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5 Ways to Help Your Child Balance School and Sports

Posted: April 05, 2019

Today's youth are faced with multiple challenges when trying to precariously balance the pressure of being a good student with participating in athletics or other physically rigorous activities, like martial arts. Here are five ways that parents can best assist their child in achieving this critical balance:

Provide Academic Guidance

Recognizing that athletics are important, it is equally imperative to stress the importance of school. Keep an eye on your child's GPA. If you notice your child's GPA is dropping, perhaps it's time to talk with your child and make a plan about what they can do to improve their commitment to academics. Calculating your student athletes’ GPA will help them to stay on top of their grades and continue on the road to success. Communicate regularly with your child to ensure that they are making the grade.

Why the LGBT Community Should Learn Martial Arts

Posted: April 05, 2019

When the average person thinks about martial arts, images of certain iconic movies may come to mind, particularly the fighting scenes. However, martial arts involve much more than fighting. The benefits of taking up martial arts may be an effective way to improve mental health, physical health, and boost confidence in vulnerable members of society, such as the LGBT community.

Mental Wellness

Members of the LGBT community are susceptible to increased rates of depression and suicide. According to Maryville University, “bullying, assault, lack of family and community support, and many other factors contribute to these increased rates of depression and suicidal thoughts in LGBTQ community members.” Martial arts challenge a person physically, mentally, and ask them to reach inside to overcome the challenges that they face in the classroom. Confidence, strength, and a sense of self-pride are a few of the other benefits that people get from participating in martial arts.

10 Tips Parents Can Use to Build Confidence & Leadership in Kids

Posted: April 05, 2019

Every parent wants happy, healthy and confident kids.

Here at ATA Excellence Martial Arts, our instructors feel that teaching kids martial arts can help build self-confidence in children of all ages. The techniques we practice at our school help children become accurate in their movements, skilled in their learning and confident in their martial arts skills.

As a parent, here are some suggestions on how you can can instill self-confidence in your children at home:

5 Ways to Help Your Children Deal with a Divorce

Posted: April 05, 2019


A divorce is a traumatic time for the whole family, and children can be particularly affected by it. They may not understand what is going on, or they may feel like it is their fault. It's important to get your children the help they need to cope with the difficult transition that is occurring. These five tips will help your children carry on and adjust to their new normal.

Tips for Raising Happy, Healthy, and Productive Teens

Posted: April 05, 2019

Teenage years are a time of rapid development for your child. They grow rapidly, and their hormones begin to get more complex. However, all too often the teenage years tend to be filled with anxiety, stress, poor decisions, and laziness. Obviously not all teens are like this, or they may only have these feelings for a short amount of time, but that doesn’t mean you can’t try to do something about it. Martial arts is meant to inspire strength and discipline in your child, and there are ways to help you expedite building up healthy habits in your child through the use of martial arts.

Get Them Out of Their Comfort Zone

One of the best ways to help your child is to help them get out their comfort zone. Being a teenager can be a harsh time in many ways, so some teens revert back to only doing things within their comfort zone. Martial arts helps provide the opportunity to try new things and get them out of their comfort zone. Why? Learning martial arts has been shown to increase memorization, improve mood and boost one's inner confidence. Your children may not run into situations where they will have to defend themselves every day, but it can be your job to positively reinforce to them that learning martial arts is not just for their physical safety but also provides an abundance of other benefits.

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