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Character Development & Martial Arts Center
Helping children develop physically, intellectually, emotionally, and socially.
The SKILLZ™ Programs include an International evolution of Martial Arts training that targets the age-specific needs in children. We’ve taken the coolest parts of Martial Arts from a variety of styles and combined them into action-packed curriculums that help children build skills that they can apply into every area of their life. This means children from the ages of 3 years old & up will have a blast in their Martial Arts classes while learning valuable skills that enable them to be the best they can possibly be.
Created by an Internationally Acclaimed Children’s Martial Arts Expert!
Internationally acclaimed children’s Martial Arts expert, Melody Johnson, is the creator of the SKILLZ™ programs. After spending nearly two decades in the Martial Arts, Melody found a need for age-specific programs that captivate the attention of today’s youthful generation. She discovered that children today learn and grow at a rapid pace and a high-energy activity with age-appropriate structure could harness that learning capacity in a productive manner. The results were age-specific Martial Arts classes with a twist – a twist that includes massive growth & development physically, intellectually, emotionally and socially!
Each Program Contains Eight Prominent Skills That MAXIMIZE Results!
Taking the eight most prominent skills in each stage of development and adding Martial Arts techniques that children love established the SKILLZ™ programs. These skills were divided into four age-specific categories: Early SKILLZ™ (Ages 3 & 4); Basic SKILLZ™ (Ages 5 & 6); Core SKILLZ™ (Ages 7 to 9); and Extreme SKILLZ™ (Ages 10 to 14). Each program is structured to MAXIMIZE the growth and development of the student and generate results that extend beyond the Martial Arts classroom.
Early SKILLZ - Ages 3 & 4
Three to four year olds love physical activity and anything involving play. They have a rich imagination and strong desire to be less dependent on their usual caregivers. With that said, a structured program introducing early skill-based training in Martial Arts proved to be very successful. Early skills include: kicking, punching, blocking, crawling, hopping, rolling, running & catching.
Early SKILLZ - Ages 5 & 6
Five & six year olds are the most enthusiastic students. They love creativity and problem solving, which makes them ideal students in the Martial Arts. They are now at a stage where basic skill development plays an important role in their overall growth and development. Basic skills include: focus, teamwork, control, memory, balance, discipline, fitness & coordination.
Core SKILLZ - Ages 7 to 9
Seven to nine year olds are what most people consider "the golden age." They’re proficient in their vocabulary and problem-solving skills, yet they are not at the age where they want complete independence from adults. Therefore, core skill training is the
most effective way to help them grow at a pace that increases their overall abilities in a manner that is appropriate for their stage of development. Core skills include: agility, technique, courage, flexibility, intensity, perseverance, speed & concentration.
Extreme SKILLZ - Ages 10 to 14
Ten to fourteen year olds are the smartest students in the school. Yes, they are smarter than most adults! They are also physically competent and can excel in most physical challenges that are presented to them. With that said, extreme skill training is the most effective way to challenge them, while simultaneously making their Martial Arts training fun. Extreme skills include: dexterity, reaction, versatility, momentum, precision, instinct, strength & vision.
Adult Program - Ages 15 and up
Studying martial arts is something that anybody – at any age or fitness level – can do. Martial arts classes are fun, empowering, and provide a great workout for adults. Whether you want to defend yourself, lose weight, or just have fun, our adult martial arts classes have something to offer.
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Supporting Big Feelings and Self - Regulation
“I see you, I hear you, I feel you!”
Two weeks ago, Megan’s oldest son was preparing for a new session of hip hop classes to officially begin! He was just about bursting at the seams with joy and excitement as he could not wait to get back to the hard beats and sweet jams he had come to love in his previous session of enjoyment.
You see, his last session of dancing was a huge, big deal! Being on the Autism Spectrum, trying hip hop was a new and exciting physical, mental, emotional and social experience for the family. Megan and her husband had to become attuned alongside our son to supporting him in a new space and learning environment, with a new teacher, new friends and style of movement that was up to that point completely foreign to our boy. Just as he was learning how to navigate this new adventure, so were they, ever present by his side!
She waited excitedly in the lobby for her precious boy to come on out of the class to show her all the new sweet moves he had learned that night. But upon the door opening, Megan wasn’t met with sweet moves or the latest and greatest steps. Instead her son’s face was red, his shoulders and back were hunched, as if he just received a crushing blow to the heart and tears were about to overflow from his blue eyes.
Asking, “Honey, what’s going on?” He quietly whispered...
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May 19, 2022
ABK Powerful Words
Martial arts is more than just punches and kicks. We teach important values and virtues in every class.
Each month we teach our students a different Powerful Word like "Health," "Focus," and "Excellence."
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