3 Benefits of Taking Self-Defense Classes

April 3, 2018

By Shelcy Joseph, Contributor


A participant in the SMASH! Free Women’s Self-defense Class practices fighting Bob.

I have been a student at the Chinese Hawaiian Kenpo Academy for almost two years, taking self-defense classes and now training for belts. I randomly stumbled upon their free women’s self-defense program while Googling one day and told myself I’d give it a try. Went there once and next thing I knew, I was coming regularly. It’s one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. Here’s why you need to join the program:

It’s a physical workout
Say hello to your new gym workout. If you aren’t a big fan of going to the gym (like me), the self-defense classes are a pretty good substitute. They’re an all-inclusive stretch + cardio + kickboxing package. The truth is, whenever I go to the gym, I feel overwhelmed by the number of machines and never end up being productive. The self-defense workout makes it very simple for me by teaching me a sequence of techniques that leave me feeling energized at the end of each class.

It’s also a work-in
What do I mean by that? Practicing the technique invites you to really dig deep and find your inner strength. I never thought I’d get to tap into it and I now know that I can accomplish anything I set my mind to (for example, fighting Bob). It’s scary at first to throw a punch and imagine having to confront someone in the streets, but once you decide to look within, trust and push yourself to learn the techniques, you will overcome the initial fear. The instructor also encourages you to give yourself some credit and by the end of the workout, you feel so much more confident in your abilities.

It helps you protect yourself
Last but not least, learning self-defense empowers you in your everyday life and helps you better protect yourself in dangerous settings. In an ideal world, we wouldn’t have to learn how to defend ourselves, but the reality is, you’re safer once you know what to do in the face of danger. Learning things like how to disarm a weapon or how to protect yourself against a knife will always be useful. Whether you have to use what you learn or not, it’s good to know and you never know when you or someone else might need your help.

This class is not just a workout, but also a work-in; it’s an exercise in strengthening both your mind and body. It’s worth giving it a try and I promise you’ll want to come back!

Shelcy Joseph is a freelance writer based in New York City, covering finance, health and business. On her free time, she loves to travel, try new restaurants and read.

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FREE HEALTH SCREENINGS AT CHKA!

October 5, 2017

Hello CHKA family!

Our resident medical specialist, Ronnie G, is a doctoral candidate in Naturopathic Medicine in Bridgeport, CT and has been an herbalist for 15 years.

She is now offering FREE health screenings for the CHKA community on Saturdays and Sundays!

This includes: free blood pressure assessment, physical exams, nutritional counseling, herbal recommendations, supplement, and lifestyle recommendations.

Please contact hello@chka.org to set up your appointment!

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NEW THIS FALL – LIL’ BEARS PARENTS & ME CLASSES!

September 10, 2017

NEW THIS FALL! LIL BEARS PARENT & ME CLASSES (18 months – 3 years)
WEDNESDAYS 10 AM

CHKA’s first parent-and-me class. The 30-minute class combines playing, singing, social skills, strength, flexibility and coordination exercises and parents are right there in the middle of the fun.
Taught by Sandra Shamburger, Olympic athlete and infant swim specialist (Imagine Swimming)
For more information call email us at hello@chka.org

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FALL 2017 CLASS SCHEDULE IS UP!

August 21, 2017

Check out the new Fall schedule of classes at CHKA! Effective 9/5/17. The current Summer schedule will run through September 3 and the studio will be CLOSED for Labor Day, September 4.

CLICK HERE!
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BACK TO SCHOOL DISCOUNT $99/MONTH FOR NYU STUDENTS & OTHERS WITH VALID COLLEGE ID!!

August 16, 2017

SIGN UP NOW and get 6 months of Kenpo and Kickboxing for only $99 per month! Offer for first-time students only. Available to all students with a valid college ID.

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STEVE “NASTY” ANDERSON TO GIVE RARE NYC SEMINAR AT CHKA – JULY 29 – SIGN UP NOW!

