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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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How your child’s brain and stomach communicate

Did You Know a Chemical Produced by Your Gut is Responsible for Keeping Your Kid Happy?

More kids than ever before today are suffering from depression, anxiety, and other mental disorders that make it hard for them to get along with other kids, have fun, and enjoy life. They feel a burden to do well in school, excel at after school activities, and find happiness amidst all of their screen time.

Parents are constantly looking for solutions, enrolling kids in therapy, and considering self-help books that might make a difference. What they aren’t considering is that the answer to their child’s happiness is right inside their child’s body.

What is Serotonin?
Our bodies were created to release natural chemicals that regulate our mood and keep us happy and hopeful. One

special chemical produced in your gut, known as serotonin, can impact our overall happiness levels. Aptly known as the “happiness drug,” high levels of serotonin can help children overcome their unhappiness and lack of motivation.

When this drug is released, it signals to the brain to feel happier and more energetic. In order to experience this release, we need to do something positive, make a decision, complete a project, or feel a “reward.” It’s a snowball effect from there.

So how does one increase their production of serotonin? Especially in children?

Here’s how it happens:

Allow Your Child to Make a Decision:
When children are not provided with the freedom to make decisions, they are missing out on an essential part of brain function. They need to select the color they like, the topic they want, and the shirt that is right for them. This kind of decision making is what fires off serotonin, as well as provides them with critical confidence in their decisions.

Allow Your Child to Receive Positive Feedback for Their Decision:
Try asking your kid a question when it’s time for everyone to brush their teeth. Instead of telling them to brush their teeth, ask them which toothbrush they would like to use. They will make a decision all on their own, and feel that kick of serotonin as a reward. Therefore, they will want to make more, positive decisions in the future.

Allow Your Child to Become a Decision-Maker:
Over-time, due to the biological reward system that revolves around serotonin, your child will become someone who is not only comfortable with decisions, but also someone who wants to make them. We all know this skill is critical for functioning as an adult in this life – especially if we want our children to be successful.

Bay Area Martial Arts
Here at Bay Area Martial Arts, we know how important the secretion of serotonin is for your little ones. That’s why we embed decision making into every level of our instruction. We allow students to make choices constantly, so they are rewarded with this serotonin boost. When they advance levels based entirely on their choices, they will sport a newfound confidence day-in and day-out.

It all starts with a chemical made in your gut!