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Kelley DeLuca reviewed Skillz Dynamic Martial Arts
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My son has been attending Shihan's classes for nearly 2 years now. Within this time, he has quickly matured and his behavior has improved so much (I almost cant believe it!)! Not only does he learn Martial Arts, he also learns how to be a great person and good friend, discipline, manners, strength, confidence, and so much more from this program. I really enjoy watching him grow in every aspect of life! Ive also attended parent workshops that Shihan provides, which have helped me tremendously! I highly recommend Skillz Dynamic Martial Arts, you WONT be disappointed!

Brittany Onstead reviewed Skillz Dynamic Martial Arts
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Love skillz dynamic 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 Skillz Dynamic 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 Skillz Dynamic Martial Arts
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Skillz Dynamic 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 skillz dynamic 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 skillz dynamic 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 instructure 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 Skillz Dynamic 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 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
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
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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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Make Hard Choices to Have an Easy Life

Hey, parents. Denny Strecker here from Skills Dynamic Martial Arts, and over the past 30 years now, I’ve had the honor and the privilege of teaching kids’ karate classes to our community and helping children develop socially, emotionally, intellectually, and physically.

Today, we’ve got our winter vortex, so it is well below zero. The wind chill included, we’re pushing about negative 25 degrees, so the schools closed down. And we were prepared for this, so we started talking about it in classes last night, making sure that everybody stays home, stays warm, and stays safe. And it was interesting. Some things came up in the conversation when we were talking about … Now that you know, right, schools are closed for the next two days. Karate’s going to be closed. What are you going to do with your time to make sure that, you know, you’re using the best of it and not just wasting time?

And that got me thinking this morning about one of the old sayings that I learned from a coach decades ago, which was, “Easy choices lead to a hard life, but hard choices lead to an easy life.” And so with that in today’s thinking, that a lot of the kids were saying, and this is what kind of caught my ear last night … “Well, I don’t have school tomorrow, so I can stay up super late tonight because I don’t have to get up.” Or “I can sleep in extra hours and hours because I don’t have school, so I don’t have to get up.” And that’s not really a successful mindset.

What you want to be able to do is create good habits, and habits that are going to last a lifetime. And so, the easy choice is to stay up late and/or go to bed … Or not to go to bed early, but to sleep in late. And that’s the easy choice, but if you do that too many times, you’re going to create that habit, and it’s going to lead to a hard life. But, a good choice, even though I don’t have school tomorrow, I need to go to bed at my normal bedtime, so that I’m in the same routine, and I create the good habit, so when I do go to school, then I know that that habit’s going to continue.

And, unfortunately, not everybody is seeing it that way, and you know, that’s kind of the great thing about America. You can make the choices, but again, easy choices are going to lead to a harder life. If you sleep in too often, right? If you end up missing work because you don’t feel like getting out of bed, one day your boss is going to decide, you know what? You don’t have to come in anymore. And so, my goal with our ninjas is to be able to create those good, good habits.

And so, kind of give you a little bit of insight into my history. When I was in middle school, I realized that I wanted to purchase the newest video game, and to kind of date myself, the newest game system was the Odyssey video game, so today, there’s the Xbox and PlayStation 4, all those things. Well, Odyssey was the new hot thing out. So I asked my parents if I, if they would buy it for me, and you know, being responsible parents, it wasn’t cheap. They said, you know, “No, it costs too much money.” So I knew at that point that I wanted it, so I ended up finding a house that I was going to be able to mow their lawn for the summer. It was about a mile away from my house, so I had to push the mower a mile in order to cut the lawn, and then push the lawnmower a mile back.

Well, by the end of the summer, I had saved enough money that I was able to purchase the game system on my own. And so that basically started teaching me a lot of lessons young about discipline and the rewards of delayed gratification. So what we want to be able to do at that point then is when I got into high school, I knew I would want a car. So I ended up working and delivering pizzas and some other odd jobs that ended up making money so that I was able to purchase my own car by the time that I was a sophomore in high school and I got my driver’s license. Then, in college, I worked midnights at a gas station so that I could study the subjects I was taking during the day and earn money because in college, I knew that I wanted to buy a house.

And by the age of 24, I was able to purchase my first house on my own, with no co-signer, with basically good credit and the money that I had set aside from working all that time through college. So again, easy choices throughout life … I didn’t need the game system when I was young. I could’ve just gone out and played and not mowed lawns. In high school, I didn’t have to deliver pizzas. I could’ve just partied and hung out with my friends. And in college, I didn’t have to work midnights. I could’ve just gone to school. I was fortunate enough to stay home with my parents and living in the house at the time with them, so I didn’t have any expenses. I didn’t have to work. But each of those choices, while easy, would certainly lead to a much harder life in the long-run.

So by making hard choices throughout my life, I’ve been able to make my life a little bit easier. You know, depending on perspectives. There’s always been some bumps in the road, and nobody has a perfect lifestyle, but compared to just about everybody else, I would say I’m pretty well set. So what are you teaching your ninja now? What decisions are you putting in front of them that are hard so that they can lead an easier life?

I would love to hear some of your thoughts and some of the things that you’re working on. So, do me a favor. Leave a comment in the section below. What are some challenges and some things that you would like your ninja to know and learn, so that they can have a much easier life? If you haven’t checked out our Facebook page, it’s a great idea to do so. We’ve got a free birthday party. We have an open Saturday in February, so we’re offering a free birthday party to anybody. There’s going to be a random draw on Friday. We have all of these videos listed. They’re also listed, if you are on Facebook right now, also on our YouTube channel, so that way we are trying to cross-reference each of our formats so that everybody can get the benefits.

Do me a favor. Leave your comment below. What challenge are you leaving your ninja? What do you want them to learn to have an easier life? And like this video. And please, as always, share it with any other parents that you think that they would find the information useful. Have a great day. Make sure you stay warm. Looking forward to the weather break here in the next couple days so that we can get back to regular classes. We’ve got belt testing in four weeks, and it’s going to be a super awesome one. So, see you guys soon. Take care.

This is also available on my You Tube Channel: https://youtu.be/ZegL3j-ZOcE

Black Belt Parenting Podcast: http://dennystrecker.libsyn.com/making-hard-choices-leads-to-easy-life-episode-29