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August 2016

3T Karate Helps With Back To School Bully Blues

With summer winding down, everyone is turning their attention toward the new school year. While parents may be anxious about getting their kids off to a good start for the school year, kids have their own anxieties about making new friends, dealing with peer pressure, and possibly having to deal with bullies. Most parents know their kids may experience some form of bullying they really aren't sure what to do about it.

  • Statistics And Long Term Effects Of Bullying

    Bullying is receiving a lot of attention nowadays. The statistics are that up to 85% of our kids experience verbal, physical or cyber bullying. Kids who are bullied are more likely to experience depression and anxiety, have increased feelings of sadness and loneliness, have changes to their sleeping and eating patterns, and may even lose interest in activities they used to enjoy. We now also know that many of those effects can last well into adulthood. What most parents don’t know is that most kids are unlikely to tell their parents they are being bullied. This is true for our students at 3T Karate in San Antonio as well.

  • 3T Karate In San Antonio Helps Students Identify Bullying

    During this block of martial arts instruction we will be working with our karate students on how to handle the issue of bullying. Before we can equip our kids karate classes with the skills to handle bullying they first have to know what it is and what it is not. Very often we find, especially with our younger karate students that they misunderstand what bullying is. They often believe that if someone says something mean to them, calls them a name, or just disagrees with them in general that the person is being a bully. It is very important to make the distinction that for something to be bullying it must be:

    1) hurtful

    2) intentional

    3) happen repeatedly

  • Role Playing Bully Scenarios With Your 3T Karate Student

    We recommend discussing this with your kids so they understand the difference between normal social interactions where people disagree and actual bullying. While eating dinner or driving in the car we recommend asking your children questions and having discussions about these interactions. Ask questions like…

    If someone cuts in front of you in line one time is that bullying? (No)

    If they cut in front of you every day in line is that bullying? (Maybe)

    What if they get mad at you and call you a name during a game? (No)

    What if they go out of their way to find you and call you names in front of other people? (Yes)

    Is it bullying if they hit you or push you? (Yes)

    Is it bullying if they make fun of the clothes you are wearing? (Maybe)

Before we can give our karate kids the skills and strategies they need to handle bullies at school, they first need to be able to identify when bullying is actually happening. Sometimes people just behave badly. That doesn't make them a bully. If they do it repeatedly with the intention of being hurtful, that's a different story. Learning to discern between bad behavior and bullying is an important distinction for kids in their social skills development.

During our karate mat chats next week we will be teaching our martial arts students the Talk - Tell - Tackle strategy. Tune in to next week's post for more information.

Team 3T


May 2016

Why Kids In San Antonio Should Learn Martial Arts

It's a tough world out there!

Kids today face peer pressure, bullying, high expectations and uncertainty.

They need a healthy outlet that benefits both the body and the mind. That makes training in the martial arts a perfect activity for kids of all ages.

3T Karate has fun, exciting and rewarding children’s martial arts classes in San Antonio. Here are just a few of the reasons kids today should learn martial arts:

  • Martial arts builds confidence and self-esteem

    Children develop confidence through self-knowledge, attaining skills and practice. Through the vehicle of martial arts, they will get to know themselves better, especially their strengths and weaknesses, and learn how to work individually and in group settings. Martial artists learn that true confidence comes from the inside.

  • Martial arts develops patience

    While some kids are naturals, martial arts isn’t always easy at first. It requires discipline, practice and patience. Kids who stick with martial arts will develop greater patience when it comes to cultivating new skills and working towards their goals.

  • Martial arts enhances physical fitness and athleticism

    The precise, intricate and powerful movements of martial arts help kids develop strength, flexibility, balance, coordination and agility. The more active kids are at a young age, the more they will develop healthy habits that will stick with them throughout their life. Regular exercise bolsters nearly every aspect of health and wellness, including healthy weight, strong bones, flexibility, resting heart rate, metabolism, mental health and more. And just as important, Martial arts can help kids and families combat the obesity epidemic running rampant in the United States.

