I wanted to take a little time to blog about our awesome martial arts program—Stevenson Martial Arts. Here is the quick and dirty: our martial artists become well-rounded athletes, mastering life skills (focus, respect, self-confidence, the list goes on forever…), learning proper self-defense techniques and having a blast while doing so! If you want to read more specifics click here to learn all about it!
What I’d like to focus on further is how much more there is to Martial Arts than simply kicking and punching. At every rank, our students learn a traditional form. These forms help teach our students both coordination and movement, and preserve the incredible history that Martial Arts provides. Students learn how to defend themselves against different types of attacks, in a cooperative, team-building environment. Students also do a board break at every level to teach problem-solving and
to help them overcome fear. As long as you have good technique and focus, breaking a board is easy. But there is an intimidation factor that goes with it. We teach students that the board is a “problem” and the “technique” is the solution. So they learn to focus 90% on the solution (the technique) and only 10% on the problem (the board). With this approach, students are able to smash wood, but more importantly, apply that problem-solving skill to other aspects of their lives like sports, school, etc. By the way, I learned a lot about that board-breaking approach from a great teacher and a good friend, Mike Chat…so…thanks for the wisdom! Finally, Stevenson Martial artists learn a performance form. This is a fun routine that students learn and then modify to showcase their individual strengths. This spurs creativity and builds the confidence needed to perform in front of groups of people, which can obviously carry over to school and work, making students better leaders and public speakers.
I am really proud of the program we have and welcome all to try it at any time. It benefits people in any age category, and any physical condition in so many ways. It really can change your life! Damn, I love Stevenson Martial Arts! 🙂
Check out the video of our October Promotion Test on our Stevenson Martial Arts Facebook page. Everyone did such an incredible job. I am so proud. Can’t wait until the next one!
Click here to see the video