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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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Are You a Good Finder?

Hey parents and all of our fellow parent Ninja fans, Denny Strecker here with Skillz Dynamic Martial Arts, and we’re talking again about our discipline. Spending this month working on different skills and aspects for parents.

Today I want to talk about being the good finder. So by being a good finder, you’re looking for those good things that your kids do. Because, again, it’s all to natural for us to look for the negative and certainly we’re going to find what we look for. You’re always constantly disciplining your child or telling them what they did wrong or telling them to stop it to stop misbehaving.

What we do here at the karate school, if you ever watch any of our classes, is you’re going to notice that generally I ignore negative behavior. So if we’re lining up and everybody’s supposed to be standing at attention and one of our ninjas is spinning around or laying down on the floor, natural tendency that a lot of parents have would be to yell at that child and say, “Hey, stand up. Come on, pay attention.”

That does a couple of negative or bad things that we want to stay away from. Number one, it reinforces the behavior of that child. You’re giving them attention. So whenever they get attention by doing whatever it is they’re doing, they’re going to do more of that. So if misbehaving gets them attention, they’re likely to misbehave more.

Number two, it stops the entire class and it puts all of the attention right on that one ninja. So therefore, now all the other kids looking at the process are going to see that ninja laying down and saying, “Well, if they do it, why can’t I do it?” So now you have to address three or four other people at some point wanting to try the same thing. If I simply ignore the behavior and I don’t say anything to that particular ninja, what starts to work then is I’m looking for the person who’s standing right at attention.

Attention means hands tight at your sides, back straight, chin up, eyes forward. “Great. Ooh Jimmy, I love how that stance is, right?” I start spotlighting the specific child that is doing the behavior that I want. So I’m becoming the good finder. I want to find who’s got the best attention stance and then I challenge everybody to be better than that person and then I start spotlighting and highlighting other people.

Eventually that ninja that’s on the floor is going to get the message that if you want my attention and if you want to get a point from me or a high five, you need to do what I’m asking you to do. So instead of yelling and screaming or trying to fix that negative behavior, a lot of times at home if you just simply ignore it and let them do their thing, set guidelines with how you want their behavior to be, you’re going to see a lot better results in the long run, and more importantly, you’re going to be a lot less frustrated.

All parents come in and they’re just exhausted from the day. The kids have been acting up all day. I’ve had to yell at them time and time and time again for all the things that they shouldn’t do. Same process. Don’t look at all of the things that your kids did wrong in a particular circumstance or instance. Find the one thing that they did right and commend them and compliment them on that one thing, and again, you’re going to start to see lots of better results, right? Just think about it. If instead of sitting there and saying, “Well, you know you didn’t do this and you missed this and you forgot this.” After a while, you become Charlie Brown’s teacher. “Wah, wah, wah, wah, wah.” And the kids are just going to tune you out.

Here at the karate school, what we talked to the parents about if they’d get frustrated and they’re like, “Alls they did was roll around on the floor. It was a waste of time coming here. They didn’t practice at all.”

I gently remind them at that point, I said, “Yeah, but did you see that one point where they stood perfectly still for those 10 seconds with the rest of the kids? That was spectacular.”

Suddenly they’re like, “Oh yeah, they did do that.”

But if you don’t spotlight that particular behavior, your child’s not likely to repeat it anytime soon. As soon as you spotlight it, now it’s fresh in their brain that, “Oh, okay. That’s how I’m going to make Mom and Dad proud.” Making you proud makes them feel good about themselves. So it becomes a very positive cycle.

And again, that’s what we’re all about here at Skillz Dynamic Martial Arts is finding the positive ways to reinforce your child so that they want to do the behaviors, that in the end we want them to do. But instead of ordering it and demanding it, we encourage them and guide them to that behavior in a great format.

Hopefully, you found this type of information useful. Again, we love talking to different parents in situations. We’re getting all kinds of suggestions and comments about future videos. So if you have any questions, if you’re worried about your particular ninja and a particular situation, feel free to message me or give this school a call. I’d love to help you out any way that I can. I hope you have an awesome day. I’m going to head off and teach some great classes tonight and keep learning myself. So have a great afternoon and we’ll talk to you guys soon. Take care.