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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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Training The Brain – Stages Will Make Your Child Smarter

Hey, parents. Want to shoot a quick video here. I’ve been at our certification for about three days now. Seems like about a month of information just crammed in. We’re doing about 8 to 10 hour days. We just wrapped up for the afternoon. It is about, what, 5:00 on Saturday. We’ve kind of lost track of time. But I wanted to spend a couple of minutes talking to you about what is going to be coming up as this is pretty phenomenal, but it does take a lot to wrap your head around because it is future-oriented. The program is called Stages, and we are one of 30 programs in the entire United States that are going to be beta testing this and getting an idea of how well it works in our kids karate classes. It’s been used in multiple countries in Europe, and so now he’s looking to bring it to the United States. So, again, it’s kind of cool that we’re going to be one of just 30 programs or 30 schools that are going to be testing it and getting an idea of how it works.

And so, you’re going to hear us talking about Stages a lot as the name of the program. And the overview of what Stages is, is it’s a a training program for your brain, or what they’re calling a gym of the mind. And so, looking through my five pages of notes here as well as the 250 page manual that we got, wanted to just give you an overview of what to expect because this is going to become a partnership that’s going to be between you and I. I’m going to be presenting the program in different aspects of class and we’re going to be asking you to give us some feedback so that that way we can give it back to the Stages creators so that they can end up making the program even better.

So hopefully we’re going to be hearing lots of good things I’m sure. But at the same time, if there’s a hiccup, if it’s technological, if the delivery system isn’t working or if the message isn’t quite clear, that’s basically what they’re asking us to give feedback on. And so, what Stage’s training is, again, it’s a gym for the mind. It’s looking and teaching patterns to your child so that they can look for similarities and differences. Everything is broken down to a mathematical process. And then your child is able to transfer the knowledge from one thing to another. So what’s really exciting about this is your martial arts training is going to help your ninja learn how to play an instrument. And learning to play an instrument is going to help their martial arts. Doing both of those is going to help their history and their learning capacity at school. It’s going to help them with their chemistry.

So it’s really an interesting and challenging concept to get, but until you get it, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed, confused, or lost. So my mission is going to be spending the next six to eight weeks working on this and helping you understand it a little bit better.

So along with the appreciation and the pattern recognition, this is going to help their self esteem and their confidence. And it’s going to be able to build that because each of those games and the things that the kids do, they’re going to be successful at it. Anytime your ninja is successful, they feel better about themselves. Feeling better about yourself naturally enhances self esteem.

So, again, I’m going to be jumping through my notes here just to give you a very high level overview look so that you can understand what we’re going to be coming back with. I could easily spend about two hours and just throw all of this stuff at you, but it’s very geeky, very tech. And if you’re interested, let me know and I’ll be more than happy to share it with you.

By the year 2040, one billion people are going to lose their jobs. And so, again, 2040, about 20 years into the future, one billion people are not going to have a job anymore. And that’s a low estimate by the way. Where they’re talking about is this process is stemming from innovation and technology. And you’re already seeing it. When you go to McDonald’s or some of the fast food restaurants, you don’t have a cashier anymore, you have a kiosk. There are lawn mowers that will mow your lawn so you don’t have to have a service come do your lawn anymore. Now the newest one is there’s garbage cans that can take themselves to the curb and then once they’re emptied, bring themselves back.

You’re hearing about automated cars. So any type of delivery or driver service is going to be automated and you’re not going to need people to do that. So all of those industries, manufacturing is another one, assembly lines, all of that stuff is going to be completely eliminated by 2040 and possibly more.

So, what are these two billion people going to end up doing? Or one billion people I’m going to start with, and then we’re going to have another billion that aren’t quite ready to work yet. So, up to two billion people are going to need a job, and by helping your child and teaching your child these skills now, it’s going to teach them how to have a better brain, a stronger mind, so that they’re able to create innovation and basically start taking things and inventing new things and/or solving problems that we’re currently seeing with the new innovation. As we’ve learned, the more innovation there is, the more problems that start to develop. So therefore you want your ninja to be able to do that. And that’s exactly what this program is going to do.

One of the great things that I just saw today was the program teaches you to have an artist’s brain with an engineer’s mind. And for the longest time we’ve always been taught that you’re either artistic or analytical, you’re one or the other. And while that generally is going to be true, that you’re going to lean one way or the other, what this program does is it ties them together. If you’re artistic, it’s going to teach you how to see patterns so that you can be more of an engineer. And if you’re an engineer, it’s going to teach you how to be more artistic.

An example that came to my mind real quick was I’ve had several students with Asperger’s. And with Asperger’s, they don’t understand emotions the same way we do. They don’t process them the same way. So they don’t understand sarcasm, for example. So they have a tough time communicating with other people because, if somebody uses sarcasm or some other form, they’re not going to get it or understand it. So they always kind of stick out as the odd kid of the group.

