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GKS-Connecticut's #1 Traditional & Sports Martial Arts Training Center

Team GKS, Voted Krane's Overall Competition Team of The Year for 5 Consecutive Years

GKS Offers Expert Instruction in Open Forms & Weapons w/ Music & Tricks

GKS,Were not "Old School" or "New School", Were The "Only School" Since 1971, That's 50 Years

GKS Offers Expert Instruction in Traditional Forms & Weapons

GKS Offers Expert Instruction in Traditional, Sport & Continuous Fighting

Starting on December 1,2020 - We Will Be Celebrating Our " 50th Anniversay " Teaching The Martial Arts

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Reason #1:

They will become more active. This is an obvious reason children should do martial arts. In case you haven’t noticed, we have an obesity epidemic in our country. We’re also increasingly unfit in addition to being overweight. The problem is particularly alarming in relation to our children. Youth sports and physical education programs are great, but not every child is an athlete and many schools no longer offer PE. The martial arts offer many benefits, but when it comes to fitness, becoming a true martial artist means becoming a fit person. Martial arts can help your child become fit and healthy.  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 a physically demanding pastime not only discourages the sedentary lifestyle they are used to, but also gives them an enjoyable activity that inspires your child to keep moving.


Reason #2:

They learn to listen and focus. Of the many challenges that parents face today is that we, as a society, are constantly plugged in. While there are a great many benefits to the Internet, there are many more benefits in stillness and silence. Unfortunately stillness and silence seem to be hard to find. As Bruce Lee pointed out, behind the punches, kicks, and knees, a true martial artist learns to sit with himself and see where his weaknesses lie. In years of martial arts classes, there will be challenges, breakthroughs, and setbacks. As a martial artist, your child will learn what it is to be still, challenged, and focused. In order to master the skills he or she is being taught and advance through the belt ranks your child will have to exercise superior listening skills. Children 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 the do jang.


Reason #3:

They learn to take hits. In the martial arts, your child will learn what it is like to take a hit, whether that hit is a blow or a disappointment. Part of life is learning that we all take hitsThe key is in learning how best to take that hit and get back up. Unfortunately, this lesson seems to be lost on many in our every-kid-gets-a-trophy culture. Half of martial arts are hitting, but half are also getting hit. Ironically, learning how to take a hit is perhaps the best way for your child to learn how to avoid it.


Reason #4:

They gain self confidence and self respect. You will be able to witness firsthand the confidence gained by participating in the martial arts. Being able to advance and play with the big kids gives a tremendous amount of confidence. Of course, playing with the big kids also gives all of us a little reminder in humility - someone is always bigger and stronger. The right martial arts school will teach your child that there are no tough guys. Every martial artist ultimately learns this sense of self respect and true confidence. Your child will learn that confidence and respect for others comes from a deep sense of self-knowledge. Confidence comes with achievement, so your child’s self-esteem level will get a boost with every new move he or she masters and every belt he or she earns. Children who struggle with a low sense of self-worth usually become more confident over time while they’re enrolled in a martial arts program.


Reason #5:

They connect their mind and body. To listen to your body is to also see your thoughts and have heightened awareness of your emotions. A martial artist is taught to see, feel, and listen - both internally and externally.


Reason #6:

They learn conflict resolution. The skill sets learned from martial arts helps children learn to resolve conflict, and hopefully, not in a physical altercation. One of the first lessons taught is that words are never grounds for a fight. In the martial arts, you learn that there is no such thing as “fighting” words.  Thinking that martial arts instruction promotes violent behavior is justified only if your experience with the activity comes from television or movies. In fact, many defensive styles teach children peaceful, non-violent conflict resolution skills and emphasize the importance of avoiding physical altercations.

Reason #7:

They learn to breathe. Nothing is more essential to the success of how we move our body then tapping into the life force of our essence - our breath. Ask an athlete, actor, dancer, or signer, and they will tell you that to succeed you need to breathe correctly.  In the martial arts your child will learn the essence of how to breathe and even relax under pressure


Reason #8:

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


Reason #9:

Boosting socialization skills. Children 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 children 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.


Reason #10:

Learning to set and achieve goals. Most forms of martial arts are based on a system of colored belts that signify the wearer’s degree of skill. When your child strives toward each new belt, he or she is learning valuable lessons about setting and reaching his or her goals.


Reason #11:

Instilling a sense of respect. Learning any martial arts style will require your child to show his or her instructor unstinting respect. Today’s culture doesn’t always include respect for authority, adults, or those in advanced positions. When your son or daughter goes to karate class he or she will be learning lessons in respect along with new moves.


Reason #12:

Developing teamwork skills. Whether he or she is performing a form 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 or her own. Working together to learn new things and accomplish goals is an important lesson for children to learn, and instruction in the martial arts can help your child learn that lesson.


Reason #13:

Improvement in other areas of life. The benefits of martial arts training don’t end in the do jang. 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 behavior at home, and have an all-around positive influence on him/her as they develop into an adult

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