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Posted: June 23, 2017

This is a great example of how Martial Arts can make the difference in a child's life at any moment!! 

(Original Link: http://fox13now.com/2016/07/11/8-year-old-girl-fights-off-would-be-kidnapper-with-kung-fu-moves/)

EL CAJON, Calif. - A young girl who knew some Kung Fu moves used them to escape a kidnapping attempt overnight, police in California say.

Early Sunday morning, the 8-year-old girl woke up to an unidentified man in her and her 6-year-old brother's room, El Cajon police Lt. Rob Ransweiler said. The man had crawled through a window on the first floor of their condo in the 1300 block of Hawk Lane.

The man grabbed the girl and was dragging her downstairs when she struck him in the neck causing him to drop her and run out of the home, the young girl's mother told FOX 5. After the man ran away, she woke her parents and told them what happened.

El Cajon police received a call about the attempted kidnapping around 4 a.m.  The victim did not appear to be injured and nothing was taken, Ransweiler said.

The mother said her daughter learned some self-defense moves during a martial arts class – and they paid off.

"I'm relieved that this is the story I get to tell – that she's in my home, here and safe," her mother said.  "My kids are supposed to be safe while they are sleeping."

Read the Rest of the Story on the original news source!

 

Here are some essential safety tips every child should know: 

1. Always keep a safe distance from the people you do not know;

This may seem like common sense, but in most child abduction cases the kids are lured close by a predator, and an essential thing they must know is to always keep enough distance from approaching cars or strangers asking questions.

2. Have a Safe House in the neighborhood they can run to where they can be safe;

Sometimes a child may find himself in a difficult or dangerous situation while not in the proximity of home. Have some safety points in the neighborhood such as friends houses or neighborhood business where the child can seek safety should he find himself in danger or needing help. 

3.Learn the Magic Word!

If a stranger approaches them, make sure they know to ask for the magic word The Magic Word is an essential Stranger Danger technique; If a stranger claims to have been sent by Mommy or Daddy, teach your child a magic word that only the two of you know; Teach your child to always ask strangers pretending to be friends if they know the magic word, and to run away and ask for help if not given.

4. When Online, Always Decline!

Unfortunately as many precautions as we take as parents, it is very difficult to shield your children form the infinite access of the internet, especially when visiting friends houses whose parents may not have the same safety restrictions as yours. One thing to make sure that your child knows is to “Never Share Personal Information Online, Especially with strangers.” Teach your child the tagline “When Online, Always Decline!”

 5. Always Say No!

Never Accept any kind of gifts or candy from strangers Politely decline saying “No Thanks!”.
If the person insists, teach your child that this is a sign that something is not right and to quickly find a way to escape the situation or go tell the nearest adult about it.

These are just some strategies we have taught thousands of children through the years, and we hope you have found them useful... PLEASE LIKE US ON FACEBOOK!

 

 

Be Observant
During your visit, carefully observe everything in the reception area, the classrooms, and the shop (if there is one). It should be clean and organized, the equipment should be in good shape and plentiful to keep the children they teach safe, and the staff should have positive attitudes and engage with both clients and visitors.
The equipment in classrooms is there to protect students, so there should also be padding on the floor to protect kids when they practice falls. 
 
Talk to Instructors, are they qualified? 
Its important to know the qualifications of the instructors at a martial arts school. Ask about their training and find out if they are certified. People who want to teach martial arts may be personal trainers who are certified as martial arts instructors, or they may have certification from associations within their sport.


For instance, a good martial arts instructor may have a certification from an organization like the American Taekwondo Association. Instructors teaching karate for kids should also be certified in first-aid and CPR in case a child is injured during class.
If you re interested in having your child participate in competitions, you need to verify any certifications or licenses required by state law. In Florida, amateur competitive matches must be sanctioned and supervised by an amateur sanctioning organization for matches involving martial arts forms that include blows or strikes to the head. At Victory Martial Arts, our students compete in the American Taekwondo Association Tournaments, that begin with district / regional tournaments and continue on until World Championships where finalists from all over the world compete in one of the largest Martial Arts tournaments in the world, 
Class Sizes
When observing a class, check to see how many instructors or helpers there are in the class. Class sizes should be small enough to allow children to learn the sport and receive help when it is needed. This cannot be achieved if the class is too large. We recommend one instructor/helper per 15 students which is what we pride ourselves with at Victory Martial Arts, we ve seen students have the most success with this ratio.
As your child advances in his or her skills, the class sizes may increase, but beginners classes should be conducive to children learning the basics of the martial arts form. When touring a class or martial arts school, see if there are children or teenagers in intermediate or advanced classes as that will speak to the ability of the school to teach and retain students.

