SKILLZ Age Specific Pre-Evaluations: Setting your child up for success before they even begin

Hey, 4GK Families!

As you know, 4GK Martial Arts is committed to bringing you the BEST in Age Specific Martial Arts! Dwindling are the days of the dungeon dojo and authoritative discipline that many who grew up in the martial arts have come to expect.

As times change it is important to recognize that what once worked in the “good ‘ol days” isn’t what works here in 2017. As with any growing industry, the leaders must adapt and learn from new science and new technology for one main reason (in my opinion):

To learn, innovate and apply so that we may pass on the proven benefits to our customers, students, YOU!

One way that 4GK Martial Arts is able to do so is through the use of our Pre-Evaluations! That 15 minute evaluation that each student receives before jumping into our group classes is one of our most powerful tools! But, how? Continue reading “SKILLZ Age Specific Pre-Evaluations: Setting your child up for success before they even begin”

Protect Your Heart with Martial Arts

Valentine’s Day has just passed, but February is still all about the heart. Every year, the American Heart Association celebrates Heart Month to raise awareness about heart disease and heart health. What you may not know is that martial arts are great for the heart. In fact, the cardiac benefits of martial arts give a whole new meaning to the idea of cardiovascular fitness. With that in mind, here are some ways that taking martial arts classes can protect and strengthen your heart. Continue reading “Protect Your Heart with Martial Arts”

Why Core Strength Is So Important

If you’ve listened to the buzz around the fitness world lately or perused the latest workout books, you’ve probably heard the experts referencing core fitness in some shape or form. Traditionally, strength training has been dominated by exercises focused on isolating the muscles of the arms and legs. In fact, if you look at many of the weight machines that have become popular in modern gyms, you’ll notice that they require you to sit or recline while you use them.

While these machines will effectively help you build the muscles that they target, the problem is that, in real life, we don’t use our muscles that way. Continue reading “Why Core Strength Is So Important”

Introducing the Mini SKILLZ Program!

During 18 to 36 months of age, children’s’ skill development moves very fast. Their brains are growing rapidly, language is blooming, and motor skills are advancing. At the same time, thinking becomes more developed, and their social and emotional skills enable them to interact with more people. With that said, this is the ideal age to begin participation in structured group activities, such as Mini SKILLZ. We’ve done extensive research on the stages of development for children this age, and from that information have built a fun and exciting program that is just right for both the child and their guardian.
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Introducing the Extreme SKILLZ Program!

Ten to fourteen-year olds are the smartest students in the school. Yes, they are smarter than most adults! They are also physically competent and can excel in most physical challenges that are presented to them. The problem we discovered is they are so focused on what is socially acceptable that they have a hard time keeping themselves emotionally driven to the task at hand. The solution we found is to provide them with their own program that targets their stage of development in a manner that nurtures their social and emotional instability while at the same time building skills that set them up for success. With that said a structured program introducing extreme skill-based training in Martial Arts has proven to be very successful.

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Tips on Bullying

One of the biggest concerns from parents during the back-to-school season is bullying. Some 160,000 kids skip school every day because they fear of being attacked or ridiculed by bullies. The good news is that these disturbing statistics can be limited with the proper education.

As an educator that has worked with hundreds of children on anti-bullying strategies, I have found that the most important skill a child should have when dealing with bullies is confidence.  No matter what you teach a child, it will not be effective without the confidence to put the lessons into action. Children that fall victim to bullies usually are targets because they lack the confidence to stand up for themselves. Therefore, it is very important that you begin instilling confidence within your child if you want him or her to effectively handle bullying.

Here are a few tips on how you can build confidence within your child: Continue reading “Tips on Bullying”

Introducing the Internationally Acclaimed Core SKILLZ Program!

Seven to nine-year olds are what most people consider “the golden age.” They are proficient in their vocabulary and problem-solving skills, 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 intelligent, they struggle to keep up with students ages 10 and up. The solution we found is to provide them with their own program that targets their stage of development in a manner that adapts to their adventurous attitude and youthful nature while at the same time building skills that set them up for success. With that said a structured program introducing core skill-based training in Martial Arts has proven to be very successful.

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Ninja Parenting Tip: Discipline vs Punishment

Greetings Parents!

Today I wanted to talk about a tool for correcting improper behavior when our ninjas make bad decisions. Often times parents, coaches, teachers and adults define punishment and discipline as the one in the same. The first way to engineer a change in our child’s behavior will start with having the proper definition and understanding of punishment and discipline.

Punishment can be viewed as a short-term Band-Aid for a long-term problem. Punishment will quickly shut down bad behavior, but runs the risk of creating a negative and/or retroactive experience that may end in creating even more problems down the road. Discipline, on the other hand is a method that keeps the long-term goal in mind. By instilling discipline, we are working to develop trust and confidence with our ninjas by helping them work through their mistakes and creating a plan of action for the future. Continue reading “Ninja Parenting Tip: Discipline vs Punishment”