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  •  in Manhattan Beach - Beach Cities Martial Arts - Why train kickboxing at Beach Cities Martial Arts?

    Why train kickboxing at Beach Cities Martial Arts?

    I know in the Beach Cities you have many choices for martial arts or kickboxing classes. Why shouldyou choose Beach Cities Martial Arts? 1. We are Beginner friendly
    One concern many people have before starting a kickboxing program is that they have never kickboxed before. Many of our members have never thrown a kick or a punch in their lives. And you know what? That's perfectly fine! ALL of our programs at Beach Cities Martial Arts are very beginner friendly. Our instructors will work with you to help you get the techniques down pat... And have a TON of fun! 2. Great Instructor to student ratio
    Reading the reviews of many of our competitors, one major complaint is that the ....

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  •  in Manhattan Beach - Beach Cities Martial Arts - Warming up the Brain

    Warming up the Brain

    We havetalked before about why you shouldchoose Beach Cities Martial Arts's SKILLZ program over other martial arts programs in our blog post: Why SKILLZ? In addition to all that good stuff did you know our warm-upsare designed to also warm up the brain?! One thing that we can do to increase our students’ cognitive performance is to add some brain exercises to our warm-up routines. (For those of you that don’t know what “cognitive performance” is: its how well a student can think and remember what they learned in class.) In order to do so, you must get the left and right hemispheres of the brain working. You can accomplish this by doing neurobics , which is ....

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  •  in Manhattan Beach - Beach Cities Martial Arts - Benefits to SKILLZ Training Over Summertime

    Benefits to SKILLZ Training Over Summertime

    During the school season teachers, assistants, and counselors are focused on helping your children learn and grow. But what happens during the summer season when these people are not around? It makes sense that as a parent you would want your child to maintain some level of growth and development over the summer in order to limit or prevent your child from losing a lot of the skills gained over the last school season . This includes growth and development in the following areas: physical ly , intellectual ly , emotional ly , and socia l l y . With that said, one of the very best options is to keep your child active through a solid martial ....

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  •  in Manhattan Beach - Beach Cities Martial Arts - The Importance of Sparring

    The Importance of Sparring

    Sparring is not like real combat as your training partner is not trying to kill you. In sparring, you are pressure testing your techniques against someone who is unwilling to let you do them. Compliant partner training is useful to develop the initial mechanics of a technique but if a person is not trying to resist a technique, or punching (or throwing) back you will never know if you can really pull off a technique with real timing, energy, and movement.
    For what it's worth, " practicing technique against a resisting opponent " doesn't mean muscling a specific technique through an opponents resistance. It refers to training with a partner who is free to shift position, use muscle or ....

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  •  in Manhattan Beach - Beach Cities Martial Arts - Benefits of Muay Thai

    Benefits of Muay Thai

    Do you want to get in the best shape of your life? Thai boxers are known as some of the best-conditioned athletes in the world. Imagine how great you will feel when you lose all the weight you want, tone your muscle mass and have fun while doing it. It's the toughest work out you'll ever love.
    Muay Thai classes burn up to 800 Kcal per hour
    Effective Self-defense:
    Muay Thai is a powerful stand-up martial art. It is quick and effective as the best way to learn how to move your body with balance and power. Muay Thai has a no-nonsense approach to self-defense. All the techniques are practical for defending yourself. When you know how to defend yourself you will walk with confidence. ....

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  •  in Manhattan Beach - Beach Cities Martial Arts - Top 10 Safety Tips For Women

    Top 10 Safety Tips For Women

    1. Awareness
    : Your first line of defense. Most people think of kicks to the groin and blocking punches when they hear the term “self-defense.” However, true self-defense begins long before any actual physical contact. The first, and probably most important, component in self-defense is awareness:
    awareness of yourself, your surroundings, and your potential attacker’s likely strategies. The criminal’s primary strategy is to use the advantage of surprise. Studies have shown that criminals are adept at choosing targets who appear to be unaware of what is going on around them. By being aware of your surroundings and by projecting a “force ....

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  •  in Manhattan Beach - Beach Cities Martial Arts - Stick-to-it-ivenes


    Stick-to-it-iveness” The ability to stay consistent with something by motivating yourself even when you feel unmotivated! While this might not be a real word or a real definition; you get the idea! With instant gratification, social media, and a growing number of distractions it is no wonder that kids have a hard time following through or reaching large goals that they set months ago. Even worse is the pushback that parents get when they remind or force their kids to follow through! Bruce Lee said it best: “Be (like) water my friend” This has many interpretations but for our purposes, we will relate it to goal setting. He continues by saying that water can ....

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  •  in Manhattan Beach - Beach Cities Martial Arts - The Benefits Martial Arts Can Provide For 10 To 14-Year Olds by Melody Shuman

    The Benefits Martial Arts Can Provide For 10 To 14-Year Olds by Melody Shuman

    Ten to fourteen-year olds , for the most part, are the smartest students in the school. Yes, they are smarter than most adults! They are also physically competent and can excel in most physical challenges that are presented to them. The problem we discovered is they are so focused on what is socially acceptable that they have a hard time keeping themselves emotionally driven to the task at hand. The solution we found is to provide them with their own program that targets their stage of development in a manner that nurtures their social and emotional instability while at the same time building skills that set them up for success. With that said a structured program introducing extreme ....

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  • The Jab vs the Cross

    I have noticed that many of our students, especially our fitness kickboxing and our kid's classes have difficulty decerning between the jab and the cross. Both punches come from boxing and are used in many martial arts such as Muay Thai, Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) and kickboxing. The Jab isthrown from the lead fist is thrown straight ahead and the arm is fully extended. At the moment of impact, the pronated fist is generally held in a horizontal orientation with the palm facing the ground. Though there are many types of jabs , (basic jab, step jab, power jab, flicker jab, double jab ). the Jab is mainly used to measure distance between you and your opponent, to set up ....

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  • What is The BCMA STORM Team

    Many Parents have asked what is this STORM Team I have been hearing about? TheSTORM Team program includes leadership seminars along with hands-on training experiences as junior instructors in class. We will start by recommending students that we feel qualify to represent this program the best. Our recommendations are based on the following standards:
    Positive “ Black Belt
    Maintaining a high level of enthusiasm in karate classes
    Discipline and respect for parents and others
    Good academic report card and excellent school conduct
    Support for our Martial Arts functions
    110% effort in class
    Timely tuition payments
    Good attendance and ....

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