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How martial arts teaches respect

Published: July 17, 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 skill children need to learn early, as they’ll use it their […]

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4 tips for parenting children with ADHD

Published: February 9, 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 be challenging and – at times – overwhelming. Here are four […]

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Setting SMART Goals Part 3 – Motivating

Published: January 6, 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 are not fully committed to. In  setting a goal, it must […]

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Martial Arts and Stress Relief

Published: November 2, 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 techniques is the Songahm breathing techniques. How martial arts relieves stress […]

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ATA and Autism Speaks

Published: October 14, 2016

From 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 successful working with kids with ASD and other special needs for […]

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Video – Martial Arts and Self-Esteem Part 3

Published: October 12, 2016

Physical insecurities aren’t the only things that contribute to low self-esteem, though. Many people feel as if they aren’t successful or powerful enough in their lives, contributing to their negative self-image. Martial arts also addresses this concern. While martial arts competitions do exist, the practice itself isn’t necessarily competitive. It’s meant to be a learning […]

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Video – Martial Arts and Self-Esteem Part 2

Published: October 11, 2016

Martial arts is a fantastic workout. It’s exciting and challenging, allowing you to push your body to new limits every day. Practicing martial arts gets you very in-tune with your body, and you learn to appreciate all that it does for you. Before joining martial arts classes, people may be self-conscious about their clumsiness. However, […]

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The final pillar of self-esteem is one that many people struggle with – forgiveness.  It is much easier to hold onto a hurt than it is to let go.  Humility teaches us to think less of ourselves and more of other people. Therefore, forgiving someone shows that you have the ability to put the needs […]

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Humility is something that all martial artists must learn on their journey to succeed at becoming a black belt. We learn very quickly that you cannot be the best 100% of the time.  There will be days where you will drop a weapon, miss the target, lose a sparring match, or even no-change at a […]

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Having a higher level of self-esteems allows a person to see more of the world around them instead of focusing so much on self.  Like we spoke of with gratitude, being thankful for what we have allows us to see more of what others need.  This leads to an outbreak of generosity.  Generosity shows that […]

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