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SELF DISCIPLINE

Getting your kid to show self-discipline is a gold mine that will reap benefits immediately and in the years to come for both parents and child in martial arts.

We will instil in them value of learning in martial arts which will create a sense of responsibility in their learning to become competent young practitioners.

Firstly, to achieve success they must show up, second, they mustn’t give up, and finally they will level up in their approach to martial arts and life.

Whether it’s finishing their homework before being allowed to play, or brushing their teeth as a routine before breakfast, our programs will teach them that discipline leads to freedom and paves the way to greater success now.

Work now, enjoy the training as a process and learn to do what others can’t because others simply won’t.

CONFIDENCE

The most immediate benefit of confidence is the innate ability to just try.

Wayne Gretzky, the most celebrated and decorated NHL player of all time famously said:

“You miss 100 percent of the shots you never take.”

Which applies to kids in martial arts and life in general.

If your child is open to new experiences without the fear of failure being permanent, they will embrace the process of their personal development.

Our martial arts programs plant the seeds of confidence through a process of discipline > motivation > confidence > competence which is proven to be the winning recipe in success.

BODY Intelligence

While kids can be clumsy little monsters at the bets of times, if you throw in some athletic elements to the mix things can really start getting complicated.

The demands of martial arts dictate that kids must learn coordination, dexterity and constitution through stimulation of the neuromuscular system.

Put simply, kids who adapt to the many requirements of martial arts are more at home in their bodies and learn foundational skill towards making them physically literate athletes for life.

Something unfortunate about the demands of modern life is that it teaches us all to have poor posture, poor strength, and limited flexibility and range of movement. Screens, chairs, cars, and sedentary lifestyles are the beginnings of chronic difficulties later on in life.

Empire Martial Arts kids programs will help ward off the ill effects of modern day-to-day influences on your child’s physical health.

STRENGTH

The fundamental movements of martial arts require a strong trunk or core and taxes their little compound muscle sets, meaning multiple muscles are grouped and used in synergy to maximum effect.

A strong core means less injury later on in life, better posture, and translates to other sports.

SELF DEFENCE

This is a culmination of the above.

When our child is confronted in a physical confrontation they won’t:

  • Be frozen in fear as they’ve encountered confrontation at training.
  • Be lost as to how to navigate themselves and the bully.
  • Be at a physical disadvantage as they are constantly developing their muscular system and technique during classes.

They will however:

  • Know how to engage and defend without resorting to violence due to their Jiu Jitsu.
  • Remain calm and confident.
  • Become less of a target to be bullied in the first case.

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Hot Yoga

What does Empire offer.

Empire Martial Arts purpose-built yoga studio and sauna accentuates and compliments the remarkable martial arts experience we are known for.

Empire offers hot yoga sessions Saturday and Sunday 8:30am-9:30am with an early bird session on Tuesdays at 6:00am.

But first, what are some of the benefits of hot yoga?

Isometric Strength

One of the most noticeable benefits our members enjoy from a regular hot yoga class is the increases in isometric strength.

Isometric strength is the ability to maintain a muscle mid contraction, which can benefit your balance, coordination, and general ability to withstand potential injury.

An example of an isometric exercise could be a plank or wall sit. Although the muscle group is not performing contractions dynamically, you can get a serious workout from maintaining positions during our yoga classes.

Think about the strength involved in just one of those examples and now consider this when you complete a full cycle of poses under the guidance of one of our expert instructors.

So, increases in isometric strength, and noticeably so, are at the core of potential benefits to our members. The feelings of accomplishment are undeniable when one can finally nail that pose, or even go the full 60 minutes working through pose after pose and feeling confident and competent due to their new-found strength.

 

Weight loss

While not number 1, weight loss is the second most important feature from our yoga classes as we offer classes that trump this one. However, what yoga manage to do is tag team the isometric muscles while toning and chipping away at your fat reserves in the heated environment.

You won’t get the fat loss results you could from say, a full hour of intense boxing, but you will get the benefits of being strong, toned, and slimmer all at the same time.

Additionally, your elevated core temperature and heart rate coincide with burning more calories, as your metabolism and heart thumping are working overtime.

 

Mobility, Balance, ROM/Flexibility

To be able to manipulate your body, or resist is being manipulated, is a key characteristic in prevention of injury.

This includes mobility, balance, and range of movement (ROM) that translates to a multitude of sporting/exercise situations or simply if you sit behind a laptop all day and have succumbed to the dreaded “tech neck” with chronically poor posture.

Think of it this way: If you can’t touch your toes and you are engaged in a sport where someone folds you in half with a tackle and makes you touch your toes, you’re getting hurt.

If you play tennis and have muscular imbalances while you shift side to side, you’re eventually getting hurt.

If you sit behind a desk all day and have very limited ROM, then nanna needs a hand moving her piano, you’re getting hurt.

BUT, if you engage in Empire Hot Yoga and get tackled, have a swing at tennis, or have to move nannas piano you’re far more likely to do so effectively and without the physio bill attached.

Recovery

Just the fact that heat and exercise dilate your blood vessels and sends fresh, nutrient rich blood flowing to your aching body is enough to get folks who train throughout the week in our martial arts classes booking in. However, there’s more.

Something sweeping the health scene is the recovery benefits of Heat Shock Proteins (HSP). Proteins are formed by our bodies from amino acids and handle functions like communication and coordination of our organs. They also have the important job of driving chemical reactions that power our cells and act as antibodies in our immune system, fighting off sickness and nasties that’ll bog you down.

HSP are found in our cells already, but an increase in heat will find these tiny guys helping your muscles cope during exercise, plus they’ll spur the repair and rebuild process that results in more muscle mass and tone.

You read correctly, the act of hot yoga can help you build strength but also repair your muscles at the same time. This is a very unique facet of yoga that is worth a try on its own.

Mindfulness

Contrary to popular belief, being mindful or present is a skill that can be developed with purposeful practice and some guidance from our instructors.

Mindfulness is defined as “a mental state achieved by focusing one’s awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one’s feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations, used as a therapeutic technique.”.

So, to unpack that definition, mindfulness is protection from dwelling on the past and worrying about the future. It is also the state of acceptance in everything happening within you, which sounds nice considering the fast-paced lifestyles we lead and external influences on our metal wellbeing.

Our expert coaches guide you through a full session with calmness and zero judgment on your ability to complete the poses, as yoga is a journey, not a destination.

Mental Toughness

Last but certainly not least by any stretch of the imagination.

Mental toughness is yet another transferable skill only this time transferable to most facets of life.

The mental toughness involved with yoga will help you endure in time of mental difficulty and remain calm, poised and mindful when internal & external stimuli are overloading your senses and mind.

Women who are regulars at hot yoga report lower levels of pain during childbirth and all people who are regulars at yoga report higher levels of satisfaction in their work and personal lives regardless of gender.

Lifelong yoga enthusiasts also have greater heart rate variability scores and are less stressed as a result, independent of factors such as family, work and finances.

This is but a taste of what Empire Martial Art’s yoga program contains so XXXX now to become out latest yogi and take advantage of our one-of-a-kind experience.

 

References

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Hewett, Z. L., Pumpa, K. L., Smith, C. A., Fahey, P. P., & Cheema, B. S. (2018). Effect of a 16-week Bikram yoga program on perceived stress, self-efficacy and health-related quality of life in stressed and sedentary adults: A randomised controlled trial. Journal of science and medicine in sport, 21(4), 352-357.

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Zychowska, M. (2017). Changes in expression of selected cellular stress response genes after passive body overheating in sauna and moderate exercise in judo athletes and untrained people. Archives of Budo13, 71-78.


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