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  • Martial Arts - The Art of Peace

    Martial Arts - The Art of Peace

    Martial Arts - The Art of Peace For years, martial arts has gotten a bad reputation because people feel that it encourages violence, especially in children. And yes, it sounds like a paradox that something that teaches “fighting” can actually make people less aggressive. However, what most people don’t know is that martial arts is rooted in nonviolent conflict resolution. As the founder of Aikido, O’Sensei Morihei Ueshiba, said, “To injure an opponent is to injure yourself. To control aggression without inflicting injury is the Art of Peace.” Controlling aggression is the ultimate goal of martial arts. In order to do this, martial ....

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  • A 4D Approach to Online Safety

    A 4D Approach to Online Safety

    A 4D Approach to Online Safety Children of all ages are spending more and more time on devices. Online schoolwork and staying connected to family members are positive ways children can use technology. And while video games and social media apps are ways for children to connect and “play” with friends, these platforms are also a breeding ground for inappropriate content and predators. So, in the same way parents educate their children on awareness and danger in the physical world, danger in the virtual world should also be addressed. ....

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  • Certification Matters Three Tips to Choosing a Martial Arts School

    Certification Matters Three Tips to Choosing a Martial Arts School

    Certification Matters Three Tips to Choosing a Martial Arts School Choosing a martial arts school has always been a guessing game for most parents. Unless they have prior experience, to them, any style is coined “karate” so deciding on the best place is purely a guess. Parents generally look for a school that teaches punching and kicking, emphasizes discipline, and builds confidence. And while many schools are successful in delivering those results, many do so in ways that don’t truly tap into the deeper levels of science and psychology in order to make these benefits long-lasting. Therefore, finding martial arts schools that require certifications, so staff are ....

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  • Igniting Your Teens’ Motivation

    Igniting Your Teens’ Motivation

    Igniting Your Teens’ Motivation Adolescence has always been a challenging time for parents and teens to get through. Typically, this is because adults feel teens are lazy and/or out of control. However, these behaviors are usually present because teens feel uninspired and lack the right motivation in their lives. And while the development of the brain hasn’t changed, the environment around teens is constantly changing. Now, with the global pandemic at the forefront of our lives, teens are struggling to even complete the minimum daily tasks. Finding ways to inspire teens will ignite their motivation and support them in creating new things again. ....

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  • BENEFITS OF MARTIAL ARTS FOR KIDS WITH AUTISM

    BENEFITS OF MARTIAL ARTS FOR KIDS WITH AUTISM By Century Martial Arts If there is one thing that martial arts practitioners believe, it is that a foundation of discipline, respect and training will help bring you success. If there is another thing they all believe, it is that martial arts are for everyone. This is why most martial arts schools and school owners do their best to accommodate both individuals with both physical differences and neurodivergent individuals, such as those on the autism spectrum. Not only does martial arts provide a welcoming environment, but training can be very beneficial! For those looking to handle the issues that can arise ....

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  • HOW MARTIAL ARTS TEACHES RESPECT

    HOW MARTIAL ARTS TEACHES RESPECT By Century Martial Arts Martial arts are based on core values that dominate the practices and teachings. One cornerstone of most martial arts programs involves teaching and learning respect for yourself and those around you. While the sport is about self-defense, it also embodies certain characteristics such as confidence, control, focus and respect. There are many reasons why martial arts teaches respect, including learning the value of self and others. As such, respect and martial arts go hand-in-hand. The Belief of Respect
    To respect others, you must first understand what it is. In short, respect is ....

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  • INTERESTED IN FITNESS? CONSIDER TAKING MARTIAL ARTS

    INTERESTED IN FITNESS? CONSIDER TAKING MARTIAL ARTS By Century Martial Arts
    Having a fitness routine is an integral part towards working out and staying healthy. Though like all routines, it never hurts to change it up every now and then. Look no farther than the field of martial arts if you’re considering a new fitness routine. Martial arts include a variety of different types and styles, so there’s bound to be a style that fits your preferences. Whether it’s Brazilian jiu-jitsu , karate , taekwondo , tai chi , or mixed martial arts (MMA), practicing martial arts for fitness is an effective and fun way to keep yourself healthy and in shape. ....

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  • THE HIGH-KICKING KING OF ROCK AND ROLL

    THE HIGH-KICKING KING OF ROCK AND ROLL By Century Martial Arts Elvis Presley is an American icon for his love of both music and excess. When it came to enjoying himself, nothing could stop The King. However, there is a side to him that many people never realize existed. From his days in the army , Elvis was enamored by the power and discipline of martial arts. As he rose to new heights as a star of stage and screen, he also achieved his seventh-degree black belt. Here is a closer look at the tenacity of The King and his journey towards becoming a karate master.
    Always on My Mind
    Elvis Presley found himself enlisting in the military resulting in his ....

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  • YOU KNOW YOU’RE A MARTIAL ARTIST WHEN YOUR CHILDHOOD REVOLVED AROUND THESE MOVIES

    YOU KNOW YOU’RE A MARTIAL ARTIST WHEN YOUR CHILDHOOD REVOLVED AROUND THESE MOVIES By Sarah Lobban Who else remembers movie nights as a kid? Whether you were at a sleepover, with your family, or on a night you had the house to yourself, there was nothing better than settling in with some popcorn and candy and going on a cinematic adventure. Recently, we asked our Facebook audiences what their favorite childhood martial arts movies were. Not all of these were mainstream big-screen popular, but they were all at least martial artist popular. If you watched at least half of these, chances are you’re now a full-fledged martial artist with a few ....

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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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