Family Fitness with Martial Arts

Families Get Kung Fu Fit

Practicing martial arts can keep you and the kids in shape

By Selene Yeager , Selene Yeager is a health journalist and author/coauthor of more than two dozen book titles.

If your waistband is a little tight, try a slimming new black belt--a martial-arts belt. And bring the kids.

When researchers at New York Institute of Technology tested 18 men and women, those who practiced a Korean karatelike discipline called soo bahk do at least twice a week for 3 years were slimmer, stronger, and more flexible than their sofa-bound counterparts. Their body fat composition was a slim 19 percent, versus 31 percent in the sedentary group. Bonus: "You can do martial arts with your kids, so the whole family gets fit," notes lead researcher Peter Douris, EdD.

The proof? "I lost 30 pounds," says Edwin Tolon, 45, a Weston, FL, insurance broker who has taken martial arts with his 13-year-old daughter, Elaine, for 6 years. "She's strong and fit, and her grades improved to straight As," he says.

  • To find a martial-arts school that suits your family: Take a trial run. Try a class before you sign up.
  • Know your dojo. Teachers range from gentle to tough.
  • Inquire about competition. Does sparring make you shudder? Find a school that emphasizes individual skills instead.

Waukesha Martial Arts Academy Article List

5/9/2013 Martial Arts for New Berlin Kids (5/9/2013)
3/21/2013 Martial Arts for Brookfield Kids (3/21/2013)
9/14/2011 Family Fitness with Martial Arts (9/14/2011)
7/29/2010 A REAL Karate Kid (7/29/2010)
2/15/2009 Powerful Parenting (2/15/2009)
2/12/2009 Martial Arts and Solving ADD/ADHD (2/12/2009)
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Martial Art Articles:

American Dojo is the premier New Berlin Karate and martial arts training center for kids and families.

3/21/2013 Martial Arts for Brookfield Kids 3/21/2013
Now offering karate classes and martial arts lessons to Brookfield families!
9/14/2011 Family Fitness 9/14/2011

If your waistband is a little tight, try a slimming new black belt--a martial-arts belt. And bring the kids.

7/29/2010 A REAL Karate Kid 7/29/2010
This real- life Karate Kid puts both the eighties version (Ralph Macchio), and the 2010 version (Jaden Smith) to shame. Meet Adam Stone, black belt.... Some would say that fate tried to stack the deck against Adam from the very start. The now 15-year-old was born with Down syndrome, and doctors found four holes in his heart that necessitated open-heart surgery on the infant.....

Child obesity is becoming a world wide epidemic. Children are becoming overweight at young ages due to lack of exercise and unhealthy eating.

2/15/2009 Powerful Parenting 2/15/2009

...Today, Pam, her husband, Frank, and their children, Mason, 13, Jake, 10, and Zaiah, 8, spend 3 days a week at the martial arts training hall...

"With proper instruction and a program that is grounded in Eastern traditions, martial arts offer many benefits in the development of a child's physical, mental and spiritual well being..."