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03 July 2017

Why Women Should Learn Self Defence

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Why Women Should Learn Self Defence
The unfortunate fact of life is that sometimes you may need to protect yourself or your family from an external threat. Women can be particularly vulnerable to an attack of any kind, which is one of the many reasons why learning self defence techniques can be so important.

Crime

It can happen to anyone of us and at any time and the harsh reality is, that if you don’t prepare yourself to cope with this kind of a scenario, it can come as a big shock to the system if it ever did occur.

The techniques you learn, usually from a martial arts class, will make you less vulnerable and more able to protect yourself in the least violent way possible and the calmness that comes from having the confidence to act in this kind of pressured situation, means you have the best chance of keeping yourself and the ones you love, safe.

03 July 2017

How Martial Arts Will Improve Your Child's Confidence

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How Martial Arts Will Improve Your Child's Confidence
Inner confidence plays a massively important part in anyone’s success and happiness and it is crucial that children are given the room to develop theirs from an early age. A good martial arts class is a wonderful place for children to build self confidence, discipline and the belief they need to lead a positive and fruitful adulthood.

Fun

First and foremost, a good instructor will make the class fun and your kids will come away feeling like they’ve had a good time. Friendships and bonds are made between children in a classroom environment and that ability to make new buddies, in itself, will give their confidence a nice boost.

Praise

A martial instructor will typically have a keen eye for how children are progressing and there will be parts of the class that they will better at than others. By finding out the areas your child are good and praising them for it, a sense of achievement is passed to them, again increasing their confidence.

Progression

As a child moves through the ‘ranks’ from white belt, through blue and eventually to black belt, this progression naturally boosts their self-esteem as their standing within the class grows with each achievement. As their seniority grows, they are also encouraged to assist less experienced students, a responsibility that lends itself to greater confidence.

03 July 2017

Respect is Earned, not Bought - Why it is Vital for your Child to Learn About Earning It

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Respect is Earned, not Bought  - Why it is Vital for your Child to Learn About Earning It
At Tring Martial Arts, our classes teach a number of things to our students. They teach, focus, discipline and respect and we believe, the latter is such an  important for thing your child to learn. 

Regardless of which type of martial arts training your child studies, respect for others is a running theme across them all. Our extremely experienced and skilled instructors know how to work with and motivate children to become the best they can be, and they can only do that by learning the value of respect.

Impressionable Age

Children are at the most impressionable period of their lives and for them to be exposed an ethos and a way of life that treats everyone with the respect they deserve, is a wonderful learning process for them.

Earned Not Bought

Respect cannot be gained instantly and it most certainly can’t be bought. Only by knuckling down, working hard and treating others with respect can children earn the respect that they will then deserve. The path to achieving this is a very educational one for a child and will give them life skills that they might not otherwise have gained.

03 July 2017

The Benefits of Martial Arts for Children with ADHD

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All children require structure, routine and discipline to lead a happy, balanced life and when all of these things are present, they thrive. These are all elements that exist in martial arts....

The Benefits of Martial Arts for Children with ADHD
All children require structure, routine and discipline to lead a happy, balanced life and when all of these things are present, they thrive. These are all elements that exist in martial arts, which represent an effective therapy for children affected by Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and according to NHS statistics http://bit.ly/2qAHzUy, as many as 5% of all children are now diagnosed with the condition.

How Do Martial Arts Help?

Apart from the obvious physical benefits that exercise provides, including strength, cardio health and stamina, martial arts are known to diminish the symptoms of ADHD. Impulsiveness and hyperactivity (the most notable ADHD characteristics) are significantly reduced when children are given martial arts training.
 
Increased Self Esteem

The personal discipline and routine that are established by training in martial arts have a virtuous effect on a child’s sense of achievement. As well as the proud moment when they are awarded the next colour belt up, self esteem can be hugely boosted by the increased standing they have amongst their peers and the general sense of self-confidence that martial arts training provides.

Whilst a child who experiences difficulties at school with ADHD can become very frustrated with their lack of academic progress, martial arts offers a way from them to achieve something meaningful away from the rigid classroom setting.

03 July 2017

How Quitting Activities Like Martial Arts Will Negatively Impact Your Child's Future

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The Quit Trigger and how to avoid it developing in your child

How Quitting Activities Like Martial Arts Will Negatively Impact Your Child's Future
When it comes to physical and mental well being, there are no more beneficial physical activities for children than martial arts classes. So, it will come as no surprise that when it comes to quitting and going back to the old routine, there are a number of negatives that could occur, which as a parent, you need to be aware of.  The biggest negative that can develop in a child's life is what we call the Quit Trigger.  The Quit Trigger is developed where a child is allowed to quit an activity such as martial arts without "giving it a good go".  Once the quit trigger has been developed they know that they can start any activity they want, then quit when they don't want to go anymore, even if the parents know it is good for them.  Take swimming for example, would you let your child quit learning to swim, I doubt it!  What about school, they don't want to go anymore, do you let them stop - of course not!  By letting your child quit, and develop the Quit Trigger, here is a list of likely negative outcomes:-

Dedication

The discipline and dedication that martial arts training instils in your child will stand them in good stead in many ways, but there may be occasions when the motivation needed to keep going is missing. It is at this point that you need to remind yourself and your child of the possible negative impact that quitting can have on many aspects of your child’s behaviour.

