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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
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 Skillz Dynamic 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 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
5
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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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Giving Your Child Options

Hey parents. My name is Denny Strecker. And I’m the chief instructor at Skillz Dynamic Martial Arts. And for the past 30 years, I’ve had the pleasure and the honor of working with hundreds and hundreds of great kids in our community of Troy Michigan and helping the parents become better parents.

One of the tips I wanted to talk about today is giving your child choices. All too often, when I’m talking to a family, the parent will turn to the child and they’ll say something like,

“Well, do you want to try karate” or anything else depending on the circumstance?

What I’d like to see is basically giving your child an option where what we call an A or a B choice versus a “yes” or a “no” choice. What happens is if you give your child a “yes” or a “no” choice, normally you want them to choose “Yes”, and you are anticipating or expecting them to choose “Yes”. Unfortunately, all too often they are going to choose “no” and as soon as they do, you have a debate or an argument on your hands because you have asked them and they have told you what they want. So now you’ve got to try and grab them, pull them over to the Yes side. And it becomes a lot more stressful in the conversation. A much better option that I use all the time at our karate school with my ninjas, is the A or the B option, “Do you want to start karate today? Or do you want to start next Monday.” So at that point, you’re telling the child that we’re going to be doing this, but you get a say in the process or a vote about how it’s going to happen. Sometimes my ninjas will even catch me and I will trip them up a little bit, What color ring Do you want today? Do you want the red one or the red one?

They understand and they know that you’re giving me the same choice. Yes, but I’m still giving you a choice. So instead of just saying Here, take this ring, we turned it into a fun little game. So you really want to spend some time thinking about when you are talking to your child, don’t give them “yes” or “no” options. Figure out a better way to give them an “A” or a “B” so that way you don’t have to argue and be so stressed when your child doesn’t give you the answer that you are looking for.

This is just one of the great tips that we use here at the karate school all the time. If you found this information useful, I would love for you to share it with other parents and or do me a favor like and comment down below with any other tips or comments that you’d like me to talk about in the future. Have a great day.