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  • Parenting During the Holidays

    Parenting During the Holidays


    It’s the most wonderful time of the year!
    Shopping for gifts, decorating the house, baking goodies, attending parties, visiting family…there are so many fun and exciting things to do. With all these wonderful events, who wouldn’t be happy all the time? Unfortunately, children and especially children with any type of sensory processing disorder. Therefore, parents should stay on top of the parenting game instead of giving into a laxer parenting style during the season. The holidays should be a time of joy but with all the colorful lights, delicious scents, sweet treats, entertaining sounds, and things to play with, sensory overload is in full effect. Routines are upended ....

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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


    Want To Be Better At Sports? Martial Arts Can Help!
    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 ....

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  • Science Says... (Part Four): "ENDORPHINS" Are The Key To Effort and Focus in Children and Teens

    Science Says... (Part Four): "ENDORPHINS" Are The Key To Effort and Focus in Children and Teens


    How Our Martial Arts Classes Help Kids and Teens To Develop Better Effort and Focus


    "Try as hard as I can at everything I do!" is a part of our Student Creed and it is said at the start and end of every class for children and teens. In the martial arts trying hard means always giving your best effort and practicing laser-sharp focus. Repetition of good behaviors creates good habits, so it naturally seeps in to everything you do. But there is another reason: giving your all feels good too! Why is this? It's the natural release of endorphins. Endorphins are natural chemicals produced in the body to reduce pain and boost happiness. They are most often associated with exercise since the ....

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  • Science Says... (Part Three): "SEROTONIN" Is The Key To Positive Behavior in Children and Teens

    Science Says... (Part Three): "SEROTONIN" Is The Key To Positive Behavior in Children and Teens


    How Our Martial Arts Classes Help Kids and Teens To Develop More Positive Feelings and Behaviors
    Have you ever had a “gut feeling” about something? Have you ever considered that children have these as well? Of course they do! The problem is, they don’t know how to express this to us. They know something doesn’t feel right, so they act out or exhibit a grumpy mood. The good news is, there is a way to boost their mood and reinforce positive behavior choices. Serotonin, also known as the “feel good” neurotransmitter, plays a part in our wellbeing and is important in balancing mood. Ninety percent of the serotonin in our bodies is produced in the gut. This ....

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  • Science Says... (Part Two) "OXYTOCIN" Is The Key To Positive Social Relationships in Children and Teens

    Science Says... (Part Two) "OXYTOCIN" Is The Key To Positive Social Relationships in Children and Teens


    How Our Martial Arts Classes Help Kids and Teens To Develop More Positive Social Relationships
    We cannot properly learn martial arts without plenty of interaction with other students and teachers. It's been said that martial arts begins and ends with respect. At the Blue Dragon School of Martial Arts we emphasize "partners not opponents." We help each other to learn and grow and this fosters a safe and highly effective learning environment with positive relationships in our "Kung Fu Family." Oxytocin has been dubbed the “love chemical.” It is the hormone that is released when we feel love and trust in relationships. For most people, they know oxytocin as a significant part of ....

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  • Science Says... (Part One) "DOPAMINE" Is The Key To Increased Motivation and Focus in Children and Teens.

    Science Says... (Part One) "DOPAMINE" Is The Key To Increased Motivation and Focus in Children and Teens.


    How Our Martial Arts Classes Get Kids and Teens Excited To Learn and Better Able To Remember
    Have you ever wondered why children and teens seem to be so addicted to their smartphones and other devices? Parents are frustrated with their children’s lack of attention and motivation but what do their devices have to do with this? The answer is found in science! Often referred to as the “motivator molecule,” dopamine is a “feel good” chemical that is released in the brain which helps us focus and feel motivated. When dopamine levels are low, it can result in symptoms such as difficulty focusing, decreased motivation, trouble problem-solving, and social anxiety. ....

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  • "Game-Based Learning" In Our Youth Kung Fu

    "Game-Based Learning" In Our Youth Kung Fu


    The Benefits of Game-Based Learning In Our 8-12 year-olds
    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 ....

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  • Summer Special

    Summer Special

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  • Keep It Going This Summer!

    Keep It Going This Summer!

    Benefits to SKILLZ Training Over Summertime During the school season teachers, assistants, and counselors are focused on helping your children learn and grow. But what happens during the summer season when these people are not around? It makes sense that as a parent you would want your child to maintain some level of growth and development over the summer in order to limit or prevent your child from losing a lot of the skills gained over the last school season. This includes growth and development in the following areas: physically, intellectually, emotionally, and socially. With that said, one of the very best options is to keep your child active through a solid martial arts program ....

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  • Patience: Take A Moment So Your Child Can Learn

    Patience: Take A Moment So Your Child Can Learn

    Patience Take a few extra seconds when responding to poor behavior. This demonstrates compassion, empathy, and self-control on your part. Sometimes all you need to do is think about responding in the most patient manner to help re-direct your child. A few seconds can make a big difference.
    1. Ask, Listen, Explain
    Patience helps you to establish better solutions for difficult moments with your child. If your child has a temper tantrum, for instance, take a few seconds to calm down before reacting. Then, ask questions to help determine what is really driving the behavior. Listen to what they say and then explain what they could have done instead. Patience can lead to understanding and ....

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