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Krystal Andrzejewski - I have noticed Improvement with focus and a more positive attitude

I was looking for a program that would help my son with life skills, discipline and focus. He struggled after we moved and was afraid he wouldn’t make friends. virtual learning wasn’t for him, but we had no choice during the pandemic. After months of searching for something to help his anxieties, I came across Prestige and we have been involved for two months. Since joining, I have noticed Improvement with focus and a more positive attitude. I know this is just the beginning of many more to follow. Shihan teaches in a way that helps children and parents get set up for success. I look forward to the future with my son at prestige!

Tracy Hart - In the last 6 weeks, we have already noticed a consistent difference in our son's attitude and self confidence

Our son has been enrolled with Prestige for a little over a month now. We couldn't be more pleased! If you are looking to sign your child up for a karate class where you can just drop them off or sit on the sideline, Prestige may not be for you. Parent involvement is required to assist your child during class. Examples of parent involvement are counting jumping jacks, tracking their progress, holding a kicking paddle, hugging and high-fiving your child. The karate program at Prestige isn't focused solely on executing the moves, it's primary focus is to give your child the tools needed to live a happy, healthy, and successful life. The children work on valuable life skills like how to introduce yourself to someone new, reading social cues, set goals, contributing at home, believing in yourself, etc. I could go on forever. In the last 6 weeks, we have already noticed a consistent difference in our son's attitude and self confidence. If you are considering joining Prestige, DO IT! Shihan is an amazing instructor and life coach. If you put in the effort, you will be extremely pleased. I also highly recommend joining the Leadership Training to maximize your child's outcome. Prestige also offers virtual classes.

Kristine Burnham - My child has thrived in everything he does ever since we have joined

Amazing program and Shihan. This place has great energy and spirit. Shihan is great with the kids and parents. My child has thrived in everything he does ever since we have joined. He looks forward to going to class. My child has gone through a lot within the last year and this has helped him so much. He has just bloomed and it makes me smile to see him so happy. I would recommend this class to anyone!!

Brittany Onstead - Shihan is amazing and this program has helped so much with my sons confidence reviewed Prestige Martial Arts
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Love Prestige Martial Arts! My son has been here over a year. Shihan is amazing and this program has helped so much with my sons confidence, leadership skills and key assets like goal setting. It’s more than just martial arts it teaches them life skills that are essential to success even into adulthood that are not being taught anywhere else in their daily schedules. Highly recommend!

Dennys Pimenta reviewed Prestige Martial Arts
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There are several reasons why parents should look for this program, the discipline, respect, the mental or body development but the one I like the most is the confidence Denny develop on his students/ninjas due to his disciplined fun way to teach them. My daughter who used to have confidence issues at school is developing in several different aspects of her life

Heidi Marini reviewed Prestige Martial Arts
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Prestige Martial Arts is a positive atmosphere where your child learns skills that will help them through and into their adult life. My Son is learning how to be a leader, have confidence, work with others, and many more! I love watching him grow and learn every week!

Jeff Lido

My Daughter has been attending class with Shihan for four years. She has transformed from a shy, quiet, unsure of herself girl to a strong, confident, expressive ninja who stands up in class to profess her skills and is always the first to raise her hand with the loudest voice. The skills and lessons have been invaluable. This isn't your run of the mill karate class. Not everyone gets a trophy, they have to earn their awards through hard work and effort. Shihan has their best interest at heart and makes them improve with proper discipline.

Tiffany Dempsey

I highly recommend Prestige Martial Arts. As a mom of a 6 year old boy struggling in many areas from self respect, confidence, communication to handeling his emotions it was very hard to find a program that worked on all these areas of life in one setting. I was introduced to Prestige Parent videos over a year ago!!! we are just now just finishing a two week trial. I regret not going a year ago. The facility is clean, welcoming, and you feel like a family from day one. The instructor is amazing with the kids and very experienced as well. My absolute favorite part of this program is the parent involvement. Many programs we have found focused more on one or the other, parent or child not both!!! The instructor not only supports your child but you as a parent as well!

Kristy Cox

My 7 year old has been attending classes at Prestige Martial Arts for about a year and a half. In that time, I have seen such an improvement in him. He loves Shihan and doesn’t even realize the important life skills he is learning. I love the classes so much that I recently enrolled my 3 year old as well. How many 3 year olds listen, say yes ma’am, and do things because they have a “Yes I Can” attitude? Mine does and it’s because of these classes. Shihan is wonderful with all ages and abilities of the kids and teaches valuable lessons to the parents as well. I honestly cannot say enough about this program!!!

Michael Dyja

We love this program! Our son Logan is an only child, so we wanted an after school activity that he can interact with kids his age ( age 6 at the time). SDMA turned out to be the perfect choice. Shihan not only teaches karate, but has developed a program that teaches the kids what it means and takes to be an outstanding person. Logan is now 10 and is such a considerate young man. His teachers and principal at school always comment what a great kid he is, and what a leader he is also. I owe all that to SDMA. Shihan is constantly improving the program. If something works good, he'll work hard to make great. THANKS SHIHAN FOR ALL YOU DO!!!

