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  • Choosing a Martial Art School

    Choosing a Martial Art School Comparing Martial Art Schools This is an observation by Master Instructor Thomas Gordon that he has seen or heard about from people coming into their martial art school. Researching Martial Art Schools is typically a totally new area for most people. Here we have listed things to look for. These are things that we’ve noticed and our personal experiences. This is a long check list but a very important step when looking for a martial art school. The Basics: School Name: Phone: Location: Website: Before visiting: Ask around. Find someone that goes there or knows someone there. Good or bad, someone else’s personal experience is not ....

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  • Not Just a Local Martial Art School

    The instructors at Gordon Martial Arts teach and train around the world in places such as Korea, Canada, Mexico, Australia, Scotland, England, Holland, and all throughout the United States. In addition to quarterly fund raisers for local charities, we partner with Crestview Police Department and Okaloosa Sheriff Department to do free Women’s Self Defense and Child Safety/Bully classes. Gordon Martial Arts owner/instructor Thomas Gordon has been featured 6 times on the cover of Taekwondo Times with an international circulation! Korean Martial Art Festival is hosted every year in the spring with international participation and has been ranked by Black Belt Magazine as “Top ....

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  • Does Your Child Have Low Self-Esteem Or Shy?

    Does Your Child Have Low Self-Esteem Or Shy?

    At Gordon Martial Arts, a common concern we hear from parents is their child is too shy or appears to have a low self-esteem. On the flip side, some of the children are a bit over hyper. And sometimes we get a child that is being bullied. In the 20+ years I’ve been involved with martial arts, I’ve seen firsthand the transformation it has on students both children and adults. While the majority of the public have a very narrow viewpoint of martial arts from television and movies, most of us have never been and will never be Jason Bourne of the “Bourne series.” Martial arts instill values of self-betterment, not for combat. While self-defense is certainly taught, a ....

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  • Martial Arts & Goal Setting

    Martial Arts & Goal Setting

    (This is off the Crestview Bulletin column that ran January 23, 2013) Considering the time of year and New Year’s Resolutions, I’ll go a little off the normal “Safety Tips” column. Gordon Martial Arts did a free seminar entitled, “Goals4Life” this past Saturday. So many of us set goals with our New Year’s Resolutions and I’ve seen studies showing 50-90% have given up on the goal by middle of the year. Martial Arts are unique from most other activities in that we have the ability to demonstrate and teach short term and long term goals. Similarly, ROTC, Boy Scouts, & Girl Scouts offer similar methods in teaching our children how to set ....

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  • Shop Like A Black Belt

    Safety Tips For The Holiday Season Christmas season is quickly approaching and many of us will be heading to the local merchants to join in with the droves. This time of year presents a unique danger as busy people often become careless and more subject to theft. A martial artist is more than just kicking, punching, throwing. We should always be aware of our surroundings. And with that, a few tips to consider this Christmas season: When shopping: Try to shop in the daytime If shopping in daytime isn’t possible, try to park close to the entry and in a well-lit area. Lock your doors and put anything of value out of sight. Do not wear expensive jewelry or carry a ....

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  • Knockout Punch for Online Safety

    Some Safety Tips For The Social Media Realm We need to consider a few online safety measures as Christmas approaches and children are given new smart phones, tablets, and other items that subject them to the social media world. Insist on family meals and other family times are a “technology free” zone. When it’s bedtime, leave all electronics outside the bedroom. Leave the chargers in the main living area where everyone knows to leave it plugged in overnight to charge (and keep out of temptation). Have devices used primarily in the main living area. Use ear buds for the devices if too noisy. Create a profile and “friend” your child. I ....

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  • Dealing With Bullying

    Dealing With Bullying

    (Originally published in 2013 in Crestview Bulletin) We’ve all dealt with bullying. Every single one of us. For most of us, it was likely at a time when we were younger and done by a larger and/or older kid. There are many ways people are bullied and it’s not always easy to define. The typical bullying attacks are: Physical such as pushing, kicking, hitting, etc Verbal such as persistent teasing, constant name calling Emotional such as tormenting, spreading rumors, exclusion, and humiliation kids What can a child do? Avoid the bully by going a different route to class or home, use a different bathroom, and generally just avoid areas you know where the bully ....

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  • Join Us For the Best Kids Martial Arts in Crestview

    Welcome To Our New Website! We’re Proud To Serve Crestview with Kids Martial Arts! At Gordon Martial Arts, we are working hard to go above and beyond for every person who walks through our doors. And you could be next! We are offering Crestview a hands-on approach to Kids Martial Arts. And you don’t need any prior experience to succeed! Come visit us at Gordon Martial Arts and see for yourself what makes us the best Kids Martial Arts facility in town. Just fill out the "Request Information" form on the side of the page and stop in for a visit today! And don't forget to click below to visit us on our social media pages!! ....

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