Martial Arts For Your Teenager: Which School  Is Right?

You'll find several criteria to contemplate when thinking of a martial arts school for your young person. Here's numerous things to examine in a karate school.

Could the martial arts instructor introduce self-assurance in the student?    Which kind of teaching program does the karate school recommend? Make sure the teacher shows you how the karate school learning program infuse self confidence, have a certain effect on the child's self image, and show a student how to apply more self control in social situations. 

For instance, Master trainer Jeff Ellis of Jeff Ellis International Karate Centers said "In karate instruction, we educate in groups, depending on rank. But every student is progressing at an individual pace. Also there is certainly an emphasis on every child striving to advance themselves without the pressure of being compared to someone else."

Ellis went on to say "When the student moves to another belt level, they know they did it by themselves. The result is a feeling of completion and a dramatic raise in that student's self esteem."

But ensure that your child isn't by themselves in their efforts. When asked about this, Ellis said "Our students are working together to achieve their common goals by helping each other with courtesy, politeness, and cooperation....all necessary values instilled through proper instruction at International Karate Centers. 

Will the karate teacher teach self control? Ellis defines Self-Control as "a person doing what they are supposed to do, and only that".

Can the school teach a diversity of skills? Does it teach your son or daughter blocking, striking, kicking, punching, and self-defense? Does your son or daughter enjoy the teaching? Are they engaged? Most of this has to do with the quality of the instructor. 

Does your child learn skills that will help them in other areas? To illustrate, after some months of training in karate, is the student much better able to manage their actions, manage their temptations, and also make them much better students at school? 

Ellis stated "Once the student knows they can defend themselves from a bully, they have a choice...and the walk away and feel good about that decision. These life skills can even help an adult in their workplace. A confrontation may not be physical, but the situation could provide pressure in a variety of ways. The confidence and control gained through traditional  karate practice will give that person the ability to better deal with any school...and at their workplace.

Jeff Ellis is owner of Jeff Ellis International Karate Centers. Locations include 17112 Pearl Road in Strongsville Ohio and 720 Avon Belden Road in Avon Lake Ohio.. For more information go to or call at 1-440-238-9390 Jeff Ellis International Karate Centers serve the Strongsville, Berea, Brunswick, Hinkley, North Royalton, Middleburg Heights, Medina, Columbia Station, Avon Lake, Avon, Bay Village, Shefield, Sheffield Lake, Westlake, and North Ridgeville Ohio areas.