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Melissa Eszes Schlosser reviewed CK SKILLZ Dynamic Martial Arts
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Our daughter LOVES everything about coming to classes! She started last May, and hasn't looked back. Her confidence has grown so much, starting within weeks of starting! She loves how every week she is learning new skills, she loves the staff and she loves the challenges that they give them every week to work on. She looks forward to classes every week, and jumped at the opportunity to sign up for extra classes that would help her learn more. She went from being a complete gymnastics girl to everything karate. Her Christmas list was filled with rebreakable boards, pads, punching bags, t-shirts, room decorations and anything else she could think of to practice karate or that was karate! It's only been about 10 months, but you can't meet this girl and not know that she loves karate, and we have Canton Karate to thank for this! Overall, the staff at Canton Karate has changed our daughter in so many ways, but especially in her confidence! We're so glad we found them!

Steve Surmann reviewed CK SKILLZ Dynamic Martial Arts
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The kids enjoy it, they learn to be more disciplined and behaved at the same time! Master Martin is exceptionally patient (I know because I get frustrated just watching it) and is a wonderful instructor. I am very happy with the way he mentors his pupils especially while he has his assistant instructors available to give one on one instruction to those that struggle. Having my children in his classes and seeing what they actually learn, accomplish and develop into is well worth the cost.

Jen Pepper reviewed CK SKILLZ Dynamic Martial Arts
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Love this school :) they are very thoughtful and encouraging, yet are able to mix the right amount of fun into every class as well

Joshua Mankowski reviewed CK SKILLZ Dynamic Martial Arts
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The Perfect Martial Arts School. Master Martin does a great job of combining all of the elements of martial arts into the curriculum, There is a mixture of history, discipline and practical application. The classes are also taught specifically for each age group to maximize the benefit of the kids and adults. What is being taught will resonate with a 3 or 4 year old (my son) or an adult(myself).

Susan Cook McCoon reviewed CK SKILLZ Dynamic Martial Arts
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My son goes here and loves it. Master Martin is great with the kids. They work on focus, concentration, self discipline, confidence and many more things kids need. My son is always excited to go and it's great to see the smile on his face. I see the improvement at home and in school since he has been going.

Diana M Riley-Woodward reviewed CK SKILLZ Dynamic Martial Arts
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Canton Karate has been amazing for our family! My two have been enrolled for 6 months now. They have always struggled with attention, focus, and self control and it was beginning to impact school. They LOVE Karate! They want to practice at home, and love going to class. and their performance in school has made a complete turnaround! For the first time my daughter's teacher this year says she is focused, attentive, and hard working!
Master Martin is patient but firm and disciplined. He treats each student differently in class. and that's a good thing! I don't know how but he seems to know what every student needs to personally challenge them. I find myself repeating Master Martin's words around the house and at work. They did love the Saturday forms/sparring class and we will miss that. But we are all excited to see what comes next!

Michelle Turmell reviewed CK SKILLZ Dynamic Martial Arts
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My son started Karate lessons at Canton Karate several months ago and we can't be happier with that decision! My son has gained so much confidence. On his first day, he was so nervous to step onto that mat. Master Martin and the rest of the staff were so patient and encouraging with him. He loves going now and has so much fun at each class. Master Martin and all the staff at Canton Karate are so encouraging, helpful and very accessible. I can't say enough good things! I highly recommend Canton Karate!

Michelle Brenner reviewed CK SKILLZ Dynamic Martial Arts
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Amazing place with AMAZING staff!! The way they work with kids is wonderful! You truly feel like family from the time you walk in the door. They offer so many different class options. My kids have learned so much already from their short time here. I'm amazed at the new skills and discipline they are learning. The confidence I'm seeing fostered in my children is great. Master Martin has an amazing way of dealing with the kids. It is usually in a way that corrects the problem without disrupting everyone else. Can't wait till my 4 year old is ready to start as well. Thank you Canton Karate!!

Pat O'Hara Dunbar reviewed CK SKILLZ Dynamic Martial Arts
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Canton Karate is a great place for kids to teach them how to respect others, self esteem, and how to treat bullies. I would recommend Canton Karate to all my friends. The staff is very pleasant and helpful. I'm glad that we are part of the Canton Karate family. My grandson has learned so much in just a short period of time of being here. He really looks forward on coming here and getting out of his shell. Thank you Canton Karate.

