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Katie Rae Robinson reviewed Impact Martial Arts
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IMA is an absolutely wonderful taekwondo studio. Fantastic instruction...a great mix of discipline and patience. My three kids attend classes here, and they all love it!

Eleah Clevenger reviewed Impact Martial Arts
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My son (4yrs) loves his classes! Talks about going in between often. My husband and I love watching him and Mr. Hendrick is great with the kids! Hope to begin classes myself, someday.

Sarah Flann Woodward reviewed Impact Martial Arts
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Such a great experience for my preschooler plus my profound autistic son. They are so calm and understanding with my boys. I plan on keeping up with classes, thank you!

Susanne D'Angelo reviewed Impact Martial Arts
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My kids love it and love their instructor. They are learning a lot and already went up to a level 1 yellow belt. The instructor Danny Hendrick, makes it fun to learn and is super patient. My son is autistic and he can't wait to go and I have never seen him so excited about anything.

This is a great place to take your kids or even yourself...you will learn a lot and have fun doing it. Its totally worth it...

Tiffany Norris Buttram reviewed Impact Martial Arts
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My daughter has been going here for almost a year, her confidence has increased, and she absolutely LOVES it! We are hoping to have our 4 year old start the new skills classes this fall.

Rebecca Denney Jennings reviewed Impact Martial Arts
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Our daughter has been taking part in the Spectrum classes for the past 2 months. We love how we feel accepted! Mr. Danny is so patient with her and knows when to push her further and when to hold back. I am so, so, impressed. We've had several "proud parent" moments that we have not been able to experience before. Such a blessing to be part of the Impact family!

Robin Ellison reviewed Impact Martial Arts
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This January we went to sign up our son (age 7). He is ADHD/Bi-polar with sensory issues. We have been patiently waiting for our boys to start Taekwonddo, knowing the skills of self awareness, self discipline, and self esteem would come with practice. It helps our son make goals for himself and feel great about is accomplishments. We were excited about our youngest being able to start too (age 4). Mr Danny and Mrs. Bridget is so excited to see us and make the classes fun. I honestly don't think they realize the exercise they both are getting, because when we get home each boy added push-ups and sit-ups to their bedtime routines. Just in 4 months we have more focus, more respect, more excitement about learning something new at Taekwonddo! Thanks guys for helping our Ninjas grow!

Christina Ebeling reviewed Impact Martial Arts
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My son loves the instructor and the classes. Danny Hendricks (the instructor) is incredibly patient and knowledgeable. My son isn't just learning Taekwon-do, he's learning respect and discipline which is evident even outside of class.

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Why Try Martial Arts?

For years, martial arts has gotten a bad reputation because people feel that it encourages violence, especially in children. And yes, it sounds like a paradox that something that teaches “fighting” can actually make people less aggressive. However, what most people don’t know is that martial arts is rooted in nonviolent conflict resolution.

As the founder of Aikido, O’Sensei Morihei Ueshiba, said, “To injure an opponent is to injure yourself. To control aggression without inflicting injury is the Art of Peace.” Controlling aggression is the ultimate goal of martial arts. In order to do this, martial arts teaches respect and humility as well as life and social skills.

In any form of martial art, there is tradition and discipline. From a simple bow to an instructor or other student to waiting for the next direction, students become more patient and respectful. But not only does martial arts teach these simpler lessons but it also teaches lessons that have a deeper meaning and application such as goal setting, control over strong emotions and reactions, and self-actualization.

As students learn these character lessons, they begin transferring them into their everyday lives. One of the major things that all of this helps children with is increased self-esteem. When children feel good about who they are as an individual, aggressive tendencies diminish. This is because they no longer feel a need to “prove” themselves and their abilities. They have learned to internalize integrity so that violence is not even an option.

It is important to note, though, that the instructor is at the forefront of this training. Instructors must lead by example and promote the tenets of the martial arts they teach. Showing compassion and respect to students, while teaching them, will be more beneficial. Take, for example, the movie “The Karate Kid.” In the movie, there are two different instructors, two different students, but both are working on the same thing…martial arts. However, the Cobra Kai instructor focuses on aggressiveness and anger in his teaching, while Mister Miyagi teaches from a place of peace and conflict resolution, making the actual use of martial arts to be only as a last resort and a means of self-defense.

The SKILLZ program takes the martial arts traditional concepts a step further by dedicating time to Life SKILLZ during class. These character-building lessons expand on traditional martial arts tenets and make them easy to comprehend. This is

because they are broken up based on a student’s age and level of understanding. Lessons on sportsmanship, kindness, and optimism are just a few of the ones that are touched on throughout each student’s journey to black belt.

Martial arts is a holistic approach to the self. The physical requirements benefit the student greatly. The social, intellectual, and emotional benefits are, however, the most significant. When taught correctly, martial arts can be the most peaceful approach to conflict resolution, bullying, and violence.