How martial arts teaches respect

Added July 17th, 2017

Kids can learn many valuable life lessons and gain a set of traits from training in martial arts, from confidence to self-defense. In addition, martial arts helps kids develop a sense of respect, both for authority figures and their peers. Showing respect for people is a …

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4 tips for parenting children with ADHD

Added February 9th, 2017

If your child has attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, know that you’re not alone. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 11 percent of children between the ages of 4 and 17 were diagnosed with ADHD in 2011. Parenting children with this disorder can definitely …

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Setting SMART Goals Part 4 – Achievable

Added January 11th, 2017
Setting SMART Goals Part 4 – Achievable

When setting a goal, it is important to make sure that the goal is able to be accomplished in a realistic time frame.  Keeping your goal achievable helps to make sure that you do not discouraged and consider yourself a failure. We, the owners …

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Setting SMART Goals Part 3 – Motivating

Added January 6th, 2017

In setting a SMART Goal for the new year, the step that seems the most obvious is this step.  However, many times we set goals in our lives for all the wrong reasons.  We let outside pressures cause us to create goals that we …

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Setting SMART Goals Part 2 – Specific

Added January 5th, 2017
Setting SMART Goals Part 2 – Specific

When setting a goal, whether for the new year, in training, at school, at work, or anywhere else, it is important to first create a specific goal.  Most resolutions fail, not because of lack of willpower, but because the goal is not clearly defined. …

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Setting SMART Goals for 2017 Part 1

Added January 4th, 2017

As we begin this new year, many people use this time to set goals for themselves that they hope to accomplish in the new year.  According to the Journal of Clinical Psychology, half of Americans make a resolution each year.  The top resolutions are …

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Martial Arts and Stress Relief

Added November 2nd, 2016

Most people consider all martial art forms including Taekwondo, as just a fighting tool because of the way it is depicted in movies and television shows. The ATA martial arts class uses many techniques and skills to help individuals reduce stress. One of these …

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Women and martial arts

Added October 26th, 2016

Martial arts have such a wide range of benefits, from increased physical strength to enhanced focus. The pros of learning these crafts are apparent for all ages and genders. However, an increasing number of women are racking up their belts and pursuing what used to be …

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ATA and Autism Speaks

Added October 14th, 2016
ATA and Autism Speaks

From autismspeaks.org The American Taekwondo Association (ATA) is proud to offer martial arts training specifically for children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) at over 1,000 independently owned and operated licensed locations in the U.S. and abroad. Certified instructors in the ATA already have been …

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Chicago kid loses weight by practicing martial arts

Added October 14th, 2016

Since more than one-third of children and adolescents in the U.S. are overweight, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, it’s always inspiring when a young person take steps to get healthier. That’s exactly what Irving Candelaria Jr., a 12-year-old from Northlake, …

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