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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 link between martial arts and your child’s happiness

Motion Leads to Emotion – Why Martial Arts Programs Will Make Your Kids Happier & Healthier

Is there anything better than seeing your kid happy, laughing, and giggling? Looking back at you with a pure joy in their eyes? It’s all we want for our bundles of joy. We want to set them up with all the tools and happiness they need to have a full, fruitful life.

Of course, along the way, things can change, kids can become depressed, and life can be unfair. There needs to be a way for you to ensure your little one is receiving natural happiness boosts no matter what. Thankfully, our bodies want us to be happy and healthy, which means they secrete natural chemicals on their own to keep our mental state happy and receptive. 

It all starts with a funny response system – motion leads to emotion. When we get moving, our bodies are able to produce the best feeling chemical in our bodies: endorphins.

What Are Endorphins?

Endorphins are natural response chemicals created by the brain when we do something positive or exciting. They make us feel physically, and mentally, better, which is why we crave the feeling of endorphins frequently. The good news is – you can control how much your body excretes these endorphins, and it starts with a little brain-backing that we just mentioned above.

It All Starts with Motion

Try a little exercise quickly. Shrug your shoulders and frown. You probably don’t feel great, right? How about stand up, stretch your neck, put a big smile on your face, and breathe deeply. As you exhale, you probably feel some relief; you probably feel a lot better.

Bay Area Marital Arts When we exercise, we feel better. You know the term: “runner’s high.” That’s because your body feels so good and accomplished when you finish a run. It’s all thanks to endorphins. They are a natural incentive to get moving and get your heart pumping.

When your child engages their entire body in a sport like martial arts, endorphins flood their body. They are going to feel amazing, positive, and strong. While they’re strengthening their bodies, they are going to feel better about themselves and their abilities. They are going to associate this physical activity with happiness, which means they are going to prioritize this kind of healthy lifestyle forever.

Not to mention, the reward-element of endorphins and that happy feeling will help them feel more accomplished. Over-time, they will develop confidence as they continue to advance through their training. It’s all thanks to something that naturally exists right inside your body!

Bay Area Martial Arts

Our Skillz kids martial arts programs are based on the completely natural release of chemicals within your body. We believe that kids need healthy doses of endorphins, serotonin, oxytocin, and dopamine to develop their mind in a strong and positive way. Our classes are set up to engage all four of these chemicals so your kids will be happy, confidence, respectful, disciplined, and energized every single day.