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Shonnon Schey reviewed Bay Area Martial Arts
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I signed my kindergartener daughter in the six-week promotion to see if she would enjoy martial arts. I knew after her first class that this was going to be truly enriching for her, and she loves going to her classes.
I love that the classes are age specific- and you can see how the teaching styles are geared towards each age group. As explained by Sensei Adrian in our assessment- four-year-olds and seven-year-olds are capable of different things at different times. Having them in age-appropriate classes will help them succeed because they are with their peers.
The instructors are firm but fair, and are amazing with a large group of kids. They don't coddle anyone, they have the same expectations of everyone.
I'm proud of how my daughter has taken to BAMA in such a short time. She has gotten stronger and already shows more self discipline (as much as can be expected from a five-year-old)!
My husband and I are so happy that we found Bay Area Martial Arts!

Christina Chandler reviewed Bay Area Martial Arts
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My son just started and I already can see the difference in him. Thank you. This place is GREAT! You all should see if your child or children like it.

Leah Martin reviewed Bay Area Martial Arts
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My 13 year old son started at the dojo when he was 5 and my 9 year old daughter started when she was 3. Bringing them here has turned out to be one of the best decisions that my husband and I made for our children. The amount of focus and discipline that they have learned through martial arts has encompassed all parts of their lives. Both are excellent students and know how to stick up for themselves. My daughter will not think twice about being an ally for someone else. I am blown away by their self confidence. They have learned that you can succeed at anything you put your mind to with hard work and perseverance.

While learning the skills of working hard and self esteem, students get a great work out and have fun with Sifu Adrian and Sensei Ceci. They create a nurturing environment where children learn skills at their appropriate developmental stage. They have become family and I am forever grateful for all that they have done for my children.

Kelly Correll Brown reviewed Bay Area Martial Arts
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My 7 year old son started at Bay Area Martial Arts in January of this year. After nearly 6 months I have seen such a change in him both physically and emotionally. My son was always scared of trying new things - like riding a scooter or doing a handstand - because his balance has never been that great. Martial arts has really helped him build confidence and the physical strength to try new things. Respect for yourself, your family, and people in the wider world is something that he is learning and doing. Sensei Adrian, Nate, and Ceci have been so wonderful not just to our son, but to our whole family. They really care about these kids - not just to make them ninjas (because lets face it... what kid doesn't want to be a ninja?!?!), but about helping them be the best version of themselves that they can be. Thanks so much you guys!!!!

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The Secret Lessons Behind the Fun

By Heidi Burmann

I have had a few conversations regarding what we are teaching students in class, so I thought it might be a good opportunity to expand the discussion to include everyone.

Watching class from the outside, it may just look like lots of fun for the children, but we are actually developing all sorts of skills in every drill, every warm up, and even every game. (shh don’t tell the kids that they are supposed to be learning while they are having fun!)

So let me share with you what we are working on today.

In Early Skillz we are doing Kicking. While the children are being reminded about more technical aspects of kicking, such as having good chambers and keeping their hands up, kicking also helps with balance, proprioception, and spatial awareness, plus builds strength in both the core muscles and hip flexors. And that is just the physical aspect; training at BAMA focuses on Physical, Emotional, Social and Intellectual.

In Basics Skillz we are working on Focus today. Focus helps with, well, Focus! However, focus, to us, is far more than just standing still and paying attention, and even looks like just the opposite at times as we challenge the kids in exciting environments.

Emotionally, 5 and 6 year old kids are easily excitable, and they will lose focus easily. Our Goal is to help them focus even when it is hard to do so. We are constantly redirecting them and reminding them how super Ninjas act. I am sure you have heard me say that, right?

Intellectually, typical 5 and 6 year old kids have a hard time retaining beyond three commands. I say typical, because I am sure that if you are a parent of an intermediate or advanced Basic Skillz ninja, they are likely above their stage of development and can remember three if not more.

Very often, what we see as a lack of focus is actually our adult misunderstanding of a child’s normal development as we see them struggle with a series of commands we have given. For example, when you ask a 5 year old to get up, turn off the tv, put on his shoes, and get his jacket…. he will get up, turn off the tv, put on his jacket, and play with his toys.

When we can understand that our kids aren’t showing lack of focus, we are simply expecting things beyond their stage of development, it helps us shift the way we interact with them, making it less stressful for all involved.

Learning Focus takes time! This is especially true when you consider that we are not teaching obedience to command, but the ability to self-regulate and make good choices in a crazy world. Your child wasn’t formed in a day; give them time to get acclimated to new things.

Whenever you are not sure what we could “possibly” be teaching on any particular day, grab any of us and we will be happy to explain all about it. I will be posting tidbits about the skills we are working so you can better understand what our goals are, and so you can start to see and celebrate the successes your kids are achieving.

For further reading on what we do and why, check out our article “Teaching Martial Arts in 4D