Thursday, June 15, 2006

Is this the dojo of the future?

Online Interactive Martial Arts Offers Solutions
Monday June 12, 9:32 am ET

NEW YORK, June 12 /PRNewswire/ -- People have known for centuries that studying martial arts has great benefits. It is believed to improve one's physical and mental health, and also builds self-confidence, giving students that much-needed edge in their day-to-day lives. Yet many people find that after attending classes, they often forget some of the moves and techniques that they have learned once they get home.

Some people who study self-defense find that the pace of class moves too quickly for them to be able to fully understand and learn each movement or form. Classes are also often crowded, leaving very little opportunity for one-on-one instruction or having questions addressed. Many people can't remember the exact movements involved in their lessons, get frustrated because they feel they are falling behind, and often quit the class. Now a growing segment of the population is finding a solution to these problems by supplementing their in-class learning experience with additional martial arts online training materials.

"In observing classes I noticed that new students, both kids and adults, learn a lot of different complex moves in one class, and then forget all or part of the movement by the next class because they find it hard to practice when they get home," explains Trevor Higgs, founder of Martial Arts 101, Inc. ( "We give them a resource they can use at home to re-enforce what they learn in class. This keeps students from getting frustrated at their progress and helps them have more fun in class, making them much less likely to quit."

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