In this day and age, instant gratification is everywhere. Smartphones, Google and Amazon have changed the way we solve problems. Answers are a click away, online orders can be delivered within two days and almost anything can be done with the tap of a finger.
Where does that leave kids, teens and even adults when things get tough? It leaves them struggling.
How can we stay motivated to work toward a goal or solve a more challenging problem when the answer isn’t a quick fix? You’d be surprised to know that Martial Arts can help.
Aside from the physical benefits, Martial Arts also provides students with life skills that extend far beyond the walls of a studio. In each of our programs, students have to work hard and truly earn each and every achievement. Belts are earned through meeting two or more curriculum/challenge-based requirements completed over an average of three months, and we pace out a minimum of 3.5 years to achieve Black Belt. This teaches students that the path to success is consistent hard work over time.
No one knows this better than Venture Martial Arts founder, Micah Martin.
Micah’s father died when Micah was eight years old, after a difficult five years of weekly emergency departments visits and surgeries due to his Type 2 Diabetes. These extreme circumstances pushed Micah’s family to poverty.
Micah started working 40-hour work-weeks on a construction site when he was just 11 years old, and moved on to working more than 60 hours a week by the time he was 15. At this point, Micah’s family had moved from California to Colorado, and the house they moved into was filled with mold. They gutted the entire building and left the roof on to keep the rain and snow out. The first few years of living in the house involved sleeping on a concrete floor with all the walls ripped out of the house.
Micah, his mother and his older brother started working up to 80-hour work-weeks in order to rebuild their lives. After a few years of getting back on their feet, Micah decided to take a small part of his newly earned income to do something he wanted to since he was eight years old: Martial Arts.
He did not expect training Taekwondo would change his life forever.
Taekwondo gave him the confidence to know he could do anything he set his mind to.
Since then, using these newly learned skills, Micah has built an extremely successful life with three children, a beautiful wife, a business that has impacted thousands of lives in a positive way, top achievements in Martial Arts, and a fulfilling life most young adults can only dream of.
Venture Martial Arts wants to give every child, teen and adult a dream life and we do this by giving students the tools they need to stay motivated, work hard and achieve everything they desire.
In a recent survey, Venture Martial Arts students and their families were asked what qualities our schools have instilled in themselves or their family members. The data was clear: Venture Martial Arts training leads to more than physical benefits.
- 80% of survey participants noted confidence and perseverance as being top qualities learned.
- 65% said respect and focus.
- 50% reported self-discipline.
The benefits from martial arts training can be life-changing.
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Martial arts training has many physical benefits, including enhanced strength, balance and flexibility. However, the benefits from martial arts training go far beyond the physical. Some of the benefits our families have experienced include:
Healthy channeling of energy: Like adults, children and teens need relief from stress and a way to channel their energy. Oftentimes, younger minds don’t know how to do so in a healthy manner. That’s where martial arts comes in. Martial arts provides a structured, controlled environment that challenges both the mind and body, allowing the opportunity to relieve stress, energy and a frustration in an appropriate setting.
Aid in anger management: Martial arts can aid in anger management in a variety of ways. Beyond the obvious energy exertion, martial arts also incorporates breathing and focusing techniques. Those techniques allow students to practice staying calm and concentrated, regardless of hectic surroundings or irritating situations.
Boost self-esteem and confidence: While martial arts can be quite challenging, overcoming those challenges leads to great rewards. The desire and motivation to overcome the physical and mental obstacles presented in training give students the boost they need to conquer their fears, learn new skills and gain a sense of accomplishment that can’t be found in other physical practices.
Whether you are new to our school or have been a part of our community for years, we want you to be sure you know what we are all about.
At Venture Martial Arts, our mission is simple: To improve the lives of children, adults, and families by helping them develop the traditional values of Martial Arts through creating as many Black Belts as possible in each community we impact.
Each Black Belt we build gives another person the tools to “Venture to a better life.”
What does it mean to venture into a better life? The physical and mental benefits are immeasurable and include:
- Self-control through developing high levels of control over their mind and body
- Well rounded physical skills through balance, cardio, strength, flexibility, and extreme coordination
- Importance of regular exercise through building a habit of 2-3 days of training per week
- Self-awareness for life-long safety through learning about age-appropriate self-defense scenarios
- Self-confidence through setting and achieving goals and building a “personal trust in themselves”
- Self-discipline through building strong personal habits
- Respect for authority by learning Taekwondo culture
- Focus on paying attention to a classroom teacher and not losing sight of their goal
- Perspective by working through the highs and the lows of reaching the Black Belt achievement
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Our vision is to spread our mission to thousands of communities through evangelizing our program and core values in order to impact as many lives as possible across the world.
