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  • THE BENEFITS OF MARTIAL ARTS TRAINING FOR TEENS AND ADULTS WITH DOWN SYNDROME

    THE BENEFITS OF MARTIAL ARTS TRAINING FOR TEENS AND ADULTS WITH DOWN SYNDROME By Dwight Trower By Dwight Trower
    Originally published on the MAIA blog. In my many years as a martial artist and school owner, I have had the fortune of being able to instruct many students with Down Syndrome, as well as others on the autism spectrum and with various mental and physical disabilities. Given the inclusive nature of martial arts (no one sits on the bench!) I know that many of my fellow school owners have also had this experience. However, in 2010, thanks to Deidre Pujols and the Pujols Family Foundation , I was given the opportunity to do even more. ....

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  • HOW MARTIAL ARTS TEACHES CHILDREN SELF-DISCIPLINE

    HOW MARTIAL ARTS TEACHES CHILDREN SELF-DISCIPLINE By Century Martial Arts There are numerous benefits of martial arts for kids, including improved physical health and a boost in self-confidence. Martial arts can also teach children self-defense skills that can help them ward off bullies and protect themselves from violent attacks. More importantly than fighting off others, however, martial arts teaches kids how to become masters of themselves: how to control thoughts, emotions, actions and responses. Why Self-Discipline Is Important in Youth
    Today’s youth face many challenges in their home lives, as well as in school and societal environments, ....

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  • THE INSPIRING HISTORY OF CAPOEIRA

    THE INSPIRING HISTORY OF CAPOEIRA By Century Martial Arts This unconventional martial art is a combination of fighting techniques blended with acrobatic dance. The result is an art with complex movements that are as deadly as they are beautiful. Learning to perform capoeira can take some time. Those who practice this centuries-old martial art must master the art of constantly moving in a flowing style instead of the more common fixed positions found in many other styles of martial arts. Origins in Western Africa
    The development of capoeira as it is known today is credited to African slaves brought to Brazil in the 1500s. Most of these slaves were originally ....

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  • HOW MARTIAL ARTS CONQUERS BULLYING WITH CONFIDENCE

    HOW MARTIAL ARTS CONQUERS BULLYING WITH CONFIDENCE By Century Martial Arts Anti-bully campaigns are becoming more and more prominent with every passing year, as parents become more attuned to the difficulties children face when they head off to school or out to play. While many parents think that there’s little a child can do to avoid being bullied if they aren’t the biggest or strongest kid in their grade, in reality, so much of beating bullying is about building confidence. Martial arts training goes a long way in building a child’s confidence. This is partly because martial arts teaches children how to defend themselves physically; ....

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  • FIGHTING CHILDHOOD OBESITY WITH MARTIAL ARTS

    FIGHTING CHILDHOOD OBESITY WITH MARTIAL ARTS By Century Martial Arts Karate
    Karate is an old form of martial arts. In fact, it’s been around since around the 1300s! When it comes to popular martial arts, this is one of the most used and most popular globally. You don’t have to worry about any weapons. For kids who need more activity in their daily life, karate offers a full body workout. In addition, when kids learn karate, they often learn how to incorporate it into their lifestyle. One thing to note about karate is that it is not about the opponent, but instead about yourself. If your child wants to learn striking techniques, this is the ....

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  • OXYTOCIN The Key To Positive Social Relationships in Children and Teens

    OXYTOCIN The Key To Positive Social Relationships in Children and Teens Oxytocin has been dubbed the “love chemical.” It is the hormone that is released when we feel love and trust in relationships. For most people, they know oxytocin as a significant part of the parent-child bonding process. However, it is also very important in overall human relationships and is considered our “social glue.” The release of oxytocin is not automatic but rather, a learned response. It is very important for children to develop an effective oxytocin response. We find that when children are abused or ....

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  • ENDORPHINS The Key to Effort and Focus in Children and Teens

    ENDORPHINS The Key to Effort and Focus in C hildren and T eens Endorphins are natural chemicals produced in the body to reduce pain and boost happiness. They are most often associated with exercise since the release of these “feel-good” chemicals cause a state of euphoria and is usually known as a “runner’s high.” However, most any exercise will cause this state of happiness and it is also boosted through laughter and excitement . In recent years, studies involving endorphins ha ve begun to focus on how this chemical contributes to learning. ....

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  • Childhood Brain Training

    The learning process is vital to healthy development of a child’s brain and their experiences and interactions largely influence how this happens. This process doesn’t just take place in the classroom but in all areas of the child’s life. Because of this, learning is better approached when it is an active process that triggers the appropriate areas of the brain. By utilizing this method, learning becomes more exciting and therefore, more beneficial to brain development and ultimately increasing intelligence. The brain is the command center for the body. When a baby is born, it has all the brain cells it will have for its entire life. The early years of a ....

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  • The Secret Senses To Better Behavior

    The Secret Senses To Better Behavior We’ve all heard of the main 5 senses; taste, touch, smell, sight, and hearing. However, there are two other, very important, senses that don’t get enough attention. Those are the vestibular sense and proprioception. These two senses are vital in the development of a child but are often overlooked, especially in today’s world. This is mostly due to the fact that safety is of the upmost importance for anyone working with children. And while safety is important, the constant lack of “risky play” is contributing to the underdevelopment of these two senses. The vestibular sense is most easily understood as the sense that ....

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  • Is it Rude, Is it Mean, Is it Bullying?

    Is it Rude, Is it Mean, Is it Bullying?

    As they say, kids will be kids. And yes, children and teens can be unkind to their peers and feelings get hurt. The problem is when these behaviors become common and target the same person repeatedly. This is when kids being kids begins to cross the line to bullying. And while bullying is a very terrible thing for anyone to endure, it is important to look at the actual behavior and determine if it really is bullying or if it is children being rude or mean. Bullying is a term that has become more prevalent in recent years even though the actual act of bullying has been around for a very long time. Although studies have shown that the rates of bullying incidents have actually decreased, ....

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