2015 Annual Awards Banquet Recipients!

Congratulations to all of the students that attended the 2015 Annual Awards Banquet! Sensei Shiroma had another enjoyable visit and wanted me to thank everyone for supporting Okinawan Martial Arts! He will see all of the students, parents and families again in 2016…….Sensei Ounkham 2015 Warrior Award Recipient: Mr. Tom Aidich Junior Group Outstanding Student: Autumn V and Jacob J Junior Group Most Improved Student: Kaelyn M and Dylan T Youth Group Outstanding Student: Sujaya D and Evan B Youth Group Most Improved Student: Maddie C and Anthony V Adult Group Outstanding Student: Nancy Brys and Scott Brys Adult Group Most Improved Student: Allan Wick                                                       ...

Stay Active For Your Health

Most people would agree that martial arts has countless benefits for kids and young adults. But when it comes to aging adults, there’s often the misperception that this type of exercise, or exercise in general, contributes to the their physical decline. In fact, quite the opposite is true. Studies show that practicing martial arts, when done sensibly, can actually help keep adults stay active, healthy and feeling younger. And the benefits can be seen in all different aspects of their lives. PHYSICAL One of the greatest causes of physical decline in maturing adults isn’t increasing fragility, but the lack of physical activity. Activities such as martial arts can help to keep adults looking and feeling better. MENTAL Increased cardiovascular and respiratory activity brings more blood and oxygen to the brain, which helps to keep brain activity at peak levels. Activities such as martial arts, help to keeping the mind active, which helps to decrease it’s decline. PSYCOLOGICAL Increased physical activity makes you feel stronger and, ultimately, more confidence. With martial arts, there’s also the added benefit of learning skills that can aid in personal safety – another way to boost confidence. And, with physical activity comes endorphins which means happier, more cheerful...

7 Reasons Your Child Should Take Martial Arts

Reason #1: Okinawan Martial Arts Will Get Your Child More Active One obvious reason children should do martial arts in this day and age is to get active and moving. In case you haven’t noticed, we have an epidemic when it comes to our nation’s obesity problem. We’re also increasingly unfit in addition to being overweight. The problem is particularly alarming as it relates to our children. Youth sports and physical education programs are great, but not every child is “ultra athletic” and many schools no longer offer PE. The martial arts offer many benefits, but when it comes to fitness, becoming a true martial artist means becoming a supremely fit person. Okinawan Martial Arts can help your child get fit and healthy. Reason #2: We Teach Focus and Stillness Of the many challenges that we as parents face today, one is that we are constantly plugged in. While there are a great many benefits to the Internet, there are many more benefits in stillness and utter silence. Unfortunately stillness and utter silence seem to be rare to find. At some juncture in life, every one of us comes to learn that the greatest obstacle we face in this lifetime is ourselves. That battle is fought in the stillness of our mind and the willingness to confront ourselves. In the many years of martial arts classes, I remember many challenges, breakthroughs, and setbacks. At Okinawan Martial Arts your child will learn what it is to be still, challenged, and focused. Reason #3: Students Will Learn to Take Hits In the martial arts, your child will learn what it is...