At times, it may seem that the reasons for attending Lehigh Valley Martial Arts are not connected in any way to martial arts at all; however, I assure you that our program can be a guiding moral compass for your child as well as physical exercise. Learning confidence, self-discipline and respect for others are key parts of martial arts once you look past the punches and kicks.
There is a misconception that martial arts is only about the ability to defend oneself in a physical manner; but that could not be further from the truth. True confidence comes from the ability to defend oneself both physically and mentally. The students at Lehigh Valley Martial Arts learn that physical self-defense is used as a last resort.
Our program is designed so students learn to persevere without even realizing it. Self Discipline is encouraged through setting goals and learning how to accomplish them. The most successful children, inside and outside of the dojo, are the ones that have a non-quitting attitude, even when things become challenging. Martial arts is about taking a passion for the practice and turning it into a fine-tuned skill through new-found self-discipline, focus and fun!
Respect for others, and oneself, is expected from the very first class. Students learn the seven magic words of respect and are encouraged to practice using them throughout their daily lives. Respect is shown to all who attend classes as well as to their families. We lead by example and push our students... children and adults alike... to become a positive example to others in their lives.
One of the components (known as focuses in the dojo) that we teach our students to be successful is leadership. Our goal is to arm our students with the necessary skills to become effective leaders in the community. One of the most important skills a child needs is the ability to express oneself in a clear and confident manner. Learning how to effectively communicate ideas and beliefs to teachers, friends and eventually prospective employers and colleagues, is certainly a positive attribute with the potential to open many doors throughout a student's life.
The strong presence of family in our school cements the program into a cohesive unit. The goal in our martial arts program is to blend together mind and body. This, mixed with the sense of family, binds the school, community, teachers and students together; where everyone has a common goal and feels that helping others is the way to express their sense of family. Once you begin our program, you are "family". Together we help each other reach our goals.
Our approach to martial arts sets us apart from other schools who focus solely on technique. Personal growth is measured in more than belt levels here. Come in and see for yourself... We'll welcome you with open arms and hope you'll see us as an extension of your family as well.
Shigung Paul Miller