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We offer curbside drop-off & pick-up and follow CDC guidelines to keep our staff and students safe. Give us a try, you will be glad you did.

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Grace Lee reviewed East Coast Martial Arts
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Hi, I am 11 years old. I started martial arts when I was 4 years old. I love coming to class, training with my friends, meeting new people, and being on the AAU Competition Team. Oh yeah, did I say I love training with my friends :-)? I have met so many awesome people while taking martial arts. I don't know what I would do without it.

Lisa Engelke reviewed East Coast Martial Arts
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My son began training at ECMA about two years ago. Master Tommy took care in evaluating and placing him at the appropriate level engendering a seamless transition. The experienced instructors are engaging and dedicated to helping each child develop and grow. In addition, Master Tommy is readily available and frequently steps in to work with a group or offer a student one-on-one instruction on a challenging skill. During this unpredictable and challenging time of the Coronovirus, knowing that my son has Taekwondo still available to him, has been a gift. Being able to virtually attend his weekly classes allows him to continue working on his body and mind which is especially important during these trying times. Master Tommy focuses on developing the 'whole' student. Through his Life Lessons Blog, he is instilling useful knowledge and principles in his students. Master Tommy, Thank you for all your hard work!

The Chestnut Family reviewed East Coast Martial Arts
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Thank you all so much for all of the hard work and time you have been spending on keeping our TKD students training during this challenging time. The lessons and workouts have been exceptional, almost like being in regular class. The support and training you are giving the students to be able to continue training is phenomenal. You can feel the passion and care from all the instructors as they want to see our kids succeed in their training. We all look forward to the online classes and know that they are organized and well put together. Also, thanks for the great communication outreach during this time with the zoom meetings and emails. The updates always let us know what is happening at ECMA. We also truly appreciate the "extra" classes you are providing for extra training like the Black Belt candidate classes on Saturdays. The ECMA Crew is amazing and we hope you all continue to be safe. Thank you so much for all that you do!

Jennifer Mirabal Calabro reviewed East Coast Martial Arts
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My son has been taking classes here for almost 6 months and he loves it. He's learning great skills and having a fun time while he does. The instructors are great with the kids and have a ton of patience. We highly recommend East Coast Martial Arts!

Chris Sawyer reviewed East Coast Martial Arts
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Been coming here for over 7 years; started bringing our daughter when she was 3 due to being bullied in daycare. After about 3 weeks with Master Erik, the bullying stopped! Since then, she's loved the sport, loves the school & instructors. She looked like she was having so much fun, me and my wife joined her 3 years ago and now we all are members having a blast in class moving up the ranks and compete together on ECMA's AAU TKD Competition Team. Winning gold medals together at tournaments and competing in The AAU National Championships last year and seeing our little Warrior Princess get her Black Belt was like nothing we've ever experienced. We love our ECMA family...ECMA ROCKS!

Ralph McLean reviewed East Coast Martial Arts
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Great learning environment, and great people. Whether you want to learn Taekwondo or Jiu Jitsu, the staff is very knowledgeable and well trained. I highly recommend this business.

Jason Hinton reviewed East Coast Martial Arts
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The facilities in Annapolis are great, including regularly cleaned bathrooms, the two training floors are divided into three areas that allow us to have three different classes going on at the same time. In addition, there is a great seating area for spectators to watch.

If you are looking for a school to start or continue training in martial arts, come check out ECMA! You will not be disappointed!

Erin Drage Pittman reviewed East Coast Martial Arts
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I have two boys who have been going to ECMA-Edgewater since December. It is the ONLY sport they have ever asked to do and they LOVE it. They ask pretty much every day when the next "Karate Day" is and they are very motivated to do well. The teachers are firm but kind and work well with young kids.

Angela Reel reviewed East Coast Martial Arts
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Couldn't ask for a more enthusiastic and motivational instructor. You'll always get a great workout in a great space without am inferiority complex. Everyone is pushed at their own level to achieve their goals. Love the affordability and always different workouts.

Meredith McQuoid-Greason reviewed East Coast Martial Arts
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As one of the top schools in the country (and maybe THE best), they don't just hand out black belts. Students really have to work very, very hard for them. There are many rungs on the ladder toward black belt, but the instructors are so positive and motivating and encouraging every step of the way. For kids they strive to make the classes fun. For adult students, they are particularly good at acknowledging your limitations, working with you on on them, and helping you learn how to get around and even overcome them. In our late 40s, my husband and I joined a few months after our young daughter started--it was a great way to get our exercise together as a family. Although our daughter eventually decided to stop, my husband continued and earned his black belt after 5 years. I took a year off training as an advanced belt (red senior) for a health issue but then came back motivated to review all the skills and recondition my body for another 18 months to finally earn my own black belt. Such a great feeling of accomplishment, especially as now I'm 53!

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SELF-CONTROL – LESSON FIVE Friday April 3rd, 2020

SELF-CONTROL – LESSON FIVE
Friday April 3rd, 2020

Self-control is the ability to control your emotions, behaviors and desires in the face of external demands to function appropriately in society.

Self-control is one of the more important things you can master.  Things like making the right choices, overcoming bad habits, waiting, focusing, and pursuing your goals all depend on you learning self-control.  Right now, you have parents, teachers and instructors who will keep you from doing things that you shouldn’t do, but one day soon, the decision will be up to you.  Self‑control helps you make that decision and stick to it. Candy before dinner, skipping a workout, or staying up late may all be things you want to do and things that you are sure will feel great right now.  Self-control is the ability to look at those things and realize that the immediate reward isn’t worth the eventual consequence. All of the decisions we make have good and bad to them. As you grow up, you will learn to make the right decisions, and self-control will help you stick to them.

In the late 1960’s, Stanford researcher Walter Mischel led an experiment on self-control.  It was discovered that children who demonstrated more self-control did not get into as much trouble, were better students, and made more friends.  These children also planned ahead more, coped better with problems, got along better with peers, and adjusted to new life experiences better. Looking to the future, they were more self-confident and determined, got accepted to better universities and scored about 250 points higher on their SATs.

Self-control is something that children and adults must learn.  It is a very important skill to be able to use and develop that will help with relationships, success and goals in the future.  It is very important to lead by example and show your children how to control their feelings and behaviors. Children learn a lot about themselves while developing self-control and through martial arts they can master this skill to help them through their entire life.

Parents and/or guardians, how can you help?

Demonstrate your personal self-control in front of and with your children.  For example, if you cannot find your car keys as you are trying to get the kids out the door, take a deep breath and ask your children to help you find the missing keys  Talk them through the process. Back track where you had them last and show your children how to solve the problem instead of losing your self-control and getting upset you cannot find the keys right away.

  1. Help your children develop self-control by not reinforcing bad behavior.
  2. Help your children identify their emotions and thoughts that cause them to behave out of control so they can learn to show self-control in those areas.
  3. Help your children determine what areas of their lives need more self-control.
  4. Help your children understand that when they bow onto the dojo mat, they are to leave their other problems off the mat which is self-control.

Can you apply what you learned this week, this weekend?