New year, new resolutions. These usually mean making a conscious decision to become healthier and happier. But is joining a gym enough?

Are you really going to want to work out when you are dreading a new, possibly monotonous routine that can make you feel like you are going at this alone?

This year, resolve to try something else. Something that is fun to do while giving your body a solid workout and your mind a new sense of discipline and security. A class that will hold you accountable but without judgment. Consider a martial arts program such as taekwondo, which the whole family can participate in.

There are a lot of mixed martial arts (MMA) studios in the Lake Houston area, Tiger Rock Martial Arts of Kingwood being one of the most established. Co-owner Victor Jordan taught taekwondo for four years in Beaumont before moving to Kingwood. He and wife Sandy started their studio 25 years ago as Tae Kwon Doe Plus, just down the street from their current location at 1313 Kingwood Dr. Although the name has since changed, the national organization the Jordans belong to has not. Their children, 22-year-old Haley and 19-year-old Zak, have also always been involved in the studio and the whole family holds multiple black belts.

Although their primary art is taekwondo, the Jordans also teach ground defense and weapons.

“The junior students learn self defense, stranger awareness and bully defense. Our teens learn self defense, handling peer pressure and about dealing with cyber bullying,” said Sandy. “Our adult students learn self defense while enjoying a great cardio workout. They learn about nutrition and it is great for stress relief!”

For more information, stop by the studio, call 281-358-0018, or visit trmakingwood.com.

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