Here at Venture Martial Arts, we know that today’s generation of elderly people is definitely not living their children’s version of grandparenthood! More active and on-the-go than any generation ever before them, today’s 50+ crowd isn’t settling for settling down, and Karate is getting a lot of the extra attention. The reasons people 50-plus are going to martial arts are often the same reasons anyone else is interested; physical fitness, self-defense, mental alertness, and to immerse themselves in the rich culture and history of most of the popular arts. What the potential new senior student must take into account that younger students take for granted are the physical limitations and health considerations that are part of growing older. Fortunately, more and more martial arts schools than ever are offering workout and self-defense programs geared towards seniors’ specific set of needs.
Seniors may not be the first class of people that come to mind when taking Karate is mentioned, but that is old-fashioned thinking! Today’s senior citizen was yesterday’s Baby Boomer, also known in some circles as “the fitness generation,” and they are taking old age by storm. Fitness habits lifestyle do not simply go away just because your knees may have run their last marathon, but in later years your workouts do change, they adapt, they become more age appropriate.
For more and more people, this means turning to Karate. Unlike many physical fitness regimens of youth, which are often designed to push the body as far as it can go to achieve the maximum benefit, Karate for seniors focuses on improving stamina and endurance, maintaining physical safety and even promoting mental acuity. Some studies suggest that seniors who participate in Karate instruction may be less prone to falls and broken bones due to improved coordination.
For many participants in their later years, one of the most rewarding elements of karate, or other martial art disciplines for seniors is the social aspect. People who have, for most of their adult lives, formed their most lasting relationships at work, find themselves unexpectedly at loose ends in retirement. Many senior Karate students discover a welcoming, peer-based social environment at the studio similar to that which they formerly enjoyed at the office or another place of employment.
As people age, we naturally tend to lose a certain amount of strength and elasticity. Seniors can regain that flexibility with the kind of regular exercise that martial arts provide. The movements in the forms do not require abundant physical strength, but they do work most of the major muscle groups. Workouts begin with warm-up exercises, and some disciplines include sparring and combat techniques to build stamina along with muscle tone and coordination.
Karate is a type of exercise widely used by seniors and the physically disabled. It has many benefits that could rightfully be described as therapeutic and can be used to help increase strength, stamina, and flexibility beyond just learning how to defend oneself.
So if you have been contemplating joining a martial arts class but you weren’t sure about your age being a problem, now is the time! We offer classes for ages 4-99! So come in and give it a try! We know that you’ll be glad you did!
At Venture Martial Arts we know that there are so many benefits to your child learning martial arts! Here are 5 reasons you might want to consider getting your child (or children!) involved in this amazing activity!
- Coordination and Motor Skills – Children with strong bodies, fine-tuned motor skills and physical coordination developed through Our Program will have improved: general health, sports performance, as well as other physical activities such as dancing or bike riding. Our Coordination and Motor Skills Training will develop your child’s cardiovascular system, their muscular strength, and will create a general kind of body awareness which can only be gained from a whole body method of Martial Arts training. Your child will be more coordinated, less susceptible to injuries, and be much more aware of their body and how to use it correctly.
- Self-Esteem and Confidence Building – Our Program improves a child’s self-esteem through consistent positive verbal reinforcement. When kids work to earn their next belt level, not only are they learning basic world-class self-defense, they are building self-esteem and learning to feel good about themselves.
- Self-Confidence – Nothing can take the place of the security in knowing that your child can defend themselves should the need ever arise…and your own child’s self-confidence in knowing this themselves is immense.“People who continue to practice the martial arts for prolonged periods are different from the general populace in these ways: they have a lower level of anxiety; an increased sense of responsibility; they are less likely to be radical; they have an increased level of self-esteem, and they are more socially intelligent.” (Source – Psychology Today, May 1985.)
- Respect – One of the most important words in martial arts is respect. Students are taught to respect their instructors, each other, and themselves. Our instructors spend time in class discussing the importance of respecting school teachers and parents. Respect is often missing in many facets of today’s society. This is what separates Martial arts from other sports. A child’s social behavior should be directly linked to his or her progression in the martial arts class. It’s not just about winning, our classes are about personal growth and becoming a better person.
