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In the martial arts, it is common to see students, instructors, or friends bowing to each other before and after class. The bow is similar to western handshake. The reason for the traditional bow was a way of demonstrating respect toward the other person. For example, during sparring practitioner would bow to his or her partner meaning that “I respect you, but I’m going to do my best to kick and punch you to beat you. I am doing this to further progress my Taekwondo skills and myself, not to hurt you. The second this match is over, it is forgotten and we are still friends, and I hope, better friends than before.”

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Published: June 22, 2021

Categories: Teaching Philosophy

At Flourtown ATA Martial Arts we are currently discussing Belief as our life skill. I wanted to take a second to talk about two of the “pillars” of belief, Dreams and Vision.

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Published: June 22, 2021

Categories: Teaching Philosophy

We can often times become complacent and non-responsive to our surroundings. In Krav Maga we refer to this as our first level of awareness: unaware. It is sometimes unavoidable, however, there are many simple steps we can take to become aware. Here are a few specifically for when walking to your car.

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Published: June 22, 2021

Categories: Advice

I want to talk about the options we have when we are dealing with a bully. A lot of times when we teach this, during our new martial arts student orientation, we find that children are giving incorrect advice when dealing with a bully. Allow me to share with you the three options your child has when dealing with a bully. The first two are ones that most children, possibly even yours, have been told to do. The third is what we teach them to do.

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Published: June 22, 2021

Categories: Benefits of Martial Arts

Many times the bully realizes at this point how far you are willing to go to stop them and decides to pick on an easier target. It is not often we reach this stage but when we do it is crucial to be confident in your ability. We find when people don’t believe they can physically protect themselves they don’t stand up for themselves verbally. Out of the fear that it may turn physical. That is why we always say the best form of confidence is self-defense confidence

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Published: June 22, 2021

Categories: Benefits of Martial Arts