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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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Pre-school Children, PIES and Intellectual Development with Karate

Did you know your pre-schooler’s (age 3-4) stage of development can be summed up by 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…..:)  karate PIES

At American Family Martial Arts we understand and work with unique stages of all age groups. 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 American Family Martial Art’s program meets each child’s characteristics and capabilities.
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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.

Since this is a pretty broad topic- we’re just going to focus on Intellectual development in this blog.

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They typically have a limited vocabulary therefore learning is normally limited to visual and kinesthetic activities. If you think about it, they have only been speaking English for 3 or 