Martial Arts

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Nick Souvannalay
Mr. Kite
Junior research
April 2, 2012

Martial Art A Way To A Better Life
Most people think that martial arts is all about kicking, punching and screaming really loud. Then those people will usually perform the stereotypically karate pose, the crane stance. But martial arts is not all about kicking, punching, screaming really loud, making unusual sounds or beating people up. Instead martial arts focuses on the well-being of people. Martial arts can be broken up into five very important terms; discipline, respect, confidence, self-esteem and belief. “It teaches you so many things patience, discipline, anger management, responsibility, self-control.” (Edythe Abduallah, president of FCCJ’s downtown campus, source 8, page 1, paragraph 6,) Those five terms can also be called life skills and those life skills are what make up martial arts. Martial arts can help anyone to obtain more discipline to ensure them that they have structure in their lives, create good habits to carry with them forever and do things the first time told. “Discipline is a huge part of it. You have to learn to take constructive criticism and do what you are told.” (Anniston Snider, source 9, page 2, paragraph 15.) To have more respect for yourself and others. Gain the confidence, enough to speak in front of a group or people and lead a group. Self-esteem is the joy of being you, always finding the positive things in life and staying happy. And belief, if you don’t believe in yourself no one will believe in you. You can never reach your goals in life if you don’t have the yes I can attitude. Overall martial arts helps you become a stronger person physically and mentally because martial arts uses life skills as a vehicles to teach martial arts to help you become a more well-rounded person. “Karate is a great tool to help in personal development.” (Edythe Abduallah, president of FCCJ’s downtown campus, source 8, page 1, paragraph 6.) Martial arts are for everyone no matter who you are or what age you are. It is a great activity to enroll children in and adults as well. The things you learn in martial arts are things that you will have with you for the rest of your life. That’s why martial arts many parents enroll their children into a martial arts program. “Having developed an interest in the sport’s combination of physical activity and discipline.” (Fred Nicklaus, source 10, page 1, paragraph 8.) Who doesn’t want to see their child to grow up and know how to make the right choice in life? Who doesn’t want to see their child have the confidence to speak in front of a group of people or even lead a group of people? Or maybe see their child answer with respect with yes sir, yes ma’am or yes mom, yes dad? These habits are habits that you will have for the rest of your life. “A teachable moment isn’t after the mistake but before. Do something the wrong way 10-15 times and it becomes a habitual behavior. Behaviors become routines which control their behavior. Once they learn a way of doing something, right or wrong, it becomes a set routine.” (Dr.Roger cox, Director of Training, University of North Carolina/ Division TEACCH, source 1, page 51, paragraph 1.) A growing trend that has provided many benefits for children on the autism spectrum involves their engagement in karate and other martial arts. Autism and associated behaviors are estimated to occur in as many as 1 in 110 individuals. Autism is also four times more likely diagnosed in the boys than girls. “Autism is a lifelong developmental disability that prevents individuals from properly understanding their experiences.” (Division TEACCH, source 1, page 3, paragraph 3.) Autism is the fastest growing development disability in the US. And new cases are diagnosed almost every twenty minutes. “Because autism is not a singular disorder, it is unlikely that one intervention approach will benefit all subgroups equally. In order to develop a range of intervention strategies, an understanding...
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