  • Martial arts teaches kids mental toughness

    It is important in life to learn to meet challenges head on. Kids who give up when faced with a problem won't get very far in the world. On the other hand, kids who can take a hit – whether it’s physical, mental or emotional – and learn to get back up and try again will develop greater resilience and coping skills.

  • Martial arts demands respect

    Martial arts teachers will require respect from even the littlest of kids. This is part of a centuries-old tradition where knowledge is passed from teacher to student. Students learn to set aside their ego in order to learn more from their elders who have learned from those that came before them. Likewise, martial arts instills a sense of honor – respect for rules and etiquette, following a code and showing humility.

  • Martial arts increases attention span and focus

    Let's face it – kids today are pretty distracted (not to mention their parents). With screens and schedules, our society is busier than ever. Fortunately, at 3T Karate, our children's martial arts programs offers an ideal solution. Kids will learn to focus on one thing at a time and to bring a sense of deliberate attention to their activities – this will benefit them in school and in life.

  • Martial arts teaches conflict resolution

    Contrary to what some people believe, learning martial arts teaches kids to avoid violence, using it only as a last resort for self-defense. At 3T Karate in San Antonio we teach conflict resolution, how to face challenges (including bullying) with non-violent solutions. We also teach our students to look for and see the best in others and to always show respect.

  • Martial arts helps with goal-setting and goal achievement

    Learning to set, follow and accomplish goals can help kids in their education and on into their careers. 3T Karate in San Antonio is the perfect place to learn how to set a goal and to pursue it. Whether it is a certain color belt rank or a particular skill, martial arts provides a systematic way of learning more about the importance of goals for kids.

  • Martial arts connects mind and body

    Until kids learn to control their minds, they can't control their bodies – and vice versa. Martial arts puts it all together, teaching kids how to breathe, how to connect and how to move mindfully. All of these lessons are incredibly valuable outside of the school, as well.

What it boils down to is that any child – any person, for that matter – of any age can benefit from learning martial arts. Regardless where you enroll your child to learn martial arts, kids can learn so many lessons that will help them throughout their lives – strength, patience, perseverance, wellness and focus, just to name a few.

Begin your child's martial arts journey at 3T Karate with a FREE first class or a 4-week Trial Special that includes a FREE martial arts uniform (a $49.00 value). To get started, please call (210) 441-8319.


April 2015

5 Vital Skills Pre-Schoolers Learn In Karate

by Penny Pitassi at 2:21 PM

At 3T Karate we focus on developing 5 vital skills necessary for the physical and mental development of our pre-schoolers.

  • SKILL 1 - Karate Improves Self-Discipline

    Sounds obvious right? Tell me something I DON'T know ! Well, yes, every parent understands that Self-Discipline is Vital, but not everyone understands exactly what Self-Discipline TRULY is which means they don't really know how to help a young child develop it.

    Self-Discipline is NOT the same thing as "Authority" Discipline. When a child "Misbehaves" and a Parent, Teacher, or other authority figure helps correct the child, that's NOT Self-Discipline. Although very important to a child's development, correction and redirection don't necessarily instill Self Discipline of their own accord.

    What the Authority figure chooses to focus on DURING the correction or redirection DOES help instill Self-Discipline. That's why at 3T Karate you will never see us "shaming" a child. They might need a correction, but it's vital that they don't feel like they're a bad kid - helping them understand the best ways to act and WHY, rather than just correcting without compassion, will produce kids who stop and think before acting, which is what we all want!

  • SKILL 2 - Karate Helps Develop Independent Motivation

    Some kids are REALLY independent out of the gate, and others need some coaxing to be able to do their own thing. However, even with the most outgoing of children, there are just some things they don't want to do. So how do we get our kids to pull their own weight - help with chores, put their OWN SHOES away, etc? How do we build Independent Motivation, especially for things that aren't super fun for kids? In our classes we sneak "hard work" in between the fun drills in class. Before they know it, your Preschooler is ASKING to do more pushups or crunches - they'll WANT to sweat and kick and block. Really, we're cheating.

