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Why Martial Arts Are Great For Your Kids
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If you are a parent, we are certain that your child’s health and development are among the highest priorities in your life. There is so much you can do, so much conflicting advice on what are the best things a kid should do to grow up happy, healthy and equipped with all the right skills to tackle life.

We don’t have all the answers, but we are certain that training in martial arts is hands down one of the best practices for your children, let us explain why.

What are martial arts?

Karate? Taekwondo? Hapkido? Kicking? Punching? – Lifestyle, Mindset, Character-Building

For those that know martial arts only from pop culture, we would like to explain that it’s more than just kicking, punching and fighting.

For many, it’s a lifestyle, a mindset, and a deep philosophy.

Martial arts are often centuries old organized systems of practices and traditions that are practiced for physical, psychological and spiritual development and for learning self-defence skills. They have been a very important part of human history and continue to bring immense benefits to its practitioners to this day. The physical practice develops strength, coordination and endurance while building character, boosting self-confidence and self-control.

Another popular misconception is that it’s just for adults. This can’t be further from the truth. Unlike most sports and practices, martial arts don’t just train the body in isolation, but also the mind in equal measure. Martial arts as a solo journey encourages self-improvement stronger than team sports but also encompasses benefits of teamwork through training with, and supporting, other students in their journey.

Benefits of martial arts for children

Kids Martial Arts: Focus, Self-Defence, Fitness, Respect, Discipline & Teamwork

Like with everything else, if you put in the time, you will see the results. Martial arts are no different. Besides the mass of anecdotal evidence, many of the benefits for children and adults alike have been researched.

Let’s inspect the most prominent traits you will see in your children if they start practicing martial arts.  

Focus

The attention span of everyone is declining with the rise of technology and this is even truer for kids. The complex nature of martial arts movements and principles requires a level of focus and concentration that will undoubtedly improve the child’s focus and discipline. That’s why it’s better to start early, so they can use this focus in every area of their development.

Self-Defence and Environmental Awareness

Being aware in your surroundings and being able to defend yourself is one of our main pillars at Eagle Martial Arts. After all, martial arts were developed for this exact purpose. The cold truth is that it’s inevitable that at some point someone may bully your child and when this moment comes, their martial arts skills will be invaluable not only to be able to physically react, but even more importantly to resolve the situation calmly and without violence.

Fitness

Every martial arts consists of complex movements that mobilize the entire body. Training properly, with intent and focus, will develop strength, mobility, agility, stamina and balance. You will witness your child becoming stronger every week. They will start using their bodies functionally and you can be sure they will stay fit, healthy and active.

Respect

Respect to authority, elders and hierarchy is pivotal in traditional martial arts. There traits are ever disappearing in today’s world, but in martial arts they have not been lost. Your child will learn to be well mannered and respectful not only to the instructors but also to others around them. Furthermore, they will learn respect and appreciation for their own abilities.

Discipline and Teamwork

The environment in a martial arts school with its atmosphere of respect and honour inspires these values even in the most problematic of kids. The young ones learn that concentrating on a single task will inevitably lead to good results. All the challenges in the dojo/dojang teach problem solving that lend itself perfectly in the day-to-day life.

Despite being a solo activity, martial arts also build a very strong bond between practitioners because they face the same challenges, help each other overcome them and push each other to become better.

Eagle Martial Arts program for kids

Coordination, Behaviour, Self-Control, Discipline, Respect, Self-Respect

By now, you are probably convinced of the undeniable benefits a child can get by training martial arts. Here at Eagle Martial Arts, we take pride in developing a comprehensive curriculum that is specifically tailored to each age group in a way that helps the children grow as both martial artists and people while also being a lot of fun.

Starting as early as 3 years old, your little one can become an Eaglet at EMA. They will develop vital motor skills, coordination and well-mannered behaviour while having a lot of fun. The 3 and 4 year olds grow up every day and it’s important to satisfy their curiosity with meaningful and interesting tasks. We will help you do that while kick starting your child’s growth.

The next age group is the Little Eagles. We created a teaching method that we call “edu-tainment” for the 5- and 6-year-olds. In a fun and interesting manner, we teach our Little Eagles 8 pivotal life skills and traits:

  • Focus
  • Memory
  • Coordination
  • Self-control
  • Fitness
  • Discipline
  • Teamwork

The oldest children up to 13 years of age fall in to the Junior Martial Arts category. Here, we focus on incorporating all the previously learned skills in a holistic self-development approach. Children start learning more effective self-defence and control techniques. We also emphasize many verbal, psychological and verbal anti bully techniques.

The road from junior leads to teen and adult and quite possibly a lifetime journey in martial arts, rewarded by unwavering self-confidence, robust health and body and friendships for life.

Martial arts are perfect for children

Focus, Strength, Self-Improvement

It’s safe to say martial arts are perfect activity for kids. It takes commitment and consistency, but the rewards are well worth it. Guide your child in the early stages and it will thank you for it later in life.

