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Kelley DeLuca reviewed Prestige Martial Arts
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My son has been attending Shihan's classes for nearly 2 years now. Within this time, he has quickly matured and his behavior has improved so much (I almost cant believe it!)! Not only does he learn Martial Arts, he also learns how to be a great person and good friend, discipline, manners, strength, confidence, and so much more from this program. I really enjoy watching him grow in every aspect of life! Ive also attended parent workshops that Shihan provides, which have helped me tremendously! I highly recommend Skillz Dynamic Martial Arts, you WONT be disappointed!

Brittany Onstead reviewed Prestige Martial Arts
5
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Love skillz dynamic 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
5
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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
5
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Skillz Dynamic 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 skillz dynamic 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 skillz dynamic 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 instructure 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 Skillz Dynamic 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
5
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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
5
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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
5
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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
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 Prestige 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 Prestige 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 Prestige Martial Arts
5
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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
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 Prestige 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 Prestige 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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Empower Your Child

This month at Prestige Martial Arts we are working on having a “YES, I Can” attitude and our life skill is Belief.  Believing in ourselves is one of the key life skills that are going to be required in order to have a happy and successful life. What I wanted to work on today is helping you to empower your child instead of handcuffing them. What I mean by that is, parents spend an awful lot of time saying no and don’t, and telling their kids what not to do, or what they shouldn’t do, or what they can’t do. Then they are surprised when their child turns around and starts to give that back to them.

“Hey, I want you to go do this.”
“Oh, I can’t.”

or

“Well, I want you to try this.”
“Oh, no, that’s new. I can’t.”

So what we want to work on is having a yes I can attitude.

A good example would be a young toddler. Young toddlers like to pick their nose, and so what parents do (I was watching this the other day at a grocery store) a toddler wanted to pick his nose or he had something there. He just wanted to stick his finger up his nose. So the parent kept saying “Don’t” and would hit their hand. Well, that doesn’t solve the issue. There is either something in his nose or it itches and he wants to scratch so the toddler just kept putting his finger back up his nose. All the parent kept saying was, “That’s gross, don’t” and smacking their hand, stop it, smacking their hand, don’t do that and smacking their hand. They weren’t helping the child solve the problem. They were not empowering their child.

A simple solution that gets overlooked is this: if you catch your toddler with their finger up their nose, you say, “Hey, that’s not how you do that. Here. Let me show you. Let’s go get a tissue. Now. Take the tissue and blow your nose. Does that feel better? Do that fix the problem?”

If they say no, then you can continue to investigate and give them solutions.

By giving kids solutions. You are now empowering them to do better in their everyday life. They are going to be able to solve problems, instead of always bringing you problems. Whenever you tell your child don’t do that. You are handcuffing them. They think, okay, well, I’m not supposed to do that. Now what? And a lot of times, it’s going to leave that big elephant in the room,  You want to understand that it is their curiosity that is getting them in trouble. They are experimenting, they are trying something, and so by telling them not to do it, you not only haven’t solved the problem, but you have now added to this curiosity. I really want to know how to do this, or I really want to know what happens if I do this, or what’s going to happen or why shouldn’t I do this? You’ve actually created a bigger monster, instead of addressing it directly and saying,

“Here are some solutions, what do you want to do?”

For example: Why is it important to go to bed on time?

When you go to bed on time, you are going to get good sleep, you are going to be able to wake up on time, you are going to be able to wake up refreshed so that you are ready to start your day. So I realize you might want to stay up late, but it’s not the best choice for you to make.

Now you are empowering your child at that point to understand the process.

Find different ways or get ideas of how you are going to be able to help your child and empower them so that they can start to develop that yes, I can’t attitude.

People with a belief in themselves, tackle those problems!

You will hear me say here in the karate school all the time, a student will come in and they will say,  “I can’t.”

My immediate answer to them is, “I don’t want to hear what you can’t do. Tell me what you are going to do or tell me what you can do.”

That gets the brain thinking on a solution. By thinking about solutions, the kids are going to constantly be moving forwards. They are going to be learning and they will start to better believe in themselves.

If you have any questions or if you get stuck on exactly how to present something, feel free, drop it down in the comments or message me, I’m happy to help you any way I can have a super day and we’ll talk to you guys soon.