Be Observant
During your visit, carefully observe everything in the reception area, the classrooms, and the shop (if there is one). It should be clean and organized, the equipment should be in good shape and plentiful to keep the children they teach safe, and the staff should have positive attitudes and engage with both clients and visitors.
The equipment in classrooms is there to protect students, so there should also be padding on the floor to protect kids when they practice falls. 
 
Talk to Instructors, are they qualified? 
Its important to know the qualifications of the instructors at a martial arts school. Ask about their training and find out if they are certified. People who want to teach martial arts may be personal trainers who are certified as martial arts instructors, or they may have certification from associations within their sport.


For instance, a good martial arts instructor may have a certification from an organization like the American Taekwondo Association. Instructors teaching karate for kids should also be certified in first-aid and CPR in case a child is injured during class.
If you re interested in having your child participate in competitions, you need to verify any certifications or licenses required by state law. In Florida, amateur competitive matches must be sanctioned and supervised by an amateur sanctioning organization for matches involving martial arts forms that include blows or strikes to the head. At Victory Martial Arts, our students compete in the American Taekwondo Association Tournaments, that begin with district / regional tournaments and continue on until World Championships where finalists from all over the world compete in one of the largest Martial Arts tournaments in the world, 
Class Sizes
When observing a class, check to see how many instructors or helpers there are in the class. Class sizes should be small enough to allow children to learn the sport and receive help when it is needed. This cannot be achieved if the class is too large. We recommend one instructor/helper per 15 students which is what we pride ourselves with at Victory Martial Arts, we ve seen students have the most success with this ratio.
As your child advances in his or her skills, the class sizes may increase, but beginners classes should be conducive to children learning the basics of the martial arts form. When touring a class or martial arts school, see if there are children or teenagers in intermediate or advanced classes as that will speak to the ability of the school to teach and retain students.

 

 

Transcript of Simon Sinek's Millennials in the Workplace Interview

Apparently, millennials as a group of people, which are those born from approximately 1984 and after, are tough to manage. They are accused of being entitled and narcissistic, self -interested caused and lazy - but entitled is the big one. 

Because they confound the leadership so much, leaders will say “what do you want?” And millennials will say “we want to work in a place with purpose, we want to make an impact, we want free food and bean bag chairs.” Any yet when provided all these things they are still not happy. And that is because there is a missing piece.

It can be broken down into 4 pieces actually. 1 Parenting. 2 Technology. 3 Impatience. 4 Environment.

The generation that is called the millennials, too many of them grew up subject to “failed parenting strategies.” Where they were told that they were special - all the time, they were told they can have anything they want in life, just because they want it. Some of them got into honors classes not because they deserved it but because their parents complained. Some of them got A’s not because they earned them, but because the teachers didn’t want to deal with the parents. Some kids got participation medals, they got a medal for coming in last. Which the science we know is pretty clear is that it devalues the medal and the reward for those who actually work hard and that actually makes the person who comes in last embarrassed because they know they didn’t deserve it so that actually makes them feel worse.

You take this group of people and they graduate and they get a job and they’re thrust into the real world and in an instant they find out they are not special, their mom’s can’t get them a promotion, that you get nothing for coming in last and by the way you can’t just have it because you want it. In an instant their entire self image is shattered. So we have an entire generation that is growing up with lower self esteem than previous generations.

 The other problem to compound it is we are growing up in a Facebook/Instagram world, in other words, we are good at putting filters on things. We’re good at showing people that life is amazing even though I am depressed…

Everybody sounds tough, and everybody sounds like they have it all figured out and the reality is there’s very little toughness and most people don’t have it all figured out. So when the more senior people say “well, what should we do?” they sound like “this is what you gotta do!” - but they have no clue.

