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Krystal Andrzejewski - I have noticed Improvement with focus and a more positive attitude

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!

Tracy Hart - In the last 6 weeks, we have already noticed a consistent difference in our son's attitude and self confidence

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.

Kristine Burnham - My child has thrived in everything he does ever since we have joined

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!!

Brittany Onstead - Shihan is amazing and this program has helped so much with my sons confidence reviewed Prestige Martial Arts
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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!

Dennys Pimenta reviewed Prestige Martial Arts
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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
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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.

Tiffany Dempsey

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!

Nicole West reviewed Prestige 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 Prestige 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 Prestige 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 Prestige 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 Prestige 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 Prestige 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 Prestige 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 Prestige 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 Prestige 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 Prestige 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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Is Your Child Responsible?

ResponsibleGood afternoon parents. This week, we’re going to be continuing our practice of honesty. And in honesty, we’re going to be talking specifically about taking responsibility. And this is going to take two different paths. And so we want to make sure that you are working on this with your ninja to help them become the best version of themselves possible. First and foremost, everyone pretty much knows taking responsibility when you make a mistake. And having your, your ninja be honest, if they did something wrong, that they fess up to it, raise their hand, say I did it and accept responsibility for it. So that was pretty straightforward. And everybody works on that all of the time. But instead of waiting for your ninja to do something wrong for an opportunity to work on something,

we work on it in a proactive manner. So what we suggest and what we’re working on here at the karate school is have your ninja take responsibility for something around the house. Now, I get it. Everybody says yeah, you know, my ninja does that. And we haven’t responsible for this to that. But we’re going to add a couple of twists to this to help make sure that it’s super successful, both for you and for your ninja. First off, ask them what they want to be responsible for. Right? A lot of times parents will just say, okay, you’re responsible for cleaning your room and have conversation. And that’s okay, it’s your house. You can certainly do that if you want to. But having your ninja offer something that they want to be responsible for, is going to get a lot better results, because it already tells you that that’s something that they’re interested in. And if they’re interested in it, they’re more likely to do a better job at keeping the responsibilities up of that thing.

For example, they might say,

I want to be responsible for feeding the dog,

or I want to be responsible for setting the table,

Whatever it is, they’re giving you the feedback, so they’re taking ownership of it right out of the gate, that is step one, to a super successful result of teaching them to be responsible for themselves and their surroundings. Number two, you want to be able to teach them and show them specifically what it means to be responsible for this.

All too often again, you say okay, you’re responsible for this, you use the dog, again, you’re responsible for feeding the dog, that means that food goes in the bowl, and you’re done with it. And that’s not quite enough, you basically want to guide your child you want to show them for the first week up to say five to seven days, you want to show me exactly what it means to feed the dog. This is where the food’s at, this is how much we give them. This is the time of day. So that way becomes very structured. And that way your ninja knows exactly what to expect, and what’s expected of them to become more responsible. After you’ve shown that to them for several days, and they know exactly what to do. Now you watch them do it for several more days. And you don’t say anything while they’re doing it. You just let them do it. And then if there was a step or something that they missed afterwards, then you can give them a polite correction and say that was a great job. Right? Always start with the positive. I really you liked how you did this another positive. Next time, make sure you do this also. So that way, you’re giving them two positives before you give the correction. All too often again, you’re going to say Well, yeah, yours responsibility, but you forgot to do that. Or you didn’t do that, or you missed that. So right away, pop, you didn’t take that big balloon, your ninja standing, they’re all proud of themselves that they took responsibility. And you pop that balloon with a negative comment right out of the gate. Always start with a polite or a praise, and then give the correction afterwards. Finally, what you want to do is make sure that you create consequences. And this is the one thing I have yet to see anybody do at home, if you’re going to be responsible for setting the table, that means the table must be set before 6pm every day of the week, seven days a week without fail. If it’s not, then whatever your consequences that you want to do, right, you’re going to this privilege, or this will be the penalty. It can be whatever you want. But again, it needs to be stated ahead of time. So then that way you’re ninjas learning true responsibility,

If you’re not being responsible for your things, or you’re not being responsible for what you say you’re going to be, there’s going to be consequences. So we teach that to the ninjas right out of the gate. At our last parents night out. We had a ninja loser issues. It was unfortunate, right, but he didn’t put them in the cubbies. When everybody walked in the door, we said make sure you put your shoes in the cubbies. This particular ninja threw them right in front of the chairs. So then we said, All right, somebody’s shoes are not in the cubbies, you need to make sure you take care of that. waited five minutes. Guys, this is the second time we’re saying this. There’s a set of shoes here.

We are going to take them if they’re not put in the cubbies. Last chance. We waited five more minutes. Nobody came up. We took the shoes. Guess who came asking us questions at the end of the parents night out. I’ve lost my shoes. I don’t know where they are. Well, now again, here’s an opportunity and we treat every opportunity as a learning process. We could have easily just scolded them and said, Well, you didn’t listen, you know, your shoes are gone, we throw them out. That’s not going to give them an opportunity to learn anything.

So instead, we said okay,

well, did you hear us say this?


Did you hear us at the second time?


We know they’re gonna say that. Otherwise, they would have taken care of the shoes.

Okay, so we have a listening issue here. So we need to work on that, to make sure that you’re paying attention when things are going on. We’ve got your shoes back here, because we don’t want you to go home without your shoes. Now, what are we going to do next time to make sure well, I’m going to put my shoes away in the cubbies. Now that’s great. That’s what they were supposed to do. But what else can we do to make sure that we’re always paying attention? Oh, make sure that I listened better, right. So we made this a positive experience. And hopefully now that ninja is a lot more responsible not only with his shoes, but with his listening skills. And that becomes the true essence. So again, give your ninja the opportunity to become responsible at home. But number one, let them pick what they want to be responsible for naturally, as the parent, you’re going to have the final vote, you know, they might I want to be responsible for driving the car. Well, that’s not very realistic. That’s going to happen when you get your driver’s license, right? So you don’t say no, you just frame it in a little different fashion for them. But let them choose. And again, get to something that they want to do. Number two, show them exactly what it means to be responsible for that process. And then finally, number three setup consequences. So that way, if they don’t do it, when they come consequences and forced, there’s no complaining, there’s no arguing, right? You were responsible for this, and you didn’t do it. Therefore, here’s consequence. End of story. Right? That’s right, you’re just going to learn to be responsible, they’re going to learn to be more honest, not only with themselves, but an accepted responsibility for the things that they do, which in turn is going to help make them a super fantastic leader in tomorrow’s world. Now, again, as always, this is just one of dozens of different things that we’re working on with the school and the ninjas here at the karate school. I would love to come and speak to your parent group, to your school, PTO, PTA, church group, Cub Scouts, Girl Scouts, I’ve talked to a lot of different groups. So if you guys would like to have me come in and sit down and go over a particular structure or program that I teach here with the kids, I am more than happy to. So please do me a favor. Share the video with you any other parent groups and any other parents let them know. This isn’t really karate. This is a leadership academy. This is basically a life skills program, where martial arts is just the delivery system. We’re going to be enhancing the program even more than we haven’t already, which I’m excited to talk about in the next couple of weeks. So Have an awesome day. If you found this video useful. Please like comment on it.

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