The ATA – THE AMERICAN TAEKWONDO ASSOCIATION
It is no secret that the life of the average American is seriously lacking in physical exercise. Unfortunately, this trend is not just applicable to adults. The entire family has been affected. The National Center for Health Statistics found one out of every six adolescents to be overweight during 2003 and 2004. This rate has tripled since the rate found during the years from 1976 and 1980. Like many aspects in life, the support of the family is crucial in getting kids physically active instead of sitting around the house.
Finding a routine that is challenging yet fun is the key to getting kids to start, and stay, active. The most common reasons why children drop out of organized sports is usually because of three reasons: too much of an emphasis on winning, there is no involvement from the parents, or it is no longer fun. TryATA Martial arts can be a great way for families to exercise together yet still move at their own pace without a great deal of emphasis on competition.
Due to the flexibility of martial arts, parents can easily be role models and emphasize the importance of physical activity to their children. This tends to lead to making better choices when it comes to food since this is such an important component for physical activity. These behaviors typically lead to better life choices overall as people seek to be healthy in all areas of their lives.
“Before Amber and Adrian started Taekwondo ATA Karate Classes, they used to be really shy, and whenever they had to do a school project and talk in front of the class, you could barely hear them. Both of them were really nervous. But, since they started with the ATA [Karate] and the Leadership classes both can talk in front of the class and it has helped their grades.”
-Mark Kashay (father of Adrian and Amber)
TryATA Martial arts allows both parents and kids to learn a new skill, together. This time working together allows them to bond with each other while also striving to be healthy, strong and physically active. Along with encouragement, families can offer each other the discipline that is necessary for them to reach their goals.
People start martial arts with a wide variety of different fitness levels. Some people are overweight while others are advanced in age. Students of the TryATA martial arts are not compared to other students. Rather they are encouraged to keep improving and to reach their fitness goals.
Karate for kids offers the following benefits:
*Fitness: Speed and power combine in a training that is reality-based. These are coordinated and concentration is honed so that certain parts of the body becomes a hard surface from which to strike.
*Self-defense: Women and children especially benefit from Karate when they develop the power and the speed to defend themselves against attackers that are bigger or stronger, or both, than they are. This skill enables them to gain a great deal of confidence.
*Self-confidence: Although this feeling of confidence in oneself does not come easily to many people, it is still important cultivate it when possible. Karate enables this sense of being self-confident to grow.
Using Karate as an avenue for change is very likely to get families active again. Seeing their parents learning something new and engaging in exercise with them on a regular basis will help young people reduce the rate of being overweight in their age range.