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Science Says Healthy, Active Kids Get Better Grades

Posted: November 18, 2021

All parents want their kids to live active and healthy lifestyles – but in the age of streaming services, smartphones and a seemingly infinite number of time-wasting apps, getting children up and moving is a whole lot easier said than done.

That’s why more kids than ever are slipping into sedentary lifestyles, and it’s wreaking havoc on their health.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), we are in the midst of an irrefutable global obesity crisis – and it’s hitting children particularly hard. More than 41 million children under the age of five are now classed as overweight or obese, and this can go on to cause a lot of serious health problems later in life.


Martial Arts Classes in Sioux Falls: How to Choose a Martial Arts School for Your Child Part 2

Posted: July 24, 2021

Talk to Instructors, are they qualified?

It's important to know the qualifications of the instructors at a martial arts school. Ask about their training and find out if they are certified. People who want to teach martial arts may be personal trainers who are certified as martial arts instructors, or they may have certification from associations within their sport. For instance, a good martial arts instructor may have a certification from an organization like the American Taekwondo Association. Instructors teaching karate for kids should also be certified in first-aid and CPR in case a child is injured during class.

If you’re interested in having your child participate in competitions, you need to verify any certifications or licenses required by state law. In South Dakota, amateur competitive matches must be sanctioned and supervised by an amateur sanctioning organization for matches involving martial arts forms that include blows or strikes to the head. At Hoover's ATA Martial Arts, our students compete in the Tournaments, that begin with district / regional tournaments and continue on until World Championships where finalists from all over the world compete in one of the largest Martial Arts tournaments in the world.


10 Anti-Bullying Tactics That Work

Posted: May 24, 2021

Your kids are going back to school and you’re ready for the best year ever, but you know the statistics; 17% of students are bullied, more than once a month. And it doesn’t really matter how old you are, where you go to school, what color you are, or where you live, bullies are everywhere. So it’s time to be smart and help your kids learn the tools and tactics that work to prevent bullying. 

Bullying can be physical, verbal, or the cyber version. Thankfully there are some tools you can help your kids put into place to avoid, prevent and cope with bullying, in all its forms. Here are ten things you can teach your kids to do when they’re being bullied.


5 Goal Setting Mistakes That You're Probably Making

Posted: May 24, 2021

We are one week into the new year, and that means resolutions. Lots of them. How are yours going so far? Are you making any of these 5 sure-to-fail mistakes?

Setting goals gives us a clear direction forward to achieving them. But there are a few common mistakes that can quickly derail your progress! For example, studies show that 80% of New Year’s resolutions have failed and been forgotten by February 15, so be sure to keep these in mind and you’ll be far more likely to reach your goals! 

If you think you are making any of the following mistakes, there is still plenty of time to get back on track and hit your january goals! 


Coronavirus (Covid-19) Update from Larry Hoover’s ATA Martial Arts

Posted: May 24, 2021

Our students and their safety have always been our number one priority. 

As we navigate through these times of rapid change we will be implementing changes in our course of training. We will offer online training along with scheduled semi-private classes at the center.  These semi-private classes will never be more than 4 students at a time and will allow only one parent or guardian to attend. 

In keeping with the guidelines of 10 or fewer people, each student will be given the opportunity to attend one semi-private class per week. If you are interested in having your student or yourself take part in the semi-private class please email us at hooversmartialarts@midco.net with name and rank so we can begin the scheduling process. 


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