What Motivates Kids?

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What Motivates Kids?

What Motivates Kids?

 

So there's a lot to gain from regular physical activity, but how do you encourage kids to do it? The three keys are:

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WHY I NEVER LET MY KIDS QUIT...ANYTHING

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WHY I NEVER LET MY KIDS QUIT...ANYTHING

Constancy, commitment and loyalty are all values I hoped to instill in my sons. Learning to endure something even when it became boring or unpleasant, when the coach or teacher didn’t like my kid, or vice versa, seemed a lesson truly worth teaching. I thought that the first time I let them walk away from something just because at that moment it didn’t suit them was the last time I had any credibility about endurance or resilience because the refrain henceforth would have been, “but you let me quit….”

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7 Ways to Build Character in Kids

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7 Ways to Build Character in Kids

How do you teach your child to be compassionate? I think my mom had a pretty good idea. Often, as she brushed my hair into a ponytail for school she’d say, “Today, I want you to look around on the playground. If you see anyone who’s left out, or has no one to play with–that’s who you’re supposed to play with today.” She didn’t just tell me to “be sweet,” she gave me a very specific idea of how I could identify another child with a need and respond with compassion.

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Punch Your Way to a Six Pack

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Punch Your Way to a Six Pack

Contrary to popular belief, doing thousands of crunches isn’t the secret to getting a shredded six-pack. This is because you can’t target a specific area of your body to sculpt and burn fat. If you’ve been doing it wrongly all this time and not seeing visible results at this point, fret not – because we’re here to help!

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How To Prevent Your Child From Becoming a Victim of Bullying

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How To Prevent Your Child From Becoming a Victim of Bullying

Pacer.org (National Bullying Prevention Center) reports:

What is bullying? 

Bullying is defined as unwelcome behavior among school-age children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. A powerful bully intentionally harms someone who is weaker through repeated hurtful behaviors that could result in damaging consequences.

Studies show that bullying has a serious negative impact on a child’s life and development. They may find it more difficult than others to adjust, have a low psychological well-being, face psychological distress and are almost always physically unwell.

 

How do I bully-proof my child?

1) Teach them self-confidence.
Children who grow up with low self-esteem are often more prone to bullying. Giving them the confidence to deal with and avoid physical aggression will most certainly increase their self-esteem. This confidence can be developed by learning martial arts. Not only will a child learn the skills necessary to neutralize an attack, but also  how to avoid conflict.

 

2) Build trust.
The easiest way to build trust is by showing your child that you want to be an active part of his or her life. Stay connected and keep lines of communication open all the time. Ensure them that you are always there for them, no matter how trivial their problems may seem. If you have an open relationship with your child, the less likely he or she will be bullied.

 

3) Ensure that they grow up in a compassionate, loving home.
This is probably one of the most effective ways to prevent your child from being bullied and becoming a bully himself. Remember, children are very impressionable and often act out what they see at home. If your discipline methods include shaming or hitting, there may be a chance that they will do the same to others. Make sure that your child grows up in a loving home that disciplines with compassion.

 

4) Teach them basic bully-avoidance.
Since bullying often occurs when adults aren’t present, teach your child to avoid potential situations where they know bullying could occur. Sitting at the front of the bus or hurrying to the classroom when the bell rings could substantially minimize contact with bullies.

 

5) Encourage them to learn basic self-defense. 
Self-defense means exactly what it does — defending yourself against an attacker. For children, learning how to deal with confrontation without the use of physical aggression is paramount. This not only prevents the child from becoming a bully himself, but also gives them an enhanced sense of responsibility by giving them the ability to take control of the situation until help arrives.

Unfortunately, most children continue to tolerate bullying despite the havoc it wreaks on their lives. Thus, with some very basic training in self-defense, many children’s lives can be vastly improved.
Through martial arts, violence and bullying can be dealt with by using non-violent techniques. Children will be taught to stand up for themselves and gain the confidence they need to take control of their lives and control bullies in a safe and proven manner.

