SETTING GOALS... AND ACHIEVING THEM
Teenagers have this habit of not being able to look towards the future. Setting goals for the long-term or the short-term is not something that teenagers really care to do.
An awesome thing about studying martial arts is that students are required to set and achieve goals regularly. With every skill that they learn in our class, they work towards a goal of a new belt. With every new belt that they have earned from our dojo, they are showing off a goal that they have achieved.
Setting goals and achieving them gives teenagers the confidence to do this in other areas of their life. This helps them to set achievable goals at school and at home.
Your children will also get an amazing environment for you and your children to form friendshipswith individuals that share the same values as you do. There is laughter and excitement in our classes, letting me know that we are achieving our goals in creating a fun environment that helps these students grow into responsible adults.
I don’t feel good about myself. Can studying martial arts make me feel better?
Yes. Martial arts instruction combines physical fitness with mental strength, and people who feel fit and strong are also confident.
I don’t think of myself as an athlete and I was never good at sports. Can I do martial arts?
Yes. Martial arts instruction is tailored to each student’s capabilities and goals, so anybody – at any fitness level – can benefit from studying martial arts.
I live in a tough neighborhood and I don’t feel safe at night. Can studying martial arts help me feel better?
Yes. Studying martial arts builds physical strength and mental resilience, and makes many people feel confident about their ability to defend themselves.
My teen doesn’t respect me at all. Can studying martial arts change that?
Yes. Respect is a core value in our martial arts school, and all students learn to respect their instructors, fellow students, and their parents.
I can’t believe how poor my teen’s judgment is. Can studying martial arts make a difference?
Yes. Martial arts classes require teens to learn and then apply lessons to decisions in real time in our martial arts school. That’s a skill that they will carry with them everywhere they go.
Will taking martial arts classes make my teenager less prone to making careless and thoughtless decisions?
We teach teenagers the value of respect, discipline, and judgment, and they learn that knee-jerk decisions are often not the right ones.
Do people really study martial arts to make friends?
Yes, it happens all the time. Everyone in the class has an interest in martial arts and fitness, and that gives people a good starting place to build new friendships.
I do better with workouts when I have a friend with me. Can my friend and I take classes together?
Yes, we love it when friends come in together. Working out together can help strengthen your friendship and help both of you meet new people, too.
I’ve always thought of myself as clumsy and un-athletic. Can martial arts make me more graceful?
Yes. Martial arts instruction focuses on building core strength and improving balance. As you become more aware of your body and its capabilities, you will feel less clumsy.
My teenager feels like they have a target on their back. How can studying martial arts help?
Teens who study martial arts learn to carry themselves with strength and confidence, and that makes them less likely to be targeted by bullies. They also learn how to defend themselves if necessary.
My teenager spends all day playing video games – won’t they resist the idea of taking a fitness class?
They might – but martial arts classes are fun and social, and kids also see them as cool. We’re used to a little resistance, but we also know how to get teens interested in what we teach, and keep them interested.
My teenager starts things and gives them up all the time. Why should I expect martial arts to be different?
Teens who want to excel in martial arts must make a commitment to continued study. We can’t guarantee that your teen will stick to it, but we can tell you that our instructors encourage persistence and teach teens that they can’t achieve their goals if they give up.