With Stages, it actually teaches them the pattern for how to read somebody’s face. So they’re going to be able to understand the emotion without actually having to have it. They’re going to be able to look at their face, understand the pattern, and then say, “Oh, okay, they’re saying this, or they mean this,” which is really, really cool.

So, the last thing, basically what we want to do is there’s eight intelligences, and everybody has really fallen, again, either analytical or artistic. You’re either this or that. And what’s great about Stages is it actually ties all eight of these intelligences together so that your ninja is going to be able to jump from any one place to another and transfer the things that they’ve learned from one activity to another, which is going to speed learning up by 10, 20 times faster than what they could normally do.

So, real quick, you’ll probably identify your ninja in one of these. The first intelligence would be logical or mathematical. The second intelligence will be verbal or linguistic. The third one is interpersonal. Fourth one is body. They move around and communicate with their bodies best. Fifth one is musical. Sixth one is visual or spatial. Seventh one is intrapersonal. And then the last one is naturalistic. A person who understands nature. So a hunter or somebody who likes to be outdoors a lot, a chef, somebody that picks their ingredients to make food would be a naturalistic learner.

So now what’s going to happen is instead of being any one of these categories, your ninja is going to be able to be all eight. And they’re going to naturally have strengths. They’re going to lean towards, “I like this better than that.” So they’re going to be able to specialize in those.

So, last example for you today. I’ve always liked music. If you’ve noticed, there’s always music playing on in the karate school. It, to me, just adds to the energy and to the beat. But I’ve never been a musician. I took guitar lessons when I was young, but I’m lefthanded and so that made it awkward and I didn’t have a great teacher, so I wasn’t really able to excel at that. I’m interested in the piano. I learned how to play the keys a long time ago, but I could never, again, figure out the melodies and how the left hand works with the chords. So that fell by the wayside when I was in my 20s.

So, in the last 30 years, I have never touched an instrument. Today at Stages we were taught how to play over, what, 8,000 melodies in less than 10 minutes. So I am not a musician now, but I know how to play over, or I can figure out, how to play over 8,000 melodies on, we used a xylophone, so a xylophone or a piano or eventually, if you know the chords on a guitar, a violin, any instrument, I can now figure out how to play over 8,000 melodies because he taught us the pattern on how to do that.

One of the first things he taught us was there are 1,064 ways to draw a square. So, if you’re bored this weekend, give it a shot. See how many different ways you can figure out how to draw a square. And again, he asked us, he’s like, “How many ways do you think there are?” We were throwing guesses out like 15, 25. One person said 28 or 30. He says, “1,064.” And then he starts showing us the pattern of how to do that. And, once you know the pattern, it sticks in your brain. And so now, okay, I know 1,064 different ways to draw a square, how can I use that? Oh, I can put that in this pattern and do the same thing over here with this other activity.

So it’s really exciting, it’s incredibly deep, certainly very nerdy in my opinion. But that’s what I am. I’m a nerd. I’m always interested in learning more and better ways. Another great thing about this program is you’re going to learn how to use both hands. A lot of the students are going to become ambidextrous. We are doing drawings with our left hand and then with our right hand. And then intermixing and mixing up, and that’s how you start to build in those combinations.

So again, I could spend hours and hours trying to explain it to you, and certainly it’s going to be a fun journey. But we are going to need your help. Here’s your first assignment. Want to get an idea of who’s watching these videos and what you think about it. So if you like the idea, please make sure you hit thumbs up. If you really get it and you understand it and you really love the idea, hit that heart symbol. Right?

A lot of times it’s perfectly okay to be confused and say, “I don’t get it.” That’s what we did the first two days here at the seminar. We’re just like, “Okay, I hear what you’re saying but I don’t get it.” And now it’s starting to click and register because, guess what? Those 8,000 melodies that I learned, 8,000 martial arts combinations in 10 minutes. I can teach your ninja how to create over 8,000 martial arts combinations. And that’s where everything’s going to start tying in and you’re going to start seeing how it transfers over.

So, do me a favor, all right. Comment below if you have any questions. Again, this is just a general overview one, so I’m sure you have questions, but instead let’s do this. Let’s just mark that you watched this with a thumbs up or an all heart in. Let me know how interested you are in this. Or, hey, if you don’t get it or you’re not interested in this at all, don’t be afraid to put a thumbs down. We’re looking for honest feedback so that we can start collecting data and then we can start measuring results. And that’s exactly how we’re going to be able to do this.

So, look forward to this. I still have another full day all day tomorrow. And then I fly back first thing Monday morning to start teaching classes again Monday afternoon. Super excited. This certainly doesn’t feel like work. This has been a great time and a great experience of learning for me and I can’t wait to start sharing it with you. Have an awesome evening. Take care. I’m going to go read over my notes and start doing some different drawings and keep learning myself. Take care.