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My 7 year old daughter started at Prestige 6 weeks ago. After experiencing her first two years of elementary school living through covid, and all the political and race issues in the world, she had started to show signs of anxiety and depression. She was scared, angry, upset and insecure often. After a few attempts to help her, I found Prestige Martial Arts. We did the 2 week trial with nothing to lose. However, we didn’t realize how much we would gain! In just those first 2 weeks, we saw a huge improvement in her attitude, her confidence, her courage and her respect for herself and others. We decided to commit and sign her up. After the 3rd week, my daughter was asked to write a few sentences on who her hero was and why. She chose Shihan all by herself and her reason was “for making her strong.” As her mom, I will add that he not only made her “strong” but he brought peace and joy to her life, to our family’s life. Our sweet girl who was trapped with her fears and feelings all bundled up with no release was back! The best part was that she recognized it herself and was SO grateful and relieved. She felt heard and understood and was now moving in the right direction. Prestige is SO much more than karate kicks and punches. Shihan teaches these kids real life skills and helps them implement them at home, school and in the community.
He is like a therapist, life coach and co-parent all in one! 😃 My daughter responds well to his tough love and structure. We are so thankful for Prestige.
Wondwossen T. Lerebo recommends Prestige Martial Arts
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My son and daughter have been members at Prestige for about a month and couldn’t be happier with our decision to enroll our children here. SHIHAN (the teacher) has a wealth of knowledge to share and has created a very welcoming community. It is clear from the moment you walk in that he is truly dedicated to his craft and to helping kids reach their highest potential. Prestige Martial Art Troy is the best place for kids to acquire the biggest life skill that lacks somewhere else. Our children have already shown improvement in coordination, confidence and seems to have gained a stronger sense of personal responsibility through the program. I love and appreciate the hug I’m getting from my children at least twice every class and the time I spent on discussing on the leadership skills. So If you’re on the fence about trying out the martial arts, definitely start here!
Prestige is a great place to be! My twins tried 2 Martial arts that were close to our house but we weren’t satisfied. When we stumbled upon Prestige, it was a HUGE difference than other Martial arts that we’ve tried.it’s not just about Martial arts, it’s about learning life Skills like discipline ,self esteem and many more.
With Shihan, my twins now are more confident and spread kindness in their school. I highly recommend Prestige!
Great program! It is a perfect balance between physical growth and mental growth. There are not many programs out there for your children that address the many different aspects of your child’s development. Some areas are: Endurance, Confidence, Discipline, and Responsibility to just name a few. We highly recommend this program.
My son started in Little Dragons at six years old, and has been in the kids karate program for almost one year. The improvement I’ve seen in him is tremendous - he has more confidence in taking on tough tasks and he’s able to more effectively work through failure and learn from his mistakes. He has become more positive through the life skills taught by Denny Strecker and has found opportunities to employ new skills at school as well as at home. He is also involved in the Leadership program, learning essential skills and techniques to be a leader at such a young age. His confidence with public speaking as well as his overall demeanor when talking to people - stand tall, eye contact, clear voice are improving with every session. Denny is wonderful with the kids, enforcing standards and expectations in a positive and productive manner to enable each student to grow to be successful in their future. His dedication shows in every class, email, and in all communication to the parents and kids. I highly recommend Prestige Martial Arts for any kid and their parents.
This is our first time doing Karate with our 9 year old son, and he was admittedly a bit shaky at first. He wasn't used to regular exercise, and had difficulty finishing the class without sitting down a few times for a "break". After a few weeks, under the patient and encouraging teachings of Shihan Denny Strecker, he's showing much more vigor and confidence, getting through classes so much better and really embracing the course. I highly recommend the Leadership class offered as well, as our son is showing much more initiative talking to friends and outreaching to new people, as well as setting up his own personal goals for success!
