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Secure your spot and get started today with our EXCLUSIVE offer!
Don't wait, our class size is limited in accordance with CDC guidelines.
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.

*Free Trial Programs are for new Members Only
** Existing ECMA Members please do not complete. Scroll up and visit our Members Section

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Grace Lee reviewed East Coast Martial Arts
5
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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
5
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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
5
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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
5
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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 Build Self Esteem in Children

How To Build Self Esteem in Children

As individuals, we often strive to master the balance between nourishment and exercise, and as parents, we are forever trying to teach our children what it means to live a truly balanced life. However, with unlimited societal pressures to be thin, children are no longer listening to their bodies’ need for satiation, but rather are trying to be too thin. It is becoming more and more evident that negative body image affects children and young adults’ self-esteem, and creates a multitude of problems.

Self esteem is how we feel about ourselves. Human beings have a deep awareness of self. It is such a critical issue in our development that promoting children’s self-esteem has become a priority in many schools. High self-esteem is often supported by unconditional love, validation, affirmation and empowerment. Certainly, if these needs are left unmet, children will experience low self-esteem. However, there are many other reasons, why children develop low self-esteem, despite their parents’ best intentions.

Some parents believe that if they are tough with their children, this will actually improve their self-esteem. Thus, some parents will criticize childrens’ self-image profusely. Children develop an innate inability to measure up, especially when they are compared to others and this can make them feel bad about themselves. As a result, there are American five year olds who believe it is bad to be fat, and pre-teens who are dieting, at a time when their bodies are still developing. Adolescents, preoccupied with their changing bodies, experience their natural body changes as unwanted weight gain. Teens are constantly bombarded with television images of the perfect body.

As parents, in a world infiltrated with media viewing, it is not easy to ignore the messages. However, as a parent, your first goal is to help your children build self-esteem based on qualities other than physical appearance. You can set goals with your child and help your children take ownership of their accomplishments and talents. As a parent, you should talk to your children about self-esteem, body image and what it means to be beautiful. Be a healthy role model for your children.

If, your child is overweight, there are several things that you can do to help him or her without focusing solely on the weight, but rather in talking about leading a healthy lifestyle. For one, you can limit the amount of television that your child watches. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends no more than 2 hours per day. Teens and pre-teens involved in outside of school activities such as clubs, band, music lessons, part-time jobs, volunteer work, church activities, and household chores are less likely to become overweight than those who do not.

Families need to make their health a priority by exerting control over what their children eat. This can start by setting a good example. Families should make a healthy breakfast a priority, and help promote positive self-esteem in children. Having family dinners together, where nice conversation is part of the meal, actually encourages children to interact and not only focus on finishing their food. Overall, limiting the number of meals that teens eat outside of the home can help teens manage their weight and their health.

Children experience stress just as adults do. If the adults in their lives can help children manage their stress, this will also promote their self-esteem and increase their body image. First of all, begin by not criticizing others for their weight, even as a joke. Also, make sure that your child knows that you love them regardless of their weight and size. Build self-confidence and self-esteem through a range of activities, both physical and non-physical. Encourage healthy eating and physical activity for the entire family. Take the time to go on walks together.

If, despite, all intentions your child is still struggling with issues of self-esteem, attributed to body image or other issues, then perhaps it is time to seek help either through individual therapy or perhaps a group therapy program, where a child can feel support from fellow peers.