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Conflict Resolution Through the Martial Arts

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Conflict Resolution Through the Martial Arts

The martial arts, when taught properly, focus on mindfulness, self-esteem, and discipline.

They help you build character, and develop a stronger sense of self while improving your physical condition. The martial arts teach the physical techniques to help you should a threatening situation arise – but those physical techniques are meant as a last resort.

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How Karate Kids Change Our World: Part 1

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Commander Cao

In February 2015, Ms. Karis had the opportunity to join other martial artists in a tour of the Naval Diving & Salvage Training Center in Florida, which is the largest diving facility in the world! What made this tour extra special? It was led by Commanding Officer, Hung Cao! Did you know that Commander Cao studied martial arts as a child? He says martial arts gave him the discipline and perseverance he needed to accomplish great things. His unique story illustrates how karate kids change our world!

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The Power Of Written Goals!

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Why Commitment On Paper Matters

How many times have you set a New Year’s resolution, just to watch your resolve fizzle after a few weeks? What’s the key to crossing the finish line? What about kids? How do you instill a strong sense of commitment within your children, so that they grow up accomplishing all that they set out to do? Read More

The Martial Arts and Mindfulness

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The martial arts and mindfulness go hand in hand.

Both have their roots in the eastern part of the world, and both help us better understand the connections between body and mind.

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Combat Hapkido: The Science of Self-Defense

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Combat Hapkido is a self-defense system based on scientific principles and modern concepts, founded by John Pellegrini in 1990.

Combat Hapkido is also known as the “Science of Self-Defense.” This relatively new style incorporates more self-defense scenarios, addressing some common criticism with traditional Hapkido. It teaches its practitioners how to find advantageous ground while defending themselves, recapturing control of the encounter from the attacker.

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What Martial Arts are Best for Self-Defense?

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What martial arts are best for self-defense?

The answer will be different for each person’s unique risks and dangers.  However, when you learn the martial arts, your self-defense abilities improve naturally. If it comes to defending yourself in an adverse situation, avoidance, awareness and prevention are the best approaches to start with. In some situations, avoidance and prevention aren’t necessarily possible.

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What’s The Big Deal About Being A Black Belt? Part 4

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What’s The Big Deal?

Important life skills, such as Leadership, Commitment, and Confidence need to be cultivated. Here at TM Martial Arts, they are part of our everyday curriculum. By the time a student has reached Black Belt ranking, they have mastered more than physical proficiency. They have also mastered important life skills like these.

Throughout the month of July, we have shared video testimonials from some of our Black Belt students and instructors. We hope their stories have inspired all of our students to set their goal to Black Belt and beyond!

So, what’s the big deal about being a Black Belt? Let’s hear it from one of our Black Belt students, Kyle Clay… Read More

What’s The Big Deal About Being A Black Belt? Part 3

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What’s The Big Deal?

Important life skills, such as Leadership, Commitment, and Confidence need to be cultivated. Here at TM Martial Arts, they are part of our everyday curriculum. By the time a student has reached Black Belt ranking, they have mastered more than physical proficiency. They have also mastered important life skills like these.

Throughout the month of July, we are sharing video testimonials from some of our Black Belt students and instructors. We hope their stories will inspire all of our students to set their goal to Black Belt and beyond!

So, what’s the big deal about being a Black Belt? Let’s hear it from our Black Belt Instructor, Mr. Jeremy… Read More

What’s The Big Deal About Being A Black Belt? Part 2

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What’s The Big Deal?

Here at TM Martial Arts, we talk a lot about Black Belt Excellence. But have you ever wondered why we put so much emphasis on Black Belt?

Throughout the month of July, we are sharing video testimonials from some of our Black Belt students and instructors. We hope their stories will inspire all of our students to set their goal to Black Belt and beyond!

So, what’s the big deal about being a Black Belt? Let’s hear it from our Black Belt Instructor, Mr. Alicton… Read More

What’s The Big Deal About Being A Black Belt? Part 1

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What’s The Big Deal?

Throughout the month of July, we are sharing video testimonials from some of our Black Belt students and instructors. We hope their stories will inspire all of our students to set their goal to Black Belt and beyond!

It is said that a Black Belt is really a White Belt who never gave up! We know this to be true. We also find that Black Belt students are immune to negative peer pressure, become leaders in their schools, display overwhelming confidence in the workplace, and pretty much make an impact in every area of their lives.

So, what’s the big deal about being a Black Belt? Let’s hear it from our Black Belt Instructor, Ms. Gabby… Read More

The Benefits of Committing to Long Term Martial Arts Training

Long term martial arts training provides many benefits

Self-discipline is often disguised as short-term pain, which often leads to long-term gains. The mistake many of us make is the need and want for short-term gains (immediate gratification), which often leads to long-term pain.” – Charles F. Glassman, Brain Drain The Breakthrough that Will Change Your Life

Martial arts training improves your quality of life, no matter your age or skill level. The lessons learned while practicing the martial arts can easily be transferred to activities outside the dojo. Read More

How the Martial Arts Can Build A Better Relationship With Your Children

How the Martial Arts Can Build A Better Relationship With Your Children

How the Martial Arts Can Build A Better Relationship With Your Children

One of the most rewarding aspects of parenting is bonding with your child, and exposing them to various activities to stimulate their interests.

