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This place is amazing! As an adult student never having been involved in any type of sports, I was scared. I have been a member almost two months now, and I have gained so much self confidence and many many self defense skills!!! They do not make you feel worthless, unskilled, or unqualified to be there. They welcome you with open arms, are friendly, encouraging, and make you feel like you are the most amazing, talented person in the world every time you walk out of class. I went there looking for friends and ended up gaining a family!!! I would highly recommend this place to anyone! It doesn’t matter your age, athletic ability, or skill level because you go at your own pace. You will get pushed at times only because they see the potential that you don’t, but when you complete the task... it feels amazing! I truly look forward to many more years of growing here!

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Class was great because we tried new things. My favorite thing yesterday was playing the game and earning my star on my stripe.

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My son had gained so much self confidence after attending only 4 weeks of classes. His level of respect and discipline continues to increase as his training does. The instructors and staff are great with the kids and go above and beyond to make sure they know your child’s needs.

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Great group of folks running this business. My son loves coming to karate here. I've never seen him so excited about anything, and we've tried several sports and activities. Says a lot about AFMA. Very impressed with all of the instructors. They have patience and go the extra mile for those with special needs as well, making it possible for those individuals to participate like everyone else (just from my observations). That's one of the things I love about this place. Highly recommend to anyone wanting to try out karate. They make it a fun environment to learn.

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My son got confidence, overcome shy and is developing leadership qualities. He completed one year at American Family Martial Arts. Now he is in green belt. He loves karate and it's his passion. I recommend other parents also to join their kids to AFMA.

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Mr. Foreman thought of an effective way to get the kids to think independently vs. following others. He gave them each different moves in Korean. We also like how he gives pneumonics for them to remember the words and actions. Evidently it's working and our girls are enjoying the classes very much!

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Visited yesterday! My son will begin lessons Tuesday! We are really excited and everyone there is so nice and they work so well with the kiddos. The instructors seem to really enjoy the kids, while teaching life skills.

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My boys have been members of American Family Martial Arts for the past 3 years. It has been absolutely amazing for them.The instructors are knowledgeable and know how to work with students. The instructors not only make them better martial artists but also better people. My oldest son has special needs. SBN Tullier and Mr. Foreman have been great with him. They are patient when they need to be and understand my son's needs. Since my boys have been taking karate their anxiety level has lowered and their confidence has soared. It has been a pleasure to be part of the AFMA family.

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Mon son has gone got almost a year and he loves it. The instructors are greatand really know how to handle the kids. I definitely recommend it for beginners up!

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Helping Pre-school Children Excel Using PIES

Physical Development in children ages 3 & 4 using martial arts.  children excel with karate

PIES? No we’re not talking about yummy pecan, blueberry or apple pie.  We are actually talking about Physical, Intellectual, Emotional and Social Development of children through martial arts. Get it P…I….E….S…..:) 

Children between the ages of 3 and 4-years old are in a very distinct growing stage. They are embarking on new discoveries everyday and learning how to cope with all of the challenges. Their intellect, emotions, physical capabilities, and social competence all are growing at a rapid rate. So fast, that they often overlook what’s important and can hardly tell the difference between right and wrong. RELATED: BENEFITS OF MARTIAL ARTS FOR PRESCHOOL KIDS

 That’s where the American Family Martial Arts Tiny Tigers Program comes into play. Our Tiny Tiger program, for ages 3 & 4, was specially designed for the stages of development of 3 and 4-year olds. We collected scientific and psychological resources regarding this age group, and used that information to ensure that our program meets each child’s characteristics and capabilities. RELATED: AGE SPECIFIC CURRICULUM

Since this is a pretty broad topic this article focuses on Physical development. 


Tiny Tigers typically have low tone in their arms, legs, and core. 

karate near me ages 3 and 4

  • Wiggle when sitting still because their core is weak, and lose control when their body is moving in multiple directions.
  • Drop their arms often when punching or blocking.
  • Fall when trying to do more than two kicks at one time; fall when running and jumping; and fall when hoping on one leg.

 Goals of karate class at American Family Martial Arts:

  •       PUNCHING and BLOCKING without dropping their arms.
  •       KICKING, RUNNING, and HOPPING without falling.
  •       Demonstrate good control of their core muscles by moving their body in awkward motions such as CRAWLING while maintaining control, and sitting still without wiggling.

So at American Family Martial Arts we focus on game based learning to teach this important skill through the use of drills, lessons and games during our classes. RELATED: GAME BASED LEARNING

Classes are structured with a warm up, which helps kids get the wiggles out and focus on the activity. Next comes a mat chat to let them know what they are going to be learning and doing that day.  Drills are next, but they are disguised as games so the students are engaged while learning.
So a skill drill for punching might be
Punch Ball: Students will practice punching by hitting a ball off the top of a wavemaster to an instructor.
Don’t Drop the Penny: Students will practice punching by doing multiple punches without dropping the pennies.
During a 10 week testing cycle, each skill is repeated three times and the skills drills are changed up to disguise the repetition.
The students are then tested on their skill and given a stripe if they pass.
And for the end of class -GAMES. For instance punching would be dodge ball which improves arm strength, throwing skills and attention.