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    3 Popular Martial Art Techniques And How They Enhance Strength

    This article is about increasing your strength through three popular martial arts techniques. The techniques are punching and two different kinds of kicks.

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    In my 30 years of teaching martial arts, I've found that people come to Changing Lives Martial Arts for a number of reasons. Some are attracted to martial arts because they want to learn to defend themselves. Others come because they want to tap into martial arts' vast power as a tool for personal growth. Still others come merely because they are looking for a way to get in shape that's fun and spares them the tedious repetitiveness of the gym.

    While martial arts can give a student all of these things, it is at its heart, a form of strenuous physical activity. The practice of any martial art can be an excellent means of becoming leaner, suppler, faster, more flexible and stronger.

    Strength Equals Power

    This rule holds true in any kind martial art technique. At our school, increasing strength is one of the things we focus on. Lifting weights is great but for a martial artist, it's not desirable to develop a bodybuilder's physique. Much of the strength training we do at our Virginia Beach and Chesapeake martial arts facility is inherent in the techniques itself.

    Front Snap Kicks for Core Strength

    All martial arts kicks utilize the muscle groups in the legs, however, many of the kicks we practice also call on core muscle groups like the abdominals and lower back muscles. Practicing Tae Kwon Do style front snap kicks with their high chambering of the knee is a particularly good way of increasing core strength in your abs, while simultaneously strengthening the muscles in your legs.

    Punching Your Way to a Stronger Upper Body

    When it comes to punches in martial arts, strength equals speed which equals power. I see the three as intertwined. So, while a certain amount of weight lifting may help to increase your punching power, similarly, throwing punches will help you develop better upper body strength. Working out on the heavy bag, hitting focus pads and other methods of practicing punches are all ways to enhance upper body strength through martial arts technique.

    Side Kicks for Lower Body Strength

    The side kick is one of the most immediate and devastating weapons in any martial artist's arsenal. Like a front snap kick, side kicks utilize core muscles to some degree. However, side kicks place a greater demand on the lower body than many other martial arts kicks. Practicing side kicks is an excellent way to build greater strength in your legs, hips, and thighs. The hard work you put into building this strength through practicing your kicks will pay dividends by translating as power when you unleash that side kick on a target.

    If you want to know more about how martial arts can help you increase your strength or anything else regarding either our adult or children's' programs, please feel free to contact our Changing Lives ATA Martial Arts Team by calling 757-471-9002 or visiting us on the Web at www.atakick.com

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    Master Tracy Thomas
    Changing Lives Martial Arts
    Master Instructor-7th Degree Black Belt

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    How Krav Maga Changes Lives Of Those In The Community

    This article details the ways in which Krav Maga can change the lives of individuals. It then goes on to explain how this can help the community overall.

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    Krav Maga like most martial arts is a powerful tool for personal growth and change. Oftentimes, change that is brought about by one individual can carry over and positively affect the lives of those in the community.

    Changing Lives ATA Martial Arts is a martial arts school with several locations in the Virginia Beach and Chesapeake area. The school offers training in karate, taekwondo and Krav Maga among other styles. In fact, CLMA is the only school in the region that is officially sanctioned to teach it.

    Krav Maga has a reputation as being a hard, no holds barred, and brutally effective fighting style. Krav Maga was developed in Czechoslovakia in the 1930's by Imi Lichtenfeld. It was originally derived from the hand-to-hand fighting techniques of street toughs living in the European ghettos of the 1930s. Later, it was taken up by the Israeli military and further developed. Krav Maga is essentially a fighting style that was born on the street and perfected on the battlefield.

    Krav Maga is not about elaborate movements or earning points in a competition. It is about ending hand-to-hand encounters quickly and brutally if necessary.

    But in spite of its sometimes aggressive nature, Krav Maga is also embodied with a code of conduct that sets it apart from other systems of mixed martial arts. Krav Maga students are taught to always be respectful and to act humbly. While trainees are given the tools and techniques to end fights quickly and decisively, by the same token they are also taught never to go looking for one.

    Krav Maga, like mixed martial art, is a great self defense system. Its combination of strikes, grapples, holds, throws and takedowns make it one of the most effective in the world. Students who train in Krav Maga often find themselves in the best shape of their lives. Krav Maga's ability to infuse students with confidence and principles while simultaneously helping them to better their overall fitness, make it an enormously positive force.

    Changing Lives Krav Maga head instructor Tracy Lee Thomas is a seventh degree black belt with over 20 years experience teaching martial arts in Virginia Beach and Chesapeake. Master Thomas knows firsthand the positive effects Krav Maga and other martial arts can have on changing lives in the community.

    Unlike the mixed martial art, Krav Maga is not designed to win you bouts in the ring. It is designed to protect you in actual life and death situations. Part of that training is the awareness to sense danger before it arises. Having a fitter overall community that is well informed about self defense matters is better for everyone.

    If you would like more information about how Krav Maga can change your life and help you to better the community, contact CLMA by phone at 757-471-9002 or on the Web at www.atakick.com
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