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Your Mind and Martial Arts

It’s easy to see the benefits of martial arts training for your physical body, but less so for your mind. But the benefits for your mind are at least equal to those for your body.

When considering martial arts training, both your body and your mind are constantly challenged. You must practice the physical parts of learning martial arts until they become automatic. But in order to do so, your mind must be focused. You learn to pay attention and stay focused on what needs to be done for longer and longer periods of time.

All forms of martial arts share this belief: The mind and body are interwoven so tightly that they can’t be separated. Your moods and emotions affect how your body feels and performs. When your body is functioning at its best, your moods and emotions are improved.

Martial arts training increases performance in both mind and body. The confidence you develop as you learn the physical aspects of your training improves your ability to think clearly and maintain focus on what you need to do.

All of this affects your daily life and work, as well. These skills you learn in your martial arts training improves your work and school life.

The connection between mind and body that has been a focus of martial arts training for years is now backed up by science. More and more, scientists and physicians are finding the power of the mind as it is strengthened by this kind of training will bring benefits to your physical being. And the reverse is also true. Improving your physical self brings significant benefits to your mental and emotional self.

Learning to be calm in the face of stressful situations is one benefit to your mind that comes from martial arts training. Learning to be patient, to stay in the now, to be alert and focused also come from this training. These skills bring about a calm optimism that spreads throughout your daily situations.

With martial arts training, you become something better than you were before. Others will notice. But most importantly, you will notice.

When you think about a positive atmosphere for martial arts training, Warrior Martial Arts Academy in Frisco, TX, should come to mind. Contact them today to begin your journey to get in the arena. Call 972-334-0213 to get started right away.

Get In The Arena

Many people hesitate to get in the arena, no matter what arena it may be, because they’re unsure of themselves. Shy, not self-confident, afraid of failure. All of these limit many people and keep them sitting on the sidelines of life.

One of the benefits of martial arts training is the emphasis on pushing you to get in the arena. In the long run, it matters not whether you win or lose, it matters greatly whether you try.

The emphasis in this country on winning and winners is not healthy. Likewise, the emphasis on awarding everyone a trophy just for showing up is not healthy. What is healthy is helping people overcome whatever it is, mental or physical, that hampers them from doing the best they can.

This means taking a risk. The risk that you may fail is present, no matter what you start. But failing isn’t bad. It helps you know what you need to work on, what you need to improve.

When you get in the arena, you have accomplished more than all of those others who sit on the sidelines and don’t get involved.

People who are self-conscious hesitate to try new things, no matter how much fun they seem to be. Sometimes this is because they fear others are evaluating them and finding them lacking.

A good martial arts training program will be welcoming and positive. This makes it much easier for these people to get involved, to get in the arena. Then the successes that are celebrated will make trying other things much easier.

Focusing on positive qualities you’ve always had inside will help you make the first step and get in the arena. Working consistently in the positive atmosphere of martial arts training will build your confidence, your patience with yourself, and an inner calm that will help you continue when things get hard.

When you think about such a positive atmosphere for martial arts training, Warrior Martial Arts Academy in Frisco, TX, should come to mind. Contact them today to begin your journey to get in the arena. Call 972-334-0213 to get started right away.

Who Is A Martial Artist?

When an average person on the street is asked, Who is a martial artist?, the answer you will likely get is Chuck Norris or Mr. Miyagi from the movie. That’s the image of the martial artist; someone who can fight others without weapons. Someone who gets into situations where they face impossible odds, but emerge as the winner because of their skill.

But is that a martial artist?

Probably not the sum total, anyway. Rather, the martial artist is a person like you or me who decides to pursue a course of training their body and mind in a particular way. They develop skills over time by expending consistent effort under the guidance of an expert.

That definition fits anyone who pursues a career. Thus, the answer to the question, Who is a martial artist?, is: anyone.

To be the best you can be at anything requires the same dedication and willingness to work hard. Great dancers, great writers, great physicians all have this same dedication.

A martial artist concentrates on learning the skills developed many years ago as a means of defending oneself from attackers. Not only does the martial artist focus on this, but also on the mind strength required to respond spontaneously to situations. This requires sensitivity to their connection to their world. This connection comes from their inner self. Keeping their inner self calm and stress free allows them the concentration needed to meet challenges from outside more effectively. A balance of harmony and awareness fuels this ability.

The training of a martial artist flows into their everyday world, also. The ability to focus and meet challenges leads to greatly increased self-confidence.

Others begin seeing this, as well. The influence of a well-trained martial artist on their environment can lead to increased productivity of others, also.

