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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!

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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.

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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!!

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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!

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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

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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.

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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.

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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.

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Improve Confidence with a Polite Introduction


Today I wanted to share a very powerful tool I use in my kids martial arts classes every day. The polite introduction is a fantastic tool to help improve your child’s confidence because it gives them a specific script to follow so they do not feel as nervous or get stuck not knowing what to do next.

You can either listen to my podcast or read the article below to learn how to do this and introduce it to your child.

Here is the link to the Podcast Episode:

Here is the podcast transcript:

I want to welcome you to our Message of the Week program. I’m excited to get you guys started, and I figured we’d just start right at the very top and one of the first skills, and probably one of the most important skills, that I think I teach the kids, and that’s the polite introduction. The polite introduction serves a whole host of benefits to kids, whether they’re receiving it or giving it. If your child is shy and timid, they’re going to have a little tougher time, so this is going to bring them up in the confidence level. If your child’s already super confident, it’s going to give them that tool that’s going to make them even more confident or better. I guess maybe they don’t need more confidence, but better confidence to be able to engage with people on a social level.

So we have, basically, five principles that we use in the polite greeting. First thing is we make good eye contact. What this does is it teaches the child to make sure that you wait until the person’s ready to speak to you. What we’ll see on occasion is the kids will just come walking up and start blurting out the hello and greeting, and it kind of takes you aback. It’s a little bit shocking. So we want to make sure we make good eye contact first. After that, we want to smile. A good smile on our face lets the person know, hey, we’re friendly, and we’re going to approach. Sometimes we get caught in our day or wrapped up in what we’re thinking, and we don’t really realize that you could have just a scowl on your face or just a mean look. So we really want to make sure that we tell the kids actively smile.

Third step is going to be shaking hands. We don’t want a dead fish, a really weak hand, but at the same time, we tell the kids, we don’t want that death grip. We don’t have a problem toomuch with the death grip. Maybe 1 out of 25, 30 kids will try it, so we set the boundaries before they even start. No death grip. No dead fish. A good, firm handshake. Now that we’ve made that engagement, the person’s ready for us, now we do the introduction. We say, “Hi. My name is,” and you tell them your first name. Naturally, at this point, the second question’s going to be, “What’s your name?” Now, in my particular situation in the karate classes, I have the kids introduce themselves to the parent who are hee for that particular class, so it might be three. It might be 25 parents in one session. So the idea is to make sure we’re following each of these steps, and when the parents introduce themselves back to the kids, we always go back last names.

That’s one of the things that I see. Talking to educators or sometimes counselors, teachers, and occasionally just parents, you think, well, my last name has too many syllables. It’s too hard for the kids to pronounce. I say hogwash. Kids are smart. If we set the bar high and we set expectations, they’re going to meet them. Whether your name is two syllables or five syllables is irrelevant. They just need to practice it a little bit more. We don’t settle for mediocre. We don’t dumb down what we expect. We set the bar, and we’re going to practice it until we get there. So that’s just kind of a side note about using your last names when you’re introducing. It’s also kind of a dead art form. If you talk to our grandparents and generations before, it was a given. You never used anybody’s first name unless you were really good friends. So it’s a good show or sign of respect, and I think it’s important. That’s why we do it here at the karate school.

So we’ve looked them in the eye. We’ve smiled. We’re shaking with the right hand. We’ve said, “Hi, my name is. What’s your name?” Now, the next step is we say, “Well, I’m glad to meet you,” and you use the person’s name back. This naturally shows that the person was listening and is able to respond back and carry a conversation and they’re not just kind of blurting out words and then taking off. That’s, a lot of times, where the kids start, right? This is brand new to them, and that’s not a problem. To really get this down to where we want it, we want to have that actual interaction and conversation between the two people. So this is going to help all kids, whether your child is shy and introverted or timid. It’s going to bring them up and give them a little bit more confidence. If your child is already super confident, well, this is going to give them a tool that’s going to even help make them more successful when they go to get jobs at a job interview, college interviews, or just any time they’re meeting somebody important, doing a polite introduction is great.

The final note on this is just like any block, punch, kick, anything physical in the martial arts, this requires practice. To me, it doesn’t matter if you do it with the same person every day or you do it with somebody different every day, the point is to practice. If you meet your school teacher, if you drop your child off, you do your polite introduction. If you have grandma coming over and watching the kids, you do your polite introduction. Doesn’t matter who it is. It’s just a matter to make sure that we practice it as much as possible and give positive feedback on what you liked. That’s, I guess, a side little second note for you guys. Ignore the negative. The kids are going to do things not super well, right? Notice I didn’t say wrong. Not super well. It’s a new skill. It’s going to take them a while to learn it. So we pick out the thing or things that we liked, and we tell the kids that. Then, we correct the other things a little bit later on.

All right? So, to wrap it up, sorry, a proper, polite introduction. Make sure we make good eye contact. Once we have eye contact with the person we want to speak with, make sure we smile. We’ve got to be friendly. Put out our right hand and make sure we have a firm handshake. No dead fish, no death grip. Then, we introduce, “Hi, my name is. What’s your name?” and, “I’m pleased to meet you,” and use the person’s name back. I hope that’s a great tip for you guys. If you have anything specific that hits home for you, please feel free to email me in. I’ve got a couple pages of notes to get through, so excited, and I’ll talk to you next week.