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Why College Aged Women Should Train in Martial Arts!

This week we have a Guest Article written by a young woman who began training with us here at Premier Martial Arts before leaving for College.

As a young woman on a college campus, it is reassuring to know I have a basic knowledge of self-defense moves which I learned from my time practicing karate.  Learning karate can be beneficial for women to stay fit, gain self-defense skills and build confidence.


Karate is a great form of exercise for women. Practicing karate regularly builds strength in both body and mind. In my two years of experience of working out with Premier, I found that the cardio and core exercises taught my body endurance and my mind focus. Over time, the workouts create flexibility.  I noticed that the warm ups in the beginning of class and the stretches that end it, resulted in better range for my kicks to meet their desired target.  Staying fit is good for both mental and physical health.


Karate is the perfect exercise because it is good for the body while teaching skills of self-defense. Karate teaches practical self-defense moves that have real-world application.  For example, it teaches how to get out of a chokehold or how to get out from under an attacker, which can be the difference between a violent crime and getting home safely.  Students practice effective kicks and punches to protect themselves and learn to understand the skills necessary to disarm a gunman or an attacker with a knife.  With practice, these moves become second-nature, so women can use them whenever there is a need.  Knowing how to defend yourself in a variety of situations is an important life skill.

Gain Confidence

Not only is karate a great workout that teaches self-defense, but it also can build confidence in women.  The improved health in both mind and body makes you feel better and look better which can raise self-esteem.  Confidence also builds as women feel empowered, knowing they have the skills needed to defend themselves in a dangerous situation.  So then, things that can cause anxiety such as walking alone to your car at night can become less intimidating.  I found that to be the case, in my own experience. Mastering the skills of karate can create confidence by giving women a sense of accomplishment as they continue to learn and improve.  Karate fosters learning and personal growth while instilling confidence in its students.

Learning karate is a good investment of time because it teaches valuable skills that women can use for the rest of their lives.

Isabelle is a junior Creative Writing and Professional Writing double major at Ohio Northern University. In her free time, she likes to knit, crochet, and take pictures with her Canon.

Premier Martial Arts has been in business for more than 20 years, and since our founding in 1998 we have helped thousands of students of all ages realize their full potential. Premier Martial Arts delivers a best-in-class martial arts experience that helps our students develop the personal skills that are necessary to build a successful life. Our mastery of teaching martial arts over the past two decades is evident in our structured and thorough curriculum, which is standardized across our 100+ locations across the United States, Canada and England.

Our curriculum focuses on character development far beyond the importance of self-defense. We teach our young students how to respect their elders, how to be accountable, how to focus and how to stay in shape in a fun and exciting atmosphere. We empower our adult students with the self-confidence to overcome anxieties and trauma, in an environment that fosters inclusion and social belonging.

Premier Martial Arts Fort Wayne founded in 2015 by 6th Degree Black Belt and Master Instructor Ron Kuhn. Master Kuhn had a distinguished management & engineering career working for such companies as Verizon, NIPSCO, Frontier Communications and Mediacom. In 2019 he made the decision to operate his Martial Arts School fulltime which has always been his lifelong dream. That one location has grown to three in the City of Fort Wayne.


Master Ron Kuhn is married to his wife Anita (retired Special Needs Teacher) of 27 years. They have three wonderful daughters, Jordan, Ally and Katie. Jordan is a nurse who lives in Indianapolis. Ally has a computer science and business background and works with her dad at Premier Martial Arts. Katie is Chemical Engineering graduate and works in the pharmaceutical industry in Indianapolis.


Premier Martial Arts of Fort Wayne operates three locations:

North – 10240 Coldwater Road, Fort Wayne, IN 46825 (Coldwater & DuPont)

East – 10154 Maysville Road, Fort Wayne, IN 46835 (Chapel Hill Area)

Southwest – 9906 Illinois Road Fort Wayne, IN 46804 (Scott & Illinois Road)




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