The Importance of Bilateral Coordination on Physical and Cognitive Skills

The development of a child can be one of the most fascinating things to watch unfold. From infants mirroring movements to toddlers and children mastering high level developmental skills, the growth they experience in a short time is astounding. And while all skills are important for children to master, bilateral coordination is an important prerequisite for development of a variety …

Helping Children Set Age-Appropriate Goals

The New Year has arrived, and lofty resolutions have been set. Anything from working out daily to saving money to losing weight, our society knows how to dream big! However, when big dreams aren’t broken down into smaller, achievable goals, failure often ensues. And to make matters worse, our children watch us throughout this short-lived journey. So how can we …

The Best P.I.E.S. for the Holiday Season

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! The holidays are for celebrations, togetherness, and relaxation. It’s a magical time and all the fun activities, shopping, and baking keeps everyone busy. And with all the excitement comes a great deal of preparation and scheduling. It’s easy for parents to get caught up in it all and forget that the holiday …

Parenting During the Holidays

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Shopping for gifts, decorating the house, baking goodies, attending parties, visiting family…there are so many fun and exciting things to do. With all these wonderful events, who wouldn’t be happy all the time? Unfortunately, children and especially children with any type of sensory processing disorder. Therefore, parents should stay on top of …

Fostering Empathy in Children During the Holidays

‘Tis the season! A season of giving, a season of patience, a season of all things warm and inviting. Doesn’t it all sound magical? As we go into this time of year, the excitement fills the air and the anticipation of gifts and fun activities encompasses our very being, no matter what age. And while the spirit of the season …

The Importance of Uniforms

For many years, uniforms have been used in a multitude of industries. From school, to the military, to sports teams, to work, uniforms have remained an element that helps people distinguish one team or organization from another. And while uniforms are mainly used for this reason, sports teams, the military and some other organizations have supplemental uniforms that have their …

Warm-Up Tips

Instructor Tip: Create a systematic format for your warm-up routines and see better results! I have been teaching Martial Arts for 20 years. One thing I did not incorporate for many years was a systematic structure for our warm-up routines. Each day I spent a significant amount of time trying to create a warm-up routine that was different from the …

Instructor Mindset: Building Good Behavior and Responsibilities Within Children

By Melody Shuman Fact: If you stick with the common “old school” teaching method, chances are you will limit your results with today’s youthful generation… A well-known professor and author of behavioral science, Douglas McGregor, examined the methods for prompting proper behavior, and concluded that there are two types of theories that people hold regarding the way behavior and responsibility …

SKILLZ 10 Week Testing Cycle

Overview of SKILLZ 10-Week Testing Cycle     Almost every Martial Arts school operates with some sort of testing cycle. A testing cycle is the period in which the student learns rank-specific curriculum, and then “performs” or “tests” on that curriculum in a formal or informal setting in order to advance to the next belt rank. Most school’s testing cycle …

The Science & Psychology Behind SKILLZ

The Science & Psychology Behind SKILLZ When I started martial arts in 1987 as an 11-year old, things were very different. Kids and adults trained side-by-side and everyone tested on the same material for their belt, regardless of age. Needless to say, kids usually didn’t make it very far before dropping out because the training became too challenging. (Except for …