Parenting is tough.
With the increasing demands of two working parents, high-cost childcare and our generations incredible amount of isolation as parents, sometimes, a shouting match with your kid (or anyone for that matter) seems like the only solution to the heaviness of responsibility. We are all guilty of mimicking our toddlers with those dreaded grown up temper tantrums and paying the fine price of our actions with the guilt and shame with comes thereafter.
Many emotional psychologists claim the importance of “releasing emotions” and “letting go”. Sometimes, this release can be achieved through an evening of weeping over a carton of Ben n’ Jerry’s or an explosion of rage to the undeserving passersby. Recently, in downtown Toronto, a “Rage Room” was opened, where everyday folks could go and let go of their deeply repressed emotions, mirroring the tactic of some therapists to provide mattresses for their angst-ridden clients to explode their emotions upon.
After decades of practicing, teaching and coaching martial arts and self-defence to everyone from police officers, to youth, women and mens’ groups and ultimately to families, our team at 100% Martial Arts has seen countless anecdotal examples of people arriving from all walks of life use martial arts as a tool to overcome, express and unleash emotions in what we believe is the most safe, sustainable and empowering manner possible.
We have observed a decrease in bullying in our communities of fighters by increasing self-confidence, discipline, self-control of aggressive behaviour and communication skills in youth.
In our have watched youngsters with A.D.D. gain confidence, patience and focus through the practice.
We have seen familial bonds skyrocket by learning, laughing and fighting together.
And we are not alone in these observations.
Gregory Lictenthal published an article entitled “How Can Martial Arts Benefit the Disabled” and quotes Dr. Dunlap, a Certified School Psychologist and Taekwondo teacher in affirming that “Increasingly, more and more professionals are recommending that (children with A.D.D.) become involved in a martial arts program”
Meanwhile, Fatimah Bahrami published a study demonstrating the positive impact of martial arts on youth with autism, concluding that martial arts training can be an impactful method for affecting motor activity in autistic people.
For these reasons and more, Martial Arts is celebrated internationally for building self-confidence, discipline, focus and coordination, while simultaneously enhancing physical fitness, strength, balance and flexibility.
At 100% Martial Arts in Ottawa, parents and kids can learn these transformational life skills together. This is one of the few places where you will find family designed martial arts programming that create open spaces for parents and kids to skip the babysitter fees, get a powerful mind-body workout and spend quality time learning, growing (and even fighting) with one another.
Therefore, it is with great pride and excitement that we launch our new “Families Who Fight” Program. We invite you and your kids to come together. This 6 week program is designed to bully-proof your kid and ultimately your school. Using role-play and martial arts, we will teach communication, leadership, patience, confidence and self-defense to the youth at your school, encouraging a strong, safe and self-confident environment. Spaces are limited. E-mail us to sign up now.