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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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  • The Benefits of Game-Based Learning for 5-6 year olds

    The Benefits of Game-Based Learning for 5-6 year olds

    When people generally think of “play” they think of fun and games…something simply for amusement and nothing more. However, there is a bigger, and more important, piece that is often overlooked…learning. As Kay Redfield Jamison said, “Children need the freedom and time to play. Play is not a luxury. Play is a necessity.” The same is true for game-based learning. When parents hear this term, they think that their children will only be “playing games” and that no learning will be involved. What a lot do not understand is that game-based learning helps children develop physically, intellectually, emotionally, and socially, all at the same ....

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  • How to Choose a Karate School

    How to Choose a Karate School

    Have you ever stepped into one of those McDojos? You get a tour of the school, a free uniform and “Introductory lesson” (which is really a sales pitch) Then the contract comes out. Suddenly you can’t tell if you’re in a Martial Arts School, used car lot or timeshare presentation. On top of the contract, there are those “Other Fees” Specialized Equipment (only available through the school) Testing fees “Required’ seminars By the time you’re done you could be committed to paying up to $2,500 in contracts and other fees before you or your child has taken a single class! Moreover, Read the fine print! Often, The Contract you signed ....

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  • The Billerica Dojo Mission

    The Billerica Dojo Mission

    This was a tough one – so much to say and consider. We have always seen the martial arts as a vehicle for greatness, not just a physical pursuit. There is something about the way it helps a person grow, whether you are young or old, just starting out or massively accomplished. So here it is – from our heart.
    Our Mission
    We are here to build martial artist of a type that are rare, valuable, authentic, powerful, and absolutely extraordinary; We aim to build world-class leaders, teachers, activists, and thinker-doers who are legendary –who innovate, stand for the best-of-the-best, who literally CHANGE THE WORLD as we know it. We seek to cultivate ....

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  • Karate teacher: No Experience Necessary

    Karate teacher: No Experience Necessary

    Do you know what qualifications an instructor needs to teach a highly complex and potentially dangerous Martial Art?
    With 30 years as a professional Karate Instructor, I know many highly skilled and tremendously capable Martial Arts instructors. Having said that: I also know some people who have very “successful” Martial Arts Schools who have no qualifications or skill in their chosen profession. If you wanted to teach the alphabet to pre-schoolers you would need to take courses in pedagogical learning, early childhood development, curriculum design, etc. The Commonwealth would compel you to take a test in order to be licensed. All that so you can teach the Alphabet! ....

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