Martial arts is possibly the best investment you can make in your children’s future, so act now and enroll them in the Premier Martial Arts right away!

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Martial Arts - The solution to your child's obsession with video games

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Martial Arts - The solution to your child's obsession with video games

Is your child obsessed with video games or watching TV?

Would he rather play Minecraft than go for a swim with his friends?

Many parents are in agreement: today’s kids are spending way too much time on their electronic gadgets. Instead of playing on the street, interacting with friends, and doing homework, kids choose to spend their waking hours glued to a screen.

Is your child obsessed with video games or watching TV?

Would he rather play Minecraft than go for a swim with his friends?

Many parents are in agreement: today’s kids are spending way too much time on their electronic gadgets. Instead of playing on the street, interacting with friends, and doing homework, kids choose to spend their waking hours glued to a screen.

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Anger Management For Children

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Anger Management For Children

I’m getting so many letters from baffled parents with angry children. Some of the parents have a background of abuse from childhood. Others have a child with an anger prone temperament. Other angry children have a history of sexual abuse the parents may not know about. Some children have a combination of these three factors. If your child has a change in behavior for the worse, ask him or her if someone has touched their private parts or has hurt them in any way.

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In Today’s Times We All Need Modern World Self Protection

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In Today’s Times We All Need Modern World Self Protection

In Today’s Times We All Need Modern World Self Protection   Premier Martial Arts incorporates a combination of techniques found in four effective disciplines: Krav Maga, Kickboxing, Submission Grappling and Kali to provide students with a realistic personal protection system for a modern world.

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Does Your Child Need Help Focusing and Concentrating?

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Does Your Child Need Help Focusing and Concentrating?

Does your child have trouble concentrating on his home work? Do you find your child with a dreamy expression on his face when he is supposed to be studying?  There are many things you can do to help your child to attain a better concentration levels. One great way is children’s martial arts and karate classes.

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Is Fitness is Your Goal?

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Is Fitness is Your Goal?

Is Fitness is Your Goal?

No matter if you are five or sixty five…., Strength, Conditioning, and Flexibility are all benefits that a student can expect to receive with Premier Martial Arts Training.

Every muscle group is strengthened and defined with the exercises, movements, technique, and training drills that are incorporated into our curriculum. Your endurance and stamina will peak as we increase your cardiovascular conditioning. All these physical benefits for your body will be felt in your daily life and activities, increasing your energy and confidence. Our Success Formula is Focus + Discipline = Success!

Most any exercise gets some results when performed and most any self-defense is better than none. The problem is that most fitness programs fail to offer the excitement and interest to keep the participant consistent in their training, therefore setting them up for failure in their results. The successful fitness results of Premier Martial Arts are supported by personal development. Our students receive coaching in focus, goal setting, self-discipline and confidence which helps to keep them on track. It is like having your own personal trainer and success coach all in one.

The best thing of all is that students receive incredible benefits in physical fitness and personal development while receiving the empowerment that comes through the self-defense training that will be invaluable as they learn the skills needed to protect themselves and their family.

What are YOU waiting for?  Getting started IS Easy!

Physical and Mental Empowerment is only one decision away! You don’t have to be in shape and there is no prior experience necessary.

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PREMIER MARTIAL ARTS DEVELOPS A CHILD'S CONFIDENCE FROM FIVE MAIN FACTORS.

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PREMIER MARTIAL ARTS DEVELOPS A CHILD'S CONFIDENCE FROM FIVE MAIN FACTORS.

PREMIER MARTIAL ARTS DEVELOPS AND BUILDS A CHILD'S CONFIDENCE FROM FIVE MAIN FACTORS.