So you have an entire generation growing up with lower self esteem than previous generations - through no fault of their own, they were dealt a bad hand. Now let’s add in technology. We know that engagement with social media and our cell phones releases a chemical called dopamine. That’s why when you get a text - it feels good. In a 2012 study, Harvard research scientists reported that talking about oneself through social media activates a pleasure sensation in the brain usually associated with food, money and sex. It’s why we count the likes, it’s why we go back ten times to see if the interaction is growing, and if our Instagram is slowing we wonder if we have done something wrong, or if people don’t like us anymore. The trauma for young kids to be unfriended it too much to handle. We know when you get the attention it feels good, you get a hit of dopamine which feels good which is why we keep going back to it. Dopamine is the exact same chemical that makes us feel good when we smoke, when we drink and when we gamble. In other words, it’s highly, highly addictive…

We have age restrictions on smoking, drinking and gambling but we have no age restrictions on social media and cell phones. Which is the equivalent of opening up the liquor cabinet and saying to our teenagers “hey by the way, if this adolescence thing gets you down - help yourself.”

An entire generation now has access to an addictive, numbing chemical called dopamine, through cellphones and social media, while they are going through the high stress of adolescence. 

Why is this important? Almost every alcoholic discovered alcohol when they were teenagers. When we are very, very young the only approval we need is the approval of our parents and as we go through adolescence we make this transition where we now need the approval of our peers. Very frustrating for our parents, very important for the teenager. It allows us to acculturate outside of our immediate families and into the broader tribe. It’s a highly, highly stressful and anxious period of our lives and we are supposed to learn to rely on our friends.  

Some people, quite by accident, discover alcohol, the numbing effects of dopamine, to help them cope with the stresses and anxieties of adolescence. Unfortunately that becomes hard wired in their brains and for the rest of their lives, when they suffer significant stress, they will not turn to a person, they will turn to the bottle. Social stress, financial stress, career stress, that’s pretty much the primary reasons why an alcoholic drinks. But now because we are allowing unfettered access to these devices and media, basically it is becoming hard wired and what we are seeing is that they grow older, too many kids don’t know how to form deep, meaningful relationships. “Their words, not mine.”

They will admit that many of their relationships are superficial, they will admit that they don’t count on their friends, they don’t rely on their friends. They have fun with their friends, but they also know that their friends will cancel on them when something better comes along. Deep meaningful relationships are not there because they never practiced the skillset and worse, they don’t have the coping mechanisms to deal with stress. So when significant stress begins to show up in their lives, they’re not turning to a person, they’re turning to a device, they’re turning to social media, they’re turning to these things which offer temporary relief. 

We know, the science is clear, we know that people who spend more time on Facebook suffer higher rates of depression than people who spend less time on Facebook.

These things balanced, are not bad. Alcohol is not bad, too much alcohol is bad. Gambling is fun, too much gambling is dangerous. There is nothing wrong with social media and cellphones, it’s the imbalance.

If you are sitting at dinner with your friends, and you are texting somebody who is not there - that’s a problem. That’s an addiction. If you are sitting in a meeting with people you are supposed to be listening and speaking to, and you put your phone on the table, that sends a subconscious message to the room “you’re just not that important.” The fact that you can’t put the phone away, that’s because you are addicted. 

If you wake up and you check your phone before you say good morning to your girlfriend, boyfriend or spouse, you have an addiction. And like all addictions, in time, it will destroy relationships, it will cost time, it will cost money and it will make your life worse.

So we have a generation growing up with lower self-esteem that doesn’t have the coping mechanisms to deal with stress and now you add in the sense of impatience. They’ve grown up in a world of instant gratification. You want to buy something, you go on Amazon and it arrives the next day. You want to watch a movie, logon and watch a movie. You don’t check movie times. You want to watch a TV show, binge. You don’t even have to wait week-to-week-to-week. Many people skip seasons, just so they can binge at the end of the season…

Instant gratification. You want to go on a date? You don’t even have to learn how to be socially awkward on that first date. You don’t need to learn how to practice that skill. You don’t have to be the uncomfortable person who says yes when you mean no and no when you mean yes. Swipe right - bang - done! You don’t even need to learn the social coping mechanism.

