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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
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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!

Lisa Sandor reviewed Skillz Dynamic 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 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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Stages of Development for 5 and 6 Year Olds

My name is Denny Strecker and I’d like to spend a couple of minutes talking to you about our basic skills program for five to six-year-olds. At our school, the goal is to provide the most comprehensive, age-specific martial arts training available in the market today known as skills. The Skills Program includes an international revolution of martial arts fitness and educational training that targets the age-specific needs in children. We’ve taken the coolest part of martial arts from a variety of styles and combine them with action-packed curriculums that help children build skills that they can apply in every area of their life. This means children ages three and up will have a blast in their martial arts classes while learning valuable skills that enable them to be the best they possibly can be.

Working on the stages of development for a five and a six-year-old, what we found is physically they have a basic foundation for arm, leg, core, and abdominal development, but they still lack a lot of strength. So, our expectations in class are that they’re gonna struggle with multiple kicks beyond five repetitions, they’re gonna stumble when trying to control their body in motion such as switching their feet and kicking, and that they’re gonna have trouble with strength and exercises beyond 10 repetitions. So, the goals in our program were gonna be to demonstrate balance by performing high repetitions of kicks without putting their foot down, show good control with their body while keeping their body in motion, and to be able to demonstrate good fitness by applying technique in exercises beyond 10 repetitions.

Intellectually, we found that five and six-year-olds typically have a hard time retaining beyond three commands at any given time. So, our expectations is that they’re gonna have a hard time remembering a large amount of information at one time, that they’re gonna have a hard time processing orders beyond their three-command system, and that they’re gonna have a hard time performing multiple physical left and right applications at one time. So, the goals in our program were gonna be to demonstrate good focus by processing a large amount of information at a single time, that they’re gonna demonstrate good memory by retaining three or more commands at once and beyond while staying in order, and that they’re gonna demonstrate coordination by performing various left and right commands with a variety of different strikes and kicks in a combination format.

Emotionally, we found that five and six-year-olds are in tune with their emotions, but they still act silly when they feel a little nervous or excited. They build most of their confidence through making adults proud. So, the expectations in class so that they’re gonna act silly even when they know better, especially when working with their peers and that they’re gonna act silly or scared when they want to act something out. The goals in the program are gonna be that they’re gonna maintain discipline while working with others, and that they’re gonna demonstrate confidence when performing activities that require acting.

Socially, five and six-year-olds enjoy the spotlight but they tend to lack proper sportsmanship. So, our expectations are that they’re gonna get upset if they don’t win, they’re gonna get over-excited when they do win, and sometimes are even gonna cheat if they can get away with it. They’re also gonna try to get as much attention as possible such as interrupting you when you’re speaking, and boys prefer to work with boys, and girls prefer to work with girls at this age groups. So, the goals in our program are gonna be demonstrating good teamwork in competitive situations, that they’re gonna show self-control as a means to make you proud such as raising their hand versus just interrupting, and they’re gonna be more open to working with others of the opposite sex.

The eight basic skills that we’re gonna be working on are focus, teamwork, control, memory, balance, discipline, fitness, and coordination. Each class, the students are gonna be eligible to test for a stripe for each of these eight skills. When they’ve earned all eight skill stripes, they are then going to be able to promote and test for their next belt rank. At that test, they are going to have to score a minimum of 40 in order to move up in belt rank.

If this sounds like a program that would be beneficial for your child, please give us a call at the Karate school so we can schedule a pre-evaluation where I’ll work one-on-one with your child to determine where they best fit to start in the program. (248) 687-8641 Or fill out the Get Started Box to the right of this article.