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  • Cultivating Respect Through Martial Arts: A Powerful Journey for Kids

    In a world where values like respect are harder to teach due in part to screen time and social media, parents are continually seeking ways to instill essential virtues in their children. Martial arts, beyond its physical prowess and self-defense benefits, has proven to be an invaluable tool in shaping the character of young minds. One of the key virtues emphasized in martial arts training is respect. Here are a few of the key components we will be addressing this month. Respect for Seniors: Martial arts places a strong emphasis on respecting authority figures within the training environment. Children in martial arts classes learn to follow instructions, listen attentively, and show ....

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  • Building Courage in Children: A Key to Future Success

    In the journey of shaping resilient and confident individuals, nurturing courage in children stands as a crucial pillar. Courage, often linked with bravery in the face of fear, plays a pivotal role in a children's emotional, social, and cognitive development. As guardians, mentors, and educators, it's vital to acknowledge the profound impact courage can have on molding a children's character and preparing them for life's hurdles. Taking on Challenges: A significant aspect of courage for children is the ability to tackle challenges head-on. Whether it's trying a new activity, making new friends, or dealing with school work, courage empowers children to step out of their comfort zones. ....

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  • New Semester of Leadership Team Starts January 2nd!

    January marks the beginning of a new semester for Leadership Team, featuring new weapons and concepts being put into practice. Here is what is on tap for January: The Mirror Effect: Leaders tend to develop and attract individuals who are like them. This underscores the importance of leading by example, and most importantly demonstrating a commitment to consistently improve oneself. Rivers & Floods: While the first concept of January might push us to try and fix everything at once, Rivers and Floods emphasizes the importance of having a vision for oneself and not taking on too much at once. Short Sword: This is one of our most athletic yet accessible weapons. While most weapons ....

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  • Beginner Word for November: Manners

    This month we will be discussing Manners with all of our beginner students in our martial arts classes. We refer to Manners as how we show other people that they matter. As with all of our concepts, we will be presenting our scripted mat chats provided by our developmental psychologist to help with a well-rounded understanding of manners. But we will be following up with specific examples of martial arts manners, ranging from bowing, taking turns, or being a supportive partner. Our character project should already be in your email (for existing students), but I encourage parents to take a couple of extra minutes to recognize when you catch your child doing something right. Taking a moment ....

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  • The Importance of Preparation

    In martial arts, success is not just a matter of skill and technique. Behind every kick, every powerful punch, and every technique lies a crucial element that sets the foundation for success - preparation. At Balanced Martial Arts, we understand that preparation is key to unlocking the true potential of our young students. In this blog, we dive into the significance of preparation in martial arts for kids, exploring how it nurtures discipline, self-confidence, and the ability to conquer challenges. Building the Path to Discipline: Preparation is essentially discipline. Teaching kids the value of preparation from an early age instills a sense of responsibility and accountability. ....

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  • 5 Tips For Helping Your Child Complete Tasks Without the Yelling

    In a world where instant gratification and quick fixes dominate our daily lives, teaching children the value of perseverance is more crucial than ever. As so many of the alternative activities become easier and easier to access, likelihood of abandoning an old difficult activity for a new one increases immensely. Yet we all know the ability to see tasks through to completion is a vital life skill that equips children with resilience, determination, and a growth mindset. We will do a deep dive into strategies on how to complete tasks in our seminars in the weeks of July 10 th and August 21 st , here are a 5 of the concepts we plan on covering if you want to implement some at home. ....

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  • 5 Keys to Helping Kids Get Started on Tasks

    For kids who have a hard time getting started on tasks (which is most kids), there are several tricks we will be teaching this summer in our seminars about “Goals: Strategies to Get Started.” Much of the conflict parents have with their children on things like chores or homework tie into this skill set, so learning this skill set will go a long way to a happy home (for both parents and kids alike). While we will be going into greater depth and role playing these concepts with students in our seminars on July 10th and August 14 th , here is a quick list of things you can incorporate at home. Break tasks into smaller steps: Children often find big tasks overwhelming. ....

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  • Head Into the Summer with A Review of Anti-Bullying

    As summer approaches, children everywhere eagerly anticipate the freedom and fun the break brings. However, alongside this excitement, it is crucial to acknowledge the potential challenges that may arise, such as encounters with bullies. Heading into the summer when kids are exposed to so many new spaces and faces, a review of anti-bullying strategies is incredibly important. Empowering children with the necessary tools to handle bullies is essential for fostering their resilience and ensuring a safe and enjoyable summer. Here are a few key components of standing up to bullies we will be covering in our seminars the week of June 26th and before the school year in the week of August ....

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  • Focus: The ability to choose how we live our life

    Focus: The ability to choose how we live our life This month in martial arts class, we are teaching our students about focus. Focus is one of those buzzwords students and their parents come to us with, but if I ask people why they want to develop focus they give me varying reasons. Sometimes it’s because they want their child to do better in school. For others, so there are fewer arguments at home. Others still so their child can complete tasks without having to be constantly managed. But the definition I like to think of for focus is the ability to choose how we live our life. Most adults, and the kids we are around, feel like they get distracted from the things they really want ....

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  • 3 Key Points to Build Persistence

    The journey to a black belt is a lesson in persistence. Due to the wide variety of skills and traits required to earn your black belt, you will run into several things that cause you to struggle. For some, it's kicking high, for others it's standing still, for others it's moving fast. As you face those struggles and overcome them, you learn how to overcome the adversity inherent to everyday life. Here are a few of the key steps we want every student to learn on their journey to a black belt. Have a plan for when it's hard: Far too often coaches fall into the trap of trying to teach how to deal with hard things AFTER adversity. People are far more receptive to guidance when ....

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