Our next Nerf Night will be held on Friday, May 22 at 6 p.m. for ages 4--7 and Saturday, May 23 at 5 p.m. for ages 8 and up. Our last Nerf Night event was a lot of fun, and these should be even better with the separate groups, giving participants more room to run, dodge, and roll. Call 410-561-KICK to reserve your space today!
Brazilian Jiu-jitsu (BJJ) is one of the most popular styles of martial arts. It is widely considered to be one of the most effective arts in terms of self-defense and giving a practitioner a chance of defending himself or herself from a larger and stronger assailant.
Despite its current popularity, BJJ was not widely known or practiced in the United States until fairly recently. In fact, BJJ can be considered a relatively new art, as it was developed/evolved from the Japanese martial arts of Judo within the last century, whereas many other martial arts are several hundred years old.
I was not really interested in learning BJJ when I first heard about it, as it seemed very different from the other, more traditional styles of martial arts that I had studied. For one thing, BJJ places heavy emphasis on grappling techniques, particularly on the ground, whereas I had studied arts that emphasized more punching and kicking. However, there came a time where I had to accept that this was THE art of the future, as it had been clearly shown in competitions (consisting of practitioners from many different styles and backgrounds) to be an art of incredible effectiveness. Unfortunately, there were not many schools in the area teaching BJJ until fairly recently.
About 7 years ago, I was very fortunate to be able to begin studying BJJ at Baltimore Brazilian Jiu-jitsu, which marked the beginning of my formal training in the art.
We now offer a BJJ program for adults, certified through Carlson Gracie Jr. Carlson Gracie Sr., his father, was the eldest son of Carlos Gracie, who, along with Helio Gracie, is generally credited as being one of the founders of BJJ as we know it.
One of the things that attracted me to this particular branch of BJJ is the fact that it emphasizes techniques that could work in BJJ tournaments, but also in self-defense situations. In BJJ tournaments, there are many rules, including rules prohibiting strikes and slamming one’s opponent to the mat. This means that many of the techniques that have been more recently developed were created without concern for the possibility of strikes and other attacks that can occur in real-life self-defense situation.
One of the advantages of Carlson Gracie Brazilian Jiu-jitsu is that the students can develop a solid foundation of techniques that could work in a tournament, but could also be used to defend one’s self should they ever need to do so.
So whether you are looking to learn the art of self-defense, participate in tournaments, or just get in the best shape of your life, contact us and come give our Carlson Gracie Brazilian Jiu-jitsu classes a try!
One of the best things about martial arts for children is that every child has an opportunity to be a winner. Notice I didn’t say that every child automatically gets to be a winner. Certainly not, our testing standards are quite high and we require that each student put forth his or her best effort before we award them their stripes/belts.
However, their success or failure has nothing to do with height, athleticism, speed, etc. (although martial arts training can certainly help to develop athletic attributes). It also has nothing to do with competition between teammates for a starting spot on the field.
Not that I don’t like team sports, in fact our dojo is very proud to sponsor several teams in the Lutherville Timonium Rec Council Leagues. However, martial arts provide certain benefits that may not always be found in team sports (and these sports also offer some unique benefits of their own).
In order to pass one of our tests, the student must put forth his or her best effort. If he or she makes a critical error, they get to go home, practice, and retake the test.
I believe that this teaches them an important lesson. It isn’t always realistic to get things right on the first try, or to win every time you go out. In life, we generally DON’T get things right on the first try. But as long as we never give up, we will succeed.
If you are interested in taking a challenge and working to become a winner, MD Martial Arts Academy might be for you. For more information, contact us today.
Lately we have been hosting more and more Karate birthday parties at the school, and I want to thank everyone that has allowed us to share in their birthday celebrations. We love seeing the smiles on the kids’ faces when they break their boards, and the parents’ faces when they don’t have to worry about any of the cleaning.
We strive to provide a fun, stress-free experience, with a personal touch. One of the challenges that I have had from parents when attending traditional birthday party venues, is the fact that during the child’s birthday party, there are many other activities going on, including other birthday parties. This does not mean that these are not wonderful events; on the contrary, clearly they are very popular for good reason. However, one of the advantages to a Karate Birthday party is that the party is scheduled after classes, and there is only one party going on at a time, allowing our staff to provide the children with the attention they need to enjoy a fun and safe afternoon.
In addition to providing a fun filled afternoon of Karate based games and activities, our staff are dedicated to helping serve our guests their food and drinks in an efficient and cleanly manner.
We offer a variety of birthday packages to help fit your needs. The different options include:
Premium Birthday Package:
Your birthday child and friends will enjoy an action packed two hour party, which includes:
-45 minute Karate lesson
-Karate games session
-2 slices of pizza per child
-Water and/or juice
-Karate uniform for birthday child*
-White belt test for birthday child*
-Utensils and paper place
*If not a current student
Gold Birthday Package:
This package includes everything the Premium package has, PLUS the following:
-3 hours of FUN!
-1 Wooden board for each child to break
-Use of our Movie Theater
-Special Guest appearance by a Ninja Turtle
Call us today to make your child’s next birthday really special!
A new year is upon us once a-gain, and now is a great time to set some goals and really focus on achieving our potential this year. I encourage you all to set or re-evaluate your goals, and to really get excited about what you can accomplish if you really commit to them.
