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My children, ages 3 and 5, have learned so much from Silver Dragon Kung Fu. The instructors especially are incredible with children and find creative ways to get them involved if they experience any challenges. This is especially true for my 3 year old! Mike does an exceptional job at keeping things engaging at an age-appropriate manner. In addition, Sifu Jill and staff have been more than gracious and accommodating with makeups and rescheduling; they couldn’t be more friendly, flexible, and AWESOME if they tried. Recently our kids had so much fun getting to experience “Parents Night Out,” where they got to play tons of games, and then they got to meet and train with the real stunt double who was in full costume as Michelangelo from The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles!!! My kids always look forward to to their time at SDKF, and so do we. SDKF is a true martial arts gem in Daly City. We are so grateful for you!

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My granddaughter earned her black belt from Sifu Jill. I have watched Jill and her staff as my granddaughter attended classes regularly. I praise and respect Sifu Jill for her ability to encourage young students to be confident and respectful. Most of Jill's students come to her wanting to learn and grow. These students thrive, in part, because their parents are dedicated to the program.

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My 11 year old son has been taking class at Silver Dragon Kung Fu for over 3 years now. All the instructors are very professional and keep the classes moving so the kids never get bored. My son went to a different school before and would get very bored and complain about taking class, but Mike and Jill keep things exciting and fun. My son loves the variety ... he is working on forms (katas), weapons, sparring, lion dancing, and even a bit of extreme martial arts. I love that he also learns self-defense and bully prevention strategies. A big plus is that they even have their own parking lot and free wi-fi.

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What To Expect From Your New Ninja

What To Expect From Your New Ninja

Martial arts has a well-known benefit of helping children develop physical skills and improve in discipline. For this reason, parents often enroll their children in some type of martial arts in order to achieve goals such as these. And while attaining these goals are possible, parents often have unrealistic expectations of the time it actually takes for children to get there.

Of course, age, stage of development, as well as a myriad of other things go into exactly how quickly a specific child will accomplish a certain goal. But there is one thing is the same across the board. When children start martial arts, it is important for parents to remember that their child is starting a new sport, with new people, in a new environment, and learning new information. This would be a bit overwhelming for anyone. Certainly, older children may handle this pressure a little better, but parents should expect a certain amount of adjustment from any age.

The SKILLZ program’s age-specific curriculum was specifically designed to target individual age groups and work on skills that are essential for their stage of development. Within this framework, each age group is also broken down to address physical, intellectual, emotional, and social development that is appropriate for that age. By creating the program in this way, children are able to achieve more in a quicker amount of time because the goals are challenging but also achievable.

Parents, however, must keep in mind that children are all different and develop and attain goals at different times. In a specific age group, there are also children that have been in the class for a longer period of time and have worked on the skills for that age group longer. However, even for two children of the same age and starting at the same time, one may achieve a specific skill quicker than another.

Let’s take this from a different view as well. Even if parents aren’t comparing their child to another, they often feel that their child should achieve a certain goal after only a short time of training. While parents will see some development and improvement in skills after a few weeks, expecting them to suddenly have a specific skill mastered, after a short time, is unrealistic.

As they say, “slow and steady wins the race.” As children develop, we need to remember that they will get there when their bodies and minds are ready. Expecting certain things of a child that they are not physically, intellectual, emotionally, or socially ready for can do more harm than good. The key is to make sure there is consistent training and practice of the skills and celebrate small and steady wins along the way.

 

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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.