If you feel inspired by the promise of focus, discipline and strength, maybe you will start your own martial arts journey alongside your child and walk the path of self-improvement together. There are classes at EMA suitable for every age and gender.

Studies on benefits of martial arts:

1. Psychosocial Benefits of the Martial Arts: Myth or Reality? A Literature Review

2. The effects of martial arts participation on mental and psychosocial health outcomes: a randomised controlled trial of a secondary school-based mental health promotion program

3. Health benefits of hard martial arts in adults: a systematic review

4. Getting Fit With Martial Arts

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What is Hapkido?
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Hapkido

The modern world is a much safer place than any other time in history. If you live in a developed country, chances are you will never have to use physical force to save your life, health, or dignity. 

But imagine that one day you are forced to defend yourself, your family, or your property and there is no other option in sight. At this very moment, the physical and mental skills you can apply are the single most valuable thing you possess.

As the ancient Chinese proverb goes “It is better to be a warrior in a garden, than a gardener in a war”. This still rings very true today.

Hapkido is a hybrid martial art designed for self-defense originating from Korea that includes a complete arsenal of techniques both for striking and on the ground. 

Our aim at Eagle Martial arts is to train Hapkido in a way that can be applied, not just practiced.

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What is Hapkido?

Martial Arts? Judo? Self Defence? Taekwondo? Karate?

Hapkido was created in Korea as a form of self-defense. The name literally means “The way of coordination and internal power” and it‘s characterized by combining dynamic striking, kicking, deflection techniques, throws, takedowns, grappling locks as well as a vast array of joint locking techniques.  

This makes Hapkido a complete martial art and one of the original “mixed martial arts”. The creator of the style Choi Yong-Sool adapted the Japanese art Daito-ryu Aiki jiu-jitsu when he returned to his country after spending 30 years in Japan. 

He and his followers saw the need to add more and more aspects to Hapkido from other martial arts, that have proven themselves to be applicable in real combat. Kicks and strikes from indigenous Taekkyon (parent style of modern Taekwondo) were added first, then various throws and ground fighting techniques from judo. 

The main goal of Hapkido is to rapidly subdue and render any attacker helpless without the use of brute force. Instead, practitioners seek to gain the advantage through manipulation of body position and applying leverage to incapacitate without the use of strength. The control over the opponent allows the Hapkido artist to choose to defuse the situation without causing harm or inflict serious damage if wanted. This makes Hapkido a preferred system for many law enforcement personnel throughout the world. 

Traditional Hapkido is based on 3 important principles.

  1. Principle of Nonresistance to force- this principle teaches to not act directly opposing the opponent’s force. Balance and fluidity are used to redirect and use the opponent’s force against them. 
  2. Principle of Circular motion- using circular motions allows the gathering of greater energy and using it in the techniques. All the movements in Hapkido are free-flowing and natural.
  3. Principle of water- in short, this means to fluidly adapt to the circumstances of the opponent and the surroundings. One must be able to adapt and respond to every situation. This principle also shows the flowing nature of the moves in Hapkido.

Of course, we can analyze these concepts in much greater detail, but perhaps we will do this in another article. This one is just to familiarize you with the basic principles and what you will learn if you choose to train Hapkido. 

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How we train Hapkido at EMA

Kicking, Striking, Throwing, Techniques, Ground Work & Application

At Eagle Martial Arts we view martial arts to be much more than kicking and punching. Martial arts should teach you a wide array of skills and attributes. In addition to learning how to defend yourself physically, you will become confident, collected, and aware in a large range of situations.

Our Hapkido program can provide you with the complete toolset for this. We developed Eagle Martial Arts to fill many of the gaps between traditional martial arts and real-life scenarios. 

In the last couple of decades, the rise of the sport of Mixed Martial Arts exposed a lot of gaping holes in many traditional disciplines and beliefs. In addition, the large usage of cameras pretty much everywhere also documented many real altercations that everybody can watch on the internet. 

With this knowledge, we followed the example of early Hapkido masters and expanded the already very potent traditional style with some aspects from other battle-proven styles like Brazilian jiu-jitsu and kickboxing. The result is a comprehensive curriculum for the modern world. 

Still, we encompass all the values and techniques from traditional Hapkido and we are proudly a part of the Global Hapkido Association.

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Even more benefits of Hapkido

Strength, Cardio, Flexibility, Stress Relief, Fun

Training in martial arts is a never-ending journey to self-improvement and immense mental development. But it’s also a great workout for the body. Systematic training will undoubtedly increase your muscle strength, flexibility, and cardio.

The flowing and non-resistant nature of Hapkido reduces the chance of injuries and harm significantly, especially in comparison with modern combat sports training. 

And last, but definitely not least one of the most beneficial aspects of training martial arts is stress relief. When you focus on perfecting the techniques you forget everything else in your life. All the real or perceived problems you have go away at least for the duration of the practice. 

Hapkido’s reliance on technique and precision rather than strength makes it perfect for all types of people. Your journey in Hapkido and martial arts is one of mastery of yourself, not others, and can begin at Eagle Martial Arts.

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