Soccer, baseball or piano can often serve as the parental favorites, and many times for good reason. But as your child grows and interests spark, don’t discount the martial arts as a means for connecting with your child. I personally enjoyed watching classic martial arts movies with my younger son who later talked me into buying him a samurai sword and dressing as a father-son ninja team for Halloween. He is now fourteen and doesn’t think Dads are cool at all, so I cherish those memories, and hope he will as well.

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Let’s Talk About Teamwork!

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Let’s Talk About Teamwork!

The weather is warming up! And families are beginning to plan their calendar for warm weather activities. We are so glad you have chosen TM Martial Arts as part of you child’s weekly activity. As you know, the benefits of martial arts are countless!

Teamwork day is a favorite among our Little Ninjas! Read More

Life Lessons Learned From Martial Arts

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Life Lessons Learned From Martial Arts

The martial arts offer more than self-defense and physical fitness– they can teach us about life, and ourselves. Whether you are a veteran or brand new to the practice, there are important life lessons that can be applied to life outside the dojo.

Learning these lessons won’t just make you a better competitor, they will provide experience and set you up for success in other endeavors as well.

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How Can I Become A Leader?

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Learning Leadership Skills Through Martial Arts…

Becoming a great leader takes time, practice and a plethora of skills. However, you don’t have to take classes in leadership to develop the traits and abilities most often associated with positions of authority. Martial arts can also teach such skills. Here are three traits all leaders should have that martial arts may help you learn: Read More

What If My Child Wants To Quit?!

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What If My Child Wants To Quit?!

Here’s the scenario: You come across an article about all the incredible benefits kids can gain by training in martial arts. Things like discipline, focus, respect, coordination, and leadership skills. You know these are all things that you hope to instill in your own child! Then you overhear another mom make mention of a local martial arts studio where her daughter trains. So, you check out the website, contact the studio for more information, and before you know it your child has been scheduled for a free introductory lesson.  Read More

Let’s Talk About Focus!

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Let’s talk about focus!

“Look at my nose!” Whether your child is enrolled in kindergarten, pre-school, or is not yet old enough to hop on a bus, it is never too early to teach life skills such has FOCUS.

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The Importance of Self-Discipline

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The Importance of Self-Discipline

Self-discipline is a necessary skill in life for achieving your goals, or reaching any level of success, no matter how big or small.

Self-discipline involves the ability to control impulses, emotions, desires and behavior. It involves the ability to forgo instant gratification, in favor of long-term satisfaction.

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7 Ways Martial Arts Will Transform Your Child

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7 Ways Martial Arts Will Transform Your Child

When your child learns martial arts, they are learning important life skills. The benefits of a strong martial arts program can last with your child long into adulthood.Age appropriate martial arts classes become an opportunity to learn life skills, character development, and fitness. They become an excellent way to develop discipline for your child, teaching them lessons that can last into adulthood.
Here are 7 ways martial arts can transform your child:

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Let’s Talk About Coordination!

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Let’s Talk About Coordination

In our Little Ninjas class, you’ll often hear young students repeat the phrase, “Coordination! It’s making our body do…what our mind tells it to!” Why is Coordination such a focal point in our curriculum? Because young children are still forming a mind/body connection at this stage in their development.

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You’re Never Too Old To Be A Jedi

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3 Things Jedi and Martial Artists Have in Common

The latest addition to the Star Wars series, “The Force Awakens,” has found incredible success at the box office this winter! For decades, kids have dreamt of being a Jedi, wielding a light saber and overcoming the opposition. But, did you know that there are similarities between training as a Jedi and training as a martial artist? Check out these fun facts:

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Better Grades? Yes Please!

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How Martial Arts Can Improve Academic Performance

A new school year is rolling in, and that means notebooks, pencils, and brand new backpacks! How can you help your child get better grades this year in school? One way is to enroll him/her in martial arts!

According to the Journal of Pediatrics, exercise such as martial arts positively impacts children and adolescents’ academic performance. The University of Madrid conducted a three-year study, which included 2,038 individuals aged 6 to 18. They concluded that as physical fitness improves the individuals’ health, it also positively affects the brain. This study further indicated that exercise can enhance a student’s ability to perform well in school. That means better grades!

Physical exercise improves academic performance

Researchers found that motor ability, cardio-respiratory capacity and muscular strength all play a role in benefiting students’ academic performance. In fact, motor ability is strongly associated with academic development. TIME magazine indicated intellectual programs, coupled with physical exercise, can play a major role in impacting students’ success in school. 

Martial arts can help students achieve better grades

Given this study, it’s crucial for young individuals to engage in physical fitness! Martial arts includes both aerobic exercise and motor tasks, which is an ideal exercise for children and adolescents. As children participate in martial arts classes, they have a better chance of reaching their academic potential.

