ASAP Feature: Martial Arts

ASAP Feature: Martial Arts
Maggie Pilloton

Martial Arts is one of the staples of our ASAP program. It runs every session of the year and has been one of the most consistent classes in the after-school world at MCDS. The instructor, Shihan James Henry, is currently in his 18th year of teaching martial arts at MCDS, and he is a former MCDS parent.

There are so many benefits to learning martial arts. Not only is it a great form of exercise, but it exercises the mind as well. According to Shihan James, karate is a form of self-defense, with the added benefit of helping students build self-esteem, self-confidence, focus, and discipline. With this core development, students learn a "begin and persevere," "I can" attitude that they bring to all aspects of their life. Karate training helps students find their inner strength, peace, and focus, all of which helps them learn how to manage and/or avoid physical conflicts.

Martial arts can help a child's physical, mental, and emotional development, and kindergarten is a great time to start that process! Through the ASAP program, students can take the course through their entire time in lower school and even beyond. Imagine your child entering middle school or high school with the confidence of having earned a black belt in karate!

To see the current martial arts students in action, check out some photos and a video to get a more in-depth glimpse into this class!

Music: Bensound
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