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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, Illinois, did. Since enrolling in karate classes at WhirlWin Martial Arts in […]

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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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Gratitude is the ability to be content with what you have and to be thankful for it.  This aspect of self-esteem flies directly in the face of advertising that tells you to get the newest phone, biggest car, best house, or most expensive clothes.  A person with high self-esteem shows a spirit of gratefulness for […]

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Why Go to Tournaments?

Published: October 4, 2016

Looking back, I wrote this article over two years ago at the beginning of the 2014 tournament season.  At that time, we were preparing to host our very own tournament, which turned out to be a great success that brought over 600 competitors and their families into our community.  Now, this seems more relevant than […]

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Self-awareness is the ability to see your own strengths and weaknesses.  Knowing where you are naturally strong allows you to highlights those strengths while working to improve your weaknesses.  As Richard Daft says in his book The Leadership Experience “A high level of self-awareness, combined with the ability to manage one’s own emotions, enables a leader […]

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Martial Arts Students learn to develop a “yes I can” attitude in everything that they do.  That development begins by building confidence that goals can be achieved through a combination of hard work and belief in self. Through the martial arts, students learn to turn negative self-talk into encouraging self-talk.  The word “can’t” is not […]

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