Mindful Tips for Getting Kids to Martial Arts Class This Summer

Hey Parents! In the warm summer months, getting your child off their bikes or out of the pool for martial arts class can sometimes be a challenge. But fear not! Check out some mindful strategies to help you navigate those moments when your little ninja needs an extra nudge. 1. Set the Stage: Pay attention…

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How Mirror Neurons Impact Learning

Learning is a big part of child development and how children learn things is dependent on a variety of factors. Much of the time, observational learning contributes to how children learn information and behaviors. This type of social learning can be greatly influential because of the role that mirror neurons play in learning. Providing children…

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The Motivator Molecule: Boosting Dopamine in Constructive Ways

“Enough with the screens!” Parents: Have you ever felt like saying this to your child or teen when they just wont seem to put the phone or the tablet down? (If you answered “Yes”, you’re not alone!) Nowadays it can feel like children are only interested in their video games, smart phones, and social media…

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School Readiness – What Teachers Really Look For

When we hear the term “school readiness,” the first thing most people think of is children knowing academic basics that will help them meet the demands of the classroom. And while these cognitive skills are important, teachers feel that skills in the other areas of child development are just as, or more important. Social, emotional,…

The Mood Booster: Increasing Endorphins to Improve Learning

Children today are presented with varying types of stressors in almost every aspect of their lives. The infamous “bar” has been set so high that in order to achieve it, children are asked to forgo “fun” and work towards superiority in everything they do. And while goal setting is an essential skill for future success,…

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Situational Awareness – Increasing Children’s Observational Skills

Today’s world is busy; People are rushing here and there to get to work, school, the store, or the next activity. Even our “leisure” time is filled with busyness. And during all of it, we are distracted by our devices. This not only leads to us missing important moments in our lives, but it also…

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Summer Brain Gains – Helping Children Prevent the Summer Slide

For years, parents and children have been faced with the dreaded summer slide, a time when the school year ends and summer learning loss begins. Additionally, the reality of this being the first school year mostly “out” of COVID is that children’s cognitive performance has decreased earlier than usual. To counteract this, it’s essential that…

Proper Warmup – The Key to Sports Injury Prevention

Children and teens are involved in a myriad of physical activities and sports. And whether they are at a competitive or recreational level, the basic physical requirements are the same. In order to achieve optimum training levels, it’s important that the exercises prepare the athlete for the best physical outcome. The safest way to begin…

A Letter to Our Parents: The Importance of Consistency In Your Karate Kid’s Summer Schedule

Dear BMA Parents, Summer Break is fast approaching, and as students get excited for family trips, sunny days and memory making, parents might be wondering how to keep their child engaged and progressing during this long break from school.  A great way to achieve this is by keeping your child consistent in karate classes over…

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How Parental Involvement Increases Child Success

Parents are an essential element to their child’s success in anything. The enthusiasm and support, or lack thereof, of a parent can make or break a child’s accomplishments. In SKILLZ martial arts, it is even more essential that parents be involved as part of the teaching team since the SKILLZ system applies child development and…