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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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Improve Your Child’s Confidence – Tip #1


“At the end of the day, the most overwhelming key to a child’s success
is the positive involvement of parents.” – Jane D. Hull


Carol was the mom of Tommy, one of my seven year old Yellow Belts. She was a good mom. She was involved in all of Tommy’s activities and made it a point to ask questions to make sure he did not miss something. Carol was sitting in my office telling me how frustrated she was that Tommy was not able to make his bed. Her reasoning was, “He is SEVEN YEARS OLD! He should know how to make his bed!!” To which I simply replied, “Have you ever shown him how to do it?”

As a Parent, you need to teach their child how to doing anything, you can’t just expect them to do it. Watching parents day in and day out interacting with their children, it got me thinking about this issue. Too often, parents expect their child to be able to do something without the proper education
on how to do it.

Whenever you start a new job, you always have an orientation. In a lot of instances when you go to a new school, there is an orientation that gets you acclimated with what is going to happen, what is expected and where you are supposed to be. There really isn’t any type of orientation for children. The kids grow up and parents and grandparents just expect their children to know a lot of the rules in life. That is not what works. What I hear all the time from parents is, “They should know how to do this because they are seven years old.”

There is no correlation between learning a new skill based on age. A child does not know how to make their bed because they are seven years old. They know how to make their bed because you have taught them how to do it – whatever their age!

What I would like to challenge you with is put an “if” after that “should” and check to see if you are teaching or are you just expecting. At that point it would be you “should” know that your clothes belong in the dirty clothe basket if I have taught you that is where they go. It is not a matter of telling them once and they know how to do it.

The really cool part, is that this is a universal principle. It applies to adults, to your significant others, your spouse, your co-workers, as well with children. If you start teaching this concept to your children, it is going to give them a leg up in the world. Every time that you use “should” you can think to yourself, “Did I teach them how to do it?” If the answer is, “No, I haven’t,” then you need to back up and teach them the skill you are interested in seeing them do.

One of the techniques I use when I work with a child is saying to them, “I’m only going to tell you that 10,000 more times.” It is a fun thing that I say to let the child know that I am here to help them. I am your mentor. I am your coach. Don’t feel bad because you forgot, that is my job to remind you.

This is just one of my 25 “best” secrets that I use daily in my kids karate classes. You can get all 25 “secrets” in my #1 Bestselling Book “How to Double Your Child’s Confidence in Just 30 Days” on Amazon.

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