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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.
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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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Prestige Martial Arts Troy Martial Arts & Fitness for Kids!
Parents, thank you for taking the time to watch this video. You must be the type of parent that really wants to help your child achieve their long-term goals.
And you want to give them an advantage in their future. In this video, I will cover some of the things I have noticed after 28 years of helping kids and creating leaders.
First and probably most important: never compare your child to another.
It is human nature to look for comparisons when looking at something, but in this case, it is not good for you or for your child.
Instead, be patient and supportive. Every child has the ability to achieve and succeed in life. But whenever they start something new or something challenging, it’s going to be difficult at first.
It’s not important what they are learning. What is important is the process of helping them learn. And to do that, we have to create an environment of a fun for our kids.
When they start learning something new and you start to compare and have an idea about it being right and wrong, you can very quickly imprint that same feeling onto your child.
If you start to have an idea that your child is doing it incorrectly, or that it’s wrong, or it’s not good enough, that becomes imprinted on them, and your child will very quickly have that same feeling.
They will start to think and say that they don’t want to do it. And now we ruin the future progress and success that they could have experienced.
The most important thing to do in your child’s activity, especially here at Prestige, is just to support, believe, and know that with your patience and your support because you are your child’s biggest influence, is that they can do it and they will succeed. It’s not about learning the block. It’s about introducing something new to your child and realizing they can learn it.
They can overcome a challenge when things are new or difficult, and they can do it and achieve it.
So at Prestige Martial Arts, never compare. I know you want your child to look great and every child will get it, but your child is not like any other child in class. You can’t look at your child and compare them to somebody else.
Every child is different. Mentally, physically, emotionally, and socially, they are all unique. With patience and support and your belief in your child, they can do it.
They all can achieve Black Belt Leadership and Black Belt Excellence, and they can all learn and get better.
So today I hope this gives you a little bit of perspective and a little peace in mind. Your child will get it. I promise you. I have seen it happen time and time again for over 28 years.
Just believe in them, support them and be patient. And when they look at you during class give them a big smile and a thumbs up. Just applaud them and be attentive.
One of the best things you can do it to take a photo when they do great, or take a video when they do something better, it’s the improvement that we’re after.
If your child feels successful because they know they’ are getting better, that’s the true win. And that’s, what’s going to set them up to be able to achieve any other goal in the future and set them up to have an advantage in life.
I hope this helps.
I’m so excited that you are going to have a leader in your house as long as you continue to be the awesome parent that you are.