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  • Goal Setting: Unleash Your Child’s Potential

    Goal Setting: Unleash Your Child’s Potential Goal setting is one of the most highly linked characteristics to the success that individuals have. Top athletes and successful people all use goal setting. And while it is a trait that is most often associated with adolescents and adults, younger children can also benefit greatly from beginning this life skill at an early age. Learning how to set reasonable and attainable goals is a valuable lesson for children of all ages. Studies show that goal setting helps children improve their self-discipline and self-awareness. It also increases their internal drive so that they stay motivated to complete the goals they set for ....

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  • Set Training Dates w/your Child

    Training Dates with your Child... You may hear your child’s instructor talking about practice time at home fairly often. This is because practicing can have a huge impact on a child's ability to perform in class which will lead to more confidence. With more confidence comes the ability to achieve faster and farther! Another great benefit to practicing at home is that this will allow YOU – the parent, an outlet to connect over something they are passionate about. Often times parents feel like they have to go on extravagant outings and spend long periods of time to build that connection. But this can also lead to allowing perfectionism to stop us from finding opportunities. ....

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  • Martial Arts - The Art of Peace not Violence

    For years, martial arts has gotten a bad reputation because people feel that it encourages violence, especially in children. And yes, it sounds like a paradox that something that teaches “fighting” can actually make people less aggressive. However, what most people don’t know is that martial arts is rooted in nonviolent conflict resolution. As the founder of Aikido, O’Sensei Morihei Ueshiba, said, “To injure an opponent is to injure yourself. To control aggression without inflicting injury is the Art of Peace.” Controlling aggression is the ultimate goal of martial arts. In order to do this, martial arts teaches respect and humility as well as life ....

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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 kids finally nails their technique, or earnstheir next belt; everyone involved shares a sense of accomplishment. BUT it is only a matter of time before our children 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 ....

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  • 5 TIPs to use to put your child's negative behavior into perspective

    5 Tips your child’s instructor uses to put negative behavior into perspective As seasoned Pediatric Ninja Specialists, Ilike to call little martial arts children Ninja's, we have witnessed just about every sort of behavior and outburst from working with hundreds of kids over the years. We have seen it all from playful name calling to angry tantrums. Some things are hard to not take personally, but our experience allows us to put things into perspective so that we may have the opportunity to use this as a moment of learning. If you ever thought: “You are making me so mad!” “Can’t he/she see this hurts my feelings?” “I can’t ....

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  • Building a "Stick-2-it-Attitude"in your Child

    Hey West Coast Krav Maga Parents! Today I’d like to talk about tough situations, struggles, failures, and the importance of following through in a manner that promotes growth in children. When things get tough for our kids the two most common ways parents handle these situations is to either swoop in and be the hero or to leave them to “figure” it out. This could mean doing their homework for them, not pushing them to get back up on that horse, or allowing them to quit a sport/activity that they love simply because they have hit a roadblock. The issue is that in most cases both of these choices rob our kids of the chance to learn, overcome, and become a stronger ....

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  • The Benefits of Game-Based Learning for 3-4-year-olds

    The Benefits of Game-Based Learning for 3-4-year-olds Play is often overlooked as a learning tool for children. Dictionarey.com defines play as “engaging in activity for enjoyment and recreation rather than a serious or practical purpose.” It is seen as a type of “free time” when nothing else important is happening. However, this couldn’t be further from the truth. For 3 to 4-year old’s, play is vital to their overall development and learning. Children between the ages of 3 and 4 years old are growing physically, intellectually, emotionally, and socially, at a very rapid rate. They are discovering new things daily and are attempting to navigate ....

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  • Ever wondered why our classes are more effective than your typical martial arts schools’ program?

    Hey, WCKM Families! Have you ever wondered why our classes are more effective than your typical martial arts schools’ program? The thing that makes our classes more dynamic than most is that we understand childhood development and have been able to use a curriculum that takes advantage of this understanding! Here are just a few benefits and what they mean for your child! 1. Specifically Targeted Instruction This means that we are able to teach with techniques that are specifically meant to develop physical, intellectual, emotional, and social skill sets. The fact that we are able to individually target each of these areas means that they will develop faster as well! ....

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  • ENDORPHINS: The Key to Effort and Focus in Children and Teens

    ENDORPHINS The Key to Effort and Focus in Children and Teens Endorphins are natural chemicals produced in the body to reduce pain and boost happiness. They are most often associated with exercise since the release of these “feel-good” chemicals cause a state of euphoria and is usually known as a “runner’s high.” However, most any exercise will cause this state of happiness and it is also boosted through laughter and excitement. In recent years, studies involving endorphins have begun to focus on how this chemical contributes to learning. Physical activity is essential to brain development. Basically, when we feel good, we learn better. Intellectually ....

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