  1. Good Finding. Our instructors are taught to be “Good Finders”. They are constantly looking for opportunities to praise and complement our students. Instead of always pointing out what a student is doing wrong, we are always trying to point out what they do right! This approach to teaching motivates the children though continuous positive energy.
  2. We Give A’s First. Our Instructors “Always Give an A First”. Our instructors at Premier Martial Arts understand that by complimenting children for their efforts, not just results, no matter how minor, motivates a student to try that much harder. Trying harder brings the child even better results and those results will develop true confidence. Then the cycle repeats.
  3. Belt Ranking. Premier Martial Arts has a unique way of setting goals and showing the progression of those goals, and that is though our Belt Ranking system. A beginning student starts as a white belt and moves though goals of different color belt ranks as they meet different physical, mental and curriculum requirements. This goal setting/learning and rewarding/goal accomplishment system rewards children for their efforts and progress and developments a strong foundation of confidence and continue to grow and grow.
  4. Self Defense. Children develop confidence at Premier Martial Arts though our self-defense instruction. In is no secret that children that have a sense of well-being and security are confident and happy. Self-defense training is part of every class a child takes at Premier Martial Arts.
  5. Fitness. With the childhood obesity rates skyrocketing in the U.S. It has never been more important that children learn and develop positive habits of nutrition and fitness. Beside health concerns for a child’s future, it is important to understand that a negative self-image is the main “killer of confidence.” Sadly our society continues to put more and more emphasis on how a person looks on the outside than what kind of person they are on the inside. How a child thinks about themselves is directly related to how they feel about themselves. If they think they are overweight and un- attractive, then this attitude will likely result in decreasing their confidence and self-worth. At Premier Martial Arts, we teach our children valuable life lasting lessons on nutrient and fitness. Through our training we develop happy, healthy, confident, successful children!

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The Myth About Bullies...

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The Myth About Bullies...

The myth about bullies is absolutely true: if you stand up to them, they back down. However, most kids are too scared to stand up to them. But when your child's confidence dramatically grows, they'll have the confidence to stand up for themselves - and other kids - when a bully gets in their face.

No kid will ever be able to pick on, or take anything away, from your child. Ever. Your child will have the ability, and the confidence, to defend themselves and others.

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FIVE REASONS MARTIAL ARTS BUILDS CONFIDENCE IN CHILDREN

PREMIER MARTIAL ARTS DEVELOPS AND BUILDS A CHILD CONFIDENCE FROM FIVE MAIN FACTORS.

1.       Good Finding. Our instructors are taught to be “Good Finders”. They are constantly looking for opportunities to praise and complement our students. Instead of always pointing out what a student is doing wrong, we are always trying to point out what they do right! This approach to teaching motivates the children though continuous positive energy.

2.       We Give A’s First. Our Instructors “Always Give an A First”. Our instructors at Premier Martial Arts understand that by complimenting children for their efforts, not just results, no matter how minor, motivates a student to try that much harder. Trying harder brings the child even better results and those results will develop true confidence. Then the cycle repeats.

3.       Belt Ranking. Premier Martial Arts has a unique way of setting goals and showing the progression of those goals, and that is though our Belt Ranking system. A beginning student starts as a white belt and moves though goals of different color belt ranks as they meet different physical, mental and curriculum requirements. This goal setting/learning and rewarding/goal accomplishment system rewards children for their efforts and progress and developments a strong foundation of confidence and continue to grow and grow.  

4.       Self Defense. Children develop confidence at Premier Martial Arts though our self-defense instruction. In is no secret that children that have a sense of well-being and security are confident and happy. Self-defense training is part of every class a child takes at Premier Martial Arts.

5.       Fitness. With the childhood obesity rates skyrocketing in the U.S. It has never been more important that children learn and develop positive habits of nutrition and fitness. Beside health concerns for a child’s future, it is important to understand that a negative self-image is the main “killer of confidence”. Sadly our society continues to put more and more emphasis on how a person looks on the outside than what kind of person they are on the inside. How a child thinks about themselves is directly related to how they feel about themselves. If they think they are overweight and un- attractive, then this attitude will likely result in decreasing their confidence and self-worth. At Premier Martial Arts, we teach our children valuable life lasting lessons on nutrition and fitness. Through our training we develop happy, healthy, confident, successful children!

