The Benefits That Martial Arts Can Provide for 7 to 9-year Olds

Instructor Mindset: The benefits that Martial Arts can provide for 7 to 9-year olds Seven to nine-year olds are what most people consider “the golden age.” They are emotionally stable, yet they are not at the age where they want complete independence from adults. This makes the teacher-student relationship stronger than ever. The problem we discovered is they still lack …

The Benefits That Martial Arts Can Provide for 5 and 6-year olds

Children between the ages of 5 and 6 are in the “dynamo” stage of development. They are now at a point where basic skills become the foundation for their continued growth. With the right mindset and curriculum, martial arts can help them build a more solid foundation for basic fundamental skills, which are essential for continued development. Below are milestones …

Three Positive Role-Playing Strategies towards Distracting Behaviors

Many instructors say that they are great with children that listen in class, but struggle when children don’t listen; act silly; or thrown a tantrum. One important thing I remind instructors of when they say this is: Understand that most behaviors do have a positive intention and/or is a sign of the child’s individuality. What this means is that some …

How to Make Ordinary Instructors Extraordinary

It has been said that your school’s instructor team is only as strong as it’s weakest instructors. Your weakest instructors, or “ordinary” instructors best represent your school no matter how great your best instructor are. If an ordinary instructor runs a class or a drill and does a poor job, then your students are the ones that suffer. At the …

Classroom Survival Tips

Succeeding as a children’s martial arts instructor can be just as difficult as surviving in the wild! The reason why is because there is no easy path.  As a metaphor to surviving in the wild, I have put together this quick article on how to survive in the classroom. -Tip 1: Have a Map! Would you enter the wild without …

The Ten Commandments of Great Member Service

Great service is the lifeline of any Martial Arts school. You can market using the best promotions and deals in town to acquire new members, but unless those members keep coming back, your business will not be successful. The most successful Martial Arts schools are great at keeping members coming back month-after-month and year-after-year. Providing great member service is all …

Instructor Mindset: Anything is Possible if you have the Right Mindset!

 Today’s Topic: How to Make a Change I consistently get messages and emails from people that want to make changes in their martial arts schools but are afraid to do so. They “fear” that they will lose students if they make a change. Or, they “fear” they cannot afford to make an investment in their business. The important thing to …

Warming Up the Brain

Warming Up the Brain One thing that we can do to increase our students’ cognitive performance is to add some brain exercises to our warm-up routines. (For those of you that don’t know what “cognitive performance” is: its how well a student can think and remember what they learned in class.) In order to do so, you must get the …