Martial Arts Training for Self-Improvement

Martial arts training is ultimately concerned with self-improvement.

You can

* Become more physically fit

* Become more confident

* Become more able to cope with stress

* Enjoy a common activity with others

Our school provides this and more for both children and adults.

Give yourself a chance to experience the most comprehensive training program offered by the area’s only Master level instructor.

We offer traditional karate lessons, traditional karate weapons training, and submission grappling classes.

Come visit classes on any Monday, Tuesday or Thursday!

And check back here often for news about the school – there are some big things planned for the Fall!

Brown’s Karate Academy

Perseverance in the Martial Arts

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The study of martial arts encompasses many things – some physical and some mental.

The physical side is apparent to anyone who has watched a martial arts movie, seen a class, or watched a UFC fight on TV. Kicks and punches and throws and all sorts of holds.

The mental side of martial arts is less apparent, but there are many aspects to studying martial arts that are purely for the improvement of the individual spirit, honing the mind in the same way we train our body.

Martial arts have various tenets that all the participants strive to follow – courtesy, integrity, self-control, perseverance, and indomitable spirit are commonly shared by many systems in several countries.

Today I want to discuss the idea of perseverance and why it is critical to success – success in martial arts for sure, but also a transferable trait that will help in life.

Perseverance is defined as “steadfastness in doing something despite difficulty or delay in achieving success”. It is synonymous with tenacity, persistence, and determination.

In martial arts we strive to have steady persistence in a course of action especially in spite of difficulties, obstacles, or discouragement. This is played out in the pursuit of belt ranks, for example, which can take months to accomplish due to the number of techniques required as well as the ability to correctly perform the movements.

Perseverance can be shown in many ways – doing dozens of repetitions of techniques in order to gain the skill needed for the next belt, sticking with class even when it is hard, continuing training after an injury, or staying in class long enough to attain black belt.

And for parents, it can sometimes be making the kids go to class when they don’t want to go – because YOU want them to go and achieve the benefits of training.

Perseverance will allow people to attain things that others cannot!

Join our school and learn to persist and achieve goals that you never thought possible!

Brown’s Karate Academy

Karate Requires Patience

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One of the most common questions I get asked by prospective students is…..

“How long does it take to get a black belt?”

Of course, there is no single answer. It can be anywhere from 3 – 10 years, depending on the student – how often do they attend class, how much practice do they put in on their own, and how quickly they are able to memorize and grasp the techniques.

The simple truth is this:

Anyone can be a black belt, although few will make it.

Why?

In my 41 years of experience it really boils down to one thing – being patient.

In order to achieve black belt, you have to allow the process to happen. It will happen at the pace you are able to go, and no faster. You cannot cram for the exam or hurry up and learn things or otherwise speed the process along.

It is like growing a garden, you cannot rush the plants to maturity, they grow at the pace nature dictates.

A martial arts student is the same.

Most students don’t achieve black belt, not because they can’t make it, but because they let their impatience win out over their desire to reach a goal. They quit because things aren’t as easy as they had hoped or because an injury slows them down or because they have reached a minor plateau in training.

Remember that patience is the key, and attending class every session will provide the opportunity to overcome the barriers that appear in your path.

Come join Brown’s Karate Academy and see the difference you can make in yourself!

Six Benefits of Participating in Martial Arts

by Anders Abadie
Regular exercise and strengthening activities are beneficial for the human body. While activity outdoors can supply some of this needed action, there are other ways to incorporate movement into your everyday life. Martial arts can be an effective way to work out both the body and the mind, and this type of activity is suitable for people of all ages. Physical Activity The movements involved with martial arts can provide important opportunities for physical activity. Typical movements include punching, kicking, blocking, leaping, jumping, and twisting. After regular participation in the sport, people often have better cardiovascular fitness and feel stronger. People also learn coordination and have an elevated body awareness that may reduce the incidence of injuries from other activities. Another benefit from this discipline involves enhanced posture and balance, which betters the entire body. As people learn the moves and associated mindset, they often adopt an improved perspective about both physical and emotional health. It’s common for people to lose weight as they pursue this healthier lifestyle. Mental Focus Engaging in this discipline requires an increased level of mental focus. As you participate in this activity, you will learn how to focus your body and mind. The ability to ignore distractions can be a beneficial skill, especially with the prevalence of electronic devices invading the typical person’s daily existence. It’s also common for attention spans to improve as people learn better listening and concentration skills. Self-Confidence Self-confidence often increases exponentially after beginning martial arts classes. People apply effort to work up through various levels within a program. With the successful ascension through levels and the acquisition of skills and knowledge, self-confidence naturally increases. A common tenet of this philosophy involves the belief that no one is inherently better or stronger than anyone else. Incorporating this philosophy into one’s personal beliefs will enable personal self-respect and an outgoing respect for others. Students also tend to develop a strong respect for instructors, which teaches valuable lessons about respecting those in authority. Social Interaction Attending classes provides opportunity for positive social interaction between peers and instructors. The friendships developed can flourish as students pursue common goals. Students gain practice with conflict resolution and extending compassion toward others. Many martial arts academies also provide additional opportunities for interaction through planned activities. Self-Discipline The drills and activities involved in this sport instill a strong sense of self-discipline. Instructors are fierce advocates for following instructions. They also teach accountability, responsibility, and pride in accomplishments. As students are immersed in this mindset, they will invariably develop strong self-discipline that spills over into other areas of their lives. Positive Conflict Resolution Bullying is a prevalent issue in today’s society. Aggressive behavior happens regularly among children and adults. People who take martial arts classes often learn more positive ways to interact with others and resolve conflicts. Instead of verbally or physically attacking others, people can learn how to interact assertively, how to assess threats, and how to redirect both verbal and physical attacks. Explore martial arts programs to determine whether the benefits make the efforts worthwhile. You may be surprised at the far-reaching impact this philosophy can have on your life.

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Martial Arts Training – Take Karate Lessons Wisely

by Brian Wilson
As our typical day becomes more and more hectic and stressful, the need to stay fit and healthy has become more important than ever. There are various choices when it comes to fitness development, but when it comes to achieving the most benefits-while fitness training- Martial Arts is second to none!

A good martial arts training program will not only train you to be fit and agile – it will also train you to be more aware of your surroundings, and be more confident to be able to take control in dangerous situations.

However, with the dozens of martial arts styles (and hundreds of schools) out there, how do you know which style is right for you?

To best decide this, you will need to take a moment and figure out what your specific goals to training are.

For simply fitness, most arts will do. Being proficient in most arts requires sound mind AND body! Therefore, with the practice of each style’s particular movements, there is usually a fitness part attached to it.

The real question comes up when it comes to HOW do you want to defend yourself?

– Judo & Jiu-Jitsu focus on taking your opponent to the ground and groundfighting – Tae Kwon Do focuses more on utilizing kicks as your mechanism of defense – The Soft Arts (many of the Chinese-Based Arts & Aikido) utilize soft, circular movements to subdue and beat their opponent – The Hard Arts (eg. Kyokushin, Shotokan, etc.) utilize hard, linear strikes to subdue and beat their opponent

Our studio teaches a Kempo-based self-defense system which is a hybrid of all of the above systems. Our goal is to teach you self-defense techniques from all of the major martial arts philosophies, and help you (the student) find out which one resonates the most.

Aside from finding the art that you best think fits your personality, the next factor (which may be even more important) is finding an instructor and a training culture that you feel most comfortable with. To become good at any of the martial art disciplines requires years of steady practice, and the only way to do that successfully is to find a good mentor and support staff to aid in that journey.

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