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Melissa Eszes Schlosser reviewed CK SKILLZ Dynamic Martial Arts
5
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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
5
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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
5
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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
5
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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
5
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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
5
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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
5
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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
5
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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
5
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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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Setting Effective Learning Goals

Setting Effective Learning Goals

STAIRCASE OF IMPROVEMENT

I was dashing through the first big snowfall of the season with my oldest son on holiday and a great story came across the radio waves. A mom herself, the radio host began to tell the story of the orange tree. Unlike some other fruit bearing plants, the orange tree sees the greatest success when it is planted and nurtured in a nursery for the first three years of its life. That’s right! Three years of careful watch, watering, tending to and care before the young tree can even be planted outside!

 

But it does not stop there, oh no! The tree continues to grow and mature in the great outdoors before reaching its peak at 12-15 years old. At that time, it bears its delicious orange fruit that is ready for us all to enjoy. Isn’t that amazing! Whether a lone farmer or team working together, the care and dedication it takes for those tending to the fragile orange trees, to nurture them to their full maturation is truly a labor of love.

 

As we all watch our own children grow and mature through their adolescent years, the same level of care, attending to and intentional focus that is needed to grow the orange tree is needed when helping our kids to blossom too. But just as the farmer I’m sure encounters moments of frustration and impatience watching the tree grow slowly yet progressively over the years, we too can find ourselves harboring relatable sentiments.

 

It is hard to watch our children wrestle through tough intellectual challenges, especially those that may resonate with chapters from our youth. And when emotions come into the picture blurring our own senses, we can forget that our kids are not yet fully grown and thus capable of thinking, processing and doing things at the same intellectual level of us as adults. But just as the orange tree thrives due to the constant care it receives in its formative years, so too do our children prosper when under the protective wing of your guidance and consistent care.

 

As the dawn of the New Year breaks and academics resume for many of our kiddos, it’s important to stop, take a breath and remember to look at the big picture of how to best support, nurture and guide our children where they are at in this season of their lives.

  • If your child is struggling in a particular area of their academics, consider sitting down together and drawing up a “Staircase of Improvement.” For example: If reading and comprehension are a struggle, start by taking the first step up the staircase by choosing a book to read alongside them that matches their interests. From there move to step two where a place, space and time are made for successful daily reading. Step three, remain engaged with questions that are on point; “Share with me the Who, What, Where, When and How of what we just read together.” As you continue to move up the “Staircase of Improvement,” praise your child for their successes every step of the way!
  • The “Staircase of Improvement” can be modified into the supportive tool that best meets the excitement and joy of learning for your child. Maybe your child loves race cars! Drawing up a visual gauge with a moveable needle as benchmarks are reached and surpassed helps keep children engaged and excited about the marked achievements in their learning journey.
  • Remember, learning goals need to come from a place of Connection and Attunement in order to successfully Nurture your child where they are at. Children learn best through play! Engaging with your child in the learning environment at home with the premise of enjoying the wonders of reading, math, science, history, music and art together can go an extraordinarily long way in the ultimate success of their growth and love of learning.

 

Our skillfully trained team of Childhood Development Experts and Certified Pediatric Ninja Specialists are here to help and support you and your child in their learning goals this New Year! We believe in nurturing the whole child physically, intellectually, emotionally and socially on and beyond the mats in all that we do.

 

Proud Ninja Parents, as we all embark on the next great adventure of 2022, remember that you are surrounded by an incredible tribe of support. Challenges need not be faced alone as we strive to help each and every one of our children thrive. Just as the orange tree blossoms in its time from the care, consistent love and attention it receives, so too do our children bloom in their season!