The recent pandemic has changed our lives in many ways, including turning our normal active routines into much more sedentary lives of seclusion and endless Zoom meetings. Our children have been isolated and reduced to “virtual” P.E. classes during their online distance learning. It has been an incredibly sad and difficult time from which we are finally emerging. 

While we work to regain our normal lives, one of the best ways to improve our health and mental well-being is to engage in sports and fitness activities. Sports and exercise have many proven benefits to our emotional wellness. 

Exercise improves mental health in many ways. According to medical experts, when you exercise, your body releases chemicals called endorphins. These endorphins interact with the receptors in your brain, which reduce your perception of pain. Endorphins also trigger a positive feeling in the body. Exercise stimulates the body’s production of many other neurotransmitters like dopamine, norepinephrine, and serotonin. These natural brain chemicals play an important part in regulating your mood. 

Multiple studies show that physical exercise helps to relieve stress and improves brain function. Through exercise, the brain is stimulated into promoting the growth of new connections between cells in all areas of the brain. 

Many people study Taekwondo because they appreciate the holistic approach of martial arts. In addition to the physical benefits of exercise, the principles of Taekwondo teach us to have a strong mind and a positive attitude toward any task. If a student is dedicated and determined, they can strive to reach the heights of this official Olympic sport. 

In martial arts, we teach that with a strong body comes a strong mind. As we train our bodies to run efficiently and expend energy in the correct manner, our mind functions better as well. 

Taekwondo is a discipline for everyone. Students can begin at nearly any age. Oftentimes, the parents of my students will begin studying Taekwondo once they see how much fun it can be. The enthusiasm for Taekwondo is contagious! 

At Black Belt Academy of Prince Frederick, in addition to Olympic Taekwondo, we have incorporated the latest trends in martial arts training. We offer classes in Muay Thai (kickboxing), self-defense classes specifically for women, and our immensely popular Ninja training obstacle course for children. This challenging and fun training improves a child’s self-confidence, strength, conditioning, problem-solving, flexibility, and coordination. 

New students can begin classes at any time. Black Belt Academy of Prince Frederick offers a beginner’s program so new students can try Taekwondo for very little cost and no long-term commitment. 

If you would like to learn more about the most popular martial arts program in the world, please email us at BlackBeltPF@gmail.com or stop by our Prince Frederick location at 285 Merrimac Court, Prince Frederick. Our phone number is 410-414-7530 and you can check out our website at: www.CalvertMartialArts.com.