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  • Kids Martial Arts in Manhattan Beach - Beach Cities Martial Arts - Stick-to-it-ivenes


    Stick-to-it-iveness” The ability to stay consistent with something by motivating yourself even when you feel unmotivated! While this might not be a real word or a real definition; you get the idea! With instant gratification, social media, and a growing number of distractions it is no wonder that kids have a hard time following through or reaching large goals that they set months ago. Even worse is the pushback that parents get when they remind or force their kids to follow through! Bruce Lee said it best: “Be (like) water my friend” This has many interpretations but for our purposes, we will relate it to goal setting. He continues by saying that water can ....

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  • Kids Martial Arts in Manhattan Beach - Beach Cities Martial Arts - THE BENEFITS MARTIAL ARTS CAN PROVIDE FOR 10 TO 14-YEAR OLDS by Melody Shuman


    Ten to fourteen-year olds , for the most part, are the smartest students in the school. Yes, they are smarter than most adults! They are also physically competent and can excel in most physical challenges that are presented to them. The problem we discovered is they are so focused on what is socially acceptable that they have a hard time keeping themselves emotionally driven to the task at hand. The solution we found is to provide them with their own program that targets their stage of development in a manner that nurtures their social and emotional instability while at the same time building skills that set them up for success. With that said a structured program introducing extreme ....

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  • The Jab vs the Cross

    I have noticed that many of our students, especially our fitness kickboxing and our kid's classes have difficulty decerning between the jab and the cross. Both punches come from boxing and are used in many martial arts such as Muay Thai, Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) and kickboxing. The Jab isthrown from the lead fist is thrown straight ahead and the arm is fully extended. At the moment of impact, the pronated fist is generally held in a horizontal orientation with the palm facing the ground. Though there are many types of jabs , (basic jab, step jab, power jab, flicker jab, double jab ). the Jab is mainly used to measure distance between you and your opponent, to set up ....

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  • What is The BCMA STORM Team

    Many Parents have asked what is this STORM Team I have been hearing about? TheSTORM Team program includes leadership seminars along with hands-on training experiences as junior instructors in class. We will start by recommending students that we feel qualify to represent this program the best. Our recommendations are based on the following standards:
    Positive “ Black Belt
    Maintaining a high level of enthusiasm in karate classes
    Discipline and respect for parents and others
    Good academic report card and excellent school conduct
    Support for our Martial Arts functions
    110% effort in class
    Timely tuition payments
    Good attendance and ....

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  • The Benefits That Martial Arts Can Provide for 7 to 9-year Olds

    Seven to nine-year-olds are what most people consider “the golden age.” They are emotionally stable, yet they are not at the age where they want complete independence from adults. This makes the teacher-student relationship stronger than ever. The problem we discovered is they still lack core skills, and although they are highly proficient in their vocabulary and problem-solving skills, they struggle to keep up with pre-teens and teens in many areas, especially physically. Below are milestones that martial arts can help accomplish: Top PHYSICAL development milestones:
    Demonstrate TECHNIQUE in blocks, strikes, kicks, and stances while applying SPEED and power.
    Demonstrate ....

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  • The Benefits That Martial Arts Can Provide for 5 and 6-year olds

    Children between the ages of 5 and 6 are in the “dynamo” stage of development. They are now at a point where basic skills become the foundation for their continued growth. With the right mindset and curriculum, martial arts can help them build a more solid foundation for basic fundamental skills, which are essential for continued development. Below are milestones that martial arts can help accomplish: Top PHYSICAL development milestones:
    Demonstrating BALANCE by performing high repetitions of kicks without putting the foot down.
    Showing good CONTROL with the body while keeping it in motion.
    Demonstrating good FITNESS by applying good technique in exercises beyond ten ....

