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Saftey Gear June 2010 ATA Martial Arts American Taekwondo Association

Saftey Gear June 2010 ATA Martial Arts American Taekwondo Association

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Published by Tracy Lee Thomas
) Changing Lives Martial Arts teaches Karate lessons to kids, martial arts for adults and Krav Maga in Virginia Beach and Chesapeake, Virginia www.atakick.com Call Today! 757-471-9002
) Changing Lives Martial Arts teaches Karate lessons to kids, martial arts for adults and Krav Maga in Virginia Beach and Chesapeake, Virginia www.atakick.com Call Today! 757-471-9002

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Sr. Master 
Tracy Lee Thomas
Master Instructor 7
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American Taekwondo AssociationChanging Lives ATA Martial Arts
http://www.atakick.com 
American Taekwondo Association Martial Arts Gear!
Last year my son grew six inches and gained 50 pounds; translation, I had to buy protective ATAMartial Arts foot gear a second time. It¶s so expensive and he is heading for another growth spurt.Is all this equipment necessary? 
YES!
A lot more is changing than height and weight. We notice the emotional and physical changes inchildren as they grow however, the mental and skeletal changes we can¶t see are just as important andunpredictable. During growth spurts the bones are growing quicker than the muscles and tendons. Evenas they reach their full height, their skeletal and muscular systems are not fully developed, makingchildren vulnerable to injury. During the growth spurts, while training in the
American TaekwondoAssociation
your child will probably be less coordinated until he or she adjusts to the physical change inMartial Arts and life in general. This is normal, but can cause injuries if protective gear does not fitproperly. Are you considering buying a larger size?
American Taekwondo Association
Martial arts Mouth guards and athletic cups are relativelyinexpensive, especially considering the protection they offer. Make sure they fit properly and replacethem with new ones as needed. ATA Head gear should also fit properly. Tight gear may cause head-aches, but loose gear may slip and blind an oncoming punch or not offer the protection where needed. Aschildren advance in martial arts, the foot and hand gear will usually wear out before it can be out-grown. If the foot gear is a little large, consider wearing padded insteps for a better fit. Be certain the fingers fit inthe hand gears¶ finger tabs.Periodically check the ATA,
American Taekwondo Association
equipment at all flex or stress points for wear; this is any place the gear bends, flexes or has an air hole.
If you have any questions about fit or wear, ask an instructor.
Ask and watch for sales and let friends and relatives know during gift givingholidays if there is something they can order from the school.
Can I use old equipment, used or purchase from another location?
The answer is no to this question, as the academy policy states that all martial arts gear is to bepurchased through Changing Lives ATA(
American Taekwondo Association
) Martial Arts. All gear willbe appropriately fitted and ordered specifically for each student. Our goal is ³SAFETY FIRST´ and toensure the longevity of the gear.
Example: a toe sticking out past the foot pad can cut or bruise another student. Too tight of gear could break a student¶s toe or curl the toe as they are jumping while training.
To assist in preventing bone and muscle injuries during growth spurts, be certain your child warms-upand then stretches before any physical activity. Stop if pain occurs, because this is not normal and maycause serious injury. Educate your child to avoid continuous repetitious motions that can affect growthdevelopment. Call your health care provider with any questions or concerns you may have. If at any timeduring a martial arts training session a student feels uncomfortable or unsure they are to speak to aninstructor immediately. Please teach your child that it is o.k. to ask the instructor a question. Parentsmay also ask after class or during class if they feel it is urgent. Coaching or speaking, hand signally achild from the lobby is ³Unsafe´ and is not permitted on the premises of any of our locations.We thank all of our students in advance for their support in ensuring the safety of our students while
 
training at CLMA.
American Taekwondo Association
Master Instructor, Sr. Master Tracy Lee Thomas
is also a
City WidePartners in Education
working with
Virginia Beach City Schools and Chesapeake City Schools.
For more information you can contact
 Sr. Master Tracy Lee Thomas
at 757-471-9002 or via email him personallyatsmt@atakick.comfor any questions you may have.
 
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Virginia Beach ATA Martial Arts Training Facility:3809 Princess Anne Road Virginia Beach, Virginia 23456 Princess Anne Shoppes (next to Fitness One)Phone: 757-471-9002 Email:smt@atakick.com 
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 Virginia Beach ATA Martial Arts Training Facility:
 
1169 Nimmo Parkway Virginia Beach, Virginia 23456
 Parkway Red Mill Commons Shopping Center (next to Pier One Imports)Phone: 757-563-9022Email:
smt@atakick.com
 
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 Edinburgh Commons Shopping Center (off route 168)Phone:757-432-9022Email:smt@atakick.com 
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hesapeake ATA Martial Arts Training Facility:501F Kempsville Road 
hesapeake, Virginia 23320 Greenbrier Shoppes Shopping
enter (corner of Kempsville Road and Greenbrier Parkway)Phone: 757-382-9022 Email:smt@atakick.com
 
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CLMA Martial Arts
P.O. Box 68820Virginia Beach, Virginia23471Website address:
http://www.atakick.com
 Email:SMT@atakick.com 
Martial Arts Headquarters
: 757-471-9022

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