- Discipline, Behavior, and School – We have a lot of fun but instructors will not tolerate excessive talking or goofing around in the school. Improved behavior in a Martial arts class often translates into improved behavior at school. Improved behavior at school often translates into improved grades. We require behavior reports from the parents to make sure that the student is focused in the classroom and at home… Not just with us. We want to make sure that our students are working on their Martial Arts technique, improving their behavior at home, as well as improving their grades at school.
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Despite the modern conveniences that kids enjoy, childhood today isn’t any easier than it was for their parents. The media often paints a bleak picture of youth, with reports of childhood obesity, ADHD, and bullying. What if there was something that could change that, courtesy of your local martial arts studio? At Venture Martial Arts we want to tell you how this fun activity can change so much for your child!
Although martial arts are often associated with fighting and violence, given its prominence in movies and video games, that’s only one side of it. For kids, martial arts can fill gaps in physical activity, improve health and behavioral problems, and even reduce the amount of violence among youth.
STRENGTHENING THE BODY
Inactivity is one of several contributors to childhood obesity, which often leads to many other issues, such as long-term health problems into adulthood and lowered self-esteem. Children today are considerably less active than their 1970s counterparts, who were more likely to walk to school and weren’t as absorbed in electronic entertainment.
Activity Guidelines recommend adults get 150 minutes of physical activity per week, while for children the recommended amount of exercise is almost triple—60 minutes per day (420 minutes per week). But, according to a recent report, 40 percent of kids are getting 180 minutes per week or less—less than half of the recommended amount.
Regular and consistent Martial Arts for Kids can go a long way toward filling the widening gap in physical activity in which active play is supplanted by time spent in front of a screen. This can apply to most extracurricular team sports, but in terms of total caloric expenditure, a student training in martial arts can burn off 10 to 20 percent more calories per hour than playing football or basketball.
More often than not, traditional sports programs cater to the more elite athlete that can score more. There are no benchwarmers in martial arts.
In addition to improved physical benefits and inclusion, martial arts are often safer than other sports. A 2009 literature review suggests that, despite the potentially dangerous skills learned in martial arts, it is safer than football and basketball, attributing this advantage to proper instruction and a controlled training environment.
SHARPENING THE MIND
Martial arts are good for the developing mind and can be beneficial to children who have disciplinary problems at school or have been diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). A 2012 study evaluating a specialized 20-week martial arts program that incorporated meditation and cognitive behavioral therapy found that youth aged 12 to 18 who were diagnosed with learning disabilities (some with ADHD or anxiety problems) showed improvement in social skills, attentiveness, and decreased anxiety levels.
Other studies show a more significant improvement in young boys than in girls who study martial arts, which may be notable as boys are three times more likely to be diagnosed with ADHD. Study authors suggest more research should be undertaken to confirm the use of martial arts as a treatment for ADHD, however.
While martial arts instill fighting and combat skills, a two-year study of 14 karate students and nine judo students (all boys aged 10) reported no increase in levels of aggression and, in the case of the nine judo students, found a decrease in anger levels. The study authors suggest this might be due to the practice of meditation, common to many martial arts.
In addition to encouraging movement, calming the mind, and curbing aggression, martial arts instruction can play a role in reducing bullying, which goes beyond teaching a child how to fight back.
A 2008 study evaluated a martial arts-based intervention program known as The Gentle Warrior, which not only reduced aggressive tendencies in the elementary school-aged participants but also improved the behavior of bystanders, who were more likely to aid victims of bullying, rather than condone it through inaction.
Martial arts can be vital in shaping the leaders of tomorrow. Martial arts programs are excellent at actually teaching life skills rather than just sports skills. The ultimate goal of martial arts schools should not be to produce the next world champion but to produce the best possible people who can benefit the world.
Here at Venture Martial Arts, we know that there are so many benefits to your child being involved in our martial arts classes! So many, in fact, that we will be making this article into two parts! So check back to see the other reasons so many children are benefiting from these life-changing classes!
We have trained for many years to make sure everything we teach is reality based. We are dedicated to staying on the cutting-edge of REALISTIC martial arts training – for ourselves and for your children! With that said… Your child may still be in the developmental stage of their life and will focus only on the basis of our Martial Arts Curriculum in Broomfield Colorado. Basic Techniques include Proper exercise form, punching, kicking, blocking and evasion techniques.
