empowering lives through martial arts

A group of people practicing martial arts in a gym.

They focus on individual growth, not on team competition. Many kids struggle with the pressure of competing with other kids. But in martial arts, the focus is on self-improvement. There’s no “letting down the team.”

They work toward specific goals. Some kids who learn and think differently feel like they never “win” at anything. In martial arts, kids work at their own pace. They earn a different colored belt every time they reach a new skill level. This can boost self-esteem and keep them motivated.

A man and child practicing karate in a room.

Routines are broken down into chunks. A technique or form in martial arts can have dozens of different movements. But kids learn gradually, repeating and adding steps as they go. They learn to anticipate which step comes next. And eventually, they put everything together into fluid movements.

They emphasize self-control and concentration. Attention is central to martial arts. Kids have to stay focused to learn and to do the movements. When a child’s focus drifts, instructors often ask them to take the “ready stance.” This lets them reset and get ready for what’s next

A group of young boys practicing martial arts in a gym.
A group of young children practicing their moves in the gym.

They’re a safe way for kids to get out extra energy. It’s a myth that martial arts encourage violent behavior. In fact, instructors often say that fighting is a last resort. At the same time, kicking and karate chopping let kids work out frustration or anger while practicing self-control.

A girl is doing some yoga on the floor

 Respect is a core value in martial arts. Kids have to show it for their instructor and for their peers. Negativity is generally not tolerated in class, and students are encouraged to support each other.

 Kids who learn and think differently sometimes feel awkward or out of the loop. But lots of kids think martial arts are cool. It’s hard not to feel special when you’re wearing martial arts gear and breaking boards in half.

The Benefits For Adults

Adults who study martial arts at any level experience a wealth of benefits that transform both their physical health and mental clarity. There are immense advantages to exploring martial arts training even as an adult.

A man and woman kneeling on the floor in white robes.

As a martial arts student, the goals you set, the respect you give to the incredible history of the discipline and the positive encouragement you receive lead to greater feelings of self-confidence in your daily life. If you aim for high goals, as a martial arts student, you experience further belief in yourself to accomplish whatever you set out to do.

During classes, students practice realistic self defense techniques. These powerful moves give you a valuable repertoire of self-defense skills. There are also a number of martial arts benefits for women specifically. As you attain confidence in your ability to throw punches, you gain life-saving techniques that can protect you in the face of danger.

A woman in white robe cutting cake at counter.
Two men in white uniforms practicing karate moves.

Students report that martial arts practices dissolve stress. The awareness and control of breathing that you develop allow an easy escape route for stress. Since martial artists are trained to focus on the present task, distractions melt away into the background, also helping to significantly lessen the stress accumulated throughout the day. Martial arts students also experience a reduction in frustration, tension and anxiety. Practicing martial arts gives you a complete, full body workout. When you engage in this training, you are utilizing incredible physical energy. As a result, strength, balance, flexibility and stamina increase proportionally to your dedication to the discipline. Also, Martial Arts moves involve crossing the midline of the body, which has been proven to increase proprioception and brain health.

A man holding an object in his hands.
A man in white shirt and black belt doing karate.
A group of people in white and black uniforms practicing karate.
A group of men in white and black uniforms.

Adults who study martial arts at any level experience a wealth of benefits that transform both their physical health and mental clarity. There are immense advantages to exploring martial arts training even as an adult.

Mountain martial arts~west

248 Texas Road, Old Bridge, NJ 08857

Mini Ninjas Ages 3-5


4-4:30 pm & 5-5:30 pm

Karate Kidz Ages 6-11


Karate Kidz Ages 6-8 

5:30-5:45 pm & 5:45-

6:30 pm

 Karate Kidz Ages 9-11

6:30-7:15 pm

Teens Ages 12-16


Teens 7:30-8:15 pm


Teens 7:15-8 pm


Teens 10-11 am

Adults 16 and up


Adults 7:30-8:15 pm

Tue- Thurs

Adults 8-9 pm


Adults 10-11 am

mountain martial arts~east

785 Holmdel Road, Holmdel, NJ 07733


Adults 10-11 am


Adults 7-8 pm