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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!

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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.

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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

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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).

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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.

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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!!

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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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The Secret Senses To Better Behavior

The Secret Senses To Better Behavior

We’ve all heard of the main 5 senses; taste, touch, smell, sight, and hearing. However, there are two other, very important, senses that don’t get enough attention. Those are the vestibular sense and proprioception. These two senses are vital in the development of a child but are often overlooked, especially in today’s world. This is mostly due to the fact that safety is of the upmost importance for anyone working with children. And while safety is important, the constant lack of “risky play” is contributing to the underdevelopment of these two senses.

 

The vestibular sense is most easily understood as the sense that helps us with balance and movement. This sense arises in the inner ear when we move our heads and provides the brain with feedback, so the body knows how to react depending on the direction and rate at which we move. It works along with the other senses to assess the environment. Children who have an underdeveloped vestibular system will often fidget, have poor posture, and appear more un-coordinated.

 

Proprioception is the brain’s ability to determine the orientation of the body, how quickly it is moving, and how close or far away it is from objects. This is the sense that allows someone to put popcorn to their mouth without looking away from the movie. It comes from the nerve endings in the muscles and joints which tell the brain how much tension and contraction is being used. Children who have an underdeveloped proprioceptive sense will exhibit this as being clumsy or pushing too hard when playing, as well as many other things.

 

With the increased focus on “safety first” when it comes to play, children’s vestibular sense and proprioception are lacking. Not to mention, play time in school has been significantly reduced and when children go home, they spend time watching TV or on an electronic device. All of these modern-day approaches are setting children up for failure when it comes to controlling their behaviors and moods. According to Dr. Peter Gray with pyschologytoday.com “We deprive children of free, risky play, ostensibly to protect them from danger, but in the process we set them up for mental breakdowns.”

 

Play allows children the freedom develop these senses. They know what they need and seek that out in different ways. A child that is ready for a certain amount of risk may jump off of the playground equipment, while another child, may spin as fast as they can on the merry-go-round. We must allow them to figure it out for themselves. By being allowed some risky play at their own pace, children learn how to regulate anger and fear.

Some types of things that help the development of the vestibular sense and proprioception are jumping, spinning, stretching, and even chores! Physical activities along with a healthy dose of risky play are key in developing these senses. And even better is when children experience deep pressure on muscles through these things so endorphins and oxytocin are release, which helps increase their happiness.

 

A great resource to help children develop their vestibular sense and proprioception is through the SKILLZ program. This dynamic martial arts system is especially designed with child development in mind. Some of the skills that are taught in this program are jumping, hopping, rolling, flexibility, balance, speed, momentum, and strength…just to name a few. This is all in addition to the actual martial art that is taught that teaches things from punching and kicking pads to hand eye coordination. But even better is that the SKILLZ program has supplemental activities that include acro, board breaking, ground fighting, and ninja warrior courses. All of these things combined allow children to engage in a physical activity and develop all of the senses.

 

Angela Hanscom, pediatric occupational therapist and the founder of TimberNook says “The number of children that now need occupational therapy services to treat their sensory systems is on the rise.” We can help alleviate this by providing children with opportunities to develop their vestibular sense and proprioception with more physical activities and risky play. Whatever it is, children need to move more so they can learn how to process the sensory input they are receiving from the world around them. This will leave them feeling more confident in managing their moods and behaviors.

 

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.