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  • Why SKILLZ

    Parents! Did you know our classes here at Beach Cities Martial Arts include the internationally acclaimed SKILLZ curriculums? SKILLZ provides our staff with the knowledge gained from many hours of childhood research and development in the martial arts. With, this knowledge we are able to gauge our expectations for our students more precisely than ever before! This means we are constantly able to help them improve physically, intellectually, emotionally, and socially by targeting their particular stages of development during the skill-building sections of our classes. As a quick example of what I mean, let’s take a look at how our instructors handle the physical challenges ....

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  • How To Defeat The Bully!

    Your child is forced to deal with various attacks on his self-esteem on a regular basis.
    Whether these attacks affect him long term or not has to do with many different factors. One type of attack that we want to address in this report is the common “Bully.” Bullying has always been a part of growing up, but how a child deals with it and the repercussions of dealing with it have changed dramatically. There are “Zero Tolerance” rules that punish both children if there is an altercation, (which may have been caused by one child bullying the other.) So the old “If they hit you hit ‘em back!” doesn’t fly today. So what is ....

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  • Game-Based Learning

    Games are not something new to the Martial Art s classroom . However, some people still very weary about seeing games in day-to-day classes, because they feel like games dilute the overall quality of the students’ Martial Arts skills. At the same time, children learn best by play, and therefore game-based learning is a major contributor to accelerated learning and retention. Here is a list of benefits associated with game-based learning as it relates to children’s classes :
    Children are more MOTIVATED to start a game.
    Children FOCUS more during games than any other form of learning.
    Games help ....

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  • Bullying Tips

    One of the biggest concerns from parents during the back-to-school season is bullying. Some 160,000 kids skip school every day because they fear of being attacked or ridiculed by bullies. The good news is that these disturbing statistics can be limited with the proper education. As an educator that has worked with hundreds of children on anti-bullying strategies, I have found that the most important skill a child should have when dealing with bullies is confidence. No matter what you teach a child, it will not be effective without the confidence to put the lessons into action. Children that fall victim to bullies usually are targets because they lack the confidence to stand up ....

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  • How Our Martial Arts Program Can Help Improve Your Child's Behavior at Home and School

    At Beach Cities Martial Arts our children’s martial arts programs are age specific. What that means is our programs are specifically designed by a child development expert, to be appropriate for a child’s physical, intellectual, emotional and social stages of development. Our EARLY class is for 3-4 years olds are all about play and imagination and our class is structured around these needs. Our BASIC class is for 5-6-year olds are all about enthusiasm, creativity and problem solving. They are now ready for a more structured program and more complicated tasks. Our CORE class is for 7-9-year olds have developed a near-adult level vocabulary, listening skills and ....

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  • Back to School Tips for Parents

    Summertime is coming to an end, and with that comes all of the back to school anxiety and jitters that are common amongst children. Your child may experience common physical effects of anxiety associated with back to school time including symptoms from stomachaches to sleeping problems. They will also experience emotional stress from the fear of making new friends, meeting new teachers, fears of being bullied, pressure of making good grades, and worries of being unpopular. With that said, it important for parents to first remember that these physical and emotional feelings are very common, and even the most well-adjusted kids are bound to feel some sort of pressure when they return to ....

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  • 4 Dimensional Teaching

    Everyone likes PIES! This is pretty much a true statement in my opinion! Our staff here at Beach Cities Martial Arts are such huge fans that we take our PIES to the next level! What do we mean when we say “PIES”? P – Physically I – Intellectually E - Emotionally S – Socially The SKILLZ program’s continuing education materials allow our instructors to effectively teach our students in these four dimensions! P – Physically Instructors look for benchmark SKILLZ in the Basic SKILLZ class like the ability to properly perform exercises with good technique beyond 10 reps! This would be considered being above their stage of development! ....

