For over 50 years, martial arts classes have been the leading way to train people of all ages, developing the body and the mind with focused, disciplined sessions in a wide variety of forms, styles and classes.
The term “martial arts” is a generic term used to describe all fighting arts, armed or unarmed. There are a myriad of styles to choose from, and they have evolved over the years into different ways and methods.
In one of my classes, students learn far more than fighting skills, but also develop strength, balance, control, flexibility, power, speed and the ability to deal with a verbal confrontation. This training has proven itself priceless many times for me from high school till even now. Yes, there have been bullies in my adult hood, as early as less than a year ago from this writing. You just never know who is around the next corner.
My personal martial arts training began after a pretty tough childhood. I started with boxing, then to Japanese Go-Ju-Ryu, followed by original Korean Taekwondo, as taught by the founder of TKD General Choi. I then trained in Kickboxing, American Ju-jitsu, Russian Combo, Israeli Krav Maga and multiple other arts.
Over a span of 35 years, I have attained my 7th Degree Black Belt, earning Instructor credentials in Taekwondo, Ju-jitsu, Kickboxing, Krav Maga, Sombo and Bruce Lee’s Jeet Kune Do. This type of training created willpower, self-confidence and the ability to develop the body as not just a weapon, but to be fitter and stronger as a result of continued training.
Here in the 21st century, there are so many things fighting for the attention of the kids and adults, that martial arts training has become more important than ever. 20 years ago teaching a class, it would be nothing for a student to knock down 25 push ups during a warm up. Now, kids struggle to do 5 correct push ups, and the adults are plaqued with being overweight, having bad backs, knees, weak wrists, arthritis and multiple other ailments.
In todays time, it appears that the average person has been reduced to a simple 4 basic motor skills. Lying down, siting down, standing up and walking. The lack of physical activity for kids, and the need for so many jobs to require sitting at a desk for 8-10 hours a day is leaving us with a population whose physical prowess has been degredaded down to what may be the lowest levels in history.
How Kids Martial Arts Can Help
With so many of our kids entangled in video games, martial arts should be the forefront of each parents plan for each child. ALL children need training, physical and mental, and the side effect of developing proper self-defense and conflict resolution skills are absolutely critical. Through focused, structured classes, our programs helps parents develop a child into a person who can handle themselves on and off the martial arts floor.
Adults Training Martial Arts More than Ever
With the popularity of Kickboxing and Krav Maga, more adults than ever are engaged in training. Gone are the days of only the traditional program, where many adults steered clear because of traditional karate uniforms and old rituals. In today’s class, adult students sport workout pants and maybe a school logo-shirt (This is an important part of martial arts, a uniform of sorts eliminates social status) in a contemporary atmosphere. They are shredding calories, building confidence, building lean muscle and learning verbal skills. Compare this to hours of boring cardio or sitting on an exercise machine, and you soon discover there is no comparison.
Whether adult or child, martial arts training at my school in Kernersville NC offers the perfect blend of traditional discipline with modern day effectiveness. My goal is to bring proper training to the next generation of adult and child students. Too many martial arts schools now are belt-factories (handing out belts like candy to students who have not earned them) and charting outrageous fees for that rank. Also an emphasis on being a “tournament champion” and every school seems to boast a “world champion” these days. Integrity in the martial arts is at an all time low, and we are working to break that stigma.
As a teacher, I refuse to be outworked, or to allow another program to offer a more effective form of learning. As a student, I continue to learn and train just like I did when I was fighting for my first black belt.
Consider martial arts training for your child, or as your own training program. The skills and attributes developed as a result of this training every student carries with them all of their life. Not only can it save your life, what you can develop and do for your body is priceless.
Allen Branch is a USA Martial Arts Hall of Fame Inductee and was voted Pound for Pound Best Fight Trainer by the JLFS. He holds Black Belts in multiple martial arts, and is a 2nd generation student of the Iconic Bruce Lee. He amassed a 38-3 and 2 fight record and is the founder of American Martial Arts Systems in Kernersville N.C. He can reached to discuss martial arts or to schedule a free consultation at 336-655-4558.