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  • Martial Arts Cross Training - The Secret to Developing More Well-Rounded Athletes

    Martial Arts Cross Training - The Secret to Developing More Well-Rounded Athletes

    An athlete is defined by Merriam-Webster as “a person who is trained or skilled in exercises, sports, or games requiring physical strength, agility, or stamina.” Athletes in specific sports train to be at the top of their game, but how much better of an athlete would they be if they had a well-rounded cross training program? For years, martial arts has been viewed more as an “art” than a “sport.” And while, there is much beauty in it, there is also a lot of blood, sweat, and tears that go into the training. However, that is the part that the general population does not see. Training in any form of martial arts is rigorous and is, by far, one of the ....

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  • Fostering Self-Actualization in Children and Teens

    Fostering Self-Actualization in Children and Teens

    When we think of human behavior, we often first focus on the problems or deficits that people have and how this affects their achievements, or lack thereof. Rarely is the first thought of what motivates someone and how to utilize that to help them grow and develop. Abraham Maslow’s development of the “Hierarchy of Needs” helped create a shift in psychology and how we view human behavior. When Maslow created his “Hierarchy of Needs” his goal was to look at human behavior from a different perspective. All other schools of thought, at that time, were focused on the problematic behaviors of humans. So, this new viewpoint challenged professionals to approach ....

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  • Goal Setting - Unleash Your Child's Potential

    Goal Setting - Unleash Your Child's Potential

    Goal setting is one of the most highly linked characteristics to the success that individuals have. Top athletes and successful people all use goal setting. And while it is a trait that is most often associated with adolescents and adults, younger children can also benefit greatly from beginning this life skill at an early age. Learning how to set reasonable and attainable goals is a valuable lesson for children of all ages. Studies show that goal setting helps children improve their self-discipline and self-awareness. It also increases their internal drive so that they stay motivated to complete the goals they set for themselves. By accomplishing their goals, children’s self-esteem ....

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  • Emotional Development for Children on the Spectrum

    Emotional Development for Children on the Spectrum

    Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is most characterized by the emotional and social difficulties that people with this disorder possess. And while these two areas have much cross-over in relation to the development of an individual, it is important to understand the emotional challenges as a separate entity. The emotional development of a child with ASD can be very difficult. They have a hard time expressing their emotions which can lead to a lot of anxiety for them. Because of this, they may have emotional outbursts which can be intense and generally do not match the situation they are in. Although self-calming is challenging for them, the attempts they make at this are often by doing ....

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  • Intellectual Development for Children on the Spectrum

    Intellectual Development for Children on the Spectrum

    Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a brain-based syndrome that is characterized by impairment in communication and social interactions. However, the implications of ASD on the development of a child includes all areas. Since ASD affects communication, cognitive development is affected and difficulty with learning can result. To be clear, though, ASD is not a learning disorder. In fact, children with ASD usually have average to above-average intelligence. The problem is that the communication difficulties that they have impact learning directly because their language skills are underdeveloped. Because they have difficulty when listening and speaking, learning things in the same manner as ....

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  • Physical Development for Children on the Spectrum

    Physical Development for Children on the Spectrum

    As defined by the American Psychiatric Association, “Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a complex developmental condition that involves persistent challenges in social interaction, speech and nonverbal communication, and restricted/repetitive behaviors.” And while this is at the core of ASD, what tends to get overlooked are the significant difficulties that some with ASD face in relation to movement and motor planning. In the early years, children with ASD are typically behind in their gross motor development by about 6 months in comparison to their non-ASD peers. As children get older, physical challenges are more apparent when it comes to fitness and sports. They typically ....

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  • Fostering a Positive Growth Mindset

    Fostering a Positive Growth Mindset

    We all love to see our kids excel in everything they do. There is no doubt that when kids finally nail their form, or fly across the mat and break a board; everyone involved shares a sense of accomplishment. BUT it is only a matter of time before our students come across something that challenges them. Before we go any further, let’s agree that challenges are good things! If you are never challenged then either you aren’t working hard enough, or you’re not growing. Both of those are opposite concepts in relation to martial arts. From rank to rank, everything gets harder because being a Martial Artist is about growth and being better than you were the day before. Getting ....

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  • How Wushu Central Teachers Turn Negative Behavior Into Teachable Moments

    How Wushu Central Teachers Turn Negative Behavior Into Teachable Moments

    As seasoned Martial Arts instructors, we have witnessed just about every sort of behavior and outburst from working with hundreds of kids over the years. We have seen it all from playful name calling to angry tantrums. Some things are hard to not take personally, but our experience allows us to put things into perspective so that we may have the opportunity to use this as a moment of learning. If you ever thought:
    “You are making me so mad!”
    “Can’t he/she see this hurts my feelings?”
    “I can’t believe he/she is so ungrateful!” Don’t feel too bad because everyone does at some point. But with a little perspective, you may be ....

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  • Game-Based Learning for Future Starz

    When we hear the word “learn” we often think of children sitting in a classroom, at a desk, with a teacher educating students on a particular subject. We rarely ever imagine playing a game as a teaching and learning tool. However, the benefits of utilizing this can span more developmental areas than learning about a single subject through lecture and worksheets. As O. Fred Donaldson said, “Children learn as they play. More importantly, in play, children learn how to learn.” Children between the ages of 7 and 9-years old are what most people consider “the golden age.” They are at a unique growth period in their life. They are proficient in their ....

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  • Game-Based Learning for Wushu Kidz

    When people generally think of “play” they think of fun and games…something simply for amusement and nothing more. However, there is a bigger, and more important, piece that is often overlooked…learning. As Kay Redfield Jamison said, “Children need the freedom and time to play. Play is not a luxury. Play is a necessity.” The same is true for game-based learning. When parents hear this term, they think that their children will only be “playing games” and that no learning will be involved. What a lot do not understand is that game-based learning helps children develop physically, intellectually, emotionally, and socially, all at the same ....

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