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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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13 Reasons Why Your Daughter Needs to Improve Her Confidence


Why am I doing something like the Kid’s Superhero Challenge to supercharge your child’s self-confidence?

I had an A-HA moment which was really powerful and I didn’t sleep the entire night, as I started to really zoom in on a deep meaning of why for me. Here is what happened. We were doing belt testing the other day and I had noticed in one of the drills what we were doing, the parents were tossing a pad and having the kids hit it and then get it. I noticed that the moms were running across the room and grabbing the pad and coming back, and then the kid would hit it and the moms again would run across the room and come back. Now while that in itself doesn’t seem like a big deal. That was my A-HA moment.

What I noticed at that point is how ingrained our teaching to our boys, in particular, is that women are second class. And that sucks! That’s not acceptable, and so that suddenly hit me A-HA! Why am I going to be doing this Kid’s Superhero Challenge to improve confidence? That was it. What started happening was the moms were doing all the work, the moms were running all over the place, and subconsciously teaching the boys, women serve me.

That’s not cool. That’s not acceptable. Now, in this case, the moms had the best intentions. They are caring, loving, and fantastic moms. They were being helpful. I get that. But the subconscious message to these five-year-old boys is women are here to serve me. Then I started thinking about how deep that is ingrained in everything in children’s lives.

So I started to create a list. I literally didn’t sleep, processing different ways that we go through it. I deal with a lot of parents. We’ve got a couple of hundred kids in the karate school I also deal with and speak with a lot of therapists and doctors that work with women that are struggling with challenges. So, here is what I started to write down from what I see and hear.

# 1 – Behind every great man, there’s a great woman. Yeah, there’s a lot of great women, but why are they behind? Make it teamwork. Next to every great man is a great woman.

#2 – Women working twice as hard and not getting the recognition or the same amount of pay for the same job.

#3 – Women saying things like, “Well, I’m not allowed to…” when they are talking about doing something that they want to do. What? You’re not allowed to?

#4 – Women doing something that they don’t want to do? And then saying, “Well, I didn’t want to make him mad.” If you don’t want to do it, don’t do it, and if it makes him mad, he has issues. Don’t be controlled by another person. But this is just one example of issues that women are taught at a very young age. It becomes so ingrained that they don’t even think about it.

#5 – Women becoming a stay at home mom because they think that’s the only option they have. They throw away all of their dreams and their thoughts and their wants, because well, somebody’s got to take care of the kids. So it’s got to be me.

#6 – Women taking care of everything in the house.  It’s a family. A family is a team. How about you work together, and everybody puts in and helps so that mom doesn’t have to do every single thing. But again, a lot of people start to expect, because we’re taught that at a super young age. That has to stop!

#7 – Women believing that they are second class because their spouse tells them so. You don’t have a job, you are just a stay at home mom. That is a huge job, and teaching kids to understand this is important.

#8 – Women living in fear every single day because they feel trapped in their life. They end up dealing with emotional, social, and physical abuse. They think, “Well, I can’t leave him because I don’t have anything else to do. I don’t have any other place to go.” So they feel doomed to be dealing with that type of abuse. NO!!!

#9 – Girls whose identity and their entire self of identity is based on the number of likes they get on social media? They have to take these selfies and they have to do these different pictures. And if they don’t get enough likes, they don’t feel important.

#10 – Girls that feel that they need to take half-naked pictures so that somebody will pay attention to them.

#11 – Girls that dreams and their entire life is destroyed because they become pregnant at 15 because they didn’t want to lose their boyfriend. They were afraid of making him mad, or they were afraid that they would leave them.

#12 – Girls that live with little or no self-esteem, and have such little self-worth that anybody that gives them the slightest attention, that they’re going to please, even if it’s in the form of abuse. How many people do you know that live with physical or emotional abuse every single day, because that’s the only attention that they can get?

#13 – Girls as young as 12, turning to drugs or alcohol because they don’t know how to deal with the stresses of everyday life. Nobody has given them the tools on what to do or how to deal with these things.

All this stuff got me thinking about if we can improve girls’ self-confidence at a young age, most or all of these troubles and problems start to disappear. Just imagine what the world would look like.

Then I started thinking, what if your daughter was going to be the next Amelia Earhart? But instead of becoming Amelia Earhart, we didn’t give her the tools to teach her confidence. So she is doomed to a life of mediocrity and lack of confidence and just settling for whatever was given to them. And that’s just one example.

How about Eleanor Roosevelt or Grace Hopper? I’ve got my list here: Anne Frank Lucille Ball, Ophelia, Gibson, Jane Goodall, Sally Ride, J.K. Rowling, Mary Curie, Maybe your daughter is going to be one of these next amazing women, but if we don’t teach them confidence now, they are never going to be able to grow into that.

The Kid’s Superhero Challenge is a five-day challenge where we are going to be supercharging your daughter’s confidence and giving them those skills. I am focused on helping every girl I can to develop self-confidence so she can become a strong, independent woman, making her own decisions and living a life of excitement, fulfillment, and happiness.