I read a quote the other day that I thought was spot on. It went something like this: no one sets a goal of being out of shape, getting poor grades, and no accomplishing anything; those are things that happen to people who don't have any goals. I think that quote has always been true, but never has it been more true than with today's society.
If I don't have any goals, there are just so many easy things I can do to keep myself entertained so that I don't have to face the fact that I am not really accomplishing anything. Video games, electronics, television, I'm not saying these things are bad, but when we don't set goals, these things can easily sneak in and rob us of our precious time and potential. That's why it is so important to have goals that motivate us to get off the couch and make something of ourselves!
With the new year, you have probably noticed many changes at our school/dojo. Heck, it doesn't even look like the same place anymore! Besides the physical changes to the actual school, I am very excited about some of the improvements to our actual classes. With more instructors, and very experienced ones, I might add, we are better abel to separate our classes by experience level, allowing our students to receive more help on the material that is appropriate for their rank. With adult martial arts classes, this is helpful; with children's martial arts classes, it makes all the difference in the world.
One of my goals for this year is to be able to sponsor more sports teams in the Towson and Lutherville Timonium areas. Last year, we were very fortunate to be able to sponsor a number of little league teams in the Lutherville Timonium Rec and Towson Rec leagues, and we hope to be able to sponsor even more teams this year. The Towson and Timonium communities have been very supportive of our martial arts classes for kids and adults over the past 7 years, and we feel it is very important to give back to the community.
-Sensei Jonathan Tissue is a 2005 Graduate of Towson University. He has taught martial arts to children and adults in the Towson, Timonium, Hunt Valley, Sparks, and Hereford areas for over 10 years.
Martial Arts Training for Adults
Why is it so important for adults to engage in some discipline or activity such as the martial arts? Well, think of the biggest challenges most of us face. In this day and age, it is hard to concentrate for any substantial period of time. At times, we lack the patience at motivation to see our goals through and nowadays if something isn’t readily available at our fingertips, we give up.
Exercise is an obvious solution, but what about exercising your mind? Martial arts provide the perfect balance of mind/body awareness, allowing us to connect with ourselves on a deeper level, which leads to a happier and healthier lifestyle.
When I was in college, martial arts reminded me of something I’d forgotten: with hard work, we can achieve our goals.
Success in the martial arts is based upon technique and leverage and unlike so many youth-centric activities, with the martial arts, you can continue to grow and improve at any age!
Thankfully, the need to defend yourself from a physical assault is rare in today’s society. However, the need to defend yourself from succumbing to a sedentary lifestyle is growing by the day. Don’t let age or physical limitations keep you from achieving your fitness goals and improving overall mental health. Our classes are designed to cater to all fitness and experience levels. Discover a new you in 2015 by contacting our academy today.
I want to thank all of our students and families who have supported our Holiday gift drive for the National Center for Children and Families. You all did an amazing job going out and finding gifts for a group of children who may not have gotten very much for the holidays otherwise. I got to do the fun part, which was delivering the gifts. I'm sure it will make for a wonderful holiday for the children. Although we were asking for gifts to be brought in by December 16, to give the Center time to organize and prepare everything, I learned today that they are still able to accept gifts for the holidays! We plan on making another trip to the center, and there are still plenty of ornaments left on our holiday tree. Please consider taking one, and then placing the gift that is written upon it under the tree. Please try to have all gifts in by Saturday! Thank you, and Happy Holidays!
Our new mirrors were put up last week in both classrooms! They really make the place look great, and help everyone to check their form while practicing techniques! We would post a picture, but we have a few more improvements we want to make before the classrooms are finished. So if you are looking for a nice place to train karate or brazilian jiu-jitsu, for kids or adults, in the Towson and Timonium areas, look no further!
I know that several of our students are playing my favorite sport this year: basketball. Additionally, we were fortunate this year to have been able to sponsor several baseball teams in the Lutherville Timonium Rec Council League. Although I have never coached youth sports, I have taught Karate in the Towson area for over 10 years, and I have read a great deal about coaching youth sports.
Before doing some research, I had the completely wrong idea about coaching children. I was committing so many mistakes, that it's not even funny. However, most of them can be summed up in one word: shortsightedness.
When working with children, we have to see the big picture. What is in their long-term best interest? For example, when I was in 8th grade I was one of the taller kids. I learned how to play the center position on the basketball court very effectively. I couldn't dribble, pass the ball, or play perimeter defense, but none of that mattered because I made up for it in size and athleticism.
There was only one problem: I didn't get much taller after the 8th grade. I also didn't get any more athletic. When I was in 8th grade I was only focused on becoming the best player I could be at that point in time. I was not laying the foundation for a successful basketball career in high school or maybe even college.
Now what's my point, that we should coach our kids so that they can become college athletes? No, not necessarily. I'm just pointing out how little things like scores, batting averages, and points matter in these early formative years. What is really important, is teaching youngsters the importance of teamwork, effort, practice, and fun!
I've seen many cases where everyone says, "Oh, that kid is amazing, he's going to play in the pros one day!" Then they may not even play in high school. On the other hand, you might see a child who seems way behind in terms of physical development, who DOES end up becoming a solid player when they get older.
-Sensei Jon is a 2005 graduate of Towson University in Towson. He has taught martial arts in the Towson and Lutherville Timonium areas for over 10 years.
I know that several of our students are playing my favorite sport this year: basketball.