Martial Arts and Fitness Programs

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Programs

Leading Edge Martial Arts teaches just that, the leading edge in self defense. The focus is in the most advanced means of self protection available. The systems taught at Leading Edge Martial Arts leap beyond a stylistic focus of particular concepts or techniques. Leading Edge Martial Arts's head instructor Sensei Rob Wetmore, through his broad experience, has prepared a curriculum which allows a student to defend him or herself in any situation. Students at Leading Edge Martial Arts study movement in such away that they learn how to manipulate an opponent using combinations of evasiveness, strikes, holds, locks, throws, and take downs. Students are also taught how to defend themselves on the ground using grappling techniques. The key to the effectiveness of Leading Edge Martial Arts Self Defense comes from the open minded philosophy of the school's head instructor. Sensei Wetmore understands that we live in and ever changing world there for he is open to new ideas. Through his continuous study of the martial arts, he ensures that the latest and most innovative techniques and ideas will be available for all Leading Edge Martial Arts students keeping them on the Leading Edge of self defense.

I have been teaching the Martial Arts for over 20 years. In those years, I have been asked by many parents how Karate or the Martial Arts in general can help their child- both younger children and young adults. There are many different benefits for children/teenagers in the Martial Arts. Some of these include self-discipline, self-confidence, and self-defense. Some train for the physical conditioning, others simply participate in the martial arts because it is fun and great for making new friends. Martial arts have even been known to help children in school. A good Martial Arts program first teaches all students discipline. Students learn to listen to their parents, elders, and teachers the first time they are spoken to. Not only do they learn to listen when told to or not to do something but they also learn to use self discipline and good judgment in the decisions they make. They learn what is the appropriate way to act even when the parental figure is not present to give directions. Having better discipline helps children and young adults to focus better in school and to stay out of trouble. They learn to pay attention and ignore distractions. School grades usually reflect this improvement in discipline. Confidence is one of the larger benefits for any student training in the martial arts.. Children are exposed to many sports and activities growing up. Baseball, football, wrestling, swimming, and gymnastics just to name a few. Competition is at the root of most of these activities. I do believe it is good to push children to strive to be better in life however, sometimes competition can have adverse effects on children. Not all children are natural athletes. When they do not excel in these activities, it tends to break down their self-esteem. A good martial art program allows students to focus on self improvement rather than competing with the other children. They are taught to focus on improving themselves every day rather than focusing on whether or not they are better than the next child in class. Students are fed positive reinforcement in a fun atmosphere on a daily basis which allows the child to walk out of class feeling good about him or herself every day. Feeling good about one's self is the key to confidence. Learning self-defense is an obvious benefit of the martial arts. It is of growing concern in today's increasingly ugly society. It tends to give parents a piece of mind to know that their children can take care of themselves if they have to. Most parents don't know what they are looking for when they first seek out the martial arts. They just know their children have been asking them to do Martial Arts (karate) for one reason or another. One thing remains consistent, that the majority of students who train in the martial arts do benefit from it in one way or another.

Cage Fitness

Cage Fitness at Leading Edge Martial Arts!

All of the sweat, toning and conditioning of MMA without partners, without contact, without spending hours in the gym!
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  • Sweat Pouring
  • Stress Relieving
  • Body Sculpting
  • EXERCISE!!!

What is Cage Fitness?

Cage Fitness is a high intensity interval training workout. There are no partners, no contact, and no martial arts experience needed. A Cage Fitness workout is only 30 minutes long and is broken down into 5-5 minute rounds. Each 5 minute round consists of 7-45 second exercises. Cage Fitness is perfect for people who want to tone up, lose weight, and get in shape. The class is designed to get maximum results in just 30 minutes, so it is perfect for those who don't have hours to spend in the gym. The workouts are ever changing and always challenging. Come ground and pound with us!

Visit www.cagefitness.com to learn more about LEMA's newest program!
Click HERE for the ALLENTOWN Cage Fitness Schedule Click HERE for the BETHLEHEM Cage Fitness Schedule

Cage Fiteness for Kids

This is the newest program at LEMA. This program is modeled after our original Cage Fitness program which has been modified to better fit the needs of children. Cage Fitness for Kids is a high energy, fast paced class designed to build confidence in children while keeping them active and healthy.

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Visit www.cagefitness.com to learn more about LEMA's newest program!

Kinder Kicks

Kinder Kicks is a program developed for parents and children to exercise, learn, and play with a martial arts flair. Children develop perseverance, self-control, courage, and respect. Kinder Kicks offers sports, karate, life lesson stories, explorations, and education through our fun fitness curriculum. The Remarkables are our characters who aid in teaching the children valuable life lessons through their character statement, stories, games, and exercises. The Kinder Kicks curriculum is designed for parents and children to developa lifelong love of physical exercise, exploration, and learning together while building healthier bodies and stronger minds. Classes build on a strong foundation of learning and develop communication, cognitive, social, emotional, and physical skills. Meet the Remarkables through focused discussion, stories, and demonstration opportunities where skills such as cooperation, following directions, sharing, and taking turns are developed. Awareness of spatial and perceptual concepts, self-expression, and a greater independence are encouraged and celebrated.

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"I love training at LEMA becuase I'm not confined to a particular style of martial arts. We can do Tae Kwon Do one day and Grappling another."

Lehigh Valley, PA
5

"Sensei Rob and all the Deshis work with the children in a group but throught the class, go around and help the child as an individual."

Lehigh Valley, PA
5

"Lema is my home away from home. They offer fantastic classes for babies, children and adults. There staff is incredible. I have been taking cage fitness classes there for 3 years and started mma training a little over a year ago. I absolutely LOVE it there!"

Lehigh Valley, PA
5

"Amazing staff!! My son has been taking classes for more than 2 years and continues to be motivated. He has gained confidence and self discipline, as well as made some great friends! The adult cage fitness classes are also wonderful...amazing instructors!! LEMA is not only invested in their students, but in the community as well...they are always willing to support local organizations and schools."

Lehigh Valley, PA
5

"Leading Edge Martial Arts is an amazing school. Both of my boys have trained there for several years and it has helped them grow into very strong, disciplined, confident people. I would HIGHLY recommend LEMA to anyone looking for a martial arts school. Great staff, clean enviroment, all around great school!"

Lehigh Valley, PA
5

"Been training here for 11 years now and has been considered my second home since. Employees and instructors are great and are willing to do anything for anyone. I wouldn't be who I am today if it weren't for LEMA. I love you guys, you'll always be a part of my heart!"

Lehigh Valley, PA
5

"Sensei Joe Kortbawi and the staff at Leading Edge Martial Arts - Bethlehem are amazing! My son has been taking Martial Arts with Sensei Joe for two years and has developed skills and respect for those skills that will last him a lifetime. In addition to the Martial Arts program, the Cage Fitness program has assisted me in loosing weight and acheiving a healthier lifestyle. The Leading Edge commitment goes beyond the mat.They are very dedicated to their communities and help out many charities as well including breast cancer awareness, MDA and children's cancer."

Lehigh Valley, PA
5

"My kids absolutely love taking karate classes and doing Kids Cage Fitness at LEMA.Instructors are knowledgeable and friendly. One of the best MA schools in the area."

Lehigh Valley, PA
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