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  • Back to School Tips for Parents

    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, the 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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  • DOPAMINE: The Key to Increased Motivation and Focus in Children and Teens

    DOPAMINE: The Key to Increased Motivation and Focus in Children and Teens

    Have you ever wondered why children and teens seem to be so addicted to their smartphones and other devices? Parents are frustrated with their children’s lack of attention and motivation but what do their devices have to do with this? The answer is found in science! Often referred to as the “motivator molecule,” dopamine is a “feel good” chemical that is released in the brain which helps us focus and feel motivated. When dopamine levels are low, it can result in symptoms such as difficulty focusing, decreased motivation, trouble problem-solving, and social anxiety. Therefore, many ADHD medications target dopamine levels. When children and teens have low ....

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  • Summertime Parenting Tips

    Summertime Parenting Tips

    Now that summer is in full swing and we hope that everyone is taking advantage of our summertime fun and vacations. Today I wanted to offer a few tips on how to keep boredom at bay this summer! These are simple tips that you can implement NOW, and will help set your ninja up for success. Communicate the plan Every evening, take a few spare minutes and review the “plan” for the next day. A little bit of structure will go a long way and will also help everything go smoothly. If possible, try to include 45min-1hr of physical activity doing things such as swimming, biking or practicing your forms! Work together to develop effective summertime habits Many parents will ....

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  • At Home Practicing Tips!

    At Home Practicing Tips!

    It is common knowledge that the more time and effort you can put into developing a skill the faster and farther you can become great! to Quote Will Smith "Skill is only developed by hours and hours and hours of beating on your craft." But after a long day at school or at the Dojo it may be hard to find the motivation to practice. Below are 3 easy steps to teach a proper inner dialogue for when motivation is hard to come by. These steps will also teach you how to use a pseudo Jedi Mind Trick and convince them that it was all THEIR idea! Step 1: Ask about their ONE most important thing they want to achieve in Martial Arts. Start the conversation by asking your ninja to think about ....

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  • Fostering a Positive Growth Mindset

    Fostering a Positive Growth Mindset

    We all love to see our kids excel in everything they do. There is no doubt that when children finally nail their combination, or fly across the mat and break a board; everyone involved shares a sense of accomplishment. BUT it is only a matter of time before our little ninjas come across something that challenges them. Before we go any further, let’s agree that challenges are good things! If you are never challenged then either you aren’t working hard enough, or you’re not growing. Both of those are opposite concepts in relation to martial arts. From rank to rank, everything gets harder because being a Martial Artist is about growth and being better than you were ....

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  • GAME-BASED LEARNING The Benefits of Game-Based Learning for 10 to 14-year olds

    GAME-BASED LEARNING The Benefits of Game-Based Learning for 10 to 14-year olds

    Every day children are faced with increased amounts of pressure to work harder, learn more quickly, and manage their emotions. This is especially true for 10 to 14-year olds due to their intellectual growth during this period. However, this pressure is unhealthy for them and can lead to anxiety and depression. The premise of the game show “Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader?” tells us that children at this age are extremely smart. Along with that, their critical thinking skills are top-notch. The downfall to this age group’s intellect is that their decision-making skills are the exact opposite. Their physical abilities are also great but 10 to 14-year olds tend to be ....

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  • GAME-BASED LEARNING: The Benefits of Game-Based Learning for 7-9 year-olds

    GAME-BASED LEARNING: The Benefits of Game-Based Learning for 7-9 year-olds

    When we hear the word “learn” we often think of children sitting in a classroom, at a desk, with a teacher educating students on a particular subject. We rarely ever imagine playing a game as a teaching and learning tool. However, the benefits of utilizing this can span more developmental areas than learning about a single subject through lecture and worksheets. As O. Fred Donaldson said, “Children learn as they play. More importantly, in play, children learn how to learn.” Children between the ages of 7 and 9-years old are what most people consider “the golden age.” They are at a unique growth period in their life. They are proficient in their ....

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  • Supplementing Sports with Martial Arts

    Supplementing Sports with Martial Arts

    Imagine your child on the field running quicker than ever before, outmaneuvering all opponents, and having the confidence to overcome every obstacle! Today I’d like to talk about the benefits of supplementing youth sports with martial arts training! Before we can, we must overcome the first challenge standing between your child and the achievements listed above. Martial Arts instructors from around the nation often notice a trend revolving around youth sports. Children and Parents often jump the gun and switch from one sport to another, sometimes putting a hold or quitting martial arts training altogether. It is easy to see why: “Transportation is hard”, ....

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  • The 4 hidden benefits for martial arts!

    The 4 hidden benefits for martial arts!

    The Following Article was written by Melody Johnson (formally Shuman).Melody Shuman has over 25 years of experience in the Martial Arts. Melody earned her black belt in 1988 in New Orleans, and since then has achieved many accomplishments in her Martial Arts journey. Most know forthe development of her age-specific curriculums branded as SKILLZ. This is the very first of its kind and is getting a lot of attention for her systematic approach to skill-based Martial Arts training. Endorsed by some of the nation’s leading child psychologists, including the late Dr. Ruth Peter’s, Have you ever had that friend that asked “Why is your son/daughter in martial arts?” I am ....

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  • Mindful Tips to Use When Kids Don’t Want to Attend Class

    Melody Shuman Breaks It Down: Mindful Tips to Use When Kids Don’t Want to Attend Class
    Kids are not naturally self-motivated. When your child’s mindset is not in the right place, even the most fun activities can be a struggle to get to. With that said, here are some strategies to help you work around lack of motivation when trying to get your kid to class.
    Be attentive to what your child is doing in the moment he/she is supposed to get ready for class. If he/ she is playing or having fun with a friend, then be ready for a battle. With that said, have your child participate in a chore or task that’s not as much fun around 10 to 15-minutes prior to getting ready for ....

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