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July

What the Martial Arts Teaches You

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Courtesy means treating other people with kindness and consideration.

Courtesy is important in martial arts, because Martial Arts is all about respect.
Showing courtesy is treating people with respect.
It’s been said before that you can tell a lot about a person by how he treats those
who are least important to him. Think about this. If President Obama or Tom Brady (or
anyone famous) walked through the door, how would you treat them? You would
probably go out of your way to show them that you think they are important.
What about someone who’s not as famous or important? What about the people we
see every day? How do you treat them? You should treat them with the same level of
respect and courtesy. Why? Because that’s what being a Black Belt is all about. It’s
treating everyone with courtesy and consideration
 
Here is a story for you to think about.
One day, there was a New York businessman who was running late for work. As
he rushed to catch the train, he noticed a homeless man selling pencils at a table. In his
frenzy, he dropped a dollar into the cup and hurriedly stepped aboard the subway train.
On the second thought, he stepped back off the train, walked over to the homeless
man and took several pencils from the cup. Apologetically, he explained that in his haste
he had neglected to pick up his pencils, and he hoped the man wouldn’t be upset with
him. “After all,” he said. “You are a business man just like myself. You have
merchandise to sell, and it’s fairly priced.” He then caught the next train.At a social convention a
few months later, a neatly dressed salesman stepped up to the businessman an introduced himself.
“You probably don’t remember me, and I don’t know your name but I will never forget you. You are
the man who gave me back myself-respect. I was a ‘beggar’ selling pencils until you came along
and told me I was a business person.”
The lesson:
The New York businessman treated the homeless man with dignity and respect.
That’s what we mean when we talk about black belt courtesy. It’s being the type of
person that treats everyone with courtesy.
Can you imagine what kind of world this would be if everyone acted that way
toward each other?

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July

Summer Camp for aston, brookhaven, and media residents

Moo Sa Martial Arts & Kids Karate

Our karate summer camp is a all day camp from 9am to 4pm. Each day is filled with fun games, races, team competitions, karate class and we even go on field trips. Wednesday is our movie day and friday we go the the park and a swimming pool. It is a great time and something different then the usual summer camp. The cost is only $40 a day. The best part is that anyone can join our summe camp! You do not have to be enrolled in our martial arts program to attend our summer camp. If you are interested in signing your children up please give us a call at 610-800-7629 for more information.

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June

How old do you have to be to start karate

Moo Sa Martial Arts & Kids Karate

This is a common question that I get asked a lot. Our Program is designed so that children as young as 3 years old can participate. 3 and potty trained are the requirnments. Of course at this age there is a ton of development that happens very fast. Not all 3 year olds are confortable with being in a big group. But if they are able to follow basic instructions and they feel ok talking to our instructors then they have a lot to benefit from our program. Not all karate schools accept kids this young. The martial arts offer so many wonderful benefits for young children, but it is a different skill set then regular karate classes. We are working on balance, coordination, focus, following directions, strength, flexibility....... The list goes on and on. I will leave you with this. If you ask any of my little dragons, that is what we call our 3 - 7 year olds, what self discipline is they should be able to tell you it is doing what you need to do without being told. If you ask them what respect is they should tell you it is treating others they way you want to be treated. I am super proud when I see my little dragons answering these questions. They learn about this now at a young age and and we encourage them to use this every day.

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June

Teaching children self discipline

Moo Sa Martial Arts & Kids Karate

Yesterday our topic was self discipline. We taech our students that self discipline is doing what you need to do without being told. We reinforce this by talking about how we use it in class, which is fun of course. The students get to practice punching and kicking and we tell them how they are working on self discipline. This is when the students learn the best. They are having fun and their minds are open. We talked about things we can do at home that mom and dad don't have to remind us to do. The students gave me some great answers like putting your dish in the sink when you are done eating, getting dressed in the morning, and cleaning your room. I hope everyone showed their parents great self discipline after that class :)

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June

Karate is more than just an activity or a sport

Moo Sa Martial Arts & Kids Karate

Moo Sa Karate in aston teaches 2 kinds of karate: Tae Kwon Do and Tang Soo Do. These are both Korean martial arts. I like to talk to the students about the difference between martial arts and sports. Just to be clear I think sports are great. But there is a big difference. The way we explain martial arts is that it is a way of life. It teaches you things that you should use on a daily basis like respect, foucs, self control, humility, confidence, self discipline..... The list goes on and on. We relate our training to every day evetns in every class. This is where the big difference between sports and martial arts is. Now don't get me wrong, some sports coaches are phenominal at delevering life lessons in their training and teaching of players. But this is one of our main jobs as martial arts teachers. When our students leave the karate school we try to remind them to think before they respond to mom and dad and make sure they say the right thing. Or we remind them to say yes ma'am and yes sir at home. Reminders like this done over a long period of time are a big help to students.