The benefits of enrolling your child in a martial arts program extend far beyond self-defense. Martial arts will help your child in nearly every aspect of his or her life. It will improve your child’s health, fitness, athletic abilities, confidence, concentration and behavior.
Does this sound too good to be true? It’s not. Many experts agree that martial arts are good medicine for escalating childhood obesity, increased violence at school, and deterioration of the family structure.
There is a reason why Dr. Phil, Jillian Michaels (expert from the television show, “The Biggest Loser”), Tony Robbins, pediatricians, child physiologists and educators the world over all recommend martial arts as one of the most valuable activities in which your child can participate.
I was born in Tehran, Iran in 1965. I lived in a family of 11, including my 9 siblings. As the last child, I was heavily influenced by my brothers, who taught me to wrestle, box and play soccer.
When I was 14, my fourth oldest brother encouraged me to take up martial arts, then known as Kung fu TO,A, a system developed by master Ebrahim Mirzai. He was a Persian army official that studied in China. Upon his return, he spread his art through our country rapidly.
I started my journey in martial arts under one of his disciples, master Farzin Raji. That was the base system I continued for 3 years before it was banned by the regime due to the 1979 Iranian Revolution.