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By: Tracy Lee Thomas | Feb 18 2011 | 642 words | 936 hits

Changing Lives ATA Martial Arts
Master Instructor: Senior Master T L Thomas

Its NO SECRET that most American families are lacking the proper amount of physical activity. According to the latest figures from the National Center for Health Statistics, one in six adolescents ages 12 to 19 were overweight in the United States in 2003-2004, more than triple the rate in 1976-1980. Family support has been a key factor identified to encourage physical fitness among children, according to the Surgeon General.
The key to getting your kids out of the house and moving about is creating a routine that is both fun and challenging. Most children drop out of sports because it ceases to be fun, there is too much emphasis on winning, or there is lack of parental involvement. Choosing an activity such as martial arts is perfect for families looking for a challenging way to stay in shape and learn new skills together without putting too much emphasis on competition.

The best way for parents to become positive role models for their children and encourage them to become involved in physical activities, is to become involved themselves. Moms, dads and kids who exercise together, plan better eating choices, and adopt a healthier family lifestyle are more likely to have greater bonding, better relationships and overall improved health.

Martial arts is a perfect opportunity for parents and kids to learn a skill together and experience an activity that is strong in learning, recreation and family bonding, all at the same time. Theres nothing like mutual encouragement when it comes to an activity that requires discipline. Martial arts can provide continuous challenges for families to pursue together for years to come. Master Thomas says; A family that kicks together sticks together as the life skills and levels of respect are so admirable in the ATA Martial Arts.

You may be on the right track, but if you just sit there, you'll be run over. Unknown

We train our students to the best of their ability. Some students come to us in shape, while others have come to us 100 pounds overweight. Most come to us with limited flexibility. Adults start at any age, as we have had some adults who started as late as age 65, and have still earned their black belts. As a student, you are looked upon as an individual, never compared to anyone else. Our instructors will be there every step of the way. All that is expected is a willingness to try.

Here are some benefits you can expect from training in Taekwondo and Krav Maga:

* Fitness - The principles of Taekwondo and Krav Maga techniques are Reality Based Training on the design of your body. For power you develop the larger, powerful muscles of the torso. The speed of the techniques comes from the fast, agile muscles of the arms and legs. As you progress in Taekwondo, you will learn to coordinate this speed and power, and develop a concentration to focus all of your bodys strength into a small, hard striking surface like the edge of the hand or the heel of a foot.
* Self-Defense - When the speed and power developed through Taekwondo and Krav Maga is used in a self-defense situation against the vulnerable parts of an attackers body, the results can be incredible. Taekwondo allows a woman to emphasize many of her natural physical strengths, such as power in the legs, while learning a method of self-defense efficient against a much larger opponent. Knowing you can defend yourself, your confidence will grow. And confidence alone is usually enough to deter potential attackers.
* Self-Confidence - This does not come naturally for many people, but self-confidence can be developed over a period of time. Through Taekwondo, as you accomplish new goals, your confidence level increases. Taekwondo instills a sense of discipline and self-confidence that can carry over to all aspects of your life.

About author:
Changing Lives ATA Martial Arts offers a FREE "3 Day Course" for physical Fitness, Self Defense, and Self Confidence. There are four locations serving the community in Hampton Roads. Contact: 757-471-9002 for a Free 3 day course and "Experience The Difference" with ATA. Visit http://atakick.com/index.php/aboutus/testimonials.html and see what others have to say about Changing Lives Martial Arts. Best of the Beach and Best of Chesapeake year after year. Changing Lives ATA Martial Arts Instructors Making a difference in our community. Best of the Beach and Best of Chesapeake, Year after Year. Instructors are not only there to teach classes but to positively motivate, inspire and teach the necessary self discipline traits and life skills n
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