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Friday, October 19, 2012

Life Skills for Kids -- More Important than Math or Reading, Says Study

A parent in our martial arts for preschoolers program recently sent the New York Times article "Simon Says Don't Use Flashcards" to us. The study referenced by the article confirms what we already know: a child's life skills matter more than almost anything else.

Many parents seek to kick start their child's brain development in the early stages of life through mechanisms like step-by-step reading, language videos and tapes, and easy-to-read flashcards, but a recent study shows that play-based learning still trumps Baby Einstein DVDs.

Kids weren't meant to spend hours watching TV per day.
Martial arts may be fun, but the benefits go far beyond entertainment and exercise. All of our children's programs incorporate martial arts-themed versions of familiar childhood games such as Red Light, Green Light and Simon Says. These games teach lessons about self-control, following the rules, and focusing. This latest study reveals that early acquisition of these life skills are ultimately more important to long-term success than math or reading skills. After all, character is the foundation of all learning: without self-discipline, success is impossible for even the brightest among us.

A child's mind is like a sponge: another study done by a group of researchers over a 25-year period concluded that a child is most receptive to learning during preschool years.

These two studies underline the importance of getting children into structured, social environments that promote play-based learning and life skills training. Our Kung Fu programs are set apart from other extracurricular activities because of their life skills training. They are an excellent complement or even precursor to preschool programs.

Our Kung Fu games are structured to not only reinforce moves and forms, but to stimulate cognitive functions that children will call upon for the rest of their lives.

-Kung Fu Los Angeles staff

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Tai Chi Zero in Los Angeles

From the creators of Ip Man and Detective Dee comes Tai Chi Zero - a film choreographed by the great Sammo Hung!

Hitting theaters everywhere this Friday, including our hometown of Los Angeles, California, Tai Chi Zero is the first of a trilogy following the story of Yang Luchan through his journey to learn Tai Chi in a village where it is forbidden to teach the form to outsiders. But when the village is invaded and Yang teams up with the beautiful village girl, Yuniang, to defeat the attackers, his luck amongst the locals changes as he begins his rise to becoming a hero.

Starring a great cast of Yuan Xioachao, Angelababy, and Tony Leung Ka Fai,Tai Chi Zero is expected to be a hit among the martial arts community. Leave your review in the comments!

P.S. Martial arts movie fans should note that Rza's Man with the Iron Firsts, another highly anticipated Kung Fu flick, releases in the US on Friday, November 2nd.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Prevent Child Kidnappings: Anti-Kidnapping Seminar for Los Angeles Children

On Saturday, November 3rd, California Academy of Martial Arts will host an Anti-Kidnapping Seminar for children and their parents. The goal of this seminar is to empower all children to identify, avoid, escape, and defend against adults who may wish them harm.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Two Children Abducted in One Week - How to Prevent Child Abduction

UPDATE ON 10/15/12: 10 year-old Jessica Ridgeway's body has been positively identified. There are no suspects in her case, however, authorities believe her disappearance may be connected to two attempted kidnappings in nearby towns. These "Stranger Danger" incidents occurred just weeks before Ridgeway's murder.

A suspect has been arrested in the case of the 11 year-old Cody, Wyoming girl who was kidnapped and sexually assaulted.