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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.

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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 Benefits SKILLZ can provide for 7 to 9-year olds

Seven to nine-year olds are what most people consider “the golden age.”
They are emotionally stable, yet they are not at the age where they want complete independence from adults.
This makes the teacher-student relationship stronger than ever.
The problem we discovered is they still lack core skills, and although they are highly proficient in their vocabulary and problem-solving skills, they struggle to keep up with pre-teens and teens in many areas, especially physically.
Below are milestones that martial arts can help accomplish:
Top PHYSICAL development milestones:
· Demonstrate TECHNIQUE in blocks, strikes, kicks, and stances while applying SPEED and power.
· Demonstrate AGILITY by applying proper motion to movements without looking sloppy.
· Demonstrate FLEXIBILITY by applying proper mechanics to stretching.
Top INTELLECTUAL development milestones:
· Demonstrate CONCENTRATION by focusing on the task at hand despite other distractions.
· Not give up on tasks that initially appear difficult.
· Retain simple information without trying to put excessive thought into it.
Top EMOTIONAL development milestones:
· Show INTENSITY in their efforts, even on basic tasks.
· PERSEVERE through challenges, especially when they initially feel like giving up.
· Show COURAGE by facing their fears when trying something new.
Top SOCIAL development milestones:
· Address problems and challenges properly without interfering on the overall flow of the class.
· Keep trying hard and control their emotions, especially when they do not get their way.
· Demonstrate the desire to be the best, not because they want to hurt others feelings, but because they want to improve as an individual.
By understanding the milestones of this age group, you can then provide drills and curriculum that properly target their stage of development to generate MAXIMUM results.
At the same time, you can translate the benefits of your drills and curriculum to your parents.
This is where you take an average program to a program of high VALUE.
For example:
Skill: Technique
Drill: Cat and Mouse Board Break Challenge
Description: In this drill the students will build technique in their board breaking skills. The students will compete in a fun game of cat and mouse while breaking boards.
This is a fun way to teach the students how to PHYSICALLY develop technique in their strikes so that they break the boards in as few shots as possible.
This is a great way to improve INTELLECTUAL development because they need to concentrate on their breaks and not their opponent that is quickly chasing after him/ her.
This is great for their EMOTIONAL development as they gain the courage to hit boards.
This is great for their SOCIAL development to improve their abilities through healthy competition.

Click below to check out this drill:
As you can see, we know how to take a simple drill and turn it into a drill that has VALUE.
It’s all in your mindset about drills and how you target age-specific benefits.
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