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3 Ways That Martial Arts Can Enhance Your Life Skills

Posted Dec 30 2010 2:42am

3 Ways That Martial Arts Can Enhance Your Life Skills

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Changing Lives Martial Arts operates four of the country's top rated Taekwondo studios in and around the Virginia Beach area. Enhance various life skills while you explore your capabilities and get a good workout too.

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With more than 1,500 martial arts schools teaching hundreds of thousands of students, the American Taekwondo Association is both well-known and well-respected within the martial arts community. Anyone who's ever seen an action adventure movie is no doubt aware of the prevalence martial arts plays in the cinema, but there's a lot more to it than just an exciting action scene on the big screen.

As a youngster watching the Karate Kid, who hasn't wondered if they could be a karate kid too? The quick answer is, yes, nearly anyone, young or old, can find martial arts instruction and become competent in one or more forms of self-defense. An effective martial arts training regimen, however, teaches the student so much more than mere kicking and punching. Good instruction includes a long list of lessons in life.

Martial Arts Training For Young and Old Alike

Whether you happen to be eight or 80, it's never too soon or too late to learn. Remember, learning martial arts isn't just for self-defense training, although that's the part that gives many their incentive to begin. For some, the important aspect of martial arts training is physical fitness. For others, especially parents of younger children, fostering discipline in their child's regular activities is a primary consideration. Here at Changing Lives Martial Arts, teaching children is our main focus and we concentrate on a great deal more than just fighting and self-defense techniques. We also dwell on essential character qualities such as:

• Courtesy
• Respect
• Discipline
• Paying attention
• Following directions

If you live in the Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Norfolk, Suffolk area, Changing Lives Martial Arts has a convenient location in Red Mill, Greenbrier, Edinburgh, Western Branch and Princess Anne. First opened in 1991, my martial arts studios are consistently rated in the top ten of all ATA locations nationwide. We work hard to provide the very best teaching environment possible and the results are both gratifying and easy to observe.

Martial arts training can enhance life skills along many avenues and can be applied to any age group. For a six-year old, it might primarily be discipline and respect. For someone middle-aged, it could be dealing with anger management or self-esteem. For women feeling vulnerable, effective self-defense techniques may be paramount, while an elder student may be looking for beneficial physical activity.

There's no doubt martial arts practice can provide a serious workout, but the techniques utilized can be of varying intensity. Kids from six to 12 will have a different routine than those in the seniors group, although many of the underlying lessons may be the same.

On the most basic level, martial arts training will work in 3 areas:

• Physical
• Mental
• Emotional

Similar to practicing meditation, it's good for body and soul.

I am Senior ATA Master Tracy Lee Thomas, offering the highest quality martial arts training available in the Virginia Beach, Chesapeake and the entire Hampton Roads area. Come in and see us and take a free lesson. Contact us at 757-471-9002 or


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Master Tracy Thomas

Changing Lives Martial Arts

Master Instructor-7 th Degree Black Belt


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