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Build Your Child's Self Confidence at Ascend Institute of Martial Arts!

“Incredible Bethesda Kids Martial Arts Class Not Only Teaches Kids Self-Defense … But Provides Them The Tools They Need For Success In Life…”

From focusing, to goal setting, to self-discipline, to self-respect – kids emerge from our program changed for the better. And their parents couldn't be happier.

From concentrating, to goal setting, to self-control, to self-respect – kids come out of our program changed for the better. And Ascend parents couldn't be more delighted.

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Continue reading to see first-hand account of how our program transformed the lives of three kids and their parents.  I have no doubt that we can do the same for you and your child.

To an Attentive Parent...

Hi, my name is Josh and I am the founder of Ascend.


I'd like to tell you about the four kinds of kids that I've seen walk through the doors of Ascend Institute of Martial Arts time and time again.

Then, afterward, I'd like to tell you about how this program changed their lives. And the exultation their parents got from seeing the incredible transformations.

Going forward I say “he” frequently when talk about our students, this is really just to keep things simple, as Martials Arts is just as much for girls as it is for boys.

Story #1

"Too Much Unfocused Energy"

Sam could never sit still in school.  His teachers believed he was just a “wild kid”.  The other students would get sidetracked by him and they’d have difficulty focusing too.  He was bright, as bright as they come, but he just couldn’t sit still.  If only he could direct his energy into doing one thing at a time.

Story #2

"Too Mellow, Too Chill"

It wasn’t that Tina wasn’t intelligent.  She just never applied herself at anything.  She was a bit “too” relaxed.  She didn’t have anything that she was actually passionate about.  As a result, her grades fall off.  She could easily make A’s, but she just didn’t focus. She needs something that would really move her and set off her true potential.

Story #3 

"The Non-Responder”

I've asked you 10 time already! Adam never does anything the 1st time he’s asked.  Whether its homework, housework, taking out the dog, anything; it never gets done.  His parents devote countless hours, and a lot of energy just getting him to do the most basic of things.  And as a result, there’s always conflict in the home.

In conclusion.  How could I forget…?

Story #4 

"The Bully"

All schools have bullies.  They target on the slighter kids, and kids with porr/low self-esteem. Matthew was the 2nd kind kid.  He was shy, and just didn’t have much self-conviction. The bully at his school, Brian, always singled him out.  And Matthew just took it.  He never stood up for himself, because he didn’t have the self-confidence to do so.

A Solution

Even though Sam, Tina, Adam, and Matthew are fictional – their stories are based off of very real ones I hear all the time. In fact, I can't tell you how many times parents have come in and told me almost these exact stories almost verbatim.

But after just a few weeks of martial arts, this is what happens…

Clear Focus - In martial arts, we have kids do one thing at a time. For younger kids, and kids with severe ADD, they may only do one thing for 30 seconds – but for that 30 seconds that's all they focus on.

Then, the better and better they get at focusing, the longer we have them focus for. Eventually, kids might focus the entire session on just one exercise or activity.

And they never get bored or antsy.

Before you know it, they do this at home too. They focus on their homework… on their chores… on conversations with you… and anything else they put their mind to.

Determined to Succeed – From Day 1 in martial arts your child sets goals, and accomplishes them. The more and more he does this – the more ambitious he becomes.

Eventually he learns to set higher goals – and he learns to go after them with everything he's got.

He learns that fulfillment and respect are earned through completing challenges.

Because of this, kids who go through martial arts are much more likely to succeed later in life as well. A recent study showed that 63% of black belts become college graduates!

They then go on to live wonderful, fulfilling lives. And then they pass these principles onto their own children.

Finally Paying Attention – Parents of children with attention problems breathe sighs of relief after just a few short weeks.

That's because in martial arts – we teach kids to look people in the eyes when they're being spoken to. We teach them that this is how you show people you're listening, and paying attention.

After just a few short weeks, kids naturally begin doing this at home. And in school.

Parents and teachers often look at each other with wide-eyes when they reflect on the changes. They can't believe how much better their children pay attention.

Completing Tasks the First Time He's Asked – In martial arts, we have just a few simple rules. One of those rules is that when your child is asked to do something – he does it the first time.

We never yell at kids, or scold them, if they don't do this. But every kid does it because he sees the other kids in the class doing it too. And he wants to make friends and be a part of the group.

It's usually a matter of a couple weeks before kids start doing this at home, too. I can't tell you how many parents have thanked me profusely when it starts to happen.

For parents of children who have a hard time following directions – this is truly a blessing.

Self-Respect – When it comes to bullies, kids in martial arts don't back down. They have the confidence to look a bully in the eyes, and stand their ground.

This is what nearly always happens…

The bully gets scared and backs down!

It happens 9 times out of 10. And for the 1 time out of 10 the bully doesn't back down – your child has the tools to defend himself. And if necessary, he'll be able to get away, and seek out an authority figure.

Most confrontations can be talked through. Occasionally, however, words aren't enough. For either situation your child will be prepared.

No one will be able to hurt him, or take anything away from him.

Weight loss – It's easy these days for kids to not exercise. As a result, many children experience weight problems at a young age.

Martial Arts is an amazing form of exercise – Your child will be active the entire time. But there's no pressure on him to do anything he can't.

We'll encourage him to do his best – but this isn't boot camp or anything.

Most importantly, he'll have a ton of fun.

