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3 Questions To Ask After Kids Karate Classes

Hey parents, Shihan here and I wanted to talk to you about a great challenge that we came up with, basically having an awesome conversation with your ninjas after every class on the drive home, so whether you live two minutes away, or you live 2030 minutes away, this is a great conversation that’s going to help your ninja really internalize and own the lessons that we teach here at karate. And I’m going to tell you a great secret at the end on how to use this everywhere we go. So three basic questions that you want to be able to ask your ninja to make sure that they get the most out of karate class. Number one, pretty simple. What did you learn today? So just open up and leave that open ended question to your ninja. So that way they can think about what did you learn in class? Maybe it was something about the warm up or maybe it was something about their for board breaking or something about the life skill? Who knows? It could be anything, nothing is off limits about what did you learn? Now, unfortunately, that’s where usually everybody stops. Hey, would you learn a class? Okay, great. And then move

On to our important questions to make sure that you really sink in and internalize the process. Question number two, how did that make you feel? So by asking your Ninja, how did that make you feel? You’re asking them to connect the logical side of the brain to the emotional side of the brain. And when you make that connection, learning skyrockets, so you’re asking them to connect a thought with a feeling second benefit, you’re getting them to communicate their emotions and their feelings. So this is going to be a super critical skill as they get older. So an example might be what did you learn in class today? I learned that during communication, we should stand tall. Great. How did that make you feel? It made me feel really proud. When I’m standing tall, I feel strong and I feel proud. So now, whenever your ninja needs or wants to find that emotion or feeling again, they know physically, if I stand tall, I’m

Good to start to feel proud that they’re able to make those connections, then they’re able to call up the emotions that they’re looking for. Think about that for a second. How often in life growing up? Did you feel sad? week scared, and you didn’t know how to break out of that habit? By simply teaching your ninja by asking them this question, how did it make you feel? Then you’re going to help double everything that they learned in class. Not done. One more question number three, question three. How are you going to apply that? This is a super important question so that your ninja starts to apply what they’re learning in the classroom into their everyday life. Again, now you’re going to see with emotion, we skyrocket the learning. Now we double it again by asking them to apply it. So take our lesson or example before how did you or what did you learn today? I learned that whatever I’m communicating, I should stand tall how that makes you feel and maybe

feel proud. It made me feel strong. Great. How are you going to use that? When I go to school tomorrow, when I’m sitting in my chair, I’m going to make sure that I’m sitting tall. So that way I feel confident, I feel proud. Awesome. Now they’re going to be applying the skill in their everyday life, based off of what they learned here in the karate class. So don’t stop at question number one. I know every parent asks all the time, hey, what do you do in school today? Would you learn?

Right? You get the blur, or the no answer, or the. And so instead of that, what did you learn today? Instead of what did you do today? What did you learn today? How did that make you feel? How are you going to apply that? Now? Here’s a great secret. This isn’t a karate thing. This is an everything thing. When your child goes to school, or whenever they come from something else that they’ve learned from, as soon as they get in the car, three questions that they’ve

get asked, right? What did you learn? How did that make you feel? How are you going to apply it? If you as a parent, start using this skill with your ninja all the time now, they are going to skyrocket not only in their communication skills with you, but in their learning capacity and their desire to want to do more. So excited to see how that works for you. Make sure you start using it after every karate class. Let me know how it works. Do me a quick favor. If you’re still watching the video, comment below this say you see the number three, right say three and that way I’ll know that you’ve watched and you know that you should be asking your ninja three questions. And more importantly, please, this is great information for all parents. Please feel free to share it, put it into other parent groups, give it to any of your friends. The more parents that know about these skills, the better we are as a community, the better we are as a country. Everybody succeeds. Have an awesome day and we’ll talk to you guys soon.