Everything you want you can have instantaneously. Everything you want, instant gratification, except, job satisfaction and strength of relationships - their ain’t no out for that. They are slow, meandering, uncomfortable, messy processes. 

And so millennials are wonderful, idealistic, hardworking smart kids who’ve just graduated school and are in their entry-level jobs and when asked “how’s it going?” they say “I think I’m going to quit.” And we’re like “why?” and they say “I’m not making an impact.” To which we say - “you’ve only been there eight months…” 

It’s as if their standing at the foot of a mountain and they have this abstract concept called impact that they want to have on the world, which is the summit. What they don’t see is the mountain. I don’t care if you go up the mountain quickly or slowly, but there’s still a mountain. And so what this young generation needs to learn is patience. That some things that really, really matter, like love or job fulfillment, joy, love of life, self confidence, a skillset, any of these things, all of these things take time. Sometimes you can expedite pieces of it, but the overall journey is arduous and long and difficult and if you don’t ask for help and learn that skillset, you will fall off the mountain. Or the worst case scenario, we’re seeing an increase in suicide rates in this generation, we’re seeing an increase in accidental deaths due to drug overdoses, we’re seeing more and more kids drop out of school or take a leave of absence due to depression. Unheard of. This is really bad.

The best case scenario, you’ll have an entire population growing up and going through life and just never really finding joy. They’ll never really find deep, deep fulfillment in work or in life, they’ll just waft through life and it things will only be “just fine.” “How’s your job?” “It’s fine, same as yesterday...” “How’s your relationship?” “It’s fine…”

That’s the best case scenario.  

Which leads to the fourth point which is environment. Which is we’re taking this amazing group of young, fantastic kids who were just dealt a bad hand and it’s no fault of their own, and we put them in corporate environments that care more about the numbers than they do about the kids. They care more about the short-term gains than the life of this young human being. We care more about the year than the lifetime. We are putting them in corporate environments that are not helping them build their confidence. That aren’t helping them learn the skills of cooperation. That aren’t helping them overcome the challenges of a digital world and finding more balance. That isn’t helping them overcome the need for instant gratification and teach them the joys and impact and the fulfillment you get from working hard on something for a long time that cannot be done in a month or even in a year.

So we thrust them into corporate environments and the worst thing is they think it’s them. They blame themselves. They think it’s them who can’t deal. And so it makes it all worse. It’s not them. It’s the corporations, it’s the corporate environment, it’s the total lack of good leadership in our world today that is making them feel the way they do. They were dealt a bad hand and it’s the company’s responsibility to pick up the slack and work extra hard and find ways to build their confidence, to teach them the social skills that their missing out on. 

There should be no cellphones in conference rooms. None, zero. When sitting and waiting for a meeting to start, instead of using your phone with your head down, everyone should be focused on building relationships. We ask personal questions, “How’s your dad? I heard he was in the hospital.” “Oh he’s really good thanks for asking. He’s actually at home now.” “Oh I’m glad to hear that.” “That was really amazing.” “I know, it was really scary for a while there.” -- That’s how you form relationships. “Hey did you ever get that report done?” “No, I totally forgot.” “Hey, I can help you out. Let me help you.” “Really?” -- That’s how trust forms. Trust doesn’t form at an event in a day. Even bad times don’t form trust immediately. It’s the slow, steady consistency and we need to create mechanisms where we allow for those little innocuous interactions to happen. 

When we are out with friends, as we are leaving for dinner together, we leave our cell phones at home. Who are we calling? Maybe one of us will bring a phone in case we need to call an Uber. It’s like an alcoholic. The reason you take the alcohol out of the house is because we cannot trust our willpower. We’re just not strong enough. But when you remove the temptation, it actually makes it a lot easier. When you just say “Don’t check your phone,” people will just go to the bathroom and what’s the first thing we do? We look at the phone.

When you don’t have the phone, you just check out the world. And that’s where ideas happen. The constant, constant, constant engagement is not where you have innovation and ideas. Ideas happen when our minds wander and we see something and we think, “I bet they could do that…” That’s called innovation. But we’re taking away all those little moments. 

