Martial Arts Classes Offer Many Personal Benefits to Young Students

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Martial Arts Classes

Neill Sullivan is a real estate investment executive and entrepreneur and the founder and president of the Sullivan Management Company and REO Homes. In addition to his work in real estate investment and renovation, Neill Sullivan is also a philanthropist who recently opened a community space where children and adults from the West Oakland, California, area can participate in no-cost martial arts classes.

Though practicing martial arts can yield substantial benefits for people of all ages, the discipline can have an especially profound effect on children. Over six million young people in the United States attend martial arts classes every year, with some medical professionals condoning participation in the activity for children as young as six years old.

Apart from the obvious fitness benefits, martial arts are an excellent way for children to learn self-discipline. The practice necessitates patience and concentration, and teaches children how to focus on a single task and persist until they achieve a desired goal. Additionally, studying martial arts teaches young students about respect. Instructors demand the respect of their pupils, and teach them the importance of respecting themselves, their parents, and their peers in the process.

The ability to work through the belt ranking system within martial arts also provides young students with a sense of achievement each time they attain a goal within a dojo. Earning a new belt and feeling more secure about their ability to defend themselves helps young martial arts students develop a healthy level of self-confidence that naturally carries over into other areas of life.


Benefits of Urban Tree Planting

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Urban Tree Planting

A graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, Neill Sullivan manages SMC, LLC, and REO Homes, LLC, the latter of which specializes in the restoration of vintage houses. Through his position with both companies, Neill Sullivan has played an active role in beautifying West Oakland by planting hundreds of trees.

A 2012 report compiled by an environmental group in Indianapolis highlighted the numerous benefits of planting trees in urban areas. Aside from improving air quality and reducing carbon dioxide, the benefits of urban planting range from energy saving to community building.

Referencing a University of Illinois study, the report notes that urban areas with a high volume of trees have fewer and less-violent crimes than those without. Ultimately, the greener the neighborhood, the lower the crime rate. Separate studies showed that trees not only reduce noise pollution in neighborhoods, but also have relaxing qualities and numerous healing powers. For instance, the presence of trees outside a home can reduce UV-B exposure by about 50 percent, limiting the possibility of skin cancer.

The Benefits of Trees in the Community


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An Oakland-based business executive, Neill Sullivan is the founder and president of SMC and REO Homes in California. A graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, Neill Sullivan is also an active member of his community. In addition to founding a local community center, Mr. Sullivan is engaged in efforts that range from enhancing financial literacy to helping the environment.

These environmental-improvement efforts have included funding to plant hundreds of trees in West Oakland. According to the Ecology Global Network, trees benefit communities by improving the quality of air and water, providing energy savings, and even providing social benefits. Some examples of how trees can help communities include:

Filtering pollutants in the air, such as carbon monoxide and sulfur dioxides

Reducing topsoil erosion and lowering the amount of water communities must manage during storms

Reducing the reliance on air conditioning for homeowners with trees in their yards

Speeding healing time for medical patients and increasing relaxation and overall well being

Oakland Home Values Continue to Rise

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Oakland Home Values

A graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, Neill Sullivan studied development economics and Spanish. Neill Sullivan leverages his experience to lead REO Homes, LLC; SMC East Bay; and Sullivan Management Company, LLC, in Oakland, California, which has seen considerable growth in home prices in recent years.

Since 2001, Oakland’s median home price has risen by an astounding 178 percent. As of June 2016, Oakland reported the biggest rise of the year in home appreciation in all of California and the largest increase in rent of the 50 biggest cities in the United States, per data gathered by Zillow. Further, Oakland’s home prices rose 16 percent to a median of $616,300, compared to prices in June 2015.

Oakland’s growth is largely attributed to high prices in San Francisco, but buyers and renters alike are also attracted to the city’s cultural offerings and diverse population. The city may continue to see growth, as Uber plans to open an office in the former Sears building in late 2017.