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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 Skillz Dynamic 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 Skillz Dynamic 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 Skillz Dynamic 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 Skillz Dynamic Martial Arts
5
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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 Skillz Dynamic Martial Arts
5
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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 Skillz Dynamic Martial Arts
5
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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 Skillz Dynamic 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 Skillz Dynamic Martial Arts
5
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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 Skillz Dynamic Martial Arts
5
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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 Skillz Dynamic Martial Arts
5
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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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Discipline and Consistency

Hey parents, Denny Strecker here from Skillz Dynamic Martial Arts. I wanted to talk to you today a little bit about our Life Skills program, and why is easily hands down the best program for your child. There aren’t any other programs that develop the life skills to the depth and the strength that our program does. And basically, what you start to see is this is really the nuts and bolts of what we do here. It’s not really a karate school, our claim is basically giving your child the best tools that they are going to need to lead a happy and successful life. For example, we are working on discipline. So we show the kids how to have basic discipline, then we elevate it to show them how to have self discipline, so they are able to do things without mom and dad having to tell them to do it. Then eventually, there is a level three, which is self awareness. Now they are able to understand how their decisions and their choices are going to affect people around them andbe able to lead a group of people a lot better.

Now, what starts to happen is in life, a lot of times, you have some inconsistency. And what I ran across last night, unfortunately, what happens in our industry a little bit too often, and so I can address it, since it’s basically this is what I do. I know it does happen just about everywhere in the world. What I mean is in martial arts, you are going to hear every instructor talk about how they teach honesty, integrity, courtesy, different skills like that. Some people call them their life skills, some people will call them, their tenets, their general goals, whatever it is that the school calls it, but they are not really living those skills. And that is the strength here that we have at our school. The students learn the life skill, the leadership team practices, the life skill, and the instructors are the life skill. So we are very consistent in our process, that not only are we telling the students what it is to get to that level, and we are able to tell them that because we are doing it ourselves. We are able to help them eliminate some of the roadblocks and struggles that maybe we faced.

So back to my story. What I was getting to was school owners martial arts talks about honesty and integrity. They stand in front of their class, and they preach, being honest, and having integrity.

Well, last night, when I was doing some research, I came across a karate school. And again, this happens way too often, in my opinion, the school basically has taken (or stolen), the Skillz program. The Skillz program is a licensed program, we pay a monthly fee to be able to say that we have this curriculum, and that we are able to teach it here at our karate school. Now, all too often, other karate schools see the benefits of it, but they don’t want to pay the extra fee. So they will say they are a Skillz school, but they are really not.

So how can you be teaching honesty and integrity, standing in front of people saying it’s important to be honest, and it’s important to have integrity,when you yourself aren’t? There is that gap there. And when you have that gap, you are not consistent in your life.

So our goal is to close that gap, and make sure that we are walking our talk. If we are talking about discipline, it ss because we have been able to show the discipline and get where we are today. So we are going to be able to help the students do that. If we are talking about self confidence, look at our instructors, our instructors have self confidence, They are able to have conversations, and they are able to make good eye contact. So the key to success in any program, and in life, is consistency. Make sure what you are doing and what you are saying line up. And once they line up, there is a very happy life in store for you.

What we want to do is be able to take our life skills, teach them to our students, once they join our leadership team, they really start practicing them in their everyday life. Eventually, if they become instructors, now they become the life skill.

Thinking about discipline, what are some things that you can be working on to help your ninja have better discipline at home? If you have any questions about this, or if you want any suggestions, you can call, Facebook message, email or stop by the karate school. I am happy to answer any questions and help in any way I can.