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  •  in Bergenfield - Blue Dragon School Of Martial Arts - 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 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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  •  in Bergenfield - Blue Dragon School Of Martial Arts - 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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  •  in Bergenfield - Blue Dragon School Of Martial Arts - 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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  •  in Bergenfield - Blue Dragon School Of Martial Arts - 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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  •  in Bergenfield - Blue Dragon School Of Martial Arts - Perfection – the Unattainable

    Perfection – the Unattainable

    In our overly-competitive world, it is easy to get immersed in the pursuit of perfection. There is stress when you have people over and you think the house is not like something out of Home Beautiful. More stress comes when the meal you prepare isn’t what someone would find in a world-class restaurant. You may be dissatisfied with yourself for not working hard enough for that promotion that someone else got. Striving for perfection is not a bad thing. In fact, it is often the way wondrous new inventions are developed and new discoveries are made. Having goals and desires that make you stretch yourself and lead you to perform better than anyone expects are good. Setting the bar ....

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  •  in Bergenfield - Blue Dragon School Of Martial Arts - The Importance of Hydration

    The Importance of Hydration

    If you participate in any sport, including martial arts, you should know the importance of hydration. Especially in the hot summer months, losing enough water from your body can lead to some significant health problems. Keep in mind you may not even feel that thirsty, especially when training in a cool environment. But it’s important for you to make yourself drink water and/or sports drinks to replenish the body fluids you lose. Good hydration begins before your training time. One factor in knowing the importance of hydration is knowing what the weather will be the day before you train. If you know it will be hot that day, be sure to drink plenty of good liquids then to prevent ....

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  • The History of Kung Fu

    The term kung fu is not just a term relating to martial arts in the Chinese language. It also has to do with anything that requires a dedication to achievement of that thing. Thus, the history of kung fu relates to many things. But the term has come to carry a reference to the martial arts mainly. The history of kung fu came from efforts to improve hunting skills to supply food and defensive skills to protect from attack. The history of kung fu may be traced back as far as 2698 B.C. in the rein of the Yellow Emperor Huangdi of China. It began as a form of wrestling taught to warriors and using horned helmets. Later, about 221 B.C., it evolved into use of blocks, joint locks, and ....

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  • Your Ego

    Everyone has an ego. One of the lessons to be learned is how to control your ego so it doesn’t bring you trouble. Many people have the idea that those involved in martial arts have a large ego. If you work hard and become better and better in the martial arts, your ego can get out of control. There are many examples of people who begin thinking they are better than others because of their training and skill in the martial arts. How does your ego get out of control in the martial arts? Consider this, in many sports the team is everything. If the team succeeds, everyone on it succeeds. You work hard for the team, the team works hard for you. But in the martial arts, the emphasis ....

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