So, who is a martial artist? He or she is the person who decides to spend time and energy to learn a new way of living. A way of living that is less stressful and more productive than before.

Where can you get this kind of training? Warrior Martial Arts Academy in Frisco, TX, is ready to provide it. Call 972-334-0213 today to get started.

Building Character

Building character is, or at least can be, a life-long venture. Some professionals won’t agree with that statement. They believe a person’s character is largely set early in life, perhaps as early as six years of age. Some even believe we’re born with whatever character we’re going to have.

But the process of building character involves the life experiences a person has. Therefore, the process can continue for the life of the person.

In those situations where a person is tested, that person’s character emerges. And martial arts training certainly involves testing.

So training in the martial arts can help in building character. The instructor in any martial arts training is the key factor. A strong instructor who exemplifies the right values and attitudes will teach, or at least influence, the character of his or her students.

The instructor models characteristics that are positive and socially desired. It’s then up to each individual student to either take them to heart or ignore them. If the student takes these characteristics to heart, that goes a great way toward building character.

The traits that are instilled in the martial arts student in his or her training generalize out to other parts of the students’ lives, also. They increase the students’ educational possibilities by leading the student to be more respectful of teachers, by helping them follow through with activities they commit to, and by influencing them not to shirk responsibilities.

In short, martial arts training leads the way in building character in those committed to the activity. For some of the best martial arts training and activities directed toward building character, contact Warrior Martial Arts Academy at 972-334-0213. Call today to get started!

Psychological Benefits — 2

There are more psychological benefits of practicing martial arts. Last month, we discussed increases in self-confidence, staying calm, and a decrease in anger and anxiety.

Research has shown traditional martial arts training to have a beneficial effect on children who originally had significant problems in school. After training in martial arts, these children showed a decrease in impulsive behavior and aggression toward others.

The major reason for these psychological benefits appears to be that children learn more self-regulation. This is a highly desirable characteristic that allows people of all ages attend to their behavior, evaluate whether what they’re doing is the right thing, and make changes as necessary. it is closely related to self-discipline, but goes further than this, also.

Mental relaxation or calmness is another of the psychological benefits of martial arts training. The focus required by those practicing martial arts contributes to this mental calmness. Once you learn the techniques of martial arts and find you’re improving, you gain a sense of self-esteem that also contributes to mental calmness.

The ability to focus and the self-discipline required to continue practicing martial arts will bring a feeling of greater autonomy or the ability to determine your course in life. This is one of the very positive psychological benefits of this training.

You’ll feel a decrease in anxiety and depression as you continue training in the martial arts. This decrease comes as a result of the physical activity as well as the sense of accomplishment and satisfaction that comes with continual improvement.

The feeling of acceptance, the expectation of continual striving to become better, and the positive reinforcement from instructors and fellow students all lead to increased positive feelings about yourself. Learning you can do what is needed to attain the goals set for your performance leads to great psychological benefits.

You can get these benefits and many others from Warrior Martial Arts Academy. It is a great place to learn and enjoy the physical and psychological benefits of martial arts training. Call today to get started — 972-334-0213.

Psychological Benefits of Martial Arts

The psychological benefits of martial arts training are often overlooked. Most people would agree this kind of physical training is excellent for developing good physical health. Most would also agree it’s outstanding for developing the ability to deal with physical threats.

But not everyone is aware of the psychological benefits of martial arts training.

There isn’t a lot of independent research on these benefits like there is on the physical benefits of martial arts training. But these benefits are there. And those who engage in this kind of training quickly come to understand the psychological benefits.

One easy to see and understand psychological benefit of martial arts training is a great increase in self-confidence. The overall atmosphere in America today is one of threat. Muggings, beatings, the “knockout game”, and road rage make the headlines on what seems to be a daily basis. Learning how to protect yourself and your loved ones brings on a feeling of confidence that seeps into every aspect of your life.

Learning to remain calm in stressful situations is another psychological benefit. Staying calm, which is an outgrowth of the increase of self-confidence, helps you evaluate situations better and choose the best course of action.

One aspect that shows up over and over again is the fact that with more time spent practicing the movements involved in martial arts, your level of anger and anxiety decrease. Along with this, your feelings of independence and comfort in relying on yourself increases with an increase in practice.

A possible reason for the increase in psychological benefits of martial arts training may have to do with the emphasis in martial arts on self-control and self-knowledge. This is compared to the more common American sports with their emphasis on competition and winning. Certainly, winning is emphasized in martial arts as well, but not to the extent that winning is everything.

There are more psychological benefits of martial arts training that will be discussed in next month’s blog.

