Martial Arts for Better Grades


Martial Arts: A Positive Impact on Academic Performance

Here are a few ways martial arts training can help improve grades:
1. Improved focus and concentration: Martial arts require a lot of concentration and focus, which can help develop these skills in other areas of life, including academics. Through training, individuals can learn to focus their minds and stay on task, which can lead to better performance in school.
2. Discipline and self-control: Martial arts training emphasizes discipline and self-control. These qualities can translate into better study habits and improved academic performance. By learning to set goals and work toward them consistently, martial artists can develop the discipline needed to succeed in their academic pursuits.
3. Reduced stress and anxiety: Martial arts training can be a great way to reduce stress and anxiety. By practicing mindfulness techniques and learning how to manage their emotions, students can better cope with the pressures of school and perform better academically.
4. Improved physical health: Martial arts training is a great way to stay physically active and healthy. Regular exercise has been linked to improved cognitive function, memory, and overall academic performance.
5. Better time management: Training in martial arts requires a lot of time management skills. Students must balance their training schedule with their academic responsibilities, which can help them develop better time management skills that can be applied to other areas of their life, including academics.

Amanda Olson-Illescas is an award winning author and co-owner of Olson’s Martial Arts Academy in Johnson City, TN. She has over 40 years training and teaching in Martial Arts and has raised a team of instructors and leaders to continue her vision.  She teaches weekly in her studio and is passionate about equipping students of all ages to reach their full potential.

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From the Olson Family

We would first like to say, “Welcome!” It is our goal to provide the best martial arts training in a safe and encouraging environment. As a family we have devoted our lives to not only training the physical aspects of martial arts to thousands of people but the mental and emotional aspects, as well. Our goal is to help each student achieve Black Belt and Beyond. The reason for this is that we know from over 40 years of experience teaching martial arts that when a student experiences the awarding of a Black Belt, they soar with confidence.

What it Takes to become a Martial Arts Black Belt

It takes commitment, perseverance, goal setting and a strong work ethic to earn that belt. Even at a young age people know that a black belt in martial arts means something important. It shows you don’t quit; you don’t give up. That you have what it takes! Once you’ve done that, you know you can do anything you set your mind to: like getting into a great college, starting a career, making the team, anything you want.

We love to hear the success stories of our students after they have gone off to college and started lives and families of their own. However, we are not surprised by their success. We already know they have what it takes to live their dream.

Character Development

Another goal we have as a family is to support families and help reinforce the qualities of character you desire for your child to have. Our proven character development and leadership program includes lessons from making eye contact to handling conflict. Also, speaking up and showing confidence ,as well as, standing strong for what you believe is right. Our desire is to train black belts who are not only highly skilled in the art of self-defense but who are kind, compassionate, confident citizens of our communities. People who have a strong work ethic and will show “Courtesy, Integrity, Perseverance, Self-Control and Respect”, everywhere they go.

Let us Partner with You! Because of this, we want to partner with you, the parents and families, in helping give your child a strong foundation in values, to be able to stand up for themselves and others, to make good choices, and to live a healthy lifestyle. Please don’t hesitate to speak with us if there is ever a point where we can help with question or concerns from motivation to troubles with bullying. We are committed to helping each of our students live a happier, safer and more confident life.

Sincerely, Amanda, Keith and Katie