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  • Kids Martial Arts  in Troy  - Denny Strecker's Karate - Teens And Bad Decisions

    Teens And Bad Decisions

    Have you ever noticed your teen’s decision-making patterns change? Or witnessed them make a poor decision that seemed totally out of character? Science has proven that during this phase in their life the brain is rapidly growing which equates to more processing power. The downside is that many decisions are routed to the limbic system (emotional "snap decision") portion of the brain. In most adults decisions are instead ran through the prefrontal cortex, which is in charge of “rational decision making”. So now you can see that our teens are not always in the driver seat when it comes to their emotions or decision-making. What if I told you that this isn’t the ....

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  • Kids Martial Arts  in Troy  - Denny Strecker's Karate - Practice Your Karate At Home

    Practice Your Karate At Home

    I wanted to take some time and explain why practicing at home is so valuable! Here are some of the benefits of carving some time out and practicing at home! The average 7-9yr old tends to struggle with sequences of moves that require the use of fine motor skills. Our school utilizes self-defense techniques that are meant to challenge this stage of their development so that the student is able to learn, grow, and apply the appropriate movements. Repetition at home is a great way to build that muscle memory that is required to physically perform the techniques in a manner that will make them function in a real self-defense situation! This age group also finds it challenging to focus ....

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  • Kids Martial Arts  in Troy  - Denny Strecker's Karate - Back to School Tips for Parents

    Back to School Tips for Parents

    Summertime is coming to an end, and with that comes all of the back to school anxiety and jitters that are common amongst children. Your child may experience common physical effects of anxiety associated with back to school time including symptoms from stomachaches to sleeping problems. They will also experience emotional stress from the fear of making new friends, meeting new teachers, fears of being bullied, pressure of making good grades, and worries of being unpopular. With that said, it important for parents to first remember that these physical and emotional feelings are very common, and even the most well-adjusted kids are bound to feel some sort of pressure when they return to ....

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  • Kids Martial Arts  in Troy  - Denny Strecker's Karate - Benefits to Training Twice Per Week vs. Once Per Week

    Benefits to Training Twice Per Week vs. Once Per Week

    If you are reading this article, then it is likely that your child is part of the most innovative children’s martial arts program available: SKILLZ! With SKILLZ, the “brain” is the main character. Through our comprehensive age-specific, and skill-specific programs, we can actually improve the physical structure of the brain! Our goal is to help the brain grow important new connections. With that said, we created class planners that focus on optimizing how the brain works throughout the entire class. This copyrighted system is what makes SKILLZ so effective in helping children develop as a whole. Here’s how our planners work: Part 1: Warm-ups - ....

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  • Kids Martial Arts  in Troy  - Denny Strecker's Karate - We LOVE our P-I-E-S!!

    We LOVE our P-I-E-S!!

    Everyone likes PIES! This is pretty much a true statement in my opinion! Our staff here at DSK are such huge fans that we take our PIES to the next level! What do we mean when we say “PIES”? P – Physically I – Intellectually E - Emotionally S – Socially The SKILLZ program’s continuing education materials allow our instructors to effectively teach our students in these four dimensions! P – Physically Instructors look for benchmark SKILLZ in the Basic SKILLZ class like the ability to properly perform exercises with good technique beyond 10 reps! This would be considered being above their stage of development! I – ....

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  • Kids Martial Arts  in Troy  - Denny Strecker's Karate - Keep Summertime Boredom at Bay

    Keep Summertime Boredom at Bay

    Today I wanted to offer a few tips on how to keep boredom at bay this summer! These are simple tips that you can implement NOW, and will help set your ninja up for success. Communicate the plan Every evening, take a few spare minutes and review the “plan” for the next day. A little bit of structure will go a long way and will also help events flow smoothly. If possible, try to include 45min-1hr of physical activity doing things such as swimming, biking or practicing your forms! Work together to develop effective summertime habits Many parents will set boundaries and limitations for their kids which is great, but if you include your kids in the process they will better ....

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  • Kids Martial Arts  in Troy  - Denny Strecker's Karate - Summer Learning

    Summer Learning

    Did you know that keeping kids active in programs like Martial Arts classes and camps can actually improve their ability to do well when returning to school? Unfortunately, sometimes these the camps and classes are an afterthought. Studies in Baltimore and Atlanta show that when skills are not used or reinforced they initially begin to decay at a rapid rate, but eventually slow. Specifically, the tasks that are procedural, take multiple steps, have no performance cues will tend to decay the quickest. This means when kids stop using critical thinking skills that they will start to deteriorate. One of the great benefits of our SKILLZ program is that via our class planners and ....

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  • Stages of Development for 3 and 4 Year Olds

    Whether you are new to SKILLZ or have been part of our family for a while I am sure you have laughed and enjoyed our Early SKILLZ classes just as much as we have! It goes without saying that for a LONG time in our industry this 3-4yr old age group was one of the “more difficult” groups to work with. A lot of the frustration came from the lack of insight most instructors had when it came to their unique stage of development. A traditional background and classic styles of instruction that most black belts “grew up” on also lends to the ineffectiveness of these younger classes. Thus, many schools simply wouldn’t teach this age group. GOOD NEWS! Times are ....

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  • Benefits of Martial Arts Training Over the Summertime

    Guest Blog Post from Master Melody Schuman During the school season teachers, assistants, and counselors are focused on helping your children learn and grow. But what happens during the summer season when these people are not around? It makes sense that as a parent you would want your child to maintain some level of growth and development over the summer in order to limit or prevent your child from losing a lot of the skills gained over the last school season. This includes growth and development in the following areas: physically, intellectually, emotionally, and socially. With that said, one of the very best options is to keep your child active through a solid martial arts ....

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  • Kids Martial Arts  in Troy  - Denny Strecker's Karate - Pre-Evaluations

    Pre-Evaluations

    Hey, DSK Friends and Families! As you know, Denny Strecker’s Karate 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 their 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 Denny ....

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  • Getting Started in Classes at Denny Strecker's Karate

    If you are new to the family, please read the following content: We know that diving into something new can be overwhelming! We have put together some videos to help familiarize yourself with our school. Classes for 3 and 4 Year Olds: http://bit.ly/2iotvgu Classes for 5 and 6 Year Olds: http://bit.ly/2hBzWZG Classes for 7 to 9 Year Olds: http://bit.ly/2i5gTKD Classes for 10 to 14 Year Olds: http://bit.ly/2idejQ7 If you have scheduled a Pre-Evaluation, Watch This Video: http://bit.ly/2idfHSS Some things that are included: Trial Program Explained School Tour Basic Class Outline Helpful New Student Information If you have started your ....

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