nature of Anger

Anger is “an emotional state that varies in intensity from mild irritation to intense fury and rage,” according to Charles Spielberger, PHD, a psychologist who specialized in the study of anger.  When you get angry, your heart rate and blood pressure go up, as well as your adrenaline.  Anger can be caused by both external and internal events.  You could be angry at a specific person or event, or your anger could be caused by worrying about your personal problems.  Memories of traumatic or enraging events can also trigger angry feelings.


Expressing Anger

The instinctive, natural way to express anger is to respond aggressively.  Anger is a natural, adaptive response to threats; it inspires powerful, aggressive, feelings and behaviors, which allow us to fight and to defend ourselves when we are attacked.  A certain amount of anger, therefore, is necessary to our survival.

We cannot just physically lash out at every person or object that irritates us.  People use a variety of both conscious and unconscious processes to deal with their anger.  The three main approaches are:

1. Expressing

2. Suppressing

3. Calming

Expressing your feelings in an assertive (not aggressive) manner is the healthiest way to express anger.  To do this, you have to learn how to make clear what your needs are, and how to get them met without hurting others.  Being assertive doesn’t mean being pushy or demanding; it means being RESPECTFUL of yourself and others.

Anger can be suppressed.  This happens when you hold in your anger, stop thinking about it, and focus on something positive.  The aim is to suppress your anger and convert it into more constructive behavior.  The danger is this type of response is that if it isn’t allowed an outward expression, your anger can turn inward on yourself.  Anger turned inward may cause hypertension, high blood pressure or depression.

Unexpressed anger can cause other problems.  It can lead to passive-aggressive behavior (getting back at people indirectly without telling them why, instead of confronting them head on) or a personality that seems cynical and hostile.  People who constantly putting others down, criticizing everything and making cynical comments haven’t learned how to constructively express their anger.  They are also not likely to have many successful relationships.

Finally, you can calm down inside.  This means not just controlling your outward behavior, but also controlling your internal responses, taking steps to lower your heart rate, calm yourself down, and let the feelings subside.

When none of these three techniques work, that’s when someone or something is going to most likely get hurt.


Another Black Belt Makes the Grade at Academy of Kempo Martial Arts

akma black belt Here is one of our young black belt students recieveing his black belt by Master Jones after three years of hard and consistent training.

Welcome to Federal Way Academy of Kempo Martial Arts

Hello and welcome.

I started this blog as a place to put information that I feel will help the community.  Regardless of the fact that you train martial arts or not.  In my opinion martial arts is about prevention and service as well as growth.  I hope none of my students have to use the combat side of the art.  But I do hope they take what they learn out of the school and into the real world.  Things like, discipline and focus, confidence and charity.  As well as excellence.

So I hope you enjoy and find this blog useful.