Jul 10

How to Choose a Martial Art School

By Master Art Mason | News

The principles are the same for choosing a school for yourself or your child, so I will address the answer for parents, as there are a couple of special considerations when children are involved.

Step one in choosing a school is to clearly understand what you want you or your child to gain from learning the martial arts. Is it a light recreation? Then a community center program may suffice. Is it self-defense or personal development? If so, then a full-time professional school will be more suitable. Many parents view the
martial arts as part of their child’s educational development. With a good professional school, this is very possible.

Step two is to recognize that choosing a school is really choosing an instructor. Be sure to visit the school and watch the instructor work with other children of the same age. Every school is very
different because every instructor is different. Don’t get confused by claims of black belt degrees, tournament wins or martial art styles. The only style that matters is the teaching style of the
instructor and how your child will respond to him or her.

Finally, trust your instincts. A professional school will have a family atmosphere, lots of smiles and be well kept. You’ll feel comfortable with the personnel and the facility.

While this may not end up being the closest school to your house, when it comes to your safety or the safety and education of your child, an extra ten-minute drive can make a world of difference in
the outcome.

Here is a short video on the Questions to aske when choosing a karate school.

Yours in the arts,

Master Art Mason
Founder: Art Mason’s Peaceful Warriors’ Martial Arts Institute

Jul 09

How to Keep your Child Training

By Master Art Mason | News

There are many reasons to enroll your children and keep them training in the Martial Arts. Martial Arts builds self confidence and teaches discipline which will provide a solid foundation from which your children will develop strong character. While studying the Martial Arts is fun, children will be learning important lessons in values and respect that will shape how they view the world around them. And even though we teach to avoid confrontations, if the need arises, your children can be secure in their knowledge of how to defend themselves from physical harm.
This is the power derived from the Martial Arts.

Martial Arts builds self-confidence. It is a physical and demanding “sport.” Children who participate and progress in the Martial Arts will develop a positive attitude that they can take
with them to help accomplish other important tasks and face other challenges. Our school is dedicated to making your children feel accepted as well as motivated. We focus on providing children with a positive atmosphere where they can build their confidence, even after a bad day at school or playing a sport. It’s a place where they’ll find support when they feel down or discouraged. We are ready and able to give your children the additional support to face
life’s challenges and stay on the right path.

In addition to the structure you provide at home, Martial Arts also provides your child with discipline. This involves coming to class on time and following school rules and policy. It also
concerns learning to respect themselves and others, which is an important goal that we strive to instill in our students. We teach children not to feel that they can’t complete a task because it’s too hard or because they’ve failed the first time. Instead we teach them to relax, regroup and give 100 percent effort again. The discipline that they learn helps them to stay focused and work hard to accomplish their goals.

    Martial Arts is a tool that can help your children in other sports, as well as keeping them in shape and healthy. Many drills that we practice enhance skills they will need in other extracurricular activities. For example, proper balance and hand-eye coordination are skills that are essential in sports such as baseball, football, gymnastics and soccer. Martial Arts training

can give your children the competitive edge.

Knowing that they can defend themselves if a problem arises is another benefit that your children derive from Martial Arts training. Martial Arts does not just teach kids how to defend themselves physically, but more importantly, how to avoid dangerous situations. Avoiding the situation rather than being in a physical confrontation is an important concept that instructors teach both indirectly and directly

Through the Martial Arts, your children will learn many valuable lesson that will help them throughout their lives. And the best thing about it is that it’s fun. They may not even realize that
they are learning all these “values.” And it’s not only enjoyable for the kids, it’s also enjoyable for the parents. To watch your children learn new skills and watch them improve will fill you with
pride. But why stay on the sidelines? Martial Arts is an activity that you can do as a family. It’s a way of spending more quality time with your children, and that’s invaluable in today’s hectic

    Martial Arts is an art form that has existed for many centuries and is taught around the world today. It’s teachings are inspiring and unique. The values and lessons of Martial Arts can assist your children in becoming better citizens, and becoming better equipped to handle the many situations that they will face in their academic and personal lives.

Yours in the arts,

Master Art Mason
Founder: The Peaceful Warriors’ Martial Arts Institute

Jul 08

Bullying and the Arts

By Master Art Mason | News

I have been asked on a few occasions how martial arts can be an effective tool to combat bullying. At first it all seems clear. I’ll put my child in class so he can learn to fight. However, nothing could be further from the truth. I recall a number of years ago in class Master Mason asking the students the following question: how many of you joined the school so you could learn how to fight? Of course with great eagerness, a number of the new students immediately threw up their hands. Much to their surprise Master Mason told them that the Peaceful Warriors’ (and for that matter, martial arts) were not about fighting. The look on many of the student’s faces was that of surprise and confusion. That statement has remained with me and has caused me to spend a considerable amount of time reading about bullying and how and where martial arts can be an asset, and not in the way the majority of society would think – fighting.

The following represents some of the issues I think parents and students may find informative about this topic and how martial arts fit into this problem.