None of us should charge our phones by our beds. We should be charging our phones in the living rooms. Remove the temptation. We wake up in the middle of the night because you can’t sleep, you won’t check your phone, which makes it worse. But if it’s in the living room, it’s relaxed, it’s fine. Some say “but it’s my alarm clock.” Buy an alarm clock. They cost eight dollars.

The point is, we now in industry, whether we like it or not, we don’t get a choice, we now have a responsibility to make up the shortfall. And help this amazing, idealistic, fantastic generation build their confidence, learn patience, learn the social skills, find a better balance between life and technology because quite frankly it’s the right thing to do.

You can find more about Simon Sinek and his books at his site www.startwithwhy.com 

This article originally appeared at http://davidgosse.com/transcript-of-simon-sineks-millennials-in-the-workplace-interview.

 

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For many of us, the meaning of Thanksgiving usually includes feasting, four-day weekends, football games, floats, family reunions, or a forerunner to Christmas festivities.  The “first Thanksgiving,” however, was neither a feast nor a holiday, but a simple gathering. Following the Mayflower’s arrival at Plymouth Rock on December 11, 1620, the Pilgrims suffered the loss of 46 of their original 102 colonists. With the help of 91 natives, the remaining Pilgrims survived the bitter winter and yielded a bountiful harvest in 1621. In celebration, a traditional English harvest festival, lasting three days brought the Pilgrims and natives to unite in a “thanksgiving” observance. 

This “thanksgiving” meal would not be celebrated again until June of 1676. On June 29 the community of Charlestown, Massachusetts proclaimed a day of thanksgiving for their good fortune. Ironically, this celebration excluded the natives, as the colonists’ recognized their recent victory over the “heathen natives.” One hundred years later, in October of 1777, all 13 colonies participated in a one-time “thanksgiving” celebration which commemorated the patriotic victory over the British at Saratoga. It would take a span of over 150 more years to establish Thanksgiving as we celebrate it -- George Washington proclaimed it a National holiday in 1789, Lincoln proclaimed the last Thursday in November in 1863, and Congress sanctioned it as a legal holiday in 1941.

The meaning of Thanksgiving has undergone numerous transitions -- an expression of gratitude for survival, a council’s recognition of its flourishing community, submission of the local natives, the defeat over the British, resulting in a collection of our nation’s traditions and values. Over the centuries, families added their customs to the Thanksgiving celebration, preserving that which they held most precious.

•To gather in unity – It is refreshing and invigorating when people come together, in celebration of a common purpose. It is a reconciliation of differences as well as a time of healing. In sharing our victories as well as our struggles, we find strength and hope.

•To teach the young – In stories retold, each generation brings purpose and significance to the richness of their heritage. Faded pictures, sentimental knick-knacks, even the prayer of Thanksgiving before the meal all from a Thanksgiving family legacy.

•To prepare the heart – In gratitude, we humbly reflect upon all the gifts (family, friends, health) that saturate our lives. By “giving-thanks” we choose to extend ourselves and give to others less fortunate. Out of the abundance of our hearts, we are able to offer our resources to help others.

 

Thanksgiving is a time to gather around loved ones ...to be grateful for all that we have been so abundantly blessed with and also to spare a thought for those not so lucky. It is a season of bountifulness and a reason to share the same ....true Thanksgiving is in actually doing that - Giving !!!

The year yields its harvest sharing abundant blessings, may your thanksgiving be blessed with fruit fullness and overflowing love

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family from Victory Martial Arts!

 

 

8 Year Old Girl Fights Off Would Be Kidnapper with Martial Arts

Posted: March 31, 2017

 

This is a great example of how Martial Arts can make the difference in a child's life at any moment!! 

(Original Link: http://fox13now.com/2016/07/11/8-year-old-girl-fights-off-would-be-kidnapper-with-kung-fu-moves/)

EL CAJON, Calif. - A young girl who knew some Kung Fu moves used them to escape a kidnapping attempt overnight, police in California say.

Early Sunday morning, the 8-year-old girl woke up to an unidentified man in her and her 6-year-old brother's room, El Cajon police Lt. Rob Ransweiler said. The man had crawled through a window on the first floor of their condo in the 1300 block of Hawk Lane.