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10 Reasons Why Adults Should Learn Self-Defense

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10 Reasons Why Adults Should Learn Self-Defense

Why Everyone Should Take Self-Defense Classes

1. It builds confidence

One of the biggest advantages to taking self defense classes is the way it makes you feel afterwards. A lot of people are unconfident with their abilities to protect themselves before they join a practice, or take classes. This can be due to personal experiences, as well as driven by the news. We hear a lot about the negativity in our society, and this can leave people feeling unprotected. Self defense classes will build confidence in yourself. If you are getting bullied, it is also a great way to protect yourself and grow confidence in yourself, ultimately molding you into a better person.

2. It works on your balance

Let’s face it, some of us can’t walk and chew gum at the same time – myself included. These types of classes require a lot out of your body, including the ability to do two things at once without falling over. Improving your balance also means improving focus. Karate and self defense classes teach you how to focus on your target while you control your body. Without balance it is almost impossible to fight. Through gaining your body control and balance, you will be better prepared to protect yourself.

3. It helps develop self-discipline

“The only discipline that lasts, is self-discipline.” -Bum Phillips. In order to learn and grow with your self defense abilities, you have to develop self-discipline. You have to be motivated and dedicated to the practice. In order to be better protected-you have to keep practicing. Actually going to class and showing up on a regular basis develops discipline. Taking these types of classes will get you focused on your personal protection and on your surroundings. Like with any other sport, you can’t get better if you don’t practice.

4. It helps improve your physical conditioning

The whole point of self defense classes is to prepare you for any situation that may bring harm to you. Physical conditioning is extremely important when it comes to self defense. Training and practicing prepares you for the adrenalin dump when a situation arises that may require you to fight. When someone comes after you, you will experience what is called an adrenalin dump. It’s your body’s way of responding to the fight or flight situation. It only last a few seconds, so you need to be physically conditioned to appropriately deal with a dangerous situation. If you aren’t, your body will not work as well as you need it to after the adrenalin dump . Physical conditioning will work on your reflexes and your awareness of an attack. When you are fighting it is important to be focused both mentally and physically. If you are prepared, you will be more successful in a dangerous situation and the dump won’t take all your energy from you.

5. It improves your street awareness

Self defense classes will make you more aware of your surroundings. You’re never planning to be attacked, but your attacker is the one with the plan. Self defense classes will help you to be aware at all times and ready, should this type of situation arise. You might be shocked for a second, but you will have the necessary reactions to protect yourself. Master Olson was telling me about how his classes teach you to think about where you can be attacked and where your attacker could be hiding. Always be aware of your surroundings.

6. It teaches you self-respect

The practice of karate, and many other practices like it, are centered around trust and respect. It teaches respect of each other, and respect for yourself. This is beneficial in life. If you don’t respect yourself, then how can you respect others? When you are practicing your self defense moves you will be practicing with a partner. There needs to be mutual trust between the two of you to not hurt each other, but still practice well. If you do not respect yourself it is unlikely that others will respect you and have that mutual trust.

7. It helps to develop a warrior spirit

We all watch the news and see how terrible it can be. Taking self defense classes will help you develop a sort of warrior spirit. We all know that if we are attacked, the last thing we want to do is get in that van of our assailant. Self defense classes can prepare you for battle and, most importantly, survival. If you are attacked, you don’t want to go to a secondary location, and having self defense on your side will help prevent that from happening. You will have a sense of “I am going to survive here, not down the road.”

8. It helps you develop a fighters reflex

In a fight, movement is power. You can’t stand around and wait for your attacker’s next strike, you have to move! Self defense classes will help develop your reflexes and you will gain a fighter’s reflex. A fighter’s reflex is different from your normal reflexes. In normal situations you respond to something that happens. When you are being attacked it is better to know how to respond. Fighter’s reflex will allow you to move quickly and smartly in the situation. You will know where to step and where to throw your punch. You will be prepared.

