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  • Choosing the Right Martial Arts Program During Covid

    Choosing the Right Martial Arts Program During Covid

    Martial Arts training is more than just a sport or self-defense. It's a way of life that boasts proud traditions, deep history, and a well-deserved reputation for changing people's lives. More and more, I see parents reducing their choice of school to one thing, "Are you doing in-person classes or online?" We humbly submit it's the WRONG QUESTION. Enrolling in a Martial Arts school is the beginning of a long journey. This journey will outlast our current circumstances. We have several students who have been with us for decades! With luck, all kids' and adult activities will be back to normal within a few short months. So before enrolling in a Martial Arts school based on "in person" ....

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  • Super-Charge Your Child’s Development During the Summer

    Super-Charge Your Child’s Development During the Summer

    As the world continues its reopening efforts, more and more parents are headed back to work. And while this is a positive sign, it leaves parents with the task of finding their children a fun, yet safe, program to spend each day at. Since summer camps are unable to provide some of the usual daily activities due to the current restrictions, finding a program that has a creative approach to its curriculum is important. In addition, a program that can help propel children in a forward direction again when it comes to their overall development is essential. Normally children are now just beginning to feel the effects of the summer slide. However, the pandemic forced the slide to hit earlier, ....

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  • Benefits to SKILLZ Training Over Summertime

    Benefits to SKILLZ Training Over Summertime

    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 program such as SKILLZ™. Whether your child is ....

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  • Maintaining Healthy Development

    With our country at somewhat of a standstill due to the current pandemic, it’s easy to get into a routine that is more laid back. Anything from going to bed late to increased screen time, habits may start leaning on the unhealthy side. And one of the major behaviors that appear when we are in a stressful situation is that we reach for comfort food. And while it may seem as though the current situation will only last for a short time, the long-term effects of our eating habits can have an impact on children’s physical, intellectual, emotional, and social development. Therefore, it’s essential that parents maintain a healthy lifestyle for their family. In today’s ....

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  • Tips on Turning Your Spare Room Into a Martial Arts Dojo - Charlene Roth

    Tips on Turning Your Spare Room Into a Martial Arts Dojo - Charlene Roth

    Is your child missing karate lessons now that your family is under a stay-at-home order? Disrupting months of hard work and practice can be a tough adjustment for kids, especially with everything else that’s going on in the world. Instead of letting your child’s karate practice lapse, why not create a martial arts studio at home? With these tips, you can quickly set up a DIY dojo to keep your child active through quarantine.
    Why Create a Dojo at Home?
    Is designing a home dojo really worth it? Can’t you just send the kids outside to play? The truth is, keeping your children active is only one reason to invest in a home martial arts studio. ● Martial ....

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  • The Importance of Bilateral Coordination on Physical and Cognitive Skills

    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 of motor and cognitive skills. Bilateral coordination is the ability to synchronize both sides of the body in a controlled manner. An important aspect of this is “crossing the midline.” This is a spontaneous movement and involves being able to cross an imaginary line that runs down the center of ....

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  • Dare To Be Courageous!

    Dare To Be Courageous!

    Courage doesn't mean you don't get afraid... courage means you don't let fear stop you! Surround children with people who understand this, because these people are great influences on facing fears and overpowering them. Can you put a price on a child's ability to overpower fears? And what better way to help build courage than The Dojo -Billerica! ....

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  • Helping Children Set Age-Appropriate Goals

    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 teach our children to be excited about making personal changes while ensuring the goals are age-appropriate and attainable? It all starts with a desire to accomplish something new or change something you currently do. When we help children with this process, it is important to find out what they wish to achieve...not ....

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  • Treating Minor Martial Arts Injury: Don't let Small Injuries Become Chronic Issues

    Treating Minor Martial Arts Injury: Don't let Small Injuries Become Chronic Issues

    Diagnosis Code Y93.75, If you don't know it, you should. It's doctor code for a martial arts injury. Minor aches and pains are a part of life, and as martial artists, we are prone to more than our usual share. In my practice as a Chiropractor and Acupuncturist, I am often called upon to treat people who have let minor bumps and bruises, sprains or strains go untreated until they become chronic, nagging problems. Timely treatment of minor bruises, strains, sprains, and muscle pulls can mean the difference between rapid recovery and worsening or permanent injury. Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) provides a wealth of knowledge and treatments for the minor damage of sports injury. ....

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  • Martial Arts Cross Training The Secret to Developing More Well-Rounded Athletes

    Martial Arts Cross Training The Secret to Developing More Well-Rounded Athletes

    An athlete is defined by Merriam-Webster as “a person who is trained or skilled in exercises, sports, or games requiring physical strength, agility, or stamina.” Athletes in specific sports train to be at the top of their game, but how much better of an athlete would they be if they had a well-rounded cross-training program? For years, martial arts has been viewed more as an “art” than a “sport.” And while there is much beauty in it, there is also a lot of blood, sweat, and tears that go into the training. However, that is the part that the general population does not see. Training in any form of martial arts is rigorous and is, by far, one of ....

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