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  • This weeks training

    During Last week at the Academy we focused on our listening and balance skills while making sure that the traditional elements of Martial Arts were taught in every class. Things like: Courtesy, Discipline and Respect. With this focus in mind we are helping to develop a positive mental attitude within the Academy and help all our students develop into positive role models in the local community. ....

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  •  in Verwood - The Black Belt Academy - I can't get him to come to class, but he loves it when he is there

    I can't get him to come to class, but he loves it when he is there

    Does your child complain about going somewhere only to have fun once you get them there? Once they are at a fun activity (birthday party, friend’s house, karate), does your child resist leaving? Sometimes, parents tell me that their child is difficult to get to class, but love it once they are there. As parents, we worry that our child may be losing interest in the activity. The good news is that this behaviour does not necessarily mean that the child doesn’t like the activity. Instead the child is demonstrating a behaviour known as “present focus".

    What is present focus?

    Present focus is a child becoming focused on a current activity and not wanting to stop ....

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  •  in Verwood - The Black Belt Academy - New Black Belts

    New Black Belts

    We are really pleased to welcome our new Black belts to the Academy. The hard work, dedication and commitment they have shown getting to this point is a creditto them. It takes a lot of hard work not only from the students to preserver when things become difficult but also to the parents, families and friends who help in getting the children to class consistently throughout the years. To get a Black Belt you need Black Belt parents and I am extremely grateful to the parents of these new Black Belts for their continued effort and hard work as well. Getting a Black Belt requires 2 things: Consistence attendance and being well supported from home and the thing is the first part cannot ....

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  • Kids Martial Arts and Adult Martial Arts Classes in Verwood

    Check out our new website for The Black Belt Academy!
    We proudly serve the Verwood, Fordingbridge, and West Moors areas! Come see the programs and deals we have to offer. Kids Martial Arts, Adult Martial Arts, Fitness Kickboxing and SO MUCH MORE! Fill out the "Request Information" form on the side of the page and stop in for a visit today! Don't forget to click below to visit us on our social media pages!! Facebook Google+ ....

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  •  in Verwood - The Black Belt Academy - Set Your Child Up to Stay the Course!

    Set Your Child Up to Stay the Course!

    Why Quitting Activities Like Martial Arts Will Negatively Impact Your Child’s Future! THE QUIT TRIGGER AND HOW TO AVOID IT DEVELOPING IN YOUR CHILD When it comes to physical and mental well being, there are no more beneficial physical activities for children than martial arts classes. So, it will come as no surprise that when it comes to quitting and going back to the old routine, there are a number of negatives that could occur, which as a parent, you need to be aware of. The biggest negative that can develop in a child’s life is what we call the Quit Trigger. The Quit Trigger is developed where a child is allowed to quit an activity such as martial arts without “giving ....

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  •  in Verwood - The Black Belt Academy - Dojo Etiquette

    Dojo Etiquette

    As Martial Artists it’s always important to develop the right kind of attitude that others respect and aspire towards. There is a constant challenge in training to hold yourself to a higher standard as a Martial Artist. With that said its also important to remember the etiquette we use in the dojo towards our friends and training partners as well as to the idea of Disciplined training. Below are a few things to remember about training in the Academy regardless if you’re a child, parent or adult student. Most if not all of these are to be followed every time we train and by helping to remember the small things great things will develop. 1. Bow when you enter and leave the ....

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  • Gekisia Di Ichi

    The video linked below is a performance of the first Kata Gekisia Di Ichi which was created by Chojun Miyagi Sensei in 1940 for introduction into the school system and to help make the average person stronger. Literally translated as ‘to destory ’ it is a power Kata designed to help you combine and create power and speed for your punches, kicks, blocks and moving. GD1 and Chokosan Defence The kata is performed with full power and speed throughout. When practicing at home remember that the first move is to turn to the left and block Jodan Uke with your left arm. The second portion of this video is of Chokosan Gekisia Defence which is a literal translation of the first ....

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  • Avoid These to Train Smarter!

    Mistakes are common when it comes training. You can’t expect perfection during every session and that goes for even the most experienced Martial Arts practitioners. Here are 5 common things to watch for when training. 1. Neglecting to pivot your foot
    When you punch or kick, pivoting your foot enables your body to be in the proper position. This small but important motion is necessary for creating balance and ensures safety as well as engaging the core. Pivoting your foot also gives you the power you want from your punches. If you’re neglecting your pivot, don’t worry. Even the most experienced students forget to pivot once in a while. Just refocus on the pivot rather ....

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  • Exciting Times

    I have said this before I love my job! I get to interact with so many different people and share my passion for the Martial Arts. I remember vividly the first time I ever went and saw a Martial Arts class with my Father back in 1988. I sat watching an Adults class and was mesmerised by what I saw. The power, speed and dexterity that the students showed was something that I thought was beyond my ability, I was however hooked. I came away from that lesson with my Dad and could not wait to get back into class the next night to start my training. I loved the training and all the different aspects of the style, I was always in awe of my instructor and I always tried to emulate him ....

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  •  in Verwood - The Black Belt Academy - Celebrating Success

    Celebrating Success

    I have the best job in the world! I get to share my passion and enthusiasm for the Martial Arts with everyone I meet. I have been extremely privileged to have been shown and develop a system that not only helps to develop confidence and self belief in all the children I have taught over the years but also to help improve the belief they have in themselves to set goals that are obtainable. My students are able to achieve goals within the Academy as well as personal achievements outside. This is down to the amazing system of Belief that I can help develop in any of my students. One such example is a child I taught who was taking part in a swimming gala. In his words “I was getting ....

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