Love this program! This is NOT your typical karate program, but so much more! The kids learn life skills such as self esteem, respect, and discipline (for example, a challenge this month is for ninjas to make their bed every day). My daughter started this program shortly after turning three years old, and I have seen tremendous increases in her self-confidence, attention span, respect for teachers at school, manners, and overall behavior (in addition to physical development). Not a day goes by that her teachers don’t compliment her on her behavior, and I believe a large part of that is owed to this program. The instructor is incredibly enthusiastic and dedicated to student success. It’s not very often that you get to see someone who has truly found his “calling” in life, but I believe Shihan is one of those people.
We have been members at Prestige for about a month and couldn’t be happier with our decision to enroll our child here. The owner of Prestige Troy has a wealth of knowledge to share and has created a very welcoming community. It is clear from the moment you walk in that he is truly dedicated to his craft and to helping kids reach their highest potential. Our child has already shown improvement in coordination, confidence and seems to have gained a stronger sense of personal responsibility through the program. This has also been a great source of one on one time with Dad. The virtual class option allows us to fit karate into our schedule twice a week, and he does offer a free two week trial. So If you’re on the fence about trying out the martial arts, definitely start here!
Our boys have been doing karate at Prestige since the end of 2021. Their self confidence has sky rocketed and they are over all happier kids. The structure and discipline is exactly what they needed. They look forward to karate nights and so do us parents! It has been a great family bonding experience both inside the class and out. We highly recommend Prestige to everyone!
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Tweens and Relationships: 8 Ways to Help Them Make Smart Choices
September 26, 2022
Have your children reached that age where they aren’t really “kids” but they aren’t yet teenagers? If so, you might face very different issues than when they were little. As a parent, you can help your tweens make smart choices.
Children often grow up faster than their parents would like or expect. Your tweens probably live in a less sheltered and reserved world than you did. Because of this, they’re exposed to all kinds of experiences.
You want to keep them safe, but you don’t want to keep them from enjoying all life offers. At their age, they need both guidance and freedom.This can be challenging, but it is possible.
Relationships with Friends and Loved Ones
Helping your young one navigate relationships is just one of the important duties you’ll have as a parent of a child who’s almost a teenager. The peer relationships that adolescents have can be volatile at times. Best friends can seemingly hate each other overnight and then go back to being best friends a few days later.
To help your tween with relationships that don’t involve a dating or a “crush” component, there are several things you can do, including:
1. Ensure your adolescent has someone to talk to. This might be you, another trusted family member, or a leader in your spiritual community.
2. Be willing to listen, even if you don’t always agree with their opinion.
3. Try not to judge your tween’s friends too harshly unless there’s obvious danger.
4. Make time for loved ones to be part of their life, especially those who are aging.
Relationships with the Opposite Sex
In the years right before a child becomes a teenager, the idea of a boyfriend or girlfriend will probably start to appear. For some tweens this is a serious issue. For others, it’s not even an interest. Either way is normal, so don’t assume your child has a problem based on his or her level of interest in a romantic relationship.
For these kinds of relationships, parents can be both a help and a hindrance. Too much pressure to avoid these interactions can mean that a tween feels smothered and tries to rebel. Too few limitations may encourage your child to do something they’re not yet ready for.
To avoid these extremes, consider these tips:
1. Allow your tween to spend supervised time with his or her “love” interest.
2. Talk frankly about relationship issues, including respect for their body, at the appropriate time.
3. Avoid activities that provide unsupervised time with their romantic interest.
4. Ensure you know where your pre-teen is and what he or she is doing.
It’s impossible to know what your tween is doing every second, but you still need to pay attention. Just because you can’t be everywhere all the time doesn’t mean you should give up entirely. Staying emotionally close to your tween can be hard, but the effort is important and worth your time.
If you continue to be involved in your tween’s life and don’t back down on issues where you really feel strongly, they’ll learn to respect that. They might not always like your decisions, but there will be an understanding that abiding by them is required. Consistency in your approach can go a long way toward helping your tween make positive choices now and in the future.