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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
5
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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
5
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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
5
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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
5
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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
5
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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
5
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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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How to Boost Your Child’s Self-Esteem

How to Boost Your Child’s Self-Esteem

by Cassandra White, RMPS

Many kids with ADHD and learning disabilities also struggle with poor self-esteem. Here’s how parents can help.

When children feel good about themselves, everything goes a little easier for them and their parents. But poor self-esteem is a big problem for ADHD children–and an even bigger problem for the 50 percent or so of ADHD children who also have learning difficulties.

To feel good about themselves, children need two things: the sense that they’re successful, both socially and academically, and unconditional love from their parents. If either ingredient is missing, a child will have a hard time developing a sense of self-esteem.

A child might reveal his unhappiness by saying, “I hate my life” or “No one likes me” or “I’m just dumb.”

Does your child say or do things that suggest that he feels he isn’t “good enough” or is unworthy of love? Do her words or behavior suggest that she feels like a failure at school? That her peers aren’t especially fond of her, or that she is otherwise unsuccessful socially?

Negative reactions?

Think back over the past few weeks. Were there times when you or your spouse felt so frustrated by your child’s behavior that you yelled at him or said things that you later regretted? Were there times when you or your spouse tried to avoid your child?

If so, sit down with your spouse and discuss why the two of you are having trouble being calm and affectionate. If it is because of your child’s hyperactivity, inattention, or impulsive behaviours, is his ADHD being properly treated?

If it is her poor performance at school and battles around homework, might she have undiagnosed learning difficulties? If your child’s ADHD behaviours are triggering negative reactions from you, other family members, or other children, it’s essential that you consider the impact this has on his self-esteem.

Billy’s story

Not long ago, I worked with an eight-year-old named Billy. Clearly, he needed to be on ADHD medication, but his parents were wary about putting him on medication throughout the day. At their insistence, I put Billy on a drug regimen that would cover him only at school.

When we met again two weeks later, Billy’s parents told me that he was doing much better at school. But I discovered that there were big problems at home. Billy’s parents were yelling at him on a regular basis–to stop interrupting, to quit jumping on the furniture, to sit still at mealtimes, and so on. When I asked Billy’s parents to consider the effect their yelling might be having on Billy’s self-esteem, they quickly agreed to add medication coverage for evenings and weekends.

Classroom success

Consider what’s going on at school. If your child isn’t keeping up and feels like a failure in the classroom, find out why. Talk to his teacher. Is he having trouble sitting still, staying focused, and participating fully in class? If so, he may be taking the wrong ADHD medication–or may be taking the right medication at the wrong dosage or on the wrong schedule. (If teachers describe your child as hyperactive, distractible, or impulsive, his ADHD is probably not being medicated appropriately.)

Be sure to educate your child’s teacher about ADHD. Ask her to report back to you about any side effects your child might be experiencing, and explain to her how simple accommodations can help. Perhaps all your child needs is better supervision during unstructured times walking in the hall, during recess, and so on). Maybe he simply needs a little help refocusing when he drifts away in class.

Does your child struggle with reading, writing, or math, even though she’s able to sit still and focus during class? Consider the possibility that she has a learning disability.

For information about having your child evaluated for LD, go to LDAAmerica.org.

The importance of friends

As you work to help your child achieve academic success, see what you can do to improve her acceptance among her peers. Observe her as she interacts with them during free play, during structured activities, and in organized sports. Ask his teacher how he behaves in the classroom and on the playground.

Watch your child when he plays outdoors or when he invites a friend over (try not to be conspicuous). Is he too shy and fearful to be an engaging playmate? Is he too rough, or too retiring? Does she have trouble interpreting other children’s body language? Is she too distractible, impulsive, or hyperactive to play? Does he avoid sports because of poor motor skills or hand-eye coordination? Does she have trouble understanding the rules and strategies involved in team sports? In board games?

Once you have a sense of what your child’s specific social problems are, look for solutions. Maybe he needs a different medication regimen or social skills group therapy. Maybe she can try a sport that doesn’t require the same level of fine motor skills or hand-eye coordination.

Or maybe you can find a non-athletic activity he enjoys. It’s not easy to boost a child’s self-esteem. But if you can love your child unconditionally, and if you are willing to do a little detective work regarding peer and school problems, your child should begin to feel better about himself. Good luck! I promise you that your child will appreciate your efforts.