Lower-Self Esteem

Feeling confident is synonymous with regular exercise and the increased self-esteem that your child will almost certainly have experienced when they started martial arts training can slowly, but surely ebb away if they quit. Also, not being part of a regular, friendly social group can negatively impact on the confidence and their ability to act in social situations.

03 July 2017

The Benefits of Martial Art Fitness for Children Aged 4 Years and Over

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Martial arts training is a fantastic way to provide the benefits of organised exercised to your children and it can be suitable for kids as young as 4.

The Benefits of Martial Art Fitness for Children Aged 4 Years and Over
Martial arts training is a fantastic way to provide the benefits of organised exercised to your children and it can be suitable for kids as young as 4. Not only that, but regular classes will teach your child focus, self-control, respect and determination and that’s not all!

Focus

The techniques practiced during a martial arts class help with coordination, concentration and focus. The increased concentration that is encouraged during this time can transfer to other parts of their lives, such as at school and at home, where improved focus can significantly and positively affect behaviour.

Self-Control

It could be that your child doesn’t do so well with team sports, which can seem highly pressured or that they aren’t too interested in exercise in general, due to an obsession with a games console, but martial arts training offers all the benefits of other types of exercise, without the added pressure to ‘perform’. It also teaches self-control, which is a very useful skill to possess, at any time of life.

03 July 2017

Discipline = Success. Why it is Vital for your Child to Learn Discipline

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The Definition of Discipline

Discipline = Success. Why it is Vital for your Child to Learn Discipline
Self discipline refers to a person’s ability to control their emotions, desires, impulses and behaviour. At key points in someone’s life, having the strength to resist instant gratification in favour of long term happiness allows for higher achievements and more meaningful goals.

At Tring Martial Arts, we are fully aware of the positive effects that discipline can have on a child’s behaviour and we’re not just talking about them ‘doing as their told’.

Self Discipline has a Number of Benefits

  • It helps a child build their self-confidence
  • It makes a child more productive, as they are able to accomplish more
  • It gives the ability to control feelings of frustration and the negative emotions it creates
  • It enables achievement of goals more easily

03 July 2017

Why Your Child Should Train in the Martial Arts More Than Once per Week

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So, you’ve done all of your research and you have decided that martial arts is the perfect class for your child.

Why Your Child Should Train in the Martial Arts More Than Once per Week
Why Your Child Should Train in the Martial Arts More Than Once per Week

So, you’ve done all of your research and you have decided that martial arts is the perfect class for your child. The next question you need to ask yourself is how often they should attend the class.

Whilst the benefits of martial arts training are well known, you need to practice it often enough for those effects to be enjoyed. The starting point is at least twice per week, which is regularly enough for the benefits to be felt, without any risk of ‘burnout’. Limiting it to a couple of times of week also allows for other pastimes, which offers your child a rounded and balanced life.

As important as the lessons learnt at a martial class are, you still want your kid to be what they are...a kid. Likewise, your children still want their parents…to be parents.  Children need leadership in their lives, parental leadership and leadership from authority figures.  Someone they can look up to, like their Sensei’s!  

03 July 2017

5 Reasons Your Child Needs to Take Martial Arts Lessons

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Take a look at 5 compelling reasons why enrolling your children in Martial Arts lessons is a good idea.

5 Reasons Your Child Needs to Take Martial Arts Lessons
If you have a young child and are thinking about enrolling them in a martial arts class, you need to know that you are making the right decision. The good news is that getting them involved in martial arts training is most certainly a good decision and one that will teach them discipline, respect, self control and friendship.

Reason 1 - Friendships

Growing up can be a challenging time for any child and making good, long lasting friendships can prove tricky. As respect for others is central to all forms of martial arts training, it is the perfect environment for making friends and long term bonds with people. 

03 July 2017

Why Training in the Martial Arts Will Make you More Organised

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Martial Arts teaches, discipline, respect and self control, amongst other things, which are life skills that will stay with a student forever.

Why Training in the Martial Arts Will Make you More Organised
At Tring Martial Arts, we are on a mission to spread the word about the beneficial effects martial arts training can have on many aspects of a person’s life. It teaches, discipline, respect and self control, amongst other things, which are life skills that will stay with a student forever.

Dedication

One of the first things that martial arts training instils in a person is a sense of dedication. Focussing both introspectively and outwardly, lessons are learnt about respecting others and oneself. The discipline that comes from taking part in a regular martial arts class will help students learn to be more organised in their personal lives also.

