1. It helps them make new friends.

The bond between martial artists is stronger than most other sports. Martial arts are physical, and they require physical confrontation. When confronted with someone of similar size, strength, and skill, students develop a sense of respect for one another. They realize they are capable, and so are others. Out of healthy respect for themselves and others, long-lasting and rewarding relationships develop.

2. They will learn better human relation skills.

During martial arts training, students need to learn the concept of physical space, how physical contact is both an invasion and invasive. The sport literally and figuratively breaks down barriers. Students will confront people of all types and abilities duri...

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Stop Bullying!

By Greg Shraiman

October is National Bullying Prevention Month

Every October, schools and organizations across the country join STOMP Out Bullying™ in observing National Bullying Prevention Month. The goal: encourage communities to work together to stop bullying and cyberbullying by increasing awareness of the prevalence and impact of bullying on all children of all ages.

What Is Bullying

Bullying is unwanted, aggressive behavior among school aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. The behavior is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time. Both kids who are bullied and who bully others may have serious, lasting problems.

In order to be considered bullying, the behavior must be aggressive and include:

An Imbalance ...

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Must know... must believe...

By Greg Shraiman

In 1969, nobody expected a thin Asian man with a high pitched voice to become one of the most influential characters of the 20th century.

Nobody knew, that is, except Bruce Lee.

That year, Bruce Lee wrote a letter to himself:

My Definite Chief Aim

I, Bruce Lee, will be the first highest paid Oriental super star in the United States. In return I will give the most exciting performances and render the best of quality in the capacity of an actor. Starting 1970 I will achieve world fame and from then onward till the end of 1980 I will have in my possession $10,000,000. I will live the way I please and achieve inner harmony and happiness.

Bruce Lee
Jan. 1969

Four years later, he was dead.

But in those four years, Bruce achieved everything he said he ...

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In an ever-changing world, many people have come to count on martial arts to fulfill their emotional, mental and physical needs.

At United Studios of Self Defense Burlingame, our goal is to build a program around you, the student. To help meet a students individual needs and to challenge a student's mind and body. One of the unique aspects of our martial arts program is that all United Studios of Self Defense locations offer group and private instruction as part of one package.

Private lessons are geared towards teaching the hundreds of concepts needed to advance in the art, while the group sessions are geared toward practicing those concepts with like-minded individuals.

In a private session, we focus on individual needs and concerns. We h...

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Do Your Research

By Greg Shraiman

Do you research - where does word "Pinan" came from? Let me know what did you found out :)

Do you know how karate got its name?It’s pretty interesting… many people think karate is an ancient martial art.But actually, “karate” is less than 100 years old. Including its name. (stuff like belts, ranks, uniforms, terminology, gradings and styles are also new inventions.) yet, in spite of its relative youth, karate has no shortage of misconstrued facts that conceal its actual origins, depth and essence. For example, the name ‘karate’ itself.Karate comes from okinawa, an island south of japan. Okinawa was an important historical trade hub between many southeast asian countries, like siam (modern day thailand), burma, the philippines, taiwan and korea. But…The #1 country that okinawa vibed w...

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Sparring Tips

By Greg Shraiman

Sparring is “practice fighting” to improve your skills and techniques as a martial artist. Sparring should always be supervised to avoid getting hurt. Protective gear is highly recommended at all times. Protective gear includes: headgear, mouth guard, gloves, chest protectors (female), groin protector (male), shin guards, and foot guards. If you are a beginner, here are some tips to help you get better at sparring:

Just Relax

It’s important to relax. The more relaxed you are the faster your strikes and kicks will be. If your body is tense during sparring, your body will get tired quicker and your response time will be slower.

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