15 Facts For Students Of Martial Arts In Encinitas, San Marcos & Carlsbad
If your child or teen is involved in martial arts in Encinitas, Carlsbad or San Marcos, there interest in these arts probably extends beyond the dojo. For instance, we have written before in our blog about several different karate and martial arts-related movies our students might enjoy. For this article, we will provide you with some cool martial arts trivia that you might not know.
1. According to Simmons Market Research, more than 18 million Americans participate in martial arts. This includes 5.5 million teens and more than 3 million children 12 and younger.
2. Martial arts are just as popular with girls as it is with guys. About 52% of martial arts participants are male, while 48% are female, so it’s a pretty even divide.
3. There are more than 100 different kinds of martial arts practiced around the world and just about every country has their own unique type of martial arts.
4. Karate, which is what we teach at our school of martial arts for Encinitas and Carlsbad students, originated on the Japanese island of Okinawa and early forms of karate were practiced as far back as the 15th century.
5. Karate is not the only type of martial art practiced in Japan. Other types include Akido, Sumo, Judo and Kendo. The latter of which includes the use of bamboo swords.
6. The much-beloved Bruce Lee, considered by many as the father of mixed martial arts, developed his own type of martial art, known as Jeet Kune Do.
7. If you study martial arts in Encinitas, San Marcos or Carlsbad, you might have an opportunity to win an Olympic medal. Both judo and taekwondo are part of the Summer Olympics.
8. For the first time in history, karate will be a featured sport during 2020 Summer Olympics, which will be held in Tokyo.
9. If you ever wondered where the term “martial arts” originated, it was named for the Roman god of war – Mars. While this might make martial arts seem a tad aggressive, the focus at our school for martial arts in Encinitas is on teaching self-defense skills as well as improving our students’ overall physical condition.
10. You might think that martial arts doesn’t seem to burn a lot of calories, but this is definitely not the case. During an average class, you can expect to burn at least 350 calories and probably more. Additionally, karate improves your coordination and muscle tone.
11. Martial arts in Encinitas, Carlsbad or San Marcos is not just great for your body, it’s also great for one’s mind and spirit. Students see results in all areas of their life. Karate classes improve discipline, as well as improving one’s self-confidence. Everyone can be successful at karate. Even if your child or teen doesn’t think of themselves as an athlete, they can be great at martial arts. All it takes is hard work and dedication and you will progress!
12. When you start taking classes in martial arts in Encinitas or Carlsbad, you will begin with a white belt. White is a symbol of new beginnings and is said also to symbolize a seed lying beneath the snow in winter before it begins to grow in the spring.
13. If you work hard, you will earn a series of belts as you progress in your study of karate. Your first belt will be yellow and from there you can earn an orange belt, green belt, blue belt, purple belt, brown belt, red belt and finally the Black Belt.
14. Once you’ve earned a Black Belt, your training doesn’t have to stop there. There are several degrees of black belts. At our school for students martial arts in Encinitas and Carlsbad, all of our instructors hold a Black Belt and several have earned beyond a 1st degree Black Belt. This includes Sensei LoBell, who has earned a 4th degree Black Belt and Sensei Ben, who holds a 3rd degree Black Belt. Sensei Jerry also holds a 3rd degree Black Belt. Your training never has to stop, and we encourage people to enjoy martial arts training throughout their lives.
15. While most of our students of martial arts in Encinitas include kids and teens, we also offer an Adult Program. It’s never too late to start martial arts training, and our adult classes can help you get into great shape and can be much more engaging and enriching than simply working out on a treadmill or heading to a generic gym.