And if he happens to be overweight – martial arts will help him get down to a healthy weight. This reduces risk for many health problems that can occur now, and later on in life. Kids martial arts also increases energy, alertness, and overall happiness. He'll never feel better.

Parent Testimonials

There are honestly countless other benefits kids git with martial arts.

But rather than tell you about them myself – just listen to what these parents had to say…

Ahkil [Parent]

"Its given him a lot more confidence, helped improve his ordination.  I think it is a really good social environment."

Jeff [Parent]

"I have been here for a couple of years now and I have observed Uriel and Josh care about the sport. And really care about the kids. They are really good teachers."


"Ascend is basically my second family, I come here, maybe, four times a week.  My four year old son comes here.  We love coming here. We have fun. We learn. We build new friendships."

It's results like these that I live for.  When I hear stories like these, I know I'm in the right profession. Where else could I get to hand out with the coolest kids on ear and help parents like myself at the same time? 

It is truly an honor for me to serve you and your child. Being able to give something back that has had such a profound impact in my life, martial arts, to others is one of the rewarding experiences of my life.

Now, if you still have some question, you're welcome to call 240.630.8761 or, you may find the answers below...

What Is A Typical Class Like?

Our kids classes are taught in group settings that may range from 6 to 20 students per class, depending on the program. Most classes are an hour long with a 40/20 split between conditioning/drilling and technique. This is a co-ed program for children ages 5-12, with or without previous martial arts experience. 

50 min. class in 30 sec [Time LAPSE].

A time lapse of out Kids Self Defense - No Gi - Saturday Morning class from the Fall of '17.

Class Photos


"Will my child get hurt?”

I've had children come to my program for years without ever obtaining a single injury.

This is actually the case with most children.

Have children gotten injured in my martial arts class? Yes, some have. But the injuries were no different than those which kids who play baseball and other sports get.

In the words of a parent I recently spoke with, “The instructors pay attention to detail when it comes to safety.”

From padded floors, to proper gear, to step-by- step instruction – we do everything in our power to insure your child's safety. I can't guarantee your child won't be injured – but I can tell you that almost no children receive injuries in my program.

And that's because we take your child's safety very seriously.

“Will my child have fun? Will he want to stick with the program?”

When parents take their kids to appointments – normally the parent has to run around and do everything in their power to get their children to the appointment on time.

“Hurry up!” they shout, “We'll be late!”
(How many times have you said this?)

But with martial arts, something fascinating happens… Often the children are the ones yelling these things! They don't want to be late, and they never want to miss a class.

In fact, I know of many parents who use martial arts as an incentive to get chores done. If the kids are good, do their chores, and do their homework – they get martial arts as a reward.

That's because your child will have a ton of fun. He'll be laughing and smiling throughout the entire class. And because He'll constantly be setting and reaching goals – He'll want to stick with the program.

It will become a part of his life as if it was always there.

“Is martial arts just for boys? Or can my girl take martial arts too?”

On this page I've said “he” a lot. But the truth is, there are just as many girls in many of our classes as there are boys.

Girls love martial arts just as much, and get the same fulfillment out of it as boys do.

Also, if I've learned anything in my years of teaching, its that girls are just as tough as boys. Many are even tougher!

So you don't have to worry about your little girl getting hurt, or feeling scared because she'll be practicing with boys. In fact, the boys may even be the ones who are scared.

“Will martial arts make my kid violent?”

Absolutely not! We don't teach kids how to kick and punch so they can go down the street and beat up the neighbor's kid.

Instead, we teach kids self-defense as a tool for personal growth and development.

Kids learn to treat others as they want to be treated. They learn to respect all living things – from their parents to pets.

Often, kids who were violent before they joined our class changed, and became non-violent. So no, martial arts won't make your child violent!

“What if my child's not athletic? Will he have a hard time?”

Often children who don't find success in team sports come to martial arts. And they love it.

That's because with martial arts you go at your own pace.

See, team sports actually harm the self-esteem of children who aren't very athletic. When they don't perform well, the other kids can be pretty nasty. And this can leave some serious scars on their self-esteem.

But with martial arts, they can't let anyone down. Everyone goes at their own pace. Some kids learn quicker than others – but the children who advance quickly are not valued more than the kids who advance slowly.

Everyone is greatly encouraged – regardless of his or her athletic level.

“Will my child learn a talent that they can be proud of?”

Many children find pride in being able to do “cool” things like dancing, juggling, singing, playing an instrument, etc., etc., etc.

I've seen many kids enter talent shows, and show off their martial arts skills. The crowd is blown away every time!

There's simply something fascinating and exciting about watching martial arts. And your child will take great pride in his abilities.

“What age is appropriate for martial arts?”

We have programs for kids who are 5 years old all the way to teenagers. And we even have programs for adults.

So to be honest – every age is appropriate. No child is too young or too old. We have a class that fits just right.

Now, something worth mentioning...

Like with anything, martial arts is not for every child.

9 times out of 10 parents do find that martial arts is the perfect fit for their children. But in the 1 situation out of 10 where its simply not a great fit…


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If after a few classes you think this isn't the right fit for you and your child,simply let us know and we'll gladly refund you in full.

That way you can use that same money to invest in something else for your child. But chances are you will love it here. And so will your kid.

Either way – you're more than welcome to try it out risk free.

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Ascend Institute of Martial Arts
6936 Wisconsin Ave
Bethesda, MD