July 5, 2017


STEVE “NASTY” ANDERSON TO GIVE RARE NYC SEMINAR
AT CHKA ON JULY 29 2-4 PM — SIGN UP NOW!
Hanchi Steve Anderson (8th Dan, CHKA) is an icon in the sport-karate universe, and is widely known as the greatest sport karate fighter of all time. Sign up now to reserve your spot!
E-mail hello@chka.org or call 646-692-6155
OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.
Discount for CHKA members.
Steve “Nasty” Anderson is a prominent icon in the world of karate. With a background in NCAA football, wrestling, and California State Track and Field alongside unique special forces training acquired while in the Navy, Anderson became a force to be reckoned with. During the 1980’s, he won more more karate tournaments than any other man or woman throughout the history of Martial Arts. After 20 years of skilled experience, Steve Anderson developed his very own unique style of martial arts which was called the “World Champion Steve Anderson Karate and Self Defense System”, which literally changed the way Martial Arts was taught thereafter.
PLEASE JOIN US FOR THIS VERY SPECIAL EVENT!
Prices:
Non-CHKA Members: $79
CHKA Members: $69
CHKA Bamboo Clan & Black Belt Club Members: $59

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$199 FOR 100 DAYS PROMOTION FOR NEW STUDENTS!

May 29, 2017

NOW THRU JUNE 30 ONLY!!
JOIN ON THE $199 FOR 100 DAYS PROGRAM
AND GET 100 DAYS OF UNLIMITED BEGINNER KENPO & SUPERFIT/KICKBOXING CLASSES FOR ONLY $199!

FIRST TIME STUDENTS ONLY. OFFER GOOD FOR 100 CONSECUTIVE CALENDAR DAYS.
THIS IS A SAVINGS OF OVER $500 ON A ONE-YEAR MEMBERSHIP

SO IF YOU HAVE BEEN WAITING TO JOIN…
CALL 646-692-6155
OR E-MAIL HELLO@CHKA.ORG

OR COME BY OUR BRAND NEW STUDIO AT 122 SECOND AVENUE & 7TH ST. IN THE EAST VILLAGE!!

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CHKA ADDS NEW MIDTOWN LOCATION!

April 30, 2017

Bringing the East Village vibe to our friends in midtown!
All adults and kids are now welcome to study Chinese Hawaiian Kenpo with Sifu Jack Shamburger on Mondays & Wednesdays at CATS Studio, located at 235 East 49th Street between 2nd & 3rd Avenues.
Conveniently located nearby Grand Central Station and the UN, CATS is a hub of athletic activities for kids and adults. We are thrilled to be partnering with them and expanding into yet another added location!

YOU CAN CURRENTLY FIND CHKA CLASSES AT THESE LOCATIONS:
EAST VILLAGE! at our CHKA Studio
DOWNTOWN! at Battery Park Montessori
UPPER EAST SIDE! at the Lycee Francais
GREENWICH VILLAGE! at NYU
and 2 MIDTOWN LOCATIONS: INTERNATIONAL PRESCHOOL on EAST 45TH ST
and now at CATS on EAST 49TH ST!

See flyer below for details and contact CATS to register. Sign up NOW!

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STREAMING LIVE – SATURDAY FEB. 25 8 PM!

February 24, 2017

TUNE IN at 8 PM EST (7PM CST) SATURDAY NIGHT FEB 25 to Sensei Jay Blancas’ Facebook page to see his MMA Fight streaming LIVE! Go get ’em Sensei!!

Click on this link for Sensei Jay’s Facebook Page

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SMASH! IS BLOWING UP NYC!

August 11, 2016

CHKA’s SMASH! Free Women’s Self-Defense class is taking NYC by storm! Recently, the classes have been featured on NY1’s show THE CALL, Fox 5 NEWS AT 5, and here in NYLON magazine’s GIRL POWER GUIDE TO NYC!

http://www.nylon.com/articles/feminist-guide-nyc#page-5

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