Why Martial Arts?
~ Tiger Kids ~
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~ Warrior Women ~
Martial Arts can be enjoyed by nearly everyone, regardless of age or
We offer classes for all ages, from youngsters to
everyone in between. Classes are adjusted to the age, interest
ability of our students.
Why Martial Arts?
- Both young and old are attracted to martial arts
because it's good exercise,
it teaches self-defense skills and it's FUN!
- At Morning Star, we know everyone learns best when
they're having fun. Training should relieve stress, not create
it: so we work to maintain a pleasant, positive atmosphere in our
classes and always mix a good dose of fun in with the learning!
- The exercise provided by martial arts
training can improve health and fitness by developing stamina,
strength, flexibility and agility. That is, if you train smart!
All exercise involves some risk of injury, but we believe
needless injuries can be avoided simply by recognizing that each
individual has limits that he or she should not be forced past.
- As for self-defense, the primary martial art
taught here, American Kenpo, combines ancient martial arts with modern
street fighting methods into one of the most respected and complete
self-defense systems yet devised.
- Beyond fun, exercise and self-defense,
martial arts training is legendary for its potential to transform
individuals. Because martial arts were developed for battle, the
importance of the connection between mind, body and spirit has always
been recognized. As a matter of life and death, traditional
martial arts developed the intelligence and character as well as the
bodies of its practitioners.
It's About Character!
This brings us to a major reason parents enroll their
children in martial arts, to build character. At Morning
Star, we believe good character is at least as important as physical
Just as no ethical person would hand a dangerous
weapon to a perfect stranger, we consider
it immoral to teach a martial
art to anyone without simultaneously training them to control their
anger; treat others with compassion and respect and stand up for what
is right. Our instructors
not only teach these values, but lead by
To this end, students recite the Student
Creed (a modernized version of the Samurai code) in
The meaning of the creed is discussed frequently, because the
values expressed in
it are taken very seriously here at Morning Star
The Student Creed
- I will develop myself in a positive manner, and aovid anything
that would reduce my mental growth or physical health.
- I will develop self-discipline in order to bring out the best in myself
- I will use the art of kenpo constructively and defensively, to
and my fellow man, and never to be abusive or defensive.
- I will live by the principles of black belt; modesty, integrity, perseverance, self-control and indomitable spirit.
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