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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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  • What To Expect From Your New Ninja

    What To Expect From Your New Ninja

    Martial arts has a well-known benefit of helping children develop physical skills and improve in discipline. For this reason, parents often enroll their children in some type of martial arts in order to achieve goals such as these. And while attaining these goals is possible, parents often have unrealistic expectations of the time it actually takes for children to get there. Of course, age, stage of development, as well as a myriad of other things go into exactly how quickly a specific child will accomplish a certain goal. But there is one thing is the same across the board. When children start martial arts, it is important for parents to remember that their child is starting a new ....

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  • Supplementing Sports with Martial Arts

    Supplementing Sports with Martial Arts

    Imagine your child on the field running quicker than ever before, outmaneuvering all opponents, and having the confidence to overcome every obstacle! Today I’d like to talk about the benefits of supplementing youth sports with martial arts training! Before we can, we must overcome the first challenge standing between your child and the achievements listed above. Martial Arts instructors from around the nation often notice a trend revolving around youth sports. Children and Parents often jump the gun and switch from one sport to another, sometimes putting a hold or quitting martial arts training altogether. It is easy to see why: “Transportation is hard”, ....

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  • Developing a Growth Mindset in a Competitive World

    Developing a Growth Mindset in a Competitive World

    Developing a Growth Mindset in a Competitive World In today’s world competition is everywhere and it often starts at a very young age. It begins as a fun, skill-developing event but can quickly become time-consuming and competitive. While some parents want their children pushed to help them learn the hard lessons of life, others want to protect their children from the disappointment that can come with competition. Both sides have pros and cons, but a balanced approach is what will truly help a child develop a competitive nature in a healthy way. Competition can be fun and exhilarating, especially if you are on the winning side. This drive to compete and win is very strong in ....

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  • Childhood Brain Training

    Childhood Brain Training

    The learning process is vital to the healthy development of a child’s brain and their experiences and interactions largely influence how this happens. This process doesn’t just take place in the classroom but in all areas of the child’s life. Because of this, learning is better approached when it is an active process that triggers the appropriate areas of the brain. By utilizing this method, learning becomes more exciting and therefore, more beneficial to brain development and ultimately increasing intelligence. The brain is the command center for the body. When a baby is born, it has all the brain cells it will have for its entire life. The early years of a ....

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  • Goal Setting - Unleash Your Child's Potential

    Goal Setting - Unleash Your Child's Potential

    Goal setting is one of the most highly linked characteristics to the success that individuals have. Top athletes and successful people all use goal setting. And while it is a trait that is most often associated with adolescents and adults, younger children can also benefit greatly from beginning this life skill at an early age. Learning how to set reasonable and attainable goals is a valuable lesson for children of all ages. Studies show that goal setting helps children improve their self-discipline and self-awareness. It also increases their internal drive so that they stay motivated to complete the goals they set for themselves. By accomplishing their goals, children’s ....

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