The man grabbed the girl and was dragging her downstairs when she struck him in the neck causing him to drop her and run out of the home, the young girl's mother told FOX 5. After the man ran away, she woke her parents and told them what happened.

El Cajon police received a call about the attempted kidnapping around 4 a.m.  The victim did not appear to be injured and nothing was taken, Ransweiler said.

The mother said her daughter learned some self-defense moves during a martial arts class – and they paid off.

"I'm relieved that this is the story I get to tell – that she's in my home, here and safe," her mother said.  "My kids are supposed to be safe while they are sleeping."

Read the Rest of the Story on the original news source!

 

Here are some essential safety tips every child should know: 

1. Always keep a safe distance from the people you do not know;

This may seem like common sense, but in most child abduction cases the kids are lured close by a predator, and an essential thing they must know is to always keep enough distance from approaching cars or strangers asking questions.

2. Have a Safe House in the neighborhood they can run to where they can be safe;

Sometimes a child may find himself in a difficult or dangerous situation while not in the proximity of home. Have some safety points in the neighborhood such as friends houses or neighborhood business where the child can seek safety should he find himself in danger or needing help. 

3.Learn the Magic Word!

If a stranger approaches them, make sure they know to ask for the magic word The Magic Word is an essential Stranger Danger technique; If a stranger claims to have been sent by Mommy or Daddy, teach your child a magic word that only the two of you know; Teach your child to always ask strangers pretending to be friends if they know the magic word, and to run away and ask for help if not given.

4. When Online, Always Decline!

Unfortunately as many precautions as we take as parents, it is very difficult to shield your children form the infinite access of the internet, especially when visiting friends houses whose parents may not have the same safety restrictions as yours. One thing to make sure that your child knows is to “Never Share Personal Information Online, Especially with strangers.” Teach your child the tagline “When Online, Always Decline!”

 5. Always Say No!

Never Accept any kind of gifts or candy from strangers Politely decline saying “No Thanks!”.
If the person insists, teach your child that this is a sign that something is not right and to quickly find a way to escape the situation or go tell the nearest adult about it.

These are just some strategies we have taught thousands of children through the years, and we hope you have found them useful... PLEASE LIKE US ON FACEBOOK!

 

 

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Be Observant
During your visit, carefully observe everything in the reception area, the classrooms, and the shop (if there is one). It should be clean and organized, the equipment should be in good shape and plentiful to keep the children they teach safe, and the staff should have positive attitudes and engage with both clients and visitors.
The equipment in classrooms is there to protect students, so there should also be padding on the floor to protect kids when they practice falls. 
 
Talk to Instructors, are they qualified? 
Its important to know the qualifications of the instructors at a martial arts school. Ask about their training and find out if they are certified. People who want to teach martial arts may be personal trainers who are certified as martial arts instructors, or they may have certification from associations within their sport.


For instance, a good martial arts instructor may have a certification from an organization like the American Taekwondo Association. Instructors teaching karate for kids should also be certified in first-aid and CPR in case a child is injured during class.
If you re interested in having your child participate in competitions, you need to verify any certifications or licenses required by state law. In Florida, amateur competitive matches must be sanctioned and supervised by an amateur sanctioning organization for matches involving martial arts forms that include blows or strikes to the head. At Victory Martial Arts, our students compete in the American Taekwondo Association Tournaments, that begin with district / regional tournaments and continue on until World Championships where finalists from all over the world compete in one of the largest Martial Arts tournaments in the world, 
Class Sizes
When observing a class, check to see how many instructors or helpers there are in the class. Class sizes should be small enough to allow children to learn the sport and receive help when it is needed. This cannot be achieved if the class is too large. We recommend one instructor/helper per 15 students which is what we pride ourselves with at Victory Martial Arts, we ve seen students have the most success with this ratio.
As your child advances in his or her skills, the class sizes may increase, but beginners classes should be conducive to children learning the basics of the martial arts form. When touring a class or martial arts school, see if there are children or teenagers in intermediate or advanced classes as that will speak to the ability of the school to teach and retain students.

