What Does That Mean And Why Does It Help?
Kids don’t really go along with the whole “children should be seen, not heard” thing. They want to participate, contribute, and be accepted. But it’s not always a kid-friendly world, even places that claim to be focused on children’s’ well being-like School, extracurricular activities, daycares, etc. want kids to be quiet, not ask questions, and not make waves. Even most Martial Arts schools operate from this well-meaning (but really flawed) mentality.
Instead, we’ll treat your child like they matter and that they’re worthy of respect. We don’t treat them like adults or let them run free, but we do things like give them information and then the opportunity to make their own choices and decisions based on that information (so that when they succeed they know it was THEIR success, and if they fail, they’ll be able to take responsibility and try again).
We Give Respect To Get Respect
This kind of “Guided Respect” helps to show your child how THEY should treat OTHERS. If kids are always getting yelled at, told their ideas aren’t important and not allowed to make decisions for themselves, why would we expect them to treat others any differently?
The point is, we know deep down that every child is a really cool, really important person, and we’ll help empower them so that they believe it too. Over time, your child will learn to move through their lives with a level of confidence that will inspire others.
We Don’t Change Your Child
Our Martial Arts classes Take Your Child’s Natural Disposition into account. Instead of working to “fix” them (to change who they are), we can work WITH their natural physical and emotional energy, enhancing their strengths and working to shore up their weaknesses.
Now, of course, kids need rules, boundaries, and limitations. But we enforce these necessities with kind, assertive leadership exercised in a fun, high energy environment (so that kids are already excited to be there).
If we want children to be compassionate, polite, patient and calm, we have to set the example by treating them that way!
We Bring Out Their Best
So yes, we while do have rules (and they’re important), our classes are far from your average run-around-screaming, coach-pulling-his-hair-out, free-for-all kid’s activity. You’ll immediately see your child enveloped in a culture of excellence, a place where we expect the best out of our students. This actually makes it EASIER for your child to reach the kind of goals we all want. When they step onto the mat they’ll be surrounded by other children who are on the same path of excellence, and that’s more helpful than you can imagine.