Fitness and Martial Arts


Did you set fitness as a part of your New Year’s goals? Have you followed through with your goal? If you’re struggling to keep up with your fitness goal, you should try martial arts.  Martial arts can keep you motivated, teach you successful like skills, self-defense, and help you met your fitness goals, all while having fun.

Now you may think “I don’t know anything about karate!” and be nervous to even start.  Think about how many people don’t even go to the gym because they feel like they’re going to be judged while they learn how to use new equipment.  At the martial arts studio, no one is going to judge you.  Middleburg Martial Arts encourages the improvement of the individual and not to compare yourself to other students.  The only person who is really going to see you is the instructor, because it’s their job to teach you to help you improve.

If you’ve discovered martial arts because of fitness concerns, you’re in for a treat.  Martial arts is great for those who want to start a fitness program and those who want a new and different fitness regiment.  If you’re a fitness beginner, martial arts begins from the bottom and builds you up step-by-step.  Instructors know that most beginning students know nothing about their particular martial art (or any type), and that you may be used to nothing more than walking from one place to another.  As such, we start with the basics – a few sit-ups and push-ups and jumping jacks along with the karate techniques you’ll learn. But the more you do it, the more you add on.  And if you’re already an experienced athlete, you can start with more and add even faster.  By the time you’re a Black Belt, you can do at least 50 sit-ups and push-ups, and a couple hundred jumping jacks in one go, and then do an hour or more of karate.

But most martial arts don’t just use their bodies with basic calisthenics.   Every move is an exercise in itself.  Blocks and offensive moves are always performed in a stance, requiring balance and power.  This means you’re usually in a type of lunge or squat for every move. Imagine how many lunges or squats you can do in 30 minutes.  That’s going to make for some strong legs.  Blocks and punches require the torque of the hips and twist of the waist.  In combination with the push-ups and sit-ups, you’re going to have a defined upper body.  And as you advance, you start adding jumps, jumping spinning kicks, and rolls.  As you become a martial artist yourself, you’ll develop a new lifestyle of health, limiting unhealthy choices to make you even more fit.

In addition to the fitness, martial arts includes many other aspects that will keep you coming, whereas a gym may not.  At Middleburg Martial Arts, we help students set a schedule.  For example, you choose what two classes to come to each week; say Tuesday and Thursday at 4:15pm.  Entering your classes on your calendar keeps that time slot just for classes.  Keeping a regular fitness schedule creates a habit that will give you results you’ll soon enjoy.  And if you are ill or go vacation, you can always make up your classes.

Martial arts classes will also keep you motivated.  You’ll start making friends who you want to see on a regular basis.  Even more awesome is to make a friend you end up testing with over the years.  That’s a lifetime friendship you create.  Not only will you meet new people, you’ll start learning things you never imagined and look forward to the next class’s curriculum. For example, new martial arts self-defense skills, kicks, blocks, punches, and philosophies that can be applied to the rest of your life.  And let’s not forget how much you’ll enjoy coming to class.

Here at Middleburg Martial Arts, we emphasize successful life skills.  Who doesn’t want to be their best self?  All while conditioning your body, your mind is strength training as well.  Gain more focus, discipline, an indomitable spirit and so much more to earn the success you’ve always wanted through martial arts.  And you thought you only started to improve your fitness levels. has been selected the nation’s #1 martial arts school in Jacksonville, FL since it was started!

The school is located at 2360 Blanding Blvd. Middleburg, FL 32068. Middleburg Martial Arts teaches Tang Soo Do based on the systems developed by Grandmaster Shin and the World Tang Soo Do Association. For more information, visit:

Middleburg Martial Arts starts lessons at age 4 and puts a strong emphasis on character and success skill development, including: focus, discipline, respect, confidence, leadership, and more!

Middleburg Martial Arts’ Adult Karate training is a complete adult fitness and conditioning program for adults who want to lose weight, get (and stay in shape), or learn self-defense in a supportive environment.

Instructors can answer questions or be contacted 24 hours of the day, 7 days a week at (904) 291-1335. You can also visit our website at

About Master Jan Lappin: 5th-degree Master Jan Lappin, a Middleburg resident, founded Middleburg Martial Arts in 2001. She has a background in and a degree in Psychology from University of Florida. She has been teaching martial arts since the 70’s. And recently published her book on the Leadership curriculum taught at Middleburg Martial Arts, you can find it on Amazon

2nd location in Fleming Island, FL: 4th-degree Master Rachael Macy founder their affiliate school, Ripple Effect Martial Arts located at 1851 Golden Eagle Way, Unit 44. Fleming Island, Fl 32003. For more information, visit:

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