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Fostering Self-Discipline – One of the central tenets of all forms of the martial arts is an absolute focus on self-discipline. Today’s kids are so accustomed to receiving instant gratification that lessons in self-restraint and discipline aren’t always easy to come by. Kids with a martial arts background, however, are continually reminded of how essential self-discipline is.

Boosting Socialization Skills – Kids who don’t always thrive in highly social environments may find it easier to get to know people and make new friends when they’re in a room filled with peers who share a common interest. The kids on the playground may not always have much common ground, but devotees to the martial arts are able to get to know one another through shared pursuits. Partner-driven forms like jiu jitsu can also foster camaraderie, as they force kids to pair off and build their skills together.

Encouraging Physical Activity – Limiting screen time is a great idea when it comes to getting kids off the couch and encouraging them to be more active, but it only goes so far. Enrolling an inactive child in such a physically demanding pastime not only discourages the sedentary lifestyle she’s used to, but also gives her an enjoyable activity that inspires her to keep moving. Learning to Set and Achieve Goals – Most forms of martial arts are based around an accomplishment system of colored belts that signify the wearer’s degree of skill. When your child strives toward each new belt, he’s learning valuable lessons about setting and reaching his goals.

Increased Self-Esteem – Confidence comes with achievement, so your child’s self-esteem level will get a boost with every new move he masters and every belt he earns. Kids who struggle with a low sense of self-worth usually become more confident as time progresses while they’re enrolled in a martial arts class. Instilling a Sense of Respect – Learning any martial arts style will require your child to show her instructor unflinching respect. Today’s kid culture doesn’t always include respect for authority, adults or those in advanced positions. When she goes to her karate or tae kwon do class, though, your child will be learning lessons in respect along with new moves.

Encouraging Non-Violent Conflict Resolution – Thinking that martial arts instruction promotes violent behavior is justified if your only experience with the activity comes from television or movies. In fact, many defensive styles teach kids peaceful, non-violent conflict resolution skills and emphasize the importance of avoiding a physical altercation. Improving Listening Skills – In order to master the skills she’s being taught and advance through the belt ranks, your child will have to exercise superior listening skills. Kids who aren’t always adept when it comes to paying attention to what they’re told can benefit from the verbal instruction and one-on-one work in her dojo.

Developing Teamwork Skills – Whether he’s breaking boards to get a new belt or sparring in a practice setting to master a new maneuver, there are few things that your child does in his martial arts classes that will be done on his own. Working together to learn new things and accomplish goals is an important life lesson for kids to learn, and instruction in the martial arts can help your child learn that lesson.

Improvement in Other Areas of Life – The benefits of martial arts training don’t end in the dojo. The boost in confidence, increased fitness level and new cooperation skills will also help your child navigate the academic and social aspects of school, affect his behavior at home and have an all-around good influence on him as he develops into an adult. If you’re still concerned about encouraging violent tendencies or teaching your child to fight, it may be helpful to visit a few dojos/gyms in your area. Speak with the instructors, administrators and other parents to get an idea of how things operate, and hold off on forming a negative opinion of the martial arts until you’ve done a bit of exploratory research. You may even find that training is the perfect activity for your entire family to do together!

Welcome to Phoenix Martial Arts & Fitness Studio, our new Martial Arts & Fitness Gym. We have a plan to introduce an exciting new martial arts and health program to Cowdenbeath and the surrounding towns in the Kingdom of Fife . Under this program, people of all ages can participate in Lau Gar Kung Fu, Chen Style Tai Chi, Kickboxing, Zumba, Yoga and many more sport related activities that run in the centre. There is also a workout gym at your disposal.

These activities are tailored suited to help children and adults to start healthy habits, develop physical and mental skills and personal confidence, to attract youngsters and their parents to a lifetime sport they can participate in together and to keep families active in our club.

What is Breakthrough
There are numerous Chinese Martial Arts out there to choose from, each with so much to offer. The big question is where do you start?
Breakthrough is a class that brings together practical applications from both the internal and external artforms. The class is designed to make the principles of combat very simple to understand, it is primarily aimed at people new to Martial Arts and acts as a guide or a taster session for all that is available at the Phoenix Martial Arts and Fitness Studio.

However the techniques and principles are there to help people who may already be on the journey to improve and develop. The classes are taught with both self protection and tournament fighting in mind to present the widest spectrum of possibilities. The classes are taught in a friendly and informal way by Sifu Ali Blaikie who has almost 20 years experience. There is no grading structure or pressure to compete, it is all about you having your own breakthough and realising what you are capable of! All aspects of Kung Fu, Tai Chi and Sanshou will be covered along with Qi gong and meditation tuition.

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The studio is broken into 3 main areas and 1 separate room.

An open plan room of approximately 320 square meters is where the 3 main areas are located. These are as follows

1) Training suite- Here we train and practice our traditional aspects of martial arts. The fully mirrored wall helps develop correct posture and movement. The wooden floor also makes it perfect for the other fitness programmes on offer e.g Zumba, yoga etc.

2) Fight suite- This fully matted area is used for kick boxing and traditional sparring. The Kids classes will also be taught on this area as it offers a safe training environment.

3) Workout gym- in this area you will find a multitude of equipment to develop your fitness, through cardio to strength, such as treadmill, multi gym, rowing machine, cross trainer and heavy bags. There are also a vast array of free weights and kettle bells. The separate area holds our treatment suite, where there will be freelance therapists operating, offering a range of traditional Chinese medicine therapies including acupuncture and pressure point massage (Tui Na) alongside holistic therapies, such as reflexology, swedish and hot stone massage.

A separate waiting lounge has also been set out for parents and guardians to sit while waiting on the class to finish. Ladies and Gents toilets are also provided.