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Have you ever had a teacher, coach, or mentor that inspired you to the very core? One that cheered you on to achieving your big dreams and goals with the biggest heart, joy and fire?

Each and every day, our team of Pediatric Ninja Specialists, Instructors and Coaches serve our community knowing full well that our purpose is to support, guide, and nurture today’s youth in living their best lives!

Proud Ninja Parent, we know you want the absolute best for your child and that you too are cheering them on every step of the way towards achieving sure victory. But what happens when your child encounters a challenge, a mountain in the face of their progress? How can parents be allies to their kiddos when you find them wrestling with doubt in their ability to finish strong?


Step #1: Time for a gut check!

When our children face physical challenges that lead to a question of their ability to keep going, striving towards their next goal and earning the win they have been fighting for, it is important for both parents and kiddos to take a step back and consider the dynamics of the crossroads. It is gut check time! Some things to consider:

  1.  How is my child doing?
  2.  Have you noticed a change in their physical well-being as of late – related, but not limited to – appetite, sleep patterns, activity level?
  3.  What is on my child’s life plate right now? Is there balance or overfill and overflow?


Other questions, cues may need to be considered. But from this assessment, parents and coaches alike can glean insight into the root of the doubt being felt.

Lack of motivation, doubts in one’s ability to succeed are merely symptoms attempting to mask a deeper root issue!


Step #2: Dig Deep!

If after considering the big picture you find that a lack of motivation is influencing your child’s underlying doubt, ability to finish strong, then it is time to dig deeper and be the parent your child needs you to be in supporting them to stay the course!

Motivation is not something our children are born with in most cases. Are there the anomalies, the children who are born with a drive to compete on a very intense, high level and one day professionally? Absolutely! But even the best of the best, even us as parents in our day-to-day life, we all have our moments when we feel like our fire isn’t burning as hot and/or our drive is less than stellar.

Some things to consider if lack of motivation is playing a part in your child’s doubt to see a mission through:


  1. What are the conversations, feelings, sentiments being shared about the challenge(s) before your child? Are you noticing a thread of negative cognitions, “I’ll never be good enough,” “I am not strong enough” or “Everyone is getting it but me!”
  2. Taking the first question a step further, how are you supporting the conversations, feelings    and sentiments? Is a light being shined upon the good, positive, well-done strides of progress you have witnessed on their way towards crossing the finish line? Or do you find yourself stuck with your child in a posture of what is not going right on repeat? 
  3. Is there intentional space being created before it is time to train to set the mind up for success? Or are there perhaps strong distractions like playtime on technology that have become more appealing in the moment, pulling away from the goal to be accomplished?

The inner monologue we preach to ourselves often becomes our truth.

So let what we speak about ourselves and what is spoken over our children be seasoned with Love, Light and Encouragement!


Step #3: We’ve Got Your Back!

Proud Ninja Parent, as you well know, we are very passionate about ensuring that the whole child is supported in anything and everything that we do. When you see that your child is struggling to finish strong, is wrestling with their abilities or is expressing thoughts of self-doubt, we are here and we have your back!

No child or parent should ever walk through the challenges of life alone. Further, no child should ever feel as though they cannot succeed and win in whatever goals, dreams and aspirations have been put upon their hearts.

This is why we welcome your conversation, communication and collaboration. Because it takes a village to raise a child! We know that at every level of our SKILLZ Strong Programming, each and every one of our ninjas are going to face new physical challenges that also test their minds and spirits. Why? Because they are going to face tests of the mind, body and spirit in the real world someday, if not already. And it is our passion, mission and drive to ensure that each and every one of our ninjas is equipped with the tools of success to face any obstacles or challenges that come their way with amazing success.

There is no limit, no cap on the potential of what our children are capable of achieving in their lives. Each and every one of us are witnesses to the most amazing stories of heart, courage, strength and perseverance within our children every single day. May you be encouraged as you go forward today knowing that there is a great tribe of support surrounding you and your child!



About the Author

Meg Klettke is the proud owner alongside her husband, Alex of Family Strong Sussex, a SKILLZ Lifetime Gold studio in Southeastern Wisconsin. With a background in traditional and alternative therapeutics, Meg is an active advocate for today’s youth. Her passion for supporting and nurturing the whole child resonates through all she does as a Proud Ninja Mom of two boys with special needs, Certified Pediatric Ninja Specialist and Content Creator for SKILLZ Worldwide.