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Great place! They are great with kids and they show that they actually care about the kids success! They also give the kids the confidence they need to bet better all around!

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CMA is great! It's family owned, this family takes pride in what they do. It's great structure for the whole family. We really love how they don't just focus on martial arts, but objectives for home and school. They want the kids to succeed in all areas of their everyday lives. We highly recommend cma for your choice of martial arts fitness hands down.

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I have been training here for about a year now and it's been an amazing experience. I'm grateful for all that I've learned up to this point and look forward to continue to grow and improve. The best martial arts school in the Columbia area hands down!

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If your looking for a great place to train look no further. RCJ Machado BJJ is practical for self defense and competition. I love that no matter where I visit RCJ Machado BJJ is nearby. Hope to see you on the mat at Colombia Martial Arts & Fitness.

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Columbia Martial Arts & Fitness is the best gym in S.C. I recommend anyone that's seeking a great gym to get in shape and build Confindence Movitation Attitude Cma is the place. We have great instructors and Sifu Mark Mills and Tonya Mills and their staff treat everyone like family. I love this gym

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I can't say enough good things about this place. My boys have been going there for about a year now or longer and have learned so much. The instructors are awesome and really care about the kids Learning what they are teaching. It is just a great place and a good atmosphere for kids. I'm so glad we found it!

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The experience continues to be positive and awesome for three of my grandchildren. Ages 3, 8 boys and a 9 yr old girl. They are all ecstatic about attending. They have a blast. Although it’s only been 4 weeks, I believe there has been some improvement with some attitudes about responsibility. Time will surely tell. Mr. Ben and the other instructors are among the best in knowledge and personality. I think I enjoy watching just as much as the kids enjoy doing it!! Don’t see any stars - but I’d give them all that I could!!!

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I'm not sure how I've never rated CMA. I've been training with Sufi Mark for years and look at him as one of my mentors. CMA is my favorite place in Columbia to train. With the various martial arts programs offered, I don't think anyone else comes close to the variety and skill lever of these guys. If you are in Columbia and are looking for a place to train martial arts for yourself or your children then most definitely check out CMA.

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Protect Your Heart with Martial Arts

Protect Your Heart with Martial Arts
Valentine’s Day is coming up and February is all about the heart. Every year, the American Heart Association celebrates Heart Month to raise awareness about heart disease and heart health.

What you may not know is that martial arts are great for the heart. In fact, the cardiac benefits of martial arts give a whole new meaning to the idea of cardiovascular fitness. With that in mind, here are some ways that taking martial arts classes can protect and strengthen your heart.

Martial Arts Raise the Heart Rate
The first way that martial arts can help the heart is by raising your heart rate when you work out. The heart is a muscle and it needs to be worked. When you take a martial arts class, your heart rate is elevated. The benefit of raising the heart rate is that it oxygenates the blood, and helps promote calorie burning even after you’re done working out. People of all ages need to keep their hearts pumping, and martial arts is a great way to do it.

Martial Arts Lower Blood Pressure
Did you know that a high-intensity martial arts workout can help lower your blood pressure? It’s true. Hypertension, or high blood pressure, is a leading contributor to heart disease. When you work out, your heart becomes stronger – and that means that it can pump blood more efficiently than it can without exercise. The less effort your heart has to expend on pumping blood, the lower your blood pressure is.

Martial Arts Lower Cholesterol
LDL cholesterol – the so-called “bad” cholesterol” – is a contributing factor in heart disease. Regular participation in martial arts helps you lose weight and that decreases the amount of LDL cholesterol in your blood. There’s evidence that working out also shrinks the proteins that carry cholesterol through the bloodstream, making them less dangerous to the heart. On a related note, regular vigorous exercise – such as the kind you get in a martial arts workout – helps to increase HDL or “good” cholesterol.

Martial Arts Reduces Stress
One thing that separates martial arts from many other forms of exercise is that it requires mental stillness combined with physical exertion. Mental stillness contributes to mindfulness, a practice that can significantly decrease stress and anxiety in both children and adults. Considering that there is a direct link between stress and heart health (stress contributes to high blood pressure and related issues), the fact that participating in martial arts can reduce stress is a huge benefit for the heart.

Conclusion
In addition to the benefits already mentioned, martial arts training also helps to improve discipline, build muscle coordination, and increase self-confidence. This month, why not give your heart a boost by adding martial arts to your workout routine?