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We have been a part of TopKick Martial Arts for over five years now. My family has participated in just about every program they have to offer (tae kwon do classes, KUT classes, afterschool program and summer camp). Every aspect of topkick is top-notch. The facility is warm and welcoming, the staff and instructors are very friendly and always encouraging. I would highly recommend TopKick!

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We love TopKick Martial Arts South Riding and we highly recommend it to all ages. The instructors are very skilled and the staff are very nice and very welcoming.

Kesia Anticona reviewed TopKick Martial Arts
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We love TopKick South Riding we highly recommend it to all ages the instructors are very skilled and the staff are very nice

Elizabeth Raitz-Cowboy reviewed TopKick Martial Arts
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TopKick is perfect fit for my high school daughter. The instruc­tors are attentive and respectful to both new and exist­ing stu­dents. Sensi empowers everyone to full potential.
Amber called to checked on my daughter when she was out for flu
They highly rec­om­mend Top Kick karate school

Charles Dodd reviewed TopKick Martial Arts
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I waited to give a review because I wanted to form a true opinion. My opinion is that TopKick is outstanding and the instructors are awesome.
My son has been coming to TopKick in South Riding for a little over two months. He's been in Sunmer Camp and evening classes. He loves it and hates to miss class. He's not only learning Taekwondo, he's learning discipline and his behavior has improved. My son has always been a good kid, he's just getting better.
I am extremely happy we made this decision to bring him to TopKick.

Vipin Farkiwala reviewed TopKick Martial Arts
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My grand kids go here and they enjoy. Staff is caring and help kids to stay disciplined and focused

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Why martial arts instruction might be the solution to bullying

Hardly a day passes without there being a story about a child who was at the receiving end of bullying – and it can have terrible consequences.
When we look at the problem of bullying, it’s important to do it from both sides. Why are some kids the targets of bullies – and why do some kids feel that they need to bully others? This is a big topic, so I’m splitting it into two emails. Let’s start with the kids being bullied. How can martial arts help them?

There are a few things that can make a child the target of bullies. It’s not the child’s fault, but bullies have a way of picking out kids who are vulnerable for some reason. These vulnerabilities might include:

– A lack of self-confidence or feelings of unworthiness
– Non-conformity or something that makes a child different
– Lack of ability to defend themselves

These are all issues that studying the martial arts can address. Let’s take them one at a time.

Some kids are naturally self-confident, and others aren’t. A child who has a high level of self-confidence is unlikely to be targeted by bullies. Why? Because there’s nothing the bully can gain by going after them. Kids with a strong sense of their own worth will brush off attacks by bullies.

A child who lacks confidence, on the other hand, is easy to target. A bully knows that by picking on someone who doesn’t understand their own worth, they can feel superior. They’ll get a reaction.

Kids are creatures of habit, too. Every kid wonders if they’re “normal,” and sometimes, a kid who’s different is bullied because they make the bully feel self-conscious or uncertain. They bully to reassure themselves that they’re normal.
Finally, some kids are more aggressive than others. They might get their sense of self-worth from being physically dominant. It’s easy to dominate someone who can’t defend themselves, and so kids who aren’t physically strong or coordinated can sometimes be targeted, as well.

What does any of this have to do with martial arts? Well, kids who study martial arts:

– Learn to trust themselves – they know they can achieve their goals
– Understand that being different doesn’t mean that they shouldn’t be confident
– Gain control of their bodies and movements
– Learn how to leverage their body weight to defend themselves

In other words, studying the martial arts makes kids a less attractive target for bullies.