What is the Best Martial Art for Children to Learn?

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What is the best martial art for children to learn? Parents have been asking this question long before Google was around to muddy the waters with 1,000 different answers. A case can definitely be made for Karate, Boxing, Kickboxing, Muay Thai and the always popular Taekwondo all of which provide kids with a solid foundation in striking arts but what if they end up on the ground? Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is is a martial art system that relies on leverage over strength with an emphasis on ground fighting and submission techniques. Wrestling is also a great skill set to have in…

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The Most Overlooked Benefit of Children Practicing Martial Arts

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The most overlooked benefit of children practicing martial arts is one of the biggest. When I was a kid, if I wanted to find my friends I had to go outside and look for where all of their bicycles were piled up. Even when we were playing video games we at least did it in the same room with each other – not online. My child is growing up in a different world. That world is at his fingertips with a tap, a click or a swipe. It’s all online and so are his friends; even the ones he made…

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How Martial Arts Combats Bullying

Martial arts isn’t usually the first option parents explore to combat a bully problem but it’s likely the best. Unless you’ve been living under a rock you know that bullying is a big deal. If you have been living under a rock you probably heard about it there too – from a victim looking for a place to hide. That wasn’t the worst solution back in the old days. Avoid it. Ignore it. That doesn’t work today. Today, bullies aren’t just at school or in your neighborhood. They’re in your pocket. Thanks to smart phones, we now have instant access…

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