Ken Arnott

LOVE LOVE LOVE this studio the instructor is not only helpful with my child he also is chalk full of knowledge that helps me out in tough times when im at my witts end and don't know what to do about my childs behavior. I recommend this place to everyone i am so pleased to see how far my Gavin has came since starting here. THANK YOU Shihan

Stephanie Wright

Love this program! This is NOT your typical karate program, but so much more! The kids learn life skills such as self esteem, respect, and discipline (for example, a challenge this month is for ninjas to make their bed every day). My daughter started this program shortly after turning three years old, and I have seen tremendous increases in her self-confidence, attention span, respect for teachers at school, manners, and overall behavior (in addition to physical development). Not a day goes by that her teachers don’t compliment her on her behavior, and I believe a large part of that is owed to this program. The instructor is incredibly enthusiastic and dedicated to student success. It’s not very often that you get to see someone who has truly found his “calling” in life, but I believe Shihan is one of those people.

Grant Faulkner

Absolutely the best thing we've ever done for our son and for our family. In only a couple months we saw huge positive changes in our son's self-esteem, his confidence, his fitness, and his overall attitude. He’s always excited to come to class, and his growing pride and sense of accomplishment is a joy to see. More than just a karate school, through SDMA our son (and our family) is learning valuable life skills. Thanks Shihan Strecker!

Nicole West reviewed Prestige Martial Arts
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My son Joseph loves Karate with Shihan! We tried another karate schools that was closer in location, but he kept asking for Shihan. In comparison, I was most impressed with the curriculum and organization at Skillz Dynamic Martial Arts, and I'm so glad we made the decision to return. The kids are all known by name and addressed individually throughout each class. Joseph loves it, and I have seen growth in him both as a karate student and as a young boy who displays confidence and shows courtesy and respect!

Amanda Russell reviewed Prestige Martial Arts
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My son has been going here since September and he absolutely LOVES IT!! I enjoy watching him learn new things and cant wait to see him advance in his belt colors!! I am so glad i choose to go here for him rather than another place!

Annamarie Macandog reviewed Prestige Martial Arts
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One of the most rewarding decisions we've made in our daughter's development has been her enrollment at Denny Strecker's Karate. She has developed so many skills in just one year. The instructors are wonderful and the skills they teach reach well beyond martial arts, including reinforcing skills to be a good student, good friend, and good person.

Donald Kolosick reviewed Prestige Martial Arts
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Nearly five years at the dojo now. My son, 12 year old who is autistic has really progressed under Shihan Strecker. He is doing things I would not have thought he could do. He's still very shy but his confidence has grown so much. I highly recommend this kid friendly, family oriented dojo.

Christopher Biddle reviewed Prestige Martial Arts
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Absolutely love what I'm seeing both our daughters achieve in such a short time, and really like how the courses focus on life skills as well as physical skills

Scott Reno reviewed Prestige Martial Arts
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We're only 6 weeks in and we could not be happier w/ the progress. Our near 4 year old is not the best listener, but we are already seeing changes. Still a work in progress to be sure, but we're on our way!

Lisa Sandor reviewed Prestige Martial Arts
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Great place for karate and kickboxing. Instructor is awesome and looks forward to seeing you succeed

Denise DeGolyer reviewed Prestige Martial Arts
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Denny Strecker's teaches kids not only karate, but how to become leaders. My son has been going there for over a year and the change in his self confidence and attitude has been life changing!

David Kaye reviewed Prestige Martial Arts
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Caring, detailed, and family oriented are 3 terms that come to mind when thinking about this facility. You definitely don't want to pass up this school if you want to learn self defense, confidence, respect, or just get a great workout.

Sk Heinzman reviewed Prestige Martial Arts
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We signed up my son last year when he was 5 to help him build confidence. Since then his more confident in everything and made improvements in all areas. Now, his twin sister has joined along with him after seeing how fun the class were. I love the fact that the classes focus on life skills but making it a blast for the kids!

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11 Reasons Why Boys Need Confidence in Life

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Last week I shot a video about 13 reasons why girls need confidence or they will suffer. I got a lot of great feedback from that, and a couple of the parents naturally asked,”What about boys?” And naturally, boys need confidence too, or they are going to suffer. So today I’ve got 11 reasons why boys need confidence, or they will suffer for their life.

#1 – Boys sometimes have a difficult time making friends. So if they don’t have confidence, they are not able to introduce themselves, and even if they do make friends, it’s just awkward and they have a tough time keeping those friends. So by improving their self-confidence, they’re going to feel better about themselves. They are going to naturally attract people to want to be around them.

