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  • Balance Feels Best – Helping Children Neutralize Technology Overload

    Balance Feels Best – Helping Children Neutralize Technology Overload

    As digital learning has become a widely preferred alternative for school, children everywhere are now “required” to be on devices in the wake of the pandemic. This is quite a change from the screen time limits that parents have attempted to enforce for years. Now, allotting time for school online, connecting with distant relatives via video chats, and participating in physical activities virtually are all a part of our everyday lives. Therefore, our new reality is challenging parent’s view of how much screen time is too much. Parents everywhere must shift their rules regarding their children’s use of technology and implement a balanced online lifestyle with other ....

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  • Happy Thanksgiving

    Happy Thanksgiving

    GIVING THANKS I think we can all agree that 2020 has been a year like no other. As your martial artsacademy, we had to pivot very rapidly to continue serving our community. We evolved repeatedly as we made adjustments to constant changes, and every month felt like starting again. I think it is fair to say that we've worked harder this year than ever before. The world has experienced multiple disasters: COVID-19, wild fires, riots and looting, just to name a few. I know some of you have lost loved ones over this past year. Despite this being the most challenging year in memory, I am so grateful for many things: OUR INSTRUCTORS - Our team pulled off the miracle feat of meeting the ....

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  • Social Glue: Utilizing Oxytocin to Strengthen Connection

    Social Glue: Utilizing Oxytocin to Strengthen Connection

    Oxytocin is best known as the “love chemical” and is released when we feel love. And while it is generally associated with the parent-child bond and more in-depth relationships, it is also significant in overall human connections. With all the stress and pressures of the world today, many children go through life feeling that they need to get better and better, which never seems to be enough. What they need, however, is the develop a healthy oxytocin response, which comes from feeling affection and attachment. This can come from the way important adults in their lives interact with them daily. Although it is naturally occurring in the body, the release of oxytocin is not an ....

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  • The Second Brain: Boosting Serotonin to Enhance Learning

    The Second Brain: Boosting Serotonin to Enhance Learning

    We have all experienced, from time to time, that uneasy feeling you get when something doesn’t seem right. Often, we can’t put our finger on it, but we know that we feel bothered. For children, that uneasy feeling may show up as grumpiness or irritability, which can interfere with learning. Serotonin is a significant chemical in the body related to feelings of unease so boosting it should be an essential piece of the learning environment. By intentionally increasing this “feel good” component, programs that are children focused can bring about the most success to each child. Serotonin plays an important role in our overall wellbeing and is a natural mood ....

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  • The Mood Booster: Increasing Endorphins to Improve Learning

    The Mood Booster: Increasing Endorphins to Improve Learning

    Children today are presented with varying types of stressors in almost every aspect of their lives. The infamous “bar” has been set so high that in order to achieve it, children are asked to forgo “fun” and work towards superiority in everything they do. And while goal setting is an essential skill for future success, unrealistic expectations have led to increased rates of anxiety and depression in children and teens. This, unfortunately, is counter-effective to confidence-boosting and productive learning. Therefore, children and teens must be given opportunities to feel boosts of endorphins, which leads to improved mood and learning. Endorphins are produced by the ....

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  • Top 10 Best Kung Fu Classes in San Jose, CA

    Top 10 Best Kung Fu Classes in San Jose, CA

    These classes go far beyond typical Karate lessons in the way they incorporate life skills and personal attention: 1. Tiny Tigers.This class is specially designed for your toddler child age 2 - 3 1/2. Parent participation helps guarantee an comfortable adjustment period at this tender age. 2. Little Heroes.Children ages 3 through 5 love the low student to teacher ratio of this program, positive reinforcement, and the skills they develop. 3. Wushu Kidz.For kids between 5 and 7, the curriculum becomes more challenging with a heavier emphasis on both physical and mental conditioning to build grit and confidence. 4. Future Starz.This class integrates Kung Fu with Life Skills. More ....

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  • A 4D Approach to Online Safety

    A 4D Approach to Online Safety

    Children of all ages are spending more and more time on devices. Online schoolwork and staying connected to family members are positive ways children can use technology. And while video games and social media apps are ways for children to connect and “play” with friends, these platforms are also a breeding ground for inappropriate content and predators. So, in the same way parents educate their children on awareness and danger in the physical world, danger in the virtual world should also be addressed. Intellectual: Children are smart, and even the youngest know how to navigate social media and the internet, often, better than their parents. And while this can be useful in ....

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  • Igniting Your Teens' Motivation

    Igniting Your Teens' Motivation

    Adolescence has always been a challenging time for parents and teens to get through. Typically, this is because adults feel teens are lazy and/or out of control. However, these behaviors are usually present because teens feel uninspired and lack the right motivation in their lives. And while the development of the brain hasn’t changed, the environment around teens is constantly changing. Now, with the global pandemic at the forefront of our lives, teens are struggling to even complete the minimum daily tasks. Finding ways to inspire teens will ignite their motivation and support them in creating new things again. The teen years are a time when the brain is in a very vulnerable state. ....

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  • Attachment-Seeking – Reframing How We View Negative Behavior

    Attachment-Seeking – Reframing How We View Negative Behavior

    If the pandemic has taught us anything, it has taught us to slow down and appreciate the moments we have with our loved ones. On the flip side, it has also caused some additional stressors for parents as they have had to play the role of teacher while also fulfilling their work demands. And as we knew before the pandemic, children will do just about anything to get attention. And since secondary attachments to teachers and coaches have become limited, children are looking to their parents to fill their attachment needs. As Rudolf Dreikus said, “Children need attention like a plant needs sun and water.” So, when did we conclude that wanting attention is a bad thing? Parents are ....

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  • Situational Awareness – Increasing Children’s Observational Skills

    Situational Awareness – Increasing Children’s Observational Skills

    Today’s world is busy; people are rushing here and there to get to work, school, the store, or the next activity. Even our “leisure” time is filled with busyness. And during all of it, we are distracted by our devices. This not only leads to us missing important moments in our lives, but it also creates a higher likelihood that we would become the victim of a crime or, at very best, be unable to help someone near us that was. Therefore, it is essential to teach children to be perceptive and educate them on situational awareness skills to improve their safety. Nowadays, not only are children distracted as they play and talk with their friends when they are out, but they ....

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