9. It will help you with goal setting

Self defense classes help you to set goals. Whether you want to nail a specific move, or work hard to feel like you can protect yourself, you are setting a goal. It gets you back in class each week, and will help you in your everyday life. It helps you develop a drive that you may not have had before. If you take your goal setting seriously within your self defense classes, it can roll over into your everyday life, helping you get through any tough situation that comes your way.

10. It has a positive influence on your life

Unlike a lot of things in life, taking self defense classes will always have a positive impact on your life. Each and every one of the reasons above are proof of this. Taking self defense classes can boost your spirits and make you a more confident and better version of yourself. It’s important to have things in life that we can rely on to make us happy- taking these kinds of classes does just that.


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7 Reasons Why Martial Arts Is A Great Activity for Kids

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7 Reasons Why Martial Arts Is A Great Activity for Kids

1. Beneficial for kids with ADHD

Studies show that a complex physical activity, like martial arts, strengthens neural pathways and networks in the brain, and enables kids with ADD/ADHD to practice self-control. Movement helps them develop coordination while building strength resulting in increased focusing ability. 

2. Kids Get More Physically Active

With the obesity epidemic in the US, physical activity of all kinds are great to instill in young children teaching them to move their bodies on a regular basis. Martial Arts teaches kids that physical activity is important and should be part of a regular routine. 

3. They Learn To Breathe

Did you know that from the time Americans are 5 years old that we stop using the majority of our lung capacity? Deep breathing can aid in energy, focus, and keeping our bodies healthy and supple.

4. Kids Will Learn to Find Focus and Stillness

Especially in today's digital landscape, it is important to teach children how to take some time away from phones and electronic devices and connect with the world and people around them. Stillness and silence are rapidly becoming a thing of the past and we, as parents, should do all we can to make sure they can find themselves in a calm, quiet place amongst the chaos. 

5. Kids gain Self Confidence and Self Respect

Many kids benefit greatly from the increase in self confidence that Martial Arts and Karate instills in them. Learning that they are capable of working through belt ranks and accomplishing goals helps them, not only on the studio floor, but in life as well. As they grow in self awareness and self respect, they will be more confident out in the real world. 

6. Learn Conflict Resolution

Martial Arts and Karate ARE about learning to defend yourself, but a great deal is taught about how to try and diffuse a situation before it starts, and that words are never a reason to get into a fight. We teach kids to try and resolve a conflict with out physical altercations and to only engage in martial arts outside the ring, when it is for self defense. 

7. They Will Learn to Take Hits

Part of life is learning that from time to time, we all will have to take some hits. The most important part is learning how to take a blow and get back up, both figuratively and literally. When we get hit, we learn to respond better and more quickly, maneuver, and anticipate so that we can better protect ourselves.

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Krav Maga for Women: A New Trend in Self-Defense

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Krav Maga for Women: A New Trend in Self-Defense

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Krav Maga is quickly gaining in popularity among women for a choice of self defense study. This training form focuses on real world situations and is extremely efficient at countering brutal attacks. 

Krav is a very intense form of training that will not only enable you to defend yourself, but will whip you into shape in no time. There have been an influx in celebrity Krav Maga training to not only improve their believably on screen and also keep their bodies camera ready; Maria Menounos, Hillary Swank, Ashton Kutcher, Jennifer Lopez, Brendon Fraser, Lucy Liu, Jennifer Garner, Shannon Elizabeth, Leonardo Di Caprio, & Brad Pitt to name a few.  

Krav Maga is a self defense system developed for the military in Israel consisting of a combination of techniques sourced from boxing, Muay Thai, Judo, Jiu Jitsu, wrestling and several other forms of mixed martial arts. 

Learning Krav Maga for Self Defense can teach you to defend yourself against attackers as well as build both inner and outer strength. All women should have the self confidence as well as the physical training to be able to protect themselves in real world situations. Krav Maga teaches you how to prepare both mentally and physically to be ready in a time of need and how to avoid freezing or shutting down in confrontations. 

If you are looking for an effective form of self defense that is easy to learn, we recommend you try a Krav Maga class at Premier Martial Arts. 

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