Kids Benefit From Martial Arts Training

When parents who have little knowledge of martial arts first consider enrolling their children in a dojo, or martial arts training facility, they have a lot of questions. This post and the ones to come will address some of those questions and help parents feel more comfortable about getting their kids started in the martial arts.

One of the goals parents often have for enrolling their kids in martial arts training is to help them develop self-discipline. Martial arts training is an excellent way to foster self-discipline. In fact, this is one of the central aspects of martial arts. This continual focus on self-discipline is seldom found in other activities for children. The emphasis placed on instant gratification today makes the learning of self-discipline harder for your children.

Increasing self-esteem is another central focus of parents who are considering enrolling their kids in martial arts training. This is also a consistent goal of martial arts training. Learning the forms, moves, and getting proficient in them promotes increased confidence in self and increased self-esteem.

Learning respect is a goal both of parents and the martial arts in general. Respect begins with the bow to the instructor at the start of every lesson. This respect is always required. Kids learn to respect those who are senior to them in any way.

Many parents today are also concerned about bullying. They want their children to be safe from bullies. Martial arts training will help your child learn self-defense moves, but more important, it teaches them to avoid confrontations. Resolving conflicts through non-violent means is emphasized. Also, as your child learns more about the martial arts, he or she becomes more confident. This confidence manifests itself in other places than the dojo. Feeling confident will keep your child from becoming the target of bullies. Most of the time, bullies seek out those who are less self-confident as their targets.

These are a few of the goals parents have for getting their kids into martial arts training. Why should you choose Warrior Martial Arts Academy for your child’s training?

Our system is high quality. We consistently place first, second, or third in every competition, even though we’re the smallest team in the top ten attending. We were recently recognized as the Best Martial Arts Classes in DFW.

Our instructors are trained in a variety of martial arts, allowing our students to be exposed to several styles of martial arts training. Altogether, we have over 100 years experience in the martial arts.

We also bring in quality outside instructors every two or three months to give a free seminar in their specialty area.

Also of great importance is the level of comfort parents can have regarding bringing their kids to our dojo. We strive to be family. To develop a safe place among friends and trusted mentors.

Warrior Martial Arts Academy strives to be the best place in the DFW area for you to bring your children for martial arts training. We understand your concerns and goals. We share them. Contact us today for more information or to enroll your child in martial arts training.

We’re in Frisco, Little Elm, and Plano. Go to our web site to get the phone numbers for each of these locations.

Warrior Martial Arts – Little Elm Student of the Month

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Little Elm’s Warrior Martial Arts February Student of the Month: Mikael Q

Mikael is a perfect example of what it means to be a black belt leader.  Mikael leads by example and puts forth 100% in his training. He says he loves to train martial arts and believes the training has improved his self-discipline.  His favorite part about training is the application portion of sparring.  When asked about his goals, he was very absolute wanting to accomplish two things in his life:

1) He wants to become a martial arts instructor and

2) He wants to be the doctor who finds a cure for cancer.

He is a great student to have apart of our Warrior Martial Arts family and we are so proud of him. Congratulations little man, you are well on your way to becoming a great person.

Nathan Wiggs
Instructor, Little Elm Warrior Martial Arts Academy

Warrior Martial Arts – Frisco Student of the Month

 

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Frisco’s Warrior Martial Arts February Student of the Month: Emma C

This amazing young lady is ‘A’ top student at school as well as consummate practitioner on the mat. Her amazing’ness even extends to a second language as she speaks both English and French. Emma enjoys helping as a student teacher-in-training with our Warriors 1 class. This gives her a feeling of giving back to the other students, one of which is her younger sister Hanna. Emma is by far one of the kindest and most respectful students at our academy. Although Emma has only been a student at WMA Frisco for 6 months, her technique is developing at a rapid pace. There is no doubt Emma will one day be an amazing black belt and become empowered to do what ever she wants in her life.

Meshel Bridges-Gill
Instructor, Frisco Warrior Marital Arts Academy

Warrior Martial Arts – Plano Student of the Month

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Plano’s Warrior Martial Arts February Student of the Month: Josh B

Josh recently received his orange belt, this young man is on his way to greatness.  Josh has many interests including such things as faithfully watching the Walking Dead, Sci-Fi movies and having a good old fashion Nerf shoot out with his best buddies. Josh is an amazing young man with tons of potential and a big heart.

On weekends Josh spends his time giving to others.  The others I speak of are his furry four legged friends.  He Volunteers at a cat shelter called Feral Friends.  Josh has committed and devoted his time to ensure himself a place in the heart of people he is around and the ones he takes care of.  Congrats Josh well deserved.

Brandon Gill
Instructor Plano Warrior Martial Arts Academy