Opening Times:

M/W 4:30-5:30; T/Th 6:15-8:30 PM

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217-414-3836

Real Life Skills Education

The bad habit martial arts instructors should avoid is teaching life skills to kids without a system in place to measure and reward a child’s progress. Sometimes life skills — respect, focus, self-discipline, et cetera — are taught as an afterthought, or merely tacked on to whatever martial art technique is being presented by the instructor. When belt test time comes around, the students are tested on their techniques (as they should be), but they aren’t tested on the life skills they were supposed to learn.

One way to avoid this error is to create curriculum in which life skills are required knowledge for a student’s belt test as much as any physical technique. This is precisely what we have put into action at Gravity Martial Arts. At the very least, students should be expected to know the definitions of the life skills taught in class. Every class we bow and say “respect.” Sometimes I follow up with a question: “What does ‘respect’ mean?” I want my students to understand the life skills being taught, so our curriculum must be a life skills education first, using martial arts as the vehicle to communicate and practice those life skills.

A solid martial arts education is important. Good technique, a healthy body and mind, and knowledge of how to keep oneself safe contribute greatly to one’s confidence and sense of self-worth. But we always remember we aren’t training gladiators or street fighters: we are equipping the future leaders of the world with the tools, skills, and knowledge they need for success!

Sensei Bud

30 Social Skills Parents Can Practice With Their Children


Life skills parents can practice with their children

💥Social Skills for Kids💥
1. Taking turns
2. Praising others
3. Celebrating successes
4. Helping others
5. Sharing possessions
6. Asking for help
7. Winning with grace
8. Losing with dignity
9. Giving helpful criticism
10. Using proper voice tone and volume
11. Following directions
12. Being kind
13. Encouraging others
14. Apologizing when necessary
15. Staying on task
16. Waiting patiently
17. Communicating clearly
18. Accepting differences
19. Listening actively
20. Accepting criticism
21. Handling disappointment
22. Resisting peer pressure
23. Disagreeing with respect
24. Thinking before speaking
25. Using good manners
26. Working with others
27. Making eye contact
28. Recognizing the feelings of others
29. Understanding one’s own feelings
30. Setting goals

We’re Having a Cook Out!


Open House / Cook Out!

Grand Central Training Facility and Gravity Martial Arts are hosting an Open House / Cook Out for our members and our community!

Saturday, September 22 @ 1:00 PM

This event is a way to say thank you to our members who support us, encourage us, and believe in our mission. It’s also an opportunity to invite the community to our facility to meet us and learn more about what we offer.

Cook Out Event Page on Facebook

How May We Be of Service?

Our youth programs equip our students with the essential life skills and attitude they will need to be successful in life, as well as provide a practical self-defense education.

Our adult program is a fun way to get in better shape while learning how to stay safe.

Private lessons are also available!

Class Schedule

Junior Program (5-7 years old)

Monday/Wednesday
4:30 PM-5:00 PM

Tuesday/Thursday
6:15 PM-6:45 PM

Wednesday/Friday
11:30 AM-12:00 PM

Leaders Program (8-13 years old)

Monday/Wednesday
5:00 PM-5:30 PM

Tuesday/Thursday
6:50 PM-7:30 PM

Wednesday/Friday
12:00 PM-12:30 PM

Adult Program

Tuesday/Thursday
7:30 PM-8:30 PM

Make 2018 an AMAZING YEAR!!!

Let's make 2018 an amazing year!

Posted by Gravity Martial Arts on Monday, January 1, 2018