3 Ways to Keep Martial Arts Students Training This Summer

School’s out for summer! For many, this is a very exciting time of year. But, we know that for a good number of martial arts school owners this is also a time of concern. Worries about student retention and how to keep students engaged during summer months are present regardless of geographic location. With the mix of summer sports, camps, family vacations, and the obvious desire to be outdoors, students have plenty of distractions when it comes to staying passionate and engaged on the martial arts mats.


7 Benefits of Martial Arts Training for Kids!

Image credit: Power of Leverage Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
By Nick Bez

Martial arts are an ancient approach to training one’s body and mind to effectively wield powerful methods of self-defense. In the generations since their origin, the teachings of Karate, Kung Fu, Jiu-Jitsu, Aikido, Tae Kwon Do, Judo, Muay Thai, and other similar disciplines have evolved to become more practically applicable methods for individuals of all ages and backgrounds to navigate the world with a sense of safety, respect, and community, all while experiencing the physical benefits of the arts.


Elisabeth Clay: My Favorite Animal as a Child

I found this paper I had written about mustangs years ago, probably from when I was 12 or 13 (and getting me to write was like pulling teeth). The reasons why I wrote it were:

1. It was for a school assignment

2. I really wanted to get a mustang again and was trying to convince the parents

3. Well, I wanted to post it to give people more information.


Elisabeth Clay: The Importance of Body Maintenance

The more hours of training my body goes through, the more body maintenance becomes a necessity. Body maintenance comes in many different forms; I have learned this the hard way. If I wait until I am in pain to take care of my body, it takes more work and strain to eliminate pain. It’s better to keep up with frequent body maintenance and not wait for pain to act as a reminder that I need to take care of my body.

Here are a few of my favorite ways to take care of my body while training:


Elisabeth Clay: Onward to Pans!

So, I am off to California to compete at Pans. This is my first year competing as an adult. Seven athletes will be competing from Legacy or Ares Alaska, joining our brothers and sisters from all over the world in the Ares Association to bring all the fire we can. I am super excited to be at Pans. Whether you are my opponent, a fan, or a competitor, I hope that we can all compete and do our very best.