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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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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

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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!

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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!

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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.

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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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Leadership Training is great for all ninjas

Hello karate families. I am here to talk to you today about my experience with Cassie’s leadership team exposure. And I can’t say enough about the program and its effects that it’s had in Cassie’s overall experience through karate. It really, I feel, takes karate to a much deeper level and exposes her to pushing back, past new boundaries, setting goals, personally and in her karate also.

It also helps give the Ninjas exposure to community service. And also the huge benefit, I feel too, is that she has mentorship, goes on a much deeper level with the kiddos too. Every couple of weeks, we get to also do weapons training, which is something new within the last year. Cassie so far, has been able to learn how to do Kamas, and work with those and become competent in doing different tricks, and even a kata with the Kamas. And now she is just starting to work with the bo.

So, every time that we go to leadership, she’s excited. She is learning new challenges for her self improvement, and being a leader to everyone that she comes in contact. Not even when she’s just helping out in karate class, but also taking those leadership levels to the real world, and when she goes to school. She recently was challenged to do a video presentation in her classroom, with her teacher’s permission. And gave a presentation on how to be a nice kid and how to do a polite introduction. I know at my age, doing an oral presentation in junior high on a book that I read, I was shaking, I was very nervous, feeling butterflies and sick to my stomach.

And here she is, eight years old, and asking permission to her teacher to do this. And practiced it at home, and took it to her classroom, and had all of the kids interacting, and practicing the polite introduction during it. And even brought her teacher to tears that she was spreading such positivity and helping kids learn how to make friends and be nice to one another. And challenging the whole class to do this for a week. It’s just amazing. And this is just one of the things that she’s done.

The major thing that she really loves about leadership is helping out in the younger kids’ class and leading them in their exercises, and helping Shihan during some of the drills that he does during the class time. She really looks forward to that and that mentorship and coaching that he has given her, to feel confident. It’s just grown like ten-fold. I can’t even describe to you how much it has improved her self-esteem and confidence and how she carries herself and how she talks.

Cassie came into karate a very quiet, meek girl, who even in our comfortable family setting with just her sister and dad, and myself, we would always be like, “Cassie, we can’t understand what you’re saying, you’re talking too quietly.” And now she goes from that, and being in karate for three years and leadership a year and a half, to where she is the loudest kid in class. Not afraid to be in front, leading the younger kids’ exercises, and asking them to please be louder.

There’s so many positive benefits to it. So if it’s anything that you are unsure of, or wanting more information about, I just have such positive feedback to share with you, and the experience that it’s given Cassie, and continues to give Cassie. And just the real-world life applications that Shihan puts into place and changes them up, all throughout the year, and gives them leadership goals that they can practice in the real world, has just really grown Cassie as a person to have such self-confidence, and feel more secure in herself. And to really be a leader in her school, and to all she comes in contact with.

So that’s my take on it. And I am very, very pleased with the program overall. So thank you Shihan for this opportunity to tell everybody how much leadership has meant to our family, and karate overall. Happy holidays everybody. Take care. Bye.