September 2014 News Archives

On 1 September, 2014

One of the most important aspects which we should realise is that there is no single "best" style. On the contrary, each has its own merits and advantages.

Why Are Martial Arts Great For Beginners?

Martial Arts are an excellent way to enjoy higher levels of fitness, increased discipline and of course, they are also ideal to teach self defence at any age. Of course, there are countless styles to choose from. This can make selecting the correct one a bit difficult. So what are some of the best Martial Arts for beginners of all ages? Let us take a closer look.

The Learning Curve

One of the most important aspects which we should realise is that there is no single "best" style. On the contrary, each has its own merits and advantages. While Taekwondo focuses on developing the legs and flexibility, Judo stresses core strength and Aikido teaches us to understand the energy of another partner. So, all styles have their own starting points which will enable any beginner to progress as he or she desires.

Discipline And Confidence

Alongside physical stamina and health, it is important to acknowledge that all Martial Arts instil discipline and confidence in the student. In truth, this is one of the key reasons why children who practice any style will often perform better at school and excel where others may not. This fact should never be overlooked.

Inspiration

Beginners of all ages will also experience a sense of accomplishment as they progress through the ranks. This will help to maintain motivation while also teaching a skill which can be used in the real world if it ever becomes necessary. So, many can consider Martial Arts to be excellent forms of both expression and inspiration.

Group Settings

Most (if not all) Martial Arts are taught within a class setting. This will enable students to develop teamwork and make friends along the way. While there is a strict ranking system, it is not uncommon for the senior student to work with the beginner. By encouraging this form of social bonding and teamwork, a better appreciation of the style itself will develop over time. This is key in enabling the student to keep an active interest as he or she progresses.

Finally, we should never forget that the basic point of all Martial Arts is to teach the student how to recognise and avoid dangerous situations. So, discipline and restraint are paired with skill and knowledge. These are some of the primary reasons why numerous styles are enjoyed by people from all walks of life and of all ages.

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On 11 September, 2014

Children often need help to boost their self-esteem, especially if they are struggling with school work.

Providing love and support, and giving time to talk, will help. There is also plenty more that parents can do, by praising youngsters and celebrating their successes. It could be something as simple as putting one of their paintings on the wall - or on social media, where family and friends can admire it.

Beyond that, arranging various fun activities for kids that build confidence can help. Here's a look at five ways to do this.

1. Sport

Physical activity is hugely beneficial for kids, but sometimes they can feel nervous about highly competitive team games. Sports such as martial arts or athletics are a great alternative, as it doesn't take much time for children to attain skills. Moving up through the levels and gaining awards is very rewarding. These activities train the mind as well as the body, helping concentration. Learning self-defence skills will help kids to feel they can cope with difficult situations. Parents and children can also take up martial arts together and swap tips. Livestrong explains the benefits.

 

2. Arts and crafts

Whether it's junk modelling, painting or woodwork, creative pastimes give kids a great sense of achievement. It's especially beneficial if youngsters work together with others on artistic projects, as their praise of one another helps to make them feel more certain of their own abilities. PBS explains how the arts can boost self-esteem.

3. Animal magic

Most children naturally love animals, and helping to care for pets can teach them all kinds of lessons. Interaction with cats, dogs and all kinds of other creatures helps most children to feel more happy and relaxed. If the family doesn't have animals at home, spending time with a friend's pets, or at a farm or zoo, can also be a boost to confidence. The Daily Mail has reported on how pets help teenagers' confidence.

4. Board games

There are many different board games on the market. While some are fiercely competitive, others are gentler, providing hours of family fun. Spending time together on an activity like this will help children to learn strategy. Even a younger child will enjoy being in charge of cards, counters or keeping score. This article from Buzzle explains how board games help children.

5. Music

Learning a musical instrument can help children's mental development. Once they have mastered the basics, they will really enjoy learning more tunes. Music is well-known to relieve stress and help social skills. Performing to friends and family also helps children to feel less worried about other occasions when they might have to take centre stage, for instance when they need to speak in public. Kumon explains how music helps children's confidence.

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