Now is the perfect time to enroll! CLICK HERE for more information about classes at TM Martial Arts!

 

Life Skills at a Young Age

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Learning Life Skills at a Young Age

It’s never too early to teach young kids life skills, such as discipline, focus, and self-control. In fact, the earlier you instill these important values in kids, the more likely they will avoid poor habits.

TM Martial Arts Little Ninjas (3 1/2-6yrs) is a specialized kids martial arts class developed for young children. The Little Ninjas curriculum focuses on age-appropriate martial arts, life skills, character development, and fitness. While progressing in belt ranking, Little Ninjas develop control of what they say, how they feel, and what they do physically. Kids love to play, and kids martial arts training at TM Martial Arts is the ultimate play that builds discipline and character skills, which will serve the little tykes well into the future.

Contact us to schedule your child’s FREE introductory class! Our goal is to partner with parents to raise confident, respectful kids. We are confident this will be the best decision you’ll make in your child’s character development!

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These Two Students Caught In The Act

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What the bus driver did next…

Last fall, two students boarded their school bus as usual and moments later were dropped off near their homes. Upon exiting the bus, they gave each other a high five and said, “See you later at TM Martial Arts!” They had no idea that the bus driver had overheard their exchange.

That evening, the bus driver, named Dena, felt compelled to call TM Martial Arts and fill us in on the boys’ typical behavior. She explained that both of these students have shown exceptional behavior on her bus throughout the year. They showed great respect and would greet her everyday with, “Hello ma’am.” She said she had not been surprised when she overheard them mention TM Martial Arts. She wanted to let us know what a solid program we have!

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After martial arts class that evening, the two boys were called to the front of class and praised for their outstanding behavior. They truly have set a great example for the rest of our martial arts students. But respect and discipline are expected out of all TM Martial Arts students.

Studies show that training in martial arts improves behavior in kids. The curriculum at TM Martial Arts is designed to instill respect and discipline while also honing character skills. All of these skills serve students well as they grow and advance in life.

We, at TM Martial Arts, applaud all of our students for their outstanding behavior. We wholeheartedly believe that martial arts improves behavior in students of every age!

How Does Karate Help Kids With ADHD?

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“In addition to giving kids with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, or ADHD, all of the physical benefits of exercise, including improved cardiovascular health and better strength and flexibility, karate might also lessen ADHD symptoms, such as impulsiveness and hyperactivity. It can also provide positive role models for children with ADHD and provide opportunities for peer interaction…”

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What are your family’s needs?

TM Martial Arts wants to partner with your family to instill discipline, focus, and character development that are at the core of martial arts. We have something for everyone!

You are invited to check out our outstanding programs:

Open House Saturday, April 25
9:00am-3:00pm

3480 Caton Farm Road, Joliet

3480 Caton Farm Road, Joliet

There is a class for EVERYONE! And now you can try it for FREE!

Instructors will offer FREE 20-minute classes throughout the day! Already a member? Invite your friends to join you! The TM Martial Arts Open House is the perfect opportunity for your friends to try a class with you. And Open House special program pricing will make it easier than ever to join the TM Martial Arts family!

*MARK your calendars      *INVITE some friends      *PLAN to attend!

TM Martial Arts OPEN HOUSE
April 25, 2015 @ 9:00am-3:00pm

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Naval Diving and Salvage Training Center

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Ms. Karis visits the Naval Diving and Salvage Training Center in Panama City, FL

In February, Ms. Karis had the opportunity to join other martial artists in a tour of the Naval Diving & Salvage Training Center in Florida, which is the largest diving facility in the world! What made this tour extra special? It was led by Commanding Officer, Hung Cao!

Did you know that Commander Cao studied martial arts as a child? He says martial arts gave him the discipline and perseverance he needed to accomplish great things! Commander Cao has an amazing life story which you can get a glimpse of in his bio on the Naval Diving and Salvage Training Center website.

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3000 Yard Swim

During the tour of the Naval Diving & Salvage Training Center, Ms. Karis couldn’t help but notice the extreme respect and attention that all of the students displayed when Commander Cao entered the room. Why did they show him extra respect? It’s because he holds a high rank in the military. He is their superior. As their Commanding Officer, he is in charge of their education and training, their safety, and their promotion to higher ranks. Everyday, he makes decisions that potentially save their lives. A rank like that deserves utmost respect!

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Hall of Honor

 

Why do students bow to their instructors in class?  

We bow to show respect!

Your instructors hold a higher rank than you. They have trained for many years and overcome obstacles to achieve their rank. As your superiors, they are in charge of your education and training, your safety, and your promotion to higher ranks. A position like that also deserves utmost respect!

As you know, your instructors also bow to YOU! That is their way of showing respect to you too. One of the things that make martial arts great is the level of respect among students and instructors. Without these traditions, martial arts becomes just a sport. But with these traditions, martial arts becomes a way of life!

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