Youth Martial Arts Lessons – Essential for Success

Of the many things I have learned in martial arts and sports, breathing is near the top. I can tell the level of martial arts at just by observing how he or she breathes.

Indeed, nothing is more essential to the success of how we move our body than tapping into the life force of our essence – our breath. Ask a professional athlete, or an actor, dancer, or signer, and they will tell you that to succeed in any physical craft is to access your breath correctly.

I am shocked at times working with kids and adults who never learned to breathe properly when under physical exertion. At FightClub your kids will learn the essence of how to breathe and even relax under pressure. Youth martial arts lessons – can literally save your life.

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Archery Lessons – The Release

 

The process of releasing the bowstring is much more than merely opening the fingers. The bowstring must be allowed to leave the fingertips cleanly and it is important to note that you are trying to allow the string to come off of your fingers straight in-line with the arrow.

* If you snap the fingers open, the bowstring will not deviate from the straight path as much as when you slowly open your fingers and let the bowstring roll off the fingertips.

Open the fingers in a crisp but smooth motion.

Archery Lessons – The Release

See you at the range,

emmanuel

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Children’s Martial Arts Lessons – Focus and Stillness

Of the many challenges that parents face today, one is that we are constantly plugged in. While there are a great many benefits to the Internet and electronic devices, there are many more benefits in stillness and silence.

Unfortunately, stillness and silence seem to be rare to find. At some juncture in life, every one of us comes to learn that the greatest obstacle we face in this lifetime is ourselves. That battle is fought in the stillness of our hearts and the willingness to confront ourselves. As Bruce Lee pointed out, behind the punches, kicks, and knees, a true martial artist learns to sit with himself and see where his weaknesses are.

In years of martial arts classes, I remember many challenges, breakthroughs, and setbacks. What I do not remember are distractions or gimmicks like you often see at your local health club. At the martial arts studios, wrestling and boxing gyms where I trained, there was no loud music or flat-screen TVs, just hard work and sweat equity. As a martial artist, your child will learn what it is to be still, challenged, and focused in the children’s martial arts lessons at FightClub.

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Blind Bale Shooting – Archery Lessons

For the last few weeks, we have been working on Blind Bale Shooting. Here is a little bit more information about the practice and its purposes of developing good archery form.

Blind Bale Shooting 

More often than not, shooting inaccuracies stem from human error rather than equipment error. A shooter can encounter a variety of issues that negatively impact their shot, such as stance, muscle balance, and anchor point, and these can be especially prevalent when a shooter is experiencing target panic. Pumping adrenaline and nerves will only increase the inaccuracies in your shot. Enter blind bale shooting archery lessons.

In blind bale shooting, you shoot at a target with your eyes closed. Yes, you read that right. Shoot with your eyes closed.  Since your eyes are closed, you’ll want to stand close to the target so that you don’t miss. The purpose of it is to build muscle memory, so in pressure situations when your brain is panicking and screaming for help, your muscles can go through a specific and consistent shot sequence. Taking the mental aspect out of your practice allows you to only focus solely on and perfect your physical form.

 

 

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Youth Martial Arts Training vs Team Sports

 

Here are a few reasons to consider Martial Arts for your Child or Adolescent over or in addition to Team Sports:

Self-Defense

This is the number one reason why most people decide to study martial arts, and pretty much any style is a great way to learn how to defend yourself. Martial arts teach you the techniques to defend yourself, but also the way to think about defending yourself – anticipate and avoid potential dangers. Youth martial arts training also helps build up the reflexes you need if you’re ever in a dangerous situation, and give you the confidence to stand up for yourself and fight back if needed.

Discipline

Martial Arts training is a physical expression of ‘practice makes perfect’.  In a class, a student may execute a single movement or series of related movements. This teaches the student that the progress that always happens during small improvements in stamina, flexibility or power – will come through lots of practice. It also teaches them to commit, to go to practice even when they don’t feel like it.

Individual Achievement: No one sits on the Bench

Many kids have the chance to experience the benefits of Martial Arts early on, however, a big number of children abandon their martial arts training when reaching the teen years in order to participate in school sports.

Although there are many lessons to be learned from team and individual varsity sports, the ‘make the team’ model often favors the more physically developed players while alienating the late bloomers.

Coaches have access to an endless supply of players that renews itself each year, the big and strong get picked and get to play while the less physically developed watch from the bench, this leads to an even greater disparity in skill development as the season goes by.

Naturally, some kids develop their skills and physical abilities earlier than others but we personally find that many kids who start out with underdeveloped athletic attributes such as strength, speed, and size, end up blooming onto some of the finest technicians we have in all of our programs.

If your child is an athletic wonder who is able to stay ahead of the game with his natural talents, athletics may very well bring out the best in him or her. But if want your child’s full potential to be nurtured through years of disciplined and diligent training – martial art is the way to go!

Gender Equality

I am sure that while many parents would consider martial arts for their sons, not nearly as many would consider it for their daughters. However, the martial arts are one of the few sports where both boys and girls can play together.

Martial Artist also gives brothers and sisters an opportunity to practice together and learn from one another as well (not to mention the convenience of having all of your kids in one place at a time).

Weight Control

Childhood obesity is a global epidemic and rising trends in overweight and obesity are apparent in both developed and developing countries.

The typical martial arts class will often be comprised of warm-up calisthenics, teaching, and practicing of moves and as well as some active games. The warm-up and practice comprise the bulk of the time, and for that time your child will be constantly on the go – stretching, crunches, takedowns, grappling, punches and kicks. The workout each child gets will not only assist in the natural development of his or her muscles but also help them build stronger

You can do it with them

Most martial arts schools offer classes for both adults and children. While classes do not run simultaneously, they are usually one right after the other. This means that you can watch your children workout, and then they can watch you.

If you have the proper space for it, you can practice with each other at home, and learn from one another. This will give you a special activity to use as a bonding tool with your kids. You can also become physically fit together.

The Never-Ending Season

Many team sports, especially those primarily played outdoors, or in specific weather (think Soccer, Baseball, and hockey) are seasonal. In Martial Arts, we have classes year round. This consistency and availability also helps build upon discipline and allows children to progress at a much quicker pace in the Martial Arts than in Team Sports.

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