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Pamela Scipioni reviewed Eagle Martial Arts
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I was getting so bored with my regular workout. I saw an advertisement for the kickboxing class. At first I was hesitant to give it a try since I haven't done kickboxing in years. I put my fears aside and tried the class. I am really grateful that I took the class. Instructor Kabir is very encouraging and supportive. After taking three classes, I signed up. I always look forward to each class because it's always exciting and different. Also, it's the best workout that I ever had.. I highly recommend EMA and Instructor Kabir.

Brandi O'Toole reviewed Eagle Martial Arts
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EMA is a wonderful place. I take the morning kick boxing classes. I've been taking classes for 3 months and can feel a difference in the way my clothes fit. But the best thing beyond losing weight and inches is my self confidence and strength that I have gained! Instructor Kabir has an amazing energy that stays with you even after you leave!

Christina Witmer reviewed Eagle Martial Arts
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We originally signed up our 1st grader. He has tried other studios in the past and this is the first he's felt at home. The instructors are patient and really care about their students. After a few weeks of watching our son, our 3 year old daughter was asking to "play". So, they have an amazing starter special to see if your child is interested. We signed her up and she loves it! We have never seen her so focused on an activity! If you want to teach our child to listen and focus on an activity, set goals and stick them out, wear them out, I highly recommend their studio!

Danielle McCollum-Boswell reviewed Eagle Martial Arts
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My son has been enrolled since October. He absolutely loves it. The instructors are patient and attentive to all students. They not only care about the student during class but also care about the student outside of class.

Erum Ahmad reviewed Eagle Martial Arts
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An excellent program for kids all ages! All the instructors are very enthusiastic, structured, organized and helpful. The best part is their constant uplifting and support, especially at the end of each day when one kid is celebrated as a superstar of the day, the recognition really helps boost child's self esteem and confidence.

Kate Natwick Wing reviewed Eagle Martial Arts
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My almost 6 year old son started a few weeks ago and instantly loved it! I couldn’t be more impressed with the instructors, especially Instructor Kabir who is incredibly upbeat, positive and truly uplifting towards everyone. A fun activity that also teaches life values and lessons, can’t beat it!!!

Javonna-Chris Newton reviewed Eagle Martial Arts
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The instructors are absolutely amazing!! They interact with each student and it's amazing to see the discipline and focus in class. It's fun and exciting, and an all around positive experience each time our daughter attends class. We've definitely noticed a boost in her self confidence!

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What are the benefits of Martial Arts for kids?

Seeing your kids doing flying sidekicks, breaking boards or even sparring can strike fear into the heart of even the bravest parent — especially if you think your furniture might be up next in the board-breaking bonanza. But the discipline and focus required to advance in martial arts training can yield many benefits in everyday life, too. Although many of the benefits of martial arts for kids remain anecdotal, a few have been subjects of clinical analysis, while others can be generalized from the benefits of martial arts for adults.

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There’s a lot of anecdotal evidence of the benefits children can get from studying martial arts: Discipline, respect and concentration, along with better strength, endurance and balance, just to start. But science is beginning to document these benefits and more, including improved resiliency and reduced symptoms of autism.

Martial Arts Promote Resilience

Consider the iconic scene in the 1984 movie “The Karate Kid,” in which the heroic young martial arts student Daniel LaRusso finished his championship fight in a martial arts tournament despite having an injured leg. Although it’s a dramatic Hollywood scene, the resilience depicted can be a very real benefit for children practicing martial arts.

This is borne out by a study published in a January 2019 issue of the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, which explored how a 10-week martial arts program might help children who were subject to bullying.

Researchers found that the martial arts intervention had a significant effect on the study subjects’ overall resilience and on their academic, social and emotional self-efficacy — improving their ability to cope with the effects of bullying. And though the goal is to avoid situations where a child needs to use self-defense tactics, taking a martial art gives your children the tools to defend themselves — or others — if necessary.

A Source of Superpowers?

OK, maybe martial arts won’t really give your kids superpowers. But they might feel that way as they learn the skills to emulate some of the moves they see their favorite action heroes using in movies or video games. Perhaps more important to you as a parent, your kids will also be building strength, endurance and balance through their martial arts training — maybe even without realizing it.

Although they haven’t been scientifically verified, many martial arts teachers, students and students’ parents can verify anecdotal evidence that the discipline, focus and respectful behavior cultivated by a diligent martial arts practice transfer well to other areas of life, too — which is pretty powerful itself.

Kicking Toward a Healthy Weight

If you’re concerned about your child’s weight, introducing martial arts classes can be an effective intervention. According to estimates from Harvard Health Publishing, a 125-pound person burns about 600 calories in an hour of martial arts practice — a standard length for most classes.

If your child practices three times a week and eats an appropriate diet, that works out to burning a little more than 2 pounds of body fat per month. That might not sound like a lot, but just as every little bit adds up when you’re putting body weight on, the same applies when you’re taking it off.

Also, as a general rule, lifestyle changes easily embraced long term are more effective for losing weight (or keeping it off) than more dramatic, short-term ventures that are often easily abandoned for a return to old habits. So, if your child falls in love (or even “in like”) with martial arts, you could be introducing a long-term solution that promotes health and activity for years to come.

Building a Healthy Body

If your children took three one-hour-long martial arts classes a week, they’d be meeting the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) physical activity recommendations for adults: 150 minutes of moderate-intensity cardio per week. But the DHHS actually recommends more physical activity for children between 6 and 17 years of age: 60 minutes of physical activity daily, plus at least three days of muscle- and bone-strengthening activity per week.

If your child participates in an after-school martial arts camp or simply attends practice five days a week, then plays outside or is otherwise active during the weekends, he’ll be meeting those criteria to develop a strong, healthy body that’ll serve him for years to come.

For Children on the Spectrum

If your child is on the autism spectrum, there’s a good possibility that practicing martial arts will have a positive effect on the autism-related symptoms. A systematic review published in the May 2017 issue of Archives of Budo found that practicing martial arts had a medium to high positive effect on multiple symptoms of autism spectrum disorder, including social interaction and communication skills, self-regulation, memory, cognitive function and postural control.

 

Types of Martial Arts

You’ll easily find dozens of martial arts styles taught in any major city and at least a handful in many smaller communities. There is no “best” martial arts style; instead, focus on finding one that best suits your child’s interests, needs and aptitudes. Some of the more common styles you might encounter include:

Aikido: A Japanese martial art that uses deceptively gentle movements to turn the assailant’s energy against him.

Capoeira: A very acrobatic Brazilian martial art that was developed by Angolan slaves and disguised as a dance.

Jiu-Jitsu and Judo: Both Japanese martial arts that focus on grappling, although judo tends to focus more on throws. Brazilian jiu-jitsu, developed by the wildly successful Gracie family, has become a very popular variant.

Karate: An umbrella term that encompasses a number of Japanese martial arts that typically focus on striking and weapons use.

Kung Fu: Another umbrella term, this one covering a number of Chinese martial arts styles that often include graceful acrobatic movements.

Taekwondo: A Korean martial art focused on kicking and tournament fighting — although your child may also learn punches, throws and joint locks.

Tai Chi: A deceptively gentle, slow-moving martial art often practiced to improve balance and overall health.

Children who truly enjoy doing martial arts will be more likely to make it an ongoing part of their lives. With that in mind, whenever possible, let them choose — or at least try — the martial arts style or styles that most interest them.

AUTHOR: LISA MALONEY