 

Be Observant
During your visit, carefully observe everything in the reception area, the classrooms, and the shop (if there is one). It should be clean and organized, the equipment should be in good shape and plentiful to keep the children they teach safe, and the staff should have positive attitudes and engage with both clients and visitors.
The equipment in classrooms is there to protect students, so there should also be padding on the floor to protect kids when they practice falls. 
 
Talk to Instructors, are they qualified? 
Its important to know the qualifications of the instructors at a martial arts school. Ask about their training and find out if they are certified. People who want to teach martial arts may be personal trainers who are certified as martial arts instructors, or they may have certification from associations within their sport.
For instance, a good martial arts instructor may have a certification from an organization like the American Taekwondo Association. Instructors teaching karate for kids should also be certified in first-aid and CPR in case a child is injured during class.
If you’re interested in having your child participate in competitions, you need to verify any certifications or licenses required by state law. In Florida, amateur competitive matches must be sanctioned and supervised by an amateur sanctioning organization for matches involving martial arts forms that include blows or strikes to the head. At Victory Martial Arts, our students compete in the American Taekwondo Association Tournaments, that begin with district / regional tournaments and continue on until World Championships where finalists from all over the world compete in one of the largest Martial Arts tournaments in the world, 
Class Sizes
When observing a class, check to see how many instructors or helpers there are in the class. Class sizes should be small enough to allow children to learn the sport and receive help when it is needed. This cannot be achieved if the class is too large. We recommend one instructor/helper per 15 students which is what we pride ourselves with at Victory Martial Arts, we’ve seen students have the most success with this ratio.
As your child advances in his or her skills, the class sizes may increase, but beginners classes should be conducive to children learning the basics of the martial arts form. When touring a class or martial arts school, see if there are children or teenagers in intermediate or advanced classes as that will speak to the ability of the school to teach and retain students.

 

 

 

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Hey there!  We understand how challenging it can be to decide on a Martial Arts School, there are so many to choose from, which is why we created this informative guide giving you the details you’ll need to pick the best option for your child.  Then sit back, relax, and watch them succeed!

If your child has expressed an interest in learning martial arts, then the first thing you need to do is find a great martial arts school. There are many schools in the Orlando area which may meet your needs, but there are plenty of details to consider before making a decision.  

Reasons for Choosing Martial Arts

While your son or daughter may want to learn the martial arts moves they’ve seen on their favorite tv shows, your reasons are probably a bit different and may include:

  • Improve discipline and focus
  • Self defense
  • Exercise
  • Boost socialization skills
  • Teamwork

Martial arts classes will help your child meet these goals, but you will need to select a style of martial arts for them to practice.  

Martial Arts Styles

There are hundreds of martial arts forms around the world, of which many are very advanced and studied by adults.  However, the most effective, popular, and enjoyable styles for kids are Karate and Taekwondo.  As your child advances in his/her martial arts practice and is well into their teenage years, they may begin learning about other forms of martial arts, but for now we recommend learning about, and deciding between Karate and Taekwondo.  

Martial Arts for Kids

We advise parents to look for martial arts schools that stick to the original concepts of the style it teaches. The more basic the instruction, the more your child will learn about that style. It is also important to understand the goals and values of schools you are looking at.  At Victory Martial Arts, we teach the same values you teach at home!  As mentioned above, we recommend children focusing on either Karate or Taekwondo, here are more details to help with your decision.  

  • Karate – Originating in Japan, this martial art teaches self-defense using punches, strikes, and kicks. There are several sub-styles of karate like Shotokan, Budokan, and Kenpo karate. Most martial arts schools in the United States teach “American” karate, which is a combination of several karate styles.  
  • Taekwondo – Is a form of self-defense using kicks, punches, strikes and blocks. Breathing and meditation techniques are often taught to improve students’ focus.

At Victory Martial Arts, we offer the best of both worlds with our Karate For Kids Program which is also the main children Martial Arts curriculum of the world famous American Taekwondo Association.

When Should Children Start Martial Arts?

Some martial arts schools teach children as young as four, but many experts consider six to be a good age to start learning most disciplines. At age six, their balance and coordination are better, so they can learn the proper techniques for punching, kicking and turning safely.  Other forms of martial arts have age limitations to begin studying which is another reason Karate and Taekwondo are best for kids.

