The Secret to Developing Well-Rounded Athletes | Murrayhill Martial Arts
ACCESS OUR SCHEDULE
& EXCLUSIVE WEB SPECIAL

Secure your spot and get started today with our EXCLUSIVE offer!

By opting into the web form above you are providing consent for Murrayhill Martial Arts to send you periodic text messages. Standard rates may apply. You can reply HELP at anytime or learn more. You may opt-out anytime by replying STOP.
ACCESS OUR SCHEDULE
& EXCLUSIVE WEB SPECIAL

Secure your spot and get started today with our EXCLUSIVE offer!

By opting into the web form above you are providing consent for Murrayhill Martial Arts to send you periodic text messages. Standard rates may apply. You can reply HELP at anytime or learn more. You may opt-out anytime by replying STOP.
Anel Bulbul reviewed Murrayhill Martial Arts
5
via Facebook

Awesome instructors!

Paige Sears reviewed Murrayhill Martial Arts
5
via Facebook

Awesome instructors and always a positive environment. Awesome for kids AND adults!!! Always something new to learn!!!!

Alithea Kapua Corter-Bell reviewed Murrayhill Martial Arts
5
via Facebook

My kids absolutely love it here! The instructors are amazing, and they know how to combine fun with discipline in a way that kids respond.

Jorge Alves de Lima reviewed Murrayhill Martial Arts
5
via Facebook

It's very good Taekwondo school.... My daughter practice there often( she is black belt) I recommend it for kids of all ages to start to learn Taekwondo.... Very good for body and mental health

Julia Ileana Cruz reviewed Murrayhill Martial Arts
5
via Facebook

Love it, super friendly place, structure oriented, teaching kids discipline through games.
Really recommended.

Jessica Hadley Johns reviewed Murrayhill Martial Arts
5
via Facebook

Starting taekwondo as an adult sounded intimidating until I stepped into my first class! Miss Kaari is a talented professional with amazing skills and truly committed to teaching her students. The community of people at the school is top notch! Looking forward to my journey to black belt!

Request Information

Blog

Our latest news & thoughts

The Secret to Developing Well-Rounded Athletes

Over the last year and a half, sports programs have had shortened seasons, if they had seasons at all. Because of that, training time for athletes of all ages has dropped significantly. Now, with sports returning to a more normal duration, athletes are working hard to regain lost skills and recondition their bodies. The problem, however, is that lengthy breaks increase the risk of injury upon returning to training. In addition, when athletes specialize in a sport, they generally only train muscles for that particular sport. To be truly at the top of their game, athletes should engage in training that develops all muscle groups through a system designed to meet their athletic and developmental needs.

 

When athletes are on an extended break from their sport, their body reconditions, and they lose cardiovascular power, muscle strength, speed and agility, among other skills. As we generally see, after a “normal” break, athletes go back into training at a high level which usually increases their risk of injury. With COVID, breaks have been much longer, and training hasn’t been nearly as extensive as it was in prior seasons. Coupled with the lack of cross-training in sports in general, young athletes are currently at a higher risk for overuse injuries, leading to further setbacks. To truly recondition their bodies, they need to take it slow and build skills back in a steadier approach.

One of the most effective ways to help young athletes cross-train is by engaging them in martial arts. This versatile type of training strengthens all muscle groups, develops speed and agility, hand-eye and hand-foot coordination, flexibility, balance, and cardiovascular endurance. And the focus that martial arts requires expands mental acuity, memory, clarity of thought, and confidence. The multi-dimensional approach to training is beneficial to athletes in any sport. Even better is martial arts is a year-round program. It can keep athletes at the top of their game during the on and off-seasons. This ultimately gives them an edge in their sport.

It’s important to note, however, that not all martial arts programs are the same. When working with young athletes, programs should know age-appropriate milestones, brain growth, learning styles, and a myriad of other child development areas. Experience working with children is also essential. The SKILLZ Child Development Centers are equipped with all of this and use martial arts training for skill development. In addition, a game-based learning format is used, so students have fun while building the skills necessary for anything from gross motor coordination to more refined, sports-focused abilities.

Utilizing martial arts as a foundation for athletic development is one of the most effective means for cross-training young athletes to be at the top of their game. Steps taken to regain lost skills and build new ones are done steady, which promotes safety and reduces the risk of injury. As knowledge is gained through cross-training, athletes will remain strong mentally and physically during the on and off-seasons.