03 July 2017

The Benefits of Martial Arts for Children and Adults with a Spectrum Disorder

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Martial arts can be of benefit to those suffering with all manner of illnesses and the same is true of disorders on the autism spectrum

The Benefits of Martial Arts for Children and Adults with a Spectrum Disorder
Martial arts can be of benefit to those suffering with all manner of illnesses and the same is true of disorders on the autism spectrum. Whilst the severity of the conditions the term covers can vary greatly, the benefits can be felt by both adults and children alike.

At Tring Martial Arts in Hertfordshire, we understand the far reaching benefits of discipline, respect and self-control that come with martial arts training, which is why we are so passionate about spreading the word.

03 July 2017

How Martial Arts Can Help Children and Adults Learn to Cope with Change

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Coping with change can be a challenging time for anyone.

How Martial Arts Can Help Children and Adults Learn to Cope with Change
Coping with change can be a challenging time for anyone. ‘Fear of the unknown’ plays a large part in the worry that we all experience when major changes to our lives occur. The good news however, is that there is a way to combat that fear and better cope with upheaval and it comes in the form of martial arts training.

Self-Discipline

Identifying and dealing with negative and frustrating feelings that often accompany change are skills taught in martial arts classes up and down the country. Having the ability to effectively manage your feelings and minimise their effects is such a useful skill to have and it is one that will stay with a student throughout their lives.

Anxiety

The exercise carried out in the course of a 50 minute class, directly combats stress and can hugely decrease levels of depression and anxiety. The endorphins released are known to reduce pain and gives a person a ‘feel good’ outlook on life.

Anxiety can take many forms and if anger rears it head, a martial arts student is typically much better placed to manage that feeling and deal with it. Feelings of anger and frustration are to be expected when a big change is happening, so it’s obviously going to have a positive effect.

Confidence

When someone is removed from their ‘comfort zone’, which is what often happens change occurs, it can give their self-esteem a knock. New people and new surroundings can lead to feelings of insecurity - just try and remember back to your first day at a new school. It can be terrifying!

Martial arts, when practiced regularly, give a person a sense of confidence, discipline, self-control and a general sense of calmness. All these things go into making someone stronger and better able to cope with change.

Should you wish to find out more about how martial arts can be used to help you or your family deal with the stresses of daily life and everything it throws at you, give us a call on 01442 795001 or visit our website www.tringmartialarts.com for more information.

Martial arts represent a state of mind and the lessons it teaches, form the perfect platform from which to lead a happy and balanced life.

We look forward to talking with you.

02 April 2017

Understanding the Intellectual Needs of children aged 7 to 14 years old when teaching Martial Arts. A parents guide to TMA Classes

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Understanding the Intellectual Needs of children aged 7 to 14 years old when teaching Martial Arts. A parents guide to TMA Classes

Children learn and grow in stages, some children either accelerate compared to their peers, or are growing at a slower pace than normal, therefore it is hard to pinpoint the exact ages and stages of development.  However, Tring Martial Arts Academy instructors are trained in the various stages and levels of child development and recognise through our experience since 2005 that child growth and development can be categorizes into four main age groups.

The four age groups are:

  • 3 & 4 year olds
  • 5 & 6 year olds
  • 7 to 9 year olds
  • 10 to 14 year olds

Within each age group, children show growth and development in four fundamental categories:

  • Physical
  • Intellectual
  • Emotional
  • Social

02 April 2017

Understanding Emotional Intelligence in 7 to 14 year old children when teaching Martial Arts Classes at TMA!

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Understanding Emotional Intelligence in 7 to 14 year old children when teaching Martial Arts Classes at TMA!

Children learn and grow in stages, some children either accelerate compared to their peers, or are growing at a slower pace than normal, therefore it is hard to pinpoint the exact ages and stages of development. However, Tring Martial Arts Academy instructors are trained in the various stages and levels of child development and recognise through our experience since 2005 that child growth and development can be categorizes into four main age groups. The four age groups are:
3 & 4 year olds
5 & 6 year olds
7 to 9 year olds
10 to 14 year olds Within each age group, children show growth and development in four fundamental categories:
Physical
Intellectual
Emotional
Social

02 April 2017

Accounting for Social Development Skills with children aged between 7 and 14 years when we teaching classes at TMA!

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Accounting for Social Development Skills with children aged between 7 and 14 years when we teaching classes at TMA!

Children learn and grow in stages, some children either accelerate compared to their peers, or are growing at a slower pace than normal, therefore it is hard to pinpoint the exact ages and stages of development. However, Tring Martial Arts Academy instructors are trained in the various stages and levels of child development and recognise through our experience since 2005 that child growth and development can be categorizes into four main age groups. The four age groups are:
3 & 4 year olds
5 & 6 year olds
7 to 9 year olds
10 to 14 year olds Within each age group, children show growth and development in four fundamental categories:
Physical
Intellectual
Emotional
Social 

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