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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
5
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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
5
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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
5
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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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Do you have an anxious child?

Why Are Kids So Anxious Today?

If you have a child battling anxiety or childhood depression, or know of a friend or two with the same situation, know that you are not alone today. Countless studies have reported that kids feel more stress in America today than ever before, as “free play time” becomes a thing of the past with rigorous schedules and secluded activities that revolve around the iPhone or tablet.

As a result, data released by the National Survey of Children’s Health for ages 6 to 17 found a 20% increase in the diagnoses of anxiety between the years of 2007 and 2012.

It’s not a reality we ever want to see for our children, which is why it’s so important we first understand why kids are so anxious today. From there, we can make a plan of action to turn this trend around and allow them to be happy and free of worry and stress.

Why Are Kids So Anxious Today?

  1. Social Media: Social media is all about self-image, there’s no way to sugarcoat it. Kids are obsessed with who “likes or comments” on their photo. As a result, incredible pressure is placed on physical appearance and the ability to express oneself openly on social media. For kids that don’t fit in that mold, they are feeling pressure to conform, change their bodies, and change their personalities to be more likeable on social media.
  1. School Competition: Schools are placing academic pressure on students like never before. The rate of competitiveness is astounding, especially if children want to go to a good college. With the world now accessible with just one flight, the competition is global, and that can be really hard for some children to process. 
  1. Less Playtime: Since school has become so highly competitive, children have less and less time to get outside and simply be kids. As a result, they are missing out on essential playtime that can provide them with self-confidence, courage, and creative expression. They are spending more time cooped up inside with their electronics, feeding into social media, and constantly sizing themselves up against other students.
  1. Rigorous Scheduling: In some capacity, more adults have anxiety than ever before as well, which means they are exerting their anxiety onto their children. They do this in the form of over-scheduling and never letting their kids out of their sight. Children therefore don’t have independence to express themselves and learn more about their own personal passions.

Fear Not – There is a Solution

In order to combat the rate of childhood anxiety, there needs to be a solution that targets both mental and physical development. That’s why martial arts programs are becoming increasingly popular – they are an easy way to teach self respect, discipline, and confidence to children without the social media validation. For an hour or two each week, kids put down the phones and learn a skill in the here and the now.

Consider a martial arts program with us here at Bay Area Martial Arts today.Why?

Kids love martial arts.