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  • Coming Back From Summer

    Hey, Manhattan Beach Families! Summer may be in full swing, or you may already be starting to plan ahead for the new school year! We hope that you had an awesome adventure this summer whether it was with us at camp or on your own adventure abroad! Either way, here is some useful food for thought when it comes to getting your ninja back to action without feeling awkward! Check out our Families Page together Sometimes it may feel “weird” to go back to the school after a long break. Kids may feel like a lot has changed, or that their friends may not remember them. One way to help them get back to that feeling of familiarity is to check out our Families Page on Facebook! ....

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  • Gaithersburg school says no homework — just free reading

    This Morning as I was coming into the school I head this news story,
    about a Gaithersburg school saying no to homework homework and replacing it with free reading. "He had looked up research on homework effectiveness and learned that, generally, homework in elementary school isn’t linked to better academic performance — except for after-school reading."
    I have always know the value and learning value of reading, having read hundreds of book when I was a child. I even added that emphasis in our martial arts program. In addition to having o earn 8 SKILLZ stripes (8 developmentally based requirements), children are required to earn stripes in ....

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  • The Science & Psychology Behind SKILLZ

    The Science & Psychology Behind SKILLZ by by Melody Shuman When I started martial arts in 1987 as an 11-year old, things were very different. Kids and adults trained side-by-side and everyone tested on the same material for their belt, regardless of age. Needless to say, kids usually didn’t make it very far before dropping out because the training became too challenging. (Except for me, because my parents saw the many benefits of martial training as far as discipline goes, but that’s another story.) I ultimately became a school owner when I was 19, and started to make changes to the way I taught martial arts compared to the way my instructors taught me. For ....

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  • Upa buck and roll Jiu-jitsu in Manhattan Beach California

    In a Couple on months, many students he heading or heading back to college campuses across the country. many female undergrads will explore their new surroundings, meet new friends — and may find their personal safety compromised at one point, whether at social events, inside dorm rooms or even just walking home at night from the library. We at Beach Cities Martial Arts would like to here is one of the best Self-Defense more for getting an attacker off of you the Upa The 'Upa' (or 'Bridge and Roll') is probably the very first mount escape that every grappling beginner learns. It's taught as part of the basic curriculum for a ....

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  • Kids Martial Arts in Manhattan Beach - Beach Cities Martial Arts - The 2 most important aspects for a children’s martial arts instructors to be at the top of their game

    The 2 most important aspects for a children’s martial arts instructors to be at the top of their game

    Today I would like to talk about the top two things your child’s martial arts instructor MUST have. I feel that these are the two most important aspects that allow children’s martial arts instructors to be at the top of their game. They will also allow instructors to coach children in a much more effective and efficient manner. The first MUST have is: Knowledge of your child’s stage of development. Our instructors here at BCMA utilize the internationally recognized SKILLZ program. This curriculum centers on its ability to target a child’s physical, intellectual, emotional, and social stage of development. SKILLZ instructors put this information to use ....

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  • Marital Arts And Kickboxing In The Manhattan Beach Areas!

    Check out our new website for Beach Cities Martial Arts!
    We proudly serve the Manhattan Beach areas! Come see the programs and deals we have to offer. Kids Martial Arts, Fitness Kickboxing and SO MUCH MORE! Fill out the "Request Information" form on the side of the page and stop in for a visit today! Don't forget to click here to visit us on Facebook! ....

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  • Kids Martial Arts in Manhattan Beach - Beach Cities Martial Arts - The Ultimate New Years Resolution

    The Ultimate New Years Resolution

    The New Year is here, and with thousands of goals and resolutions in sight as well, 2017 is the year you should try something new! Martial arts is an established system that can better the entirety of your being. Whether you need mental benefits like furthering your discipline muscle, physical benefits like getting in shape, or maybe you’re just looking to make some new friends; martial arts is for you. 3 Martial Arts Benefits
    Physical The most common New Year’s resolution you will hear is to get in better shape. The physical benefits from martial arts are obvious. Martial arts will get you in shape in a way you find fun. Your body gets more comfortable with itself, so you have ....

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