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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

    Only $199 - Use COUPON CODE "VIP" To Save!
    Get Some Structured Fun This Summer! Kids and Adults (Separate Classes)!!

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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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  • Children Need Connection More Than Anything Else

    Children Need Connection More Than Anything Else

    Kids Are Happiest When They Feel Connected With Their Parents One of the most important things that you can do as a parent is to establish a connection with your child. In fact, children need connection more than anything else. Here are a few ways that you can begin to build a great connection with your child: Daily Interactions 1. Make one-on-one connections with your child. Instead of asking a question from across the room, take an extra 15 seconds to walk to your child, get down on their level, maybe tap their shoulder or touch their arm, and ask the question. Chances are they will engage right away (instead of ignoring you) and answer you because you have made that ....

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  • Is Your Child Ready For Martial Arts?

    Is Your Child Ready For Martial Arts?

    We Provide A Clear Path To Find Out At the Blue Dragon School of Martial Arts, we want to make sure you and your child have the best experience possible and make sure your child gets what they need so that they can excel. We pre-evaluate every child’s skills to determine which program he or she will qualify for. This way you can be sure that your child is placed into the program that best fits their needs. We take the worry and uncertainty out of the equation. In our kids martial arts programs, we use specially designed evaluation planners and evaluation charts for each of the youth age groups. Our Little Dragons program is for ages 3-4 and 5-6. We want them to get exactly ....

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  • The Science & Psychology Behind SKILLZ

    The Science & Psychology Behind SKILLZ

    Why Our Little Dragons Are Getting A BIG Upgrade The Science & Psychology Behind SKILLZ Master Melody, as she is known to her students, started training in the martial arts in 1987 as an 11-year old, when things were were very different than they are today. Kids and adults trained side-by-side in many schools back then and everyone tested on the same material for rank, regardless of age. Needless to say, kids usually didn’t make it very far before dropping out because the training became too challenging. The young Melody stuck it out because her parents saw the many benefits of martial training as far as discipline goes, and she ultimately became a school ....

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  • Student Resources

    Recommended Articles For Blue Dragon School Students (Getting Started):
    "Think About It! Pa Kua Chang's Infinite Strategies" (Inside Kung Fu Magazine, May, 1995) "Yin & Yang" (Fall, 1996) "Applied Yin & Yang" (Aug & Sept, 1999) "Yi Jing, The Book of Changes" (First half of 1998) "Wu Xing, The Five Elements" (Late 1998 - Early 1999) "Instructional Series: The Magic of the Circle" (Apr, '01) "Stretching For Action" (Spring, '02) "More Than A Warm-up" (Spring, '02) "Dou Zhang: Your First Palm Exercise" (Summer, '02) "Seize & Control" (Aug/Sept, '02) "How is Ba Gua Zhang Different" (Oct, '02) "How Is Ba Gua Zhang Different - Part 2" ....

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  • Article Archives 1995-2006

    This archived article list exists as a reference for students who are familiar with our former website and wish to find articles they are familiar with under their original title. All future articles will be featured in our blog. (Unless otherwise noted, all articles are written by Shifu Ahles) "Yin & Yang" (Fall, 1996) "Did we really need Bruce Lee?" (May, 1998) "First Step" (May, 1998) "Mastery" (Nov. '98) "Yi Jing, The Book of Changes" (First half of 1998) "Applied Yin & Yang" (Aug & Sept, 1999) "Wu Xing, The Five Elements" (Late 1998-Early 1999) "On Benevolence" by Gerard Servito (Oct, '99) "Two Brothers" (March, 1999) "Acquired Skill" (Nov, ....

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  • Respect: Earned and Given

    Respect: Earned and Given

    Respect is one of those hard to define qualities that can often be seen both by its presence and its absence. When it is present, it shows in the actions of those people who have it for other people. You can see it in how they treat the other people and in how they respond when asked or told to do something. When it is absent, you see it in the same way but the actions will be negative. When respect is given, people sometimes go out of their way to do what the respected person wants. They don’t mind doing the things asked nor do they expect anything in return. Giving respect sometimes comes because of who the person represents, not necessarily the person him- or herself. This ....

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