Black Belt Academy
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Seven Inside Secrets of Sparring

A couple months back, I discussed all the benefits of forms. This month, I’m going to expand my discussion of martial arts benefits and reveal the benefits of sparring. You see, sparring boasts tons of benefits and adds depth to your martial arts training. And like forms, sparring is a required, tested element on the path to becoming a black belt. In many ways, sparring is the centerpiece of our martial arts programs. Keep reading to discover all the benefits sparring offers!

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Calming Your Sparring Jitters

If you’re new to sparring, it can seem a bit intimidating at first. I expect all new students to have a few "sparring butterflies" when they first start mixing it up. Just remember: a big part of martial arts is overcoming your fears and developing confidence and courage. And courage means "being scared and doing it anyway". It does NOT mean you’re fearless from day one. So if you’re having a tough time getting started with sparring, follow these tips to tame your "sparring butterflies" and spar with confidence!

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Nine Amazing Benefits of Forms

Have you ever wondered why we put such a heavy emphasis on forms here in our academy? Well, in this article I’m going to tell you why. We’re going to look at the purpose and benefits of our Songahm forms. You’re also going to discover why forms have been such an important part of martial arts for centuries - going all the way back to the Shaolin monks who created Kung-fu! So read on!

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Becoming a Healthier and More Fit Martial Artist

Listen: great fitness goes hand-in-hand with being a great martial artist. When you’re fit, you’re better able to throw kicks and punches. You can spar for longer periods of time. Your forms look tighter and your techniques are sharper. The benefits are endless. But I said in the main article, you already took the most important step ever in getting into shape and living a healthy lifestyle by becoming a student here at our academy! But it doesn’t stop there. Here are five more tips to becoming a healthier martial artist.

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