Family Martial Arts

“Family Martial Arts Classes Boost Confidence, Improve Fitness, and Cement Family Bonds!”

“It was always a fantasy of mine to take a Martial Arts class with my daughter. I was thrilled when she came home, having heard about it from her friend, asking if we could do it together. The pace is perfect for both of us (very young and very old)!”

- Mark R.

Kuk Sool Won™ of Menlo Park offers a family program that will further bond your family together, and is a truly electrifying self-improvement experience. Family classes are designed for parents and children, or husbands and wives, to study together. Our school also features classes specific to students of every age! Give yourself and your family the gifts of better health, increased confidence, greater focus, and good sportsmanship – keys to success that you’ll see reflected not only in the training area but in the classroom and the workplace.

  • Respect
  • Responsibility
  • Discipline
  • Fitness
  • Confidence

Get all this and more when you and your child are students at Kuk Sool Won™ of Menlo Park. We offer a unique style of Korean Martial Arts in a fun and controlled environment for the whole family. Featuring classes for both adults and children, we have developed a teaching program for every member of the family regardless of age or ability.

Today’s families find it hard to sit down and spend time together. Sometimes it seems that sitting down to a family meal is a thing of the past. At Kuk Sool Won™ of Menlo Park our family classes help you make a commitment to spending time together.

The benefits of our class:

  • Our family class is an equal learning environment that facilitates bonding.
  • We provide family discounts.
  • We have evening hours for working parents.
  • Children learn how to work well with people of many different age groups.
  • Convenience for the whole family taking a class together.
  • Promotes social skills and healthy lifestyle.

Martial Arts Empowers Mothers and Daughters

The following is an excerpt from an article called “Why Women Should Learn How to Use Sport for Business” by Donna Lopiano:

Sports is too important for our physical, psychological and sociological well-being to have it only benefit boys and men:

  • High school girls who play sports are less likely to be involved in an unwanted pregnancy; more likely to get better grades in school and more likely to graduate than girls who do not play sports.
  • As little as four hours of exercise a week may reduce a teenage girl’s risk of breast cancer by up to 60%; breast cancer is a disease that afflicts one out of every eight American women.
  • One out of every two women over the age of 60 suffers from osteoporosis (brittle bones). None of us should want our daughters to repeat the experiences of generations of women — our mothers and grandmothers — who were not permitted to play sports or encouraged to participate in weight-bearing exercises that are necessary to establishing bone mass.
  • Girls and women who play sports have higher levels of confidence and self esteem and lower levels of depression.
  • Girls and women who play sports have a more positive body image and experience higher states of psychological well-being than girls and women who do not play sports.
  • Sport is where boys have traditionally learned about teamwork, goal-setting, the pursuit of excellence in performance and other achievement-oriented behaviors — critical skills necessary for success in the workplace. In an economic environment where the quality of our children’s lives will be dependent on two-income families, our daughters cannot be less prepared for the highly competitive workplace than our sons. It is no accident that 80% of the female executives at Fortune 500 companies identified themselves as former “tomboys” – having played sports.

“I loved your message to them [all the kids participating at the tournament]: try your best, hope you do your best ever, but if not, do as best you can, and mistakes aren’t the end of the world. Being there, making new friends, and trying hard are the prizes. Thanks for encouraging best efforts, taking risks, and progress, not perfection. You are a bright light.”

- Kimberly G.

Martial Arts Sharpens Focus for Kids with ADHD

All Martial Arts emphasize concentration, so they might seem an unlikely sport for a child with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Yet some experts say the highly structured approach and repetitive patterns of movements actually help ease symptoms of the disorder. “Impulse control is a huge challenge for these kids,” says Richard B. Coolman, MD, a developmental-behavioral pediatrician at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center in San Jose, CA.

“In Martial Arts classes, they learn to focus, clear their minds of distractions, and take control of their body movements.” The environment can be a nurturing one for kids with ADHD if the philosophy of the training center is noncompetitive. “These kids are always being told they’re doing something wrong,” says Coolman, “but in Martial Arts, they aren’t graded or criticized. They’re not letting down a team if they lose focus. They’re simply encouraged to give their best effort.”

Martial Arts Helps Bullyproof Children

Bullies often torment kids who unknowingly send messages that make them become targets. “It’s in the way they stand, their posture, their lack of eye contact,” says Robyn Silverman, PhD, a child development specialist and director of character development at Kuk Sool Won™ of Menlo Park. In Martial Arts classes, participants are constantly challenged and then praised for doing their best. That builds confidence, says Silverman. “Kids learn that their bodies and minds are strong, powerful, and worthy of respect,” she says. “Once a child discovers this, his whole attitude shifts. He carries himself with an ease and assurance that tells bullies to move on.”