Search for Schools

To find a martial arts school near you, check out the internet and ask other parents you know whose kids are learning martial arts.  A few questions we recommend asking are…

  1. Do you like the instruction your child is receiving at the school?
  2. Does your son/daughter enjoy going to classes?
  3. What is your favorite part about the martial arts school?

Remember, if your child doesn’t truly enjoy what they are doing in class they won’t get the maximum benefits, which is why it’s so important to do your research and choose the school that is the best fit.

We also suggest taking a look at the schools’ websites you find online during your searches.  A martial arts schools website will typically tell you about the styles they teach, ages they teach, hours of operation, instructor bio’s and sometimes testimonials from students and their parents.  You may also find a great trial offer deal to save you some money when you enroll your son/daughter.  For example, at Victory Martial Arts right now you can purchase 3 classes for only $19.95 AND they include a uniform which your child will need too!

When you’re searching for Martial Arts Classes In Orlando, use both “martial arts schools” and “martial arts classes” in the search box. Although there will be a lot of overlap when the results page appears, there will be some differences as well that might be a good fit for your son/daughter.

Tour Facilities

After doing your research and checking out schools’ websites, make a list of schools or classes in a convenient location for you, then call the schools you’ve found to set up an appointment to meet the owners and instructors if the owners don't teach classes themselves.

It’s important to make an appointment instead of stopping in for your first visit to ensure the owners or main instructor is available to answer questions. If you just stop by, the owner may not be there, and instructors may be busy with their students.

During your scheduled visit, If you like the answers you’re given, ask to sit in on a class so you can observe how the students are taught. How the children are treated and taught may help you narrow down some of the martial arts classes you’re evaluating for your child.  During your visit notice if the school is living up to their mission that you may have seen on their website.  For example, at Victory Martial Arts we believe it is very important to teach our students much more than merely the physical aspects of martial arts.  We teach our students to foster the emotions that will empower them to better confront the many challenges they will encounter in life.

Be Observant
During your visit, carefully observe everything in the reception area, the classrooms, and the shop (if there is one). It should be clean and organized, the equipment should be in good shape and plentiful to keep the children they teach safe, and the staff should have positive attitudes and engage with both clients and visitors.
The equipment in classrooms is there to protect students, so there should also be padding on the floor to protect kids when they practice falls.

 

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Be Observant
During your visit, carefully observe everything in the reception area, the classrooms, and the shop (if there is one). It should be clean and organized, the equipment should be in good shape and plentiful to keep the children they teach safe, and the staff should have positive attitudes and engage with both clients and visitors.
The equipment in classrooms is there to protect students, so there should also be padding on the floor to protect kids when they practice falls.
 
Talk to Instructors, are they qualified?
It's important to know the qualifications of the instructors at a martial arts school. Ask about their training and find out if they are certified. People who want to teach martial arts may be personal trainers who are certified as martial arts instructors, or they may have certification from associations within their sport.
For instance, a good martial arts instructor may have a certification from an organization like the American Taekwondo Association. Instructors teaching karate for kids should also be certified in first-aid and CPR in case a child is injured during class.
If you’re interested in having your child participate in competitions, you need to verify any certifications or licenses required by state law. In Florida, amateur competitive matches must be sanctioned and supervised by an amateur sanctioning organization for matches involving martial arts forms that include blows or strikes to the head. At Victory Martial Arts, our students compete in the American Taekwondo Association Tournaments, that begin with district / regional tournaments and continue on until World Championships where finalists from all over the world compete in one of the largest Martial Arts tournaments in the world,
Class Sizes
When observing a class, check to see how many instructors or helpers there are in the class. Class sizes should be small enough to allow children to learn the sport and receive help when it is needed. This cannot be achieved if the class is too large. We recommend one instructor/helper per 15 students which is what we pride ourselves with at Victory Martial Arts, we’ve seen students have the most success with this ratio.
As your child advances in his or her skills, the class sizes may increase, but beginner's classes should be conducive to children learning the basics of the martial arts form. When touring a class or martial arts school, see if there are children or teenagers in intermediate or advanced classes as that will speak to the ability of the school to teach and retain students.