2-Focusing and Listening
At our location in Broomfield Colorado, we know Focus plays a key role in the mindset of children who have limited attention spans at this stage in their life. Our Program will build their attention span… teaching your child to focus on the task at hand while improving their listening and reaction skills at the same time. As a result, your child will excel in physical activity, improve their ability to stay focused, and become an intent listener in the dojo, at home, and in school.
3-Teamwork and Positive Social Interaction
Teamwork is necessary for any young child to develop. It is at this stage in their life that they develop an understanding and a confidence in their ability to work with others. Our activity-based curriculum and teamwork oriented environment develops character and teaches your child that the more we work together in the dojo, at home, and at school…the more we get accomplished.
4-Self-Control and Good Decision Making
Self-control refers to the training that one gives one’s self to accomplish a certain task or to adopt a particular pattern of behavior, even though one is unfocused or would rather be doing something else. For example, when your child has learned to listen to mom and dad, pay attention in class while listening to the teacher instead of talking to his friend next to him, he has demonstrated the ability to self-control… while making the good decision to do so.
5-Physical Fitness and Healthy Living
It is important for children to understand the importance of being healthy and physically fit at an early age. Being physically fit is a necessity for any martial artist but more importantly… The sooner we enforce this concept, the healthier your child will be now… and the less difficult it will be to stay physically fit as they grow older.
6-Self-Esteem and Confidence Building
Our Program improves children’s self-esteem through consistent positive verbal reinforcement. When kids work to earn their next belt level, not only are they learning basic world-class self-defense, they are building self-esteem and learning to feel good about themselves.
A skilled martial artist typically spends years performing a variety of exercises to perfect his techniques. These exercises generally focus on improving a martial artist’s speed, strength, and flexibility.
Slow-motion kicking forces the leg muscles and core muscles to work harder throughout the execution of each kick. This exercise can be performed with most of the basic kicks in the martial arts. For example, the traditional front kick can be executed as a slow-motion exercise. To practice this exercise, one knee is lifted and the leg slowly extended forward. After the leg has been extended, slowly return it to a bent position. At least eight repetitions and three sets of this exercise should be performed with each leg. To improve balance, each consecutive kick should be practiced without touching the kicking foot to the floor.
Squat kicking is a challenging exercise that builds strength and coordination in the lower body. Stand with your feet about shoulder-width apart. Squat down as if sitting on a chair. When returning to a standing position, perform a front kick. Each time a squat is performed, a different leg should do the front kick. Ten repetitions and three sets of this exercise should be performed during a martial arts workout. To increase the difficulty of this exercise, the height of the kicks can be raised. Higher kicks can help improve flexibility.
Speed punching is an effective way to improve quickness and cardiovascular endurance. Stand in a horse stance, feet spread apart at a little more than shoulder-width, and the knees slightly bent. The fists should be held at the hips. Speed punches are performed by rapidly executing karate punches at an imaginary target. When one hand returns to the hip, the other hand immediately punches. At least three one-minute sets of this exercise should be performed to get a cardio workout. Staying in a horse stance during this exercise should also create a good burn in the leg muscles.
Kata is a Japanese word that refers to a choreographed pattern of martial arts techniques. While performing a tension kata, pretend that your punches and blocks are being met with resistance. The muscles should be tightened as each technique of the kata is slowly performed. Martial arts techniques and muscular strength are improved by practicing tension katas. Resistance bands can also be used to increase tension.
Hand Speed Exercises for Martial Arts
Developing fast hands is an essential part of most martial arts. Martial artists need to be able to quickly block oncoming attacks and counter with their own defensive strikes. Fast hand techniques can help martial artists win at tournaments. More importantly, fast hands can also save their lives on the streets. There are several hand-speed exercises that a martial artist can practice. These exercises can make a martial artist a more skilled and well-rounded fighter.
Plyometric push-ups are good for building explosive speed and power in hand techniques for the martial arts. To practice this exercise, you begin in the down position of a push-up. Powerfully push up with your hands and try to thrust your body into the air. Your hands should leave the floor, then return to the floor for the next repetition. To make your hands work faster during this exercise, try clapping them together while you are in the air.
Speed Bag Training
Speed bags are often associated with boxers, but they can also work wonders for martial artists. A speed bag is a small, air-filled punching bag that is connected to the ceiling. These bags bounce around quickly when they are hit. It takes a boxer or martial artist with some fast hands to keep up with the bag. You should start off slow when beginning to exercise with the speed bag. Once you are able to develop a rhythm with your punches, then you can hit the bag faster and harder. The speed bag is also good for exercising combinations of hand techniques.