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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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Dealing With Your Child’s Meltdown

Hey, parents! Once again, Denny Strecker, here, from Skillz Dynamic Martial Arts. We’re continuing our series on discipline. It just so happens I was at the store today and had the opportunity to watch a parent dealing with an complete and utter meltdown, from their young child, right in the middle of the store. I’m sure you can relate. Every parent has had that experience, at some point, where your kid is just completely lost it, you’re at your wits end and your willing do to just about anything to get them to stop having that temper tantrum, right in the middle of the store. Lot of parents find it embarrassing and that’s all natural and understandable, but we wanna do a couple things.

The parent was making two classic mistakes. The first one, I’m gonna suppose because I wasn’t there before the situation, but I’m willing to bet that they did not pre-frame the situation, going into the store with, “This is what’s gonna happen and this is how we need to behave.” I did pre-framing at a previous video, so that’s why I don’t wanna talk about it too much, today. If you don’t sure how that works or what pre-framing is, take a look back at earlier videos, this week, and you’ll see a whole discussion on that topic.

Today, I wanna talk about the second mistake that the parent was making. That basically was the child is in a complete emotional state, they are having a melt down temper tantrum, right there in the middle of the store, and the parent was trying to rationalize and speak logically to the child. At that point, they are completely incapable of understanding logic and/or applying it. Whenever a human being, it doesn’t even have to be kids, whenever a person is in a completely emotional state, the whole half of the logic brain literally shuts off. The biggest mistake that we make, whenever we’re talking to somebody emotional, is trying to be rational and logical.

What work is you need to align yourself with the child emotionally. Then, slowly start to bring them back, into their rational mind. Once they’re back into their rational mind, now, after the fact, you can start to talk logically. What that would mean would be, in the temper tantrum, you’re not basically caving in and doing whatever it is that they want. This parent was standing here saying, “Hey, look, you’re really embarrassing yourself, you know, kids don’t act this way,” and just giving them all kinds of logical explanations and reasons why they shouldn’t be having that temper tantrum.

Absolutely to no avail the child’s not gonna suddenly stand up. Picture this: complete temper tantrum on the floor, they’re yelling, they’re screaming, they’re kicking and all of a sudden you say, “You know you shouldn’t be doing that,” and the child stands up and goes, “You know, Father, you’re correct, I apologize, I shouldn’t have done that.” That’s never gonna happen and that just blows your mind to think that that even would, but, again, that’s what we go to whenever we’re talking to kids and we don’t know what to do.

My goal, today, is to give you that skill and know exactly what to do in the middle of that temper tantrum. Basically, you wanna find that emotional state. Attach yourself with the child, “I can really see that you’re upset, I’m sorry that you’re so upset, come here, give me a hug.” Get them to calm down, right? Once they’re out of that complete and utter emotional state, they’ve caught their breath, they’ve stopped crying, they’ve stopped screaming; now would be the time that you can start talking logically about, “You know, I can really understand why you got upset, here’s some other or better ways to deal with it.

Now, we’ve been doing this in the Karate School, here, for several years, now. I get to thank my friend and mentor Melody Shuman because she introduced us to a great concept called The Whole Brain Child. This has some really great strategies talking about the emotional versus the logical state and what you can be doing as a parent. As a favor, basically, as a way to pass it on or play it forward, I wanna be able to do the same thing that Melody did for me. She introduced me to this book and it’s been a great resource that I use in the Karate School, all the time. Now, I wanna be able to share this resource, with you. I’ve got plenty of copies. I bought about a case full of the books, after I got done reading it, that’s how much I believed in it. I started handing it out to parents at my seminars. I wanna be able to give a copy to you.

Here’s what we’re gonna do … I’ve been shooting these videos everyday for about a week, now. what we wanna be able to do is get you a copy. What you need to do is number 1: need to comment on the video below saying, “Great advice,” and I would like you to tag one person that you think would enjoy all of these videos and getting the idea about discipline for their child; second thing is I want you to share the video, either on your timeline or in a group with parents that would also find this information useful. All right, don’t do it just to get the book. I’m also gonna want you to read the book, so we can talk about it and share some great things. We call it ‘wisdom of the crowd.’ One of my coaches taught me that phrase. It’s a really great thing that we basically share all kinds of information, so that everybody gets better.

I have one last thing for you. If you’re not a reader … If you don’t know much about me, I’m a great fan of Zig Ziglar. Zig Ziglar coined the term ‘Automobile University.’ I’ve got the audio book, so if you don’t wanna sit down and read at night, if you spend a lot of time in your car, I’ll get you the audio book, as well. One more time: comment below, first thing to do: tag a friend that you think that would find the information useful; share it on your timeline or in a group; then, let me know: do you want the paperback copy or the audiobook, and I’ll be happy to get that do you.

All right, have a great day. I’ve got some appointment coming in, so I’m getting school ready. Then, we’ve got tricking class tonight with our leadership team. I’m looking forward to having a great time, with them. Hopefully, you have a great night. I look forward to seeing the comments and getting and talking to you about your copy of The Whole Brain Child. Have a great day.