First, what is bullying? Is it something that we need to define? Don’t we all know what it is and how to recognize it? I’m not so sure. What some may call bullying, others may just call a game. So what makes a particular incident a case of bullying? For one thing, certain conditions must exist. Many children joke around every day with each other, call each other names, and some times take part in some fairly physical play. Yet these incidents are not considered bullying. The difference between this type of play and bullying is the relationship between the bully and the victim. Bullying is a wilful, conscious desire to hurt, threaten to frighten another person. Most often there is a power imbalance between the two. Bullying is not limited to the physical world, bullying can come in many forms of intimidation. It can be verbal, touching or just a sneer or glance. Bullying knows no boundaries and can affect everyone in society. It can last a short or period of time and can leave lasting impressions on all who have experienced it.

So how can martial arts help outside of teaching self defence techniques? There are many benefits to martial arts training. These are not new to our society. Martial Arts have been empowering people for hundreds, perhaps thousands of years. Here are a few of the benefits particularly relating to “combating bullying”.

  • Mental focus – learning in class how to execute kicks, punches, blocks and foreign self-defence techniques will require a significant amount of mental focus by the student. This focus will become a part of the student and spill over in both academic and social settings.
  • Respect for self and others – the students are taught that one of the basic foundations of martial arts is that of respect for others. By bowing when entering and leaving the school, and paying proper respect to other students and instructors students also develop a healthy self respect.
  • Self-esteem – martial arts have been shown to increase the self-esteem of those who join. As new students progress, small successes follow and soon they are able to accomplish things that only a short time ago seemed impossible. These achievements can not be under stated. It is these accomplishments, no matter how small they may seem to the instructor or parents that develop pride within the student.
  • Discipline and self-control – martial arts provide a forum, which is very structured and focused on discipline. This atmosphere will instil a certain work ethic in the student, one that is important not only in the dojang but also in life.
  • Sense of belonging – martial arts schools develop a spirit and a sense of camaraderie that is important to the student. Making new friends is often important for the development of adolescents.
  • Physical fitness – martial arts training provides a cardiovascular workout as well as muscular strength. Those who train also develop a greater sense of balance as well as techniques to avoid injury.

Self-defence – although martial arts is not about learning to fight or to be the aggressor (the bully) it will, with the proper training and dedication, allow one to learn how to defend themselves.

So how do these points relate to bullying? Statistics show that most victims have few friends and have low self-esteem/self respect. These children are often viewed as a perfect target. Further, how they react to their first encounter will often dictate whether they will be a victim in the future. Children who can develop physical fitness, discipline, mental focus, self-esteem, respect for self and others, friendships and self defence awareness will gain an edge and will not look or react like a victim.
One last thing, notwithstanding all of the benefits to martial arts training, there should be continuous and open dialogue between parents and their children. Children are often embarrassed and/or afraid to talk about this subject. One of the most important things that parents can stress to their kids is that;
1. It’s not your fault if you are being bullied, and
2. You don’t have to face it alone.

Master Kevin Miller
4th Dan Black Belt Hapkido / Tae Kwon Do
St Clair Beach Instructor

Jul 07

10 Warning Signs of Low Self Esteem

By Master Art Mason | News

Art Mason of “Art Mason’s The Peaceful Warriors’ Martial Arts Institute” recently released 10 warning signs of low Self-Esteem. A problem that is ever growing in our society and community, often missed or ignored the problems associated with having such low self esteem can be avoided by knowing the warning signs and acting on them to raise Esteem!

“People don’t often understand just how damaging having low self-esteem can be! People with low self esteem are often go unnoticed at school and at work because they do not do anything to stand out. They don’t ever go for the goal or even try to make the sports team.” says Art Mason.

“Low Self Esteem Sufferer’s are often the target of bullies at school as well as at work because they “bullies” know they won’t give them any hassle or a hard time and will be “easy” victims who will quickly bend to their will!” warns Art Mason!

The 10 Warning Signs of Low Self-Esteem:

1. Walking with head and eyes down focused on the ground instead of Straight ahead.
2. Shy and Reserved around new people and situations
3. She does not ask questions in school or at home
4. Hard for her to make friends
5. Poor Hygiene

To discover the other FIVE Warning signs of Low Self-Esteem and more visit www.thepeacefulwarriors.org

Jul 07


By Master Art Mason | News

Welcome to our NEW Student / School Information Blog! This blog has replaced our old student website. The reason is that this format will make it easier for us to keep everyone up  to date on the happens at Art Mason’s Peaceful Warriors Martial Arts.

Our school is currently on our one week summer shutdown. This time gives our instructors and staff a chance to get some much needed rest and relaxation. Our normal class schedules will resume on Monday July 11th 2011.

There are several other ways you can follow what is happening at our school. If you are a Twitter users you can follow PeaceWarriors or on Facebook our Fan page.

That is all for the moment, bookmark this page and I will talk to everyone very soon!

Yours in the arts,


Master Art Mason

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