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Korean Karate Does A “Judo Chop” On Childhood Obesity In Northern Michigan

At the Seung-ni Martial Arts Academy in Traverse City, Michigan, young practioneers are not only learning an ancient traditional martial art they are also getting in great physical shape. At Seung-ni, the black belt instructors teach Taekwondo (also referred to as Korean Karate) to the young Traverse City martial artists. The students start as young as three in the fun Little Ninjas class. Korean Karate builds tremendous life skills (like focus, discipline, respect and bully defense) … including one of the more important -- fitness.

In Traverse City, like elsewhere across the United States, kids are in the worst physical shape ever. Statically the numbers are eye opening to the say the least. Almost one in five children are considered clinically obese. Their diets are poor and contains highly processed foods. Schools don’t have hour long gym class everyday like 30 years ago. With electronic entertainment everywhere, children are stationary for long periods of time and are getting softer.

The Traverse City children and teens training at the Seung-ni Martial Arts Academy, however, are building not just strong minds but strong bodies. Korean Karate helps kids in so many ways to be healthier for life:

1. The Karate class itself is physical. Every class begins with jumping jacks, squats, sit ups, push-ups and stretching. Following these rigorous calisthenics the young ninjas spend almost an hour in total working on demanding kicks, punches and blocks. The students leave the floor sweaty and smiling.

2. The Karate instructors (who are all in great shape an