    We're using the body's natural endorphins and a really high energy class structure to mask the hard work, and present it as fun. What happens is that your child will be smiling, sweating, and in an elevated state (good attitude) when they're doing difficult things, which is essentially like practicing for life.

  • SKILL 3 - Karate Increases Coordination

    While it's obvious that your child will someday be a functioning adult, it's NOT a given that they will be physically capable, and have a grasp over their body and it's capabilities. Starting your child EARLY, having them begin to learn simple things like toe-touches, blocks, jumps and kicks helps to build and nurture pathways in the brain. The later you start, the more difficult it will be for the brain to create those new pathways.

    You can see evidence for it everywhere. The kids who are more active - playing outside, running, jumping, and involved in activities seems to be more naturally coordinated, while the kids who prefer to stay indoors and play video games struggle with basic physical obstacles. Start them NOW learning about their bodies, and they'll be able to use it really, really well for the rest of their lives.

  • SKILL 4 - Karate Increases Flexibility

    This is pretty close to Coordination, but it's even MORE important. One of the things we're crippled with as elderly humans is a lack of flexibility. You see it every day. Some older people really struggle to even be mobile at all. However, those who stretch their muscles on a daily basis do more than just keep them flexible; they promote healing, growth, and prevent injury throughout their lives, which leads to an old age of peace and happiness, instead of immobility and struggle.

    At 3T Karate we certainly don't stretch Preschoolers past what they're comfortable with, but we teach them the motions and purpose behind the stretches, and create an atmosphere where stretching is "cool", so that they'll be very likely to continue it as they grow up.

  • SKILL 5 - Karate Builds Confidence

    If your child completely and totally misses out on all of the 4 previous Skills, but is a CONFIDENT human being, they'll be just fine. Confidence is Vital, but it's also not intrinsic. We see a LOT of Preschool age kids, and every one of them benefits from our classes, because they're never told they "can't" do it. They might notice that they can't do some move or challenging drill RIGHT NOW, but we discuss the problem, find a solution, then help them work through it. It's here that preschoolers learn that "stick-to-it-iveness" that is the foundation of confidence.

    They learn that challenges don't equal failure, and that application of motivation and purpose gets them what they want. In our classes it's a completed drill or successful kick - in life it's that college acceptance letter or big job. Confidence is the most important thing tey need and we have the most powerful platform available to help develop it.


May 2014

Think Before You Speak

by Penny Pitassi at 6:44 AM

Responsibility - If It Is To Be It's Up To Me !

During Block 4 we are working on the attribute of Responsibility. Responsibility means owning one's actions and words. Very frequently we forget how powerful our words can be. Why is it so important for us to take repsonsilibity for our words ? Because...


Feb 2014

A Bright Mirror Calmly Reflects The World But Is Not Changed By It

by Penny Pitassi at 10:40 AM

This is an excerpt from Karate: Technique and Spirit by Tadaki Nakamura.

Mei Kyo Shi Sui (A bright mirror calmly reflects the world, but is not changed by it.)


Feb 2014

Deliberate Parenting

by Penny Pitassi at 9:00 AM

The most important task any of us will ever undertake in our lives is the raising of our children. Creating an environement and a moral structure where they can grow into the potential that God has planned for them. There is so much for them to learn. We have "skills" to teach them such as cooking, cleaning, laundry, finances, etc... In the big scheme of things these are fairly simple... we decide upon age appropriate tasks and teach them to do those things we feel are necessary for them to find their way through life. The bigger task, and the one requiring the most thought and deliberate parenting, is what are our most important values and how can we develop those character traits in our children for them to live out those values. Most of us only have some vague idea of the outcome we are trying to achieve... we want them to be honest, kind, generous, strong, motivated, etc... but haven't ever really decided on a plan to obtain those outcomes. That part takes Deliberate Parenting. Deliberate parenting takes time, energy and effort. How will you know you've succeeded ? When you see who your grandchildren grow up to be. We aren't just raising our children. We are raising the next generation of parents. What we do or fail to do will affect our families to the 3rd and 4th generation.


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