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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!

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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!

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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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Martial Arts Is Evolving – Is Your Karate School?

Hey parents I wanted to spend a couple minutes today talking to you about the new world of self defense.

What I mean by that is, every week, I will hear from either another martial artist or friends from Facebook, somebody talking about some really cool self defense that they just learned, and or maybe a new form that they memorized, and that got me thinking about, how do we think about martial arts.

About 20 to 30 years ago, back in the day, (in the 80s, and into the 90s) it basically was a physical self defense. There was a natural fear that you were going to be grabbed and taken, or you were going to get beat up in a dark alley somewhere. So martial arts came in and filled that void, and started teaching people how to physically take care of themselves. Today, there still is a need for that in some cases, but for the vast majority of us, we are never going to have to learn how to defend ourselves against a gun, or against a knife, or even somebody swinging at us. Definitely a stranger grabbing us and taking us away was the fear that we had a long time ago. Those aren’t things that we necessarily face in our daily lives.

What has started to develop and where martial arts needs to elevate itself is into emotional self defense. I guarantee that just about every single day, your child is going to face some type of challenge, either they are going to get made fun of, they are going to get put down. So, learning how to defend our emotions is a much better skill to teach our kids today, instead of just the basic punch, kick and blocks. Or being able to teach them how to push away the negative thoughts of somebody making fun of them, or somebody doesn’t want to be my friend. Being able to control their emotions so that they don’t act out and end up regretting something that they do.

There is still one more level, the next level that we are really starting to push towards here at Skillz Dynamic Martial Arts is mental self defense. That is self defense against our own minds. How many people do you know that have limiting beliefs or negative mindsets, and so they find that they are not able to do as much in life because they are always finding the negative and why they can’t do things?

Imagine being able to teach your child the skills that most people don’t have. Being able to teach them to stay focused on a goal, to ignore all the negative talk in the world, and to be successful in life. That person is going to be a great leader. And more importantly, that is going to be somebody that uses their martial arts every single day. And at that point, there is no better return on investment than I can think of something that your child is using all the time.

So think about it. It is not about trophies. It is not about going to tournaments and seeing who is the best. It is not about learning this really cool, new self defense, or, another karate form. It is not about memorization. Memorizing things doesn’t help improve your life when it comes to martial arts in general, because you are not going to use a new karate form in your daily life. But learning to train your mind to be sharp, focused and a great leader is something that you are going to be able to use every single day. That is one of the my biggest goals here at Skillz Dynamic Martial Arts. To help our ninjas be able to use their mind, stay focused, stay on task, and become great leaders of tomorrow.