The way of uniting Mind, Body & Spirit
Regular practice builds stamina and endurance. Azad’s creates the perfect opportunity for athletic kids who enjoy exercise but feel intimidated by high-stakes rivalries. While “mainstream” sports place kids against each other in a competitive way, Azad’s focuses on personal progress.
As kids strengthen their physical muscles through Jong Shin Do, they also strengthen their mental muscles. Azad’s lessons help kids concentrate, follow directions, and develop constructive thinking patterns in all areas of life. Linda has seen Iris’s “focus and attentiveness grow” since starting Jong Shin Do. “She is not just learning a form or a martial arts technique, she’s learning how to use [her skills] and in what situations to use them,” says Linda.
Azad’s also shapes kids emotionally and spiritually, cultivating confidence, modesty, and mindfulness. Instead of seeking fights, Azad’s students learn to control their emotions, de-escalate, and use non-violent conflict resolution techniques. To begin with, Jong Shin Do develops kids’ awareness of their internal environments—their feelings and responses to people and situations. Students learn how to lower personal stress levels and manage their mindsets using Jong Shin Do’s specialized, age-appropriate calming exercises. For Azad’s students, physical aggression is the last resort because knowing they have the physical ability to defend themselves lays a foundation of confidence, giving kids the inner strength to stand up for themselves.
Colton Burkett, a high school freshman, took Jong Shin Do to defend himself. He says he quickly learned that martial arts with Grandmaster Azad was about “more than defending myself. It’s about being a good person.” Since enrolling at Azad’s in May 2018, Colton has “changed leaps and bounds,” according to his mother, Alisha. “He wasn’t a bad kid before,” Alisha says, “but there were some behavior issues I couldn’t fix. His body has changed a lot, but he before,” Alisha says,
As a martial art that focuses on the connection between body, mind, and spirit, Jong Shin Do shows children how our choices never occur in a vacuum, but rather affect every part of our lives. Even the youngest students at Azad’s learn nine tenets that spill from martial arts into all areas of life: courtesy, integrity, self-control, indomitable spirit, courage, compassion, modesty, and victory. Six-year-old Harrison Bamlet, who has only studied at Azad’s for a year, can already recite these virtues from memory, a testimony to how frequently his lessons focus on these attributes. Sabrina, Harrison’s mother, says she selected Azad’s from other martial arts schools because Azad’s was the only one “who really asked about Harrison. They wanted to know about Harrison’s strengths and weaknesses, and what we wanted to get out of the lessons. We were looking for a place where Harrison could learn self-control, focus, and respect.” Azad’s proved the perfect answer.