Because Martial Arts are generally noncompetitive–kids set their own pace for earning stripes and belts–classes provide a safe environment for kids with fragile egos to heal and become stronger, mentally and physically. They learn to look aggressors in the eye, to think through hostile situations calmly, and to take a positive, no-nonsense stance when threatened.

Bullies benefit, too–and not because they learn to kick harder. A 2001 study published in Adolescence found that violent behavior decreased among middle-schoolers when they were taking Martial Arts classes, while their confidence levels rose. “Bullies act the way they do because they have low self-esteem, poor social skills, or little respect for themselves or others,” Silverman says. The focus on respect and courtesy within Martial Arts sends the message that you don’t have to be mean to earn a person’s respect.

Relieving Stress Is Easy When You Have A Target To Hit

After a long hard day at work, there’s nothing better than getting to beat-up on our targets and pads, and sweat out all that stress during an hour-long martial arts class. It’s like getting a “mini-vacation” several times each week. Once you put on that uniform and step out on the training floor, all your troubles will just seem to vanish.

When you join our school, for several times a week you won’t have a care in the world. All that you’ll have to think about is kicking, punching, blocking, and sweating – and you’ll be having the time of your life all the while.

As one student put it, “My martial arts class is like my own ‘private island’ where I can get away from all my concerns with work and home. For two hours each week, I get to spend time doing something that is just for me. And the benefits I’ve received from having that time to myself each week have just been tremendous.”

Martial Arts Help to Reduce Work-Related Injuries

For white-collar workers, most injuries in this area are repetitive in nature, especially in the arms, wrists, and hands. “The best way to prevent these types of injuries is to maintain flexibility in the tendons, joints, and muscles,” states B.K. Frantzis, founder of Energy Arts in Fairfax, Calif. These include the shoulders, upper arms, elbows, forearms, wrists, hands, and fingers. “If these stiffen, repetitive motion injuries can result,” he continues. Martial Arts “contain specific subtle mechanics that help maintain flexibility in the tendons and joints.”

Another common problem in the white collar area relates to posture. “Most people have poor postures when they work,” explains Frantzis. “For example, when sitting at desks, they hunch their shoulders forward and upwards toward the neck.” This can lead to at least three problems. One is spinal problems that need attention from chiropractors. Second is a gradual decrease of blood to the brain, as the upper back and shoulder muscles continue to tighten and restrict the blood flow over the months and years. “Over time, this condition can lead to diminished mental faculties, which can lead to lowered productivity, as well as accidents resulting from reduced concentration,” cautions Frantzis. Third, and an even more serious problem, the reduced blood flow can make people more prone to heart attacks and strokes.

Blue-collar workers can suffer from a number of injuries that Martial Arts can reduce or even prevent. Workers can get injured when lifting or twisting because of problems with physical coordination and flexibility. “For example, if your balance is not good, you can over-stretch,” states Frantzis. Martial Arts teach techniques to transfer energy and weight throughout the body. For example, when lifting, the techniques teach how to shift energy and weight from the arms to the legs.

Workers can also suffer injuries from overwork, causing the body to “fatigue out.” Martial Arts teach muscle relaxation techniques to prevent fatigue and strain.

“Many blue-collar workers also suffer from joint problems,” continues Frantzis. Martial Arts “promote joint rotation, allowing joints to remain loose and flexible.” The techniques also teach participants how to slighfly shift weights in certain areas of the body, preventing specific joints from wearing out.

“I really like Pu Sa Bum Nim’s positive and firm attitude with the kids and parents. I joined to help encourage my daughter’s involvement in an organized activity (she has quit everything I’ve ever put her in). But I have found myself really enjoying the class. And my daughter loves it! I feel like it really is an activity where I can release stress and focus on my body and health. My son is in Might Mights as well… we are working with him on just standing still for 1 minute…but I think the structure and self discipline taught in this program is really good for him. I hope to make this an activity our entire family can embrace and enjoy for a lifetime.”

- Corrie S.

Start Now – With Absolutely No Risk or Commitment

Now that you know how our Martial Arts programs will improve you and your family’s confidence, increase focus, and help develop better self-control, we’d like to invite you to try our program with absolutely No-Risk or Commitment through our special Introductory Course.

Our Introductory Course is a short-term trial that will allow you to see for yourself the positive, life-changing benefits that our properly instructed Martial Arts programs provide.

To get started now, simply fill out the Introductory Course questionnaire. Start by entering your email address. Be sure to fill out all the requested fields and select the time and date you will be coming in for your family’s first lesson. Our staff will then contact you to confirm your information and provide you with directions to our school.

Please note that we only have a limited number of time slots available to accept new students each week, so be sure to reserve your spot now for your family’s Introductory Course.

We look forward to meeting you and helping you and your family succeed!

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