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Martial Arts Training for Kids & Adults in Pflugerville, Texas

What is a Black Belt?

The term black belt means something to people even if they know nothing about martial arts!  Its a term that carries weight.  Why?
 
Is it because we value someone’s ability to fight?  Or is it more because we know it takes time to invest in an art that has been practiced for centuries?  I think it’s more the latter.  Martial Arts has a rich history.  And as we study martial Arts, we plug ourselves into that history.  
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Summer Camps

Pflugerville summer camp fun
 
What are summer camps at Rise Martial Arts in Pflugerville?  Think huge lock in with a fun martial arts class and weapons class thrown in!  We have tons of games planned for the kids, some outside time in the morning for a bit.  
 
 
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Life Balance!

 

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!

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Build Better Children

We all want the very best for our kids! We want them to do well in school and life! I just read an incredible book called, “Smart Moves, Why Learning is Not All in Your Head” by Carla Hannaford, Ph. D. She explains how we learn so clearly. I was blown away by what I learned. 

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Promotion Week

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.

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GRIT! Does Your Child Have It?

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!

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My Child is a Black Belt!

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.  

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Why Private Lessons?!

 

 

Why private lessons?  Don’t you teach everything they need to know in taekwondo classes?  Why yes of course we do!  But…it’s pretty impossible to critique the tiny movement details necessary for a great martial arts form in a classroom setting.

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Why Test?

 

Hopefully it doesn’t seem like we over talk this!  But we really have your child’s success in our minds when we encourage them to test!  We have seen over and over again: the ones who do not test turn into quitters.  Sad but true.  The child is demotivated and doesn’t want to come to class.  All their friends tested and moved to a new rank and they didn’t get to.

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Look for some exciting new ideas!

 

 

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.

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How to Succeed at Taekwondo

Want to have success in martial arts?  Find out the things that successful Taekwondo students do!

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Why Every Martial Artist Should Compete in Tournaments

 

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.  

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What's For Dinner? Week 1

 

In an effort to add value to our adult Taekwondo and fitness program we were encouraged to offer meal plans.  Which we thought was a really good idea until we came down to the practical side of it.  There are a lot of meal plans available on line (one of the most interesting is at the bottom of the page) but I personally have never ever used someone else’s meal plans.  When I look at meal plans I generally just glean ideas from them and tweak meals we already eat.  

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Why should we test for Taekwondo rank?

 

I recently heard of a student who told one of us that they didn’t see the point of testing. I’ve been pondering this a while and one of the best ways for me to ponder is to write.

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What to Expect, When You Start Training:

 

Congratulations!  You’ve been thinking about joining us in our adult martial arts program.  Our adult program includes all classes that are designed for adults, both taekwondo and Kisado Fitness.  Thinking about joining is the first step!  Second step come try out a free class!  But come prepared!

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Chelsea's TKD Journey!

 

So excited that one of our students took time from her very busy schedule to write down her taekwondo journey to share with others!  So inspiring Chelsea! Thanks so much!  We'd love to hear from others, adult taekwondo students or parents sharing their children's taekwondo stories.  If you've been studying martial arts for any length of time you have a story!  It amazes me the perseverance and inner strength we all build overcoming our own unique challenges.

 

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Perseverance is for adults too.. And courage...

 

I’d like to share some more of my personal taekwondo journey.  In my previous blog I mentioned what I love about adult martial arts.  Now I’d like to comment on some of the low points in my taekwondo journey.

 

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Why I love adult martial arts!

 

I just asked our adult martial artists to comment on our Facebook page; what do you like about adult taekwondo classes.  (Or don’t like)  So I thought it time to share a bit of my journey.

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Martial Arts: The Fountain of Youth?

Many adults are discovering the life changing benefits of martial arts.  Do you want to stay "forever young"?

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The Rewards of Routine

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