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Why the LGBT Community Should Learn Martial Arts

Posted: March 14, 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.


3 Ways to Show Your Child You Support Them in Martial Arts

Posted: March 08, 2019

Children of all ages can benefit from taking martial arts classes. Martial arts teaches children discipline, hand-eye coordination, self-confidence, and even relaxation. Here are just three things you can do as a parent to support your child in their martial arts.

Attend Competitions

Martial arts doesn't always have to be about competition; there is much more to it than that. Still, competition can be a big part of a child's martial arts experience, and attending tournaments and other events is a great way to show your support. Your child will appreciate the fact that you're there for them, and that can sometimes mean more than whether or not they win the competition. Fuller Youth Institute recommends being careful about how you act at the event. You should let them know that whatever happens out there is okay, and that you will still love them.


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