Training in martial arts helps discipline both the mind and the body. The focus and confidence you gain from training enable you to achieve your goals and be successful in life. The physical conditioning will allow you to enjoy your life as you live it. West Houston ATA Martial Arts teaches all this and much more. Come train with us!
How Physical Activity Combats Mental Health Issues with Children
Posted: May 07, 2018
Everywhere you go these days, you will hear a lot these days about how physical activity is good for your children. It keeps them fit and healthy and can help in preventing diseases like diabetes, heart disease, and high blood pressure. But what is less often discussed, though no less important, is the connection between physical activity and mental health in children.
And this isn’t just wishful guessing either. There’s a lot of empirical evidence to back this up. Many recent medical studies have found strong positive links between physical activity and a variety of mental functions, such as more positive self-esteem and self-perception, sharper cognitive functions, and even positive effects on behavioral disorders like ADHD. It has also been linked to alleviating mental health issues in children, such as depression and anxiety.
In honor of mental health month, we’re going to explore some of the key ways in which physical activity combats mental health issues with children and increases your child’s cognitive awareness. We’ll split these advantages into several broad themes:
Martial Arts Classes in Houston: How to Choose a Martial Arts School for Your Child
Posted: April 24, 2018
Hey there! We understand how challenging it can be to decide on a Martial Arts School, there are so many to choose from, which is why we created this informative guide giving you the details you’ll need to pick the best option for your child. Then sit back, relax, and watch them succeed!
If your child has expressed an interest in learning martial arts, then the first thing you need to do is find a great martial arts school. There are many schools in the Houston area which may meet your needs, but there are plenty of details to consider before making a decision.
Martial Arts Classes in Houston: How to Choose a Martial Arts School for Your Child Part 2
Posted: April 24, 2018
Talk to Instructors, are they qualified?
It's important to know the qualifications of the instructors at a martial arts school. Ask about their training and find out if they are certified. People who want to teach martial arts may be personal trainers who are certified as martial arts instructors, or they may have certification from associations within their sport. For instance, a good martial arts instructor may have a certification from an organization like the American Taekwondo Association. Instructors teaching karate for kids should also be certified in first-aid and CPR in case a child is injured during class.
If you’re interested in having your child participate in competitions, you need to verify any certifications or licenses required by state law. In Texas, amateur competitive matches must be sanctioned and supervised by an amateur sanctioning organization for matches involving martial arts forms that include blows or strikes to the head. At West Houston ATA Martial Arts, our students compete in the Tournaments, that begin with district / regional tournaments and continue on until World Championships where finalists from all over the world compete in one of the largest Martial Arts tournaments in the world.
What’s Your Vision?
Posted: April 14, 2018
One thing that all leaders have in common is a vision. We have a dream of something we want to accomplish. We then sit down and craft that dream into a vision.
Successful leaders, after they have done the crafting, will then effectively communicate that vision to others and get them to support it. The vision then gets turned into goals, which are specific plans. When the goals get accomplished, what was once a dream has now become reality.