In the Ninja Preschool taekwondo class we have been studying balance: to be centered and focused. We have practiced many fun drills to show our physical balance, but we are also talking about LIFE BALANCE!read more
It's that time again! Life just seems to fly by when you are having fun and I always have fun when I'm at our Martial Arts School! We only have 6 opportunities per year for rank advancement and even though it seems like the last rank advancement was just yesterday, it really wasn't.
So why do we make such a big deal about rank advancement and testing? Because we have seen historically how to be a successful martial arts athlete! We have seen over and over, the students who have the greatest success in our program are the ones who take advantage of every opportunity to better them selves, which includes rank advancement.read more
Why do we teach taekwondo? We want you and your kids to be the best you can be in life! We want kids to be successful, in taekwondo, in school, in life! This is our ultimate goal and challenge. How are you successful? How much grit do you have?
I ran across a short Ted Talk video on grit today and it really inspired me! Taekwondo, martial arts is really a very great tool in teaching grit to kids!read more
What does being a black belt and being a child mean? Are we saying by letting kids earn black belts that we think they are able to defend themselves in any situation?
Honestly my goal of teaching taekwondo is NOT to teach self-defense as much as it is to teach kids self-control. I want teach kids the wisdom needed to live a life that never needs self-defense. To me what the kids get out of their martial arts journey is so much more meaningful than simply self-defense or how to fight.read more
We just returned from a martial arts show and seminar series where we got tons of great ideas for making our martial arts school even better! We are still processing all the great ideas we learned and trying to decide which will work for us.read more
Since we have another tournament coming up very soon it seemed like a good time to talk about the why we should compete. Tammy and I have competed in nearly every local and national tournament since we were Green Belts. Are we some sort of competition junkies or something? No, not really. But I can say that one of my most memorable experiences in my martial arts journey, happened at a tournament. It was a priceless family moment for me that would not have happened, if I were not competing.read more
Well our challenge time is almost over. How has it been going? March 31st measure, weigh, and count your push-ups and let us know your achievements, so we can celebrate with you! I would love to share some of your journey stories on our blog! Write them up or if you don’t want to write, call Rise Martial Arts and ask for Tammy or e-mail us at info@RiseWithMartialArts.com for an interview and I will write up your story for you. Let your success motivate someone else!read more
In our kids taekwondo and cubs (pre school) taekwondo classes we teach the meaning of self-control in a fun way, complete with hand motions. I will make myself (thumbs pointing to ourselves) do the right thing. (Finger pointing out pumping, like a mom, saying “do the right thing”) =) But we all know kids don’t always want to do the right thing, because they would rather talk to their neighbors in class than listen to the teacher or would rather wiggle than sit still. It’s hard to make yourself do the right thing. But as adults doing the right thing takes on a different meaning. We want to sit still and Facebook or read or watch TV or what ever rather than getting up and playing. Playing takes the self-control rather than the sitting still.read more