Our motto at MP USA is “Do it. Feel it. Love it.” As you follow our blog, you’ll quickly see how passionate we are about Merpati Putih (MP), Vibravision and the way martial arts practice can enrich our lives.
With fall in the air, we look forward to the changing seasons and the New Year. Beginning in January 2019, our family martial arts program will give parents and children the opportunity to practice martial arts together, and we can hardly wait. There are so many benefits of doing martial arts together as a family. When you work out with your loved ones, “Do it. Feel it. Love it.” can take on more meaning than you ever imagined.
Why Family Time Matters
In today’s busy world, we’re learning more than ever about the importance of quality family time. When we Googled this topic, we found dozens of studies, articles, news reports and blog posts calling out to parents to develop strong bonds with their children. A Smart Beginnings program in Martinsville, Virginia explains why family togetherness is so essential:
“Family is the single most important influence in a child’s life. From their first moments of life, children depend on parents and family to protect them and provide for their needs. Parents and family form a child’s first relationships. They are a child’s first teachers and act as role models in how to act and how to experience the world around them…Children thrive when parents are able to actively promote their positive growth and development.”
How Family Time Benefits Children
Research shows that something as simple as having dinner together as a family plays a significant role in reducing the risk of childhood obesity, teen pregnancy, and substance abuse. Enjoying family meals can also help children develop greater resilience and higher self-esteem.
We believe these advantages can be amplified by making martial arts practice part of your family’s lifestyle. As we watch parents and children interact in our Ogden, Utah facility, we are constantly amazed at the growth we see. Lifetime memories are made as moms and dads work with their daughters and sons to build character and achieve common goals. What we love most is how the advantages of this family time extend beyond our center. We’ve seen South University’s findings in action!
Referencing Patricia O’Keefe Girbal at Nourish Interactive, South University outlines four benefits children can enjoy as they engage in meaningful activities with their parents.
- Stronger emotional bonds
- Improved communication
- Better performance in school
- Fewer behavioral problems
How MP USA Supports Families
MP is a unique martial art because its focus is on developing a person’s full potential using a mind-body-spirit approach. On our website, we describe MP as a life-energy art of vitality, health and inner peace that benefits participants of all ages. The synergy in our family classes is enhanced by the opportunity for parents and children to improve their skills together. We focus on creating a safe, fun atmosphere that supports parents in raising healthy, happy children.
“Here at MP USA, we create an environment where parents can do an activity with their children that brings them closer as a family,” said Mas Mike Zeleznick, MP USA’s chief instructor and co-owner. “Helping each other, cheering each other on and practicing together to develop skills combines the benefits of martial arts training in general with relationship-building opportunities. This new program has been under development for six months, and we’re excited to present it to you very soon.”
If you’re ready to experience the benefits of doing martial arts together as a family, we invite you to make 2019 a fantastic year! Registration for our family martial arts program begins in January, but don’t delay contact us now to reserve your spot! For more information, please call 1-866-666-7872 Opt. 1 to speak to our enrollment director. Or, text the keyword “MPUSA” to 26786 for more details.