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Melissa Eszes Schlosser reviewed Canton Karate
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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 Canton Karate
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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 Canton Karate
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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 Canton Karate
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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 Canton Karate
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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 Canton Karate
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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 Canton Karate
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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 Canton Karate
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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 Canton Karate
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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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Certification Matters Three Tips to Choosing a Martial Arts School

Certification Matters

Three Tips to Choosing a Martial Arts School

Choosing a martial arts school has always been a guessing game for most parents. Unless they have prior experience, to them, any style is coined “karate” so deciding on the best place is purely a guess. Parents generally look for a school that teaches punching and kicking, emphasizes discipline, and builds confidence. And while many schools are successful in delivering those results, many do so in ways that don’t truly tap into the deeper levels of science and psychology in order to make these benefits long-lasting. Therefore, finding martial arts schools that require certifications, so staff are trained in the most up to date child development strategies, is key in delivering optimum results.

To assist parents on selecting a martial arts school, the SKILLZ program has led the way in setting the highest standards for its instructors by offering different levels of certification. By implementing varying courses in the areas of science and psychology, instructors demonstrate a high level of understanding in the best practices for a child’s development and parents feel more secure knowing their children are in certified hands. The effectiveness of a system of instructor training, such as this, gives them a specialize skill set so they can create an environment that fosters authentic developmental growth that will last a lifetime.

To truly get the most out of the conventional martial arts benefits everyone is familiar with, parents should look for schools that have instructor training in the following areas.

1) Science: One of the first things anyone working with children should know is what to expect from them and what not to expect. This boils down to knowing where each child is in their stage of development. By understanding this, instructors can target exactly what skills children, at a specific age, need to build on. For this reason, the SKILLZ program created age-specific classes. In addition, understanding how certain chemicals in the brain can be boosted to maximize learning and retention, within each class, is extremely valuable.

2) Psychology: As we all know, not all children are the same in every way and some have challenges that are often the reason parents search for a martial arts school in the first place. From behavior problems to developmental disorders to physical challenges, having instructors that are knowledgeable in a wide array of difficulties is imperative. The SKILLZ program not only trains instructors on these concerns but has also created a program specifically designed for children on

the spectrum. By having useful tools in place, instructors can easily identify the best approach to work with each child that will ultimately produce the best results for that individual child.

3) Teaching: While understanding the subject matter being taught is important, knowing how to teach to boost understanding and memory is a specialized skill. Along with utilizing the elements of science and psychology above, the SKILLZ program also boosts learning by implementing neurobics to “warm up” the brain so it’s primed for learning. In addition, instructors are equipped with teaching strategies that are used to help each child achieve more. These elements increase the student’s motivation and bolster a love for learning.

It’s no doubt that parents want the best for their children. And while martial arts is rooted in traditions that have well-known benefits, today’s modern world is bursting with information that can enhance the outcomes. When martial arts schools demonstrate a commitment to the developmental growth of the children they serve, parents can trust that the process is not only about kicking and punching. They see how it is providing ways that reach their children on a deeper level which will ultimately lead to success in all areas of their life.

 

Author:  Jennifer Salama of Skillz Worldwide. Jennifer is a 4th-degree black belt and has been training in martial arts since 2001. She has a Masters Degree in Child Psychology and has embraced the SKILLZ curriculum because of its focus on child development and using martial arts as a vehicle to develop the child as a whole.