#2 – Boys who are afraid to try new things because they identify failure as not an event, but who they are as a person. Boys with confidence realize that we learn through failure. That failure is our friend. This is one of the things we say all the time at the karate school. By being able to develop the confidence to fail, they are not going to worry about failing at something. They are actually going to see that as a positive.

#3 – Peer Pressure – Boys who are afraid to say no. If they don’t have good confidence they give in to peer pressure. Peer pressure naturally is going to lead to making bad decisions. So we definitely want to avoid that. Sometimes the bad decisions are short term or just a little bit of pain, but sometimes they are life-changing, and not in a good way. So we want to make sure that boys develop the confidence so they can avoid peer pressure and just say, “No, I’m not going to do that.”

#4 – Boys who live in fear daily and they end up hiding it by using sarcasm as their main form of communication. We have all seen some teenagers that are just very flippant and very sarcastic whenever you ask them something. That is generally a sign of a mask that they are really nervous, scared, or have anxiety and are afraid of what’s going on, but they don’t know any other way to communicate. By developing confidence, they are going to be able to express themselves better, definitely working on their vocabulary. And they are going to be able to say what they think and what they feel. And in the long run, that’s certainly going to help them lead a better life.

#5 – Not Liking How They Look. With sports, these days, particularly high school sports becoming super competitive, boys end up taking steroids because they don’t like the look of their body. They start comparing themselves to some professional athletes and unrealistic pictures that they see on the internet. They think, well, I need to look like that in order for people to like me. So they end up taking steroids, which ends up negatively impacting them for the rest of their life. The damages to your body, taking drugs like that is just terrible.

#6 – Share Emotions. As boys grow up, their problems don’t go away. That is one of the things a lot of people think, that their child will just grow out of it. They don’t outgrow problems. What starts happening is, if boys don’t develop confidence, they start to internalize pain and it becomes worse. So boys, without confidence become men who don’t know how to share their emotions. And we all know people like that. Maybe it’s a family member or somebody you work with, they just have a hard time expressing their feelings because they have internalized their pain and fear their whole life. They internalize everything and that’s never healthy.

#7 – Boys without confidence become men who have to show you everything in order to have a sense of purpose. They have to show you how much money they have. They have to show you how smart they are. They have to show you how strong they are. Whenever you see somebody doing that, they don’t have any self-confidence. They need other people’s approval in order to feel good about themselves, and that is never a good place to live. It’s very stressful and can create a lot of anxiety as an adult.

#8 – Boys without confidence become men who get taken advantage of in business and relationships, They get passed over for that job promotion , or they are afraid to ask for some time off. In a relationship, they are mentally abused or in some cases, it is possible for females to physically abuse men. It is not healthy for people. Boys with confidence become men with confidence, and they are going to have healthy relationships, and they are going to have a great business life or a career doing what they love to do.

#9 – Boys without confidence become men who are loud and have to yell and scream to be heard. One of the key things that I have learned over the years is that the most influential people are usually the quietest. They don’t have to raise their voice. That is one of the things that I really focus on in the karate school. I have a strong voice and I have to project, and sometimes that can be mistaken as yelling. Every so often a child will say, “You yelled at me.” Kids have never heard me yell. I don’t yell in the karate school. I don’t have to, because I’m able to convey my message with authority and with confidence. Kids know that I’m doing this for their benefit, and I care about them.

Men without confidence really have to be loud and thump their chest and make a scene in order to feel any sense of purpose. That is not a good impression to make on people and not something that parent’s are proud to see.

#10 – Boys without confidence become men who only care about themselves and make fun of everybody else. That’s not okay Because they are afraid of anything they don’t know about, they say, “Oh, that’s stupid.” Anything that, that doesn’t fit into their mold of what they can do, their wheelhouse, they dismiss and call it dumb, or stupid. You may hear them say, “Well, that’s for girls.” Again, they are going to miss so many opportunities. Honestly, I believe moms, dads you would be embarrassed if your child was like that. If your son was out there making fun of other things, that’s not, open-minded, that’s not caring.

How are they going to have a healthy relationship? If they only care about themselves.  Now there is a  balance that you do need to care about yourself first. Proper respect begins internally with your self. But then you want to be able to expand on that and make sure that you are able to care about others. It’s going to be a much happier and healthier lifestyle.

#11 – Boys without confidence become men who have to control their spouse and children in order to be happy. I see this way too often.  What starts to happen is the men want to control everything in order to show that they have power. The only way they can do that is to force it upon their spouse and their children. Who wants to live like that? And who is happy?  The dad is not happy because he’s having to force his control all the time, and that’s just stressful. The spouse certainly isn’t happy. Nobody wants to be controlled. The kids aren’t happy because there’s always fighting and walking on eggshells, afraid that they’re going to get yelled and screamed at if they make any mistake. It’s not healthy, and it’s not happy.

It is up to us as mentors and parents to help make sure that our boys develop confidence so that we can avoid these 11 problems.