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Science Says Healthy, Active Kids Get Better Grades

Posted: March 05, 2021

All parents want their kids to live active and healthy lifestyles – but in the age of streaming services, smartphones and a seemingly infinite number of time-wasting apps, getting children up and moving is a whole lot easier said than done.

That’s why more kids than ever are slipping into sedentary lifestyles, and it’s wreaking havoc on their health. And now, with concerns about COVID-19 seemingly ever-present, fitness and general health are more important than ever.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO) (1), we are in the midst of an irrefutable global obesity crisis – and it’s hitting children particularly hard. More than 41 million children under the age of five are now classed as overweight or obese, and this can go on to cause a lot of serious health problems later in life.


Why Martial Arts Is So Great For Girls

Posted: February 26, 2021

We speak often about the benefits of martial arts for kids and teens: that it builds confidence, focus, healthy habits and self-discipline, respect for adults and peers, makes kids into leaders, and builds community. The list goes on and on. Of course, it also teaches kids to defend themselves from attackers, and to defuse bullies without violence. But martial arts is, for girls, especially powerful! There are many reasons for this, but it should go without saying that strong girls grow up to be strong, self-confident, empowered women. 

Popular mom-blog “Home To Heather” gives a personal account of her 7 year-old daughter’s positive experiences with martial arts (in this case, Karate) along with 8 great reasons for girls to get involved with martial arts. She writes: 


10 Anti-Bullying Tactics That Work

Posted: October 01, 2020

Your kids are going back to school and you’re ready for the best year ever, but you know the statistics; 17% of students are bullied, more than once a month. And it doesn’t really matter how old you are, where you go to school, what color you are, or where you live, bullies are everywhere. So it’s time to be smart and help your kids learn the tools and tactics that work to prevent bullying. 

Bullying can be physical, verbal, or the cyber version. Thankfully there are some tools you can help your kids put into place to avoid, prevent and cope with bullying, in all its forms. Here are ten things you can teach your kids to do when they’re being bullied.


10 Tips Parents Can Use to Build Confidence & Leadership in Kids

Posted: August 31, 2020

Every parent wants happy, healthy and confident kids.

Here at Blue Ridge Martial Arts Academy, our instructors feel that teaching kids martial arts can help build self-confidence in children of all ages. The techniques we practice at our school help children become accurate in their movements, skilled in their learning and confident in their martial arts skills.  


5 Summer Safety Strategies That Every Kid (& Parent) Should Know

Posted: August 03, 2020

Summer brings longer days and lots of free time for your kids (and less for parents).

Unfortunately during the summer break children are also more prone to peer pressure as well as being more vulnerable to fall victims to predators.

We want our children to put down the iPad and go outside and play, however kids today have to be much more alert than we had to be growing up. Just watching the local news is enough to terrify any parent concerned for their childrens’ safety. These are challenges that every parent faces, but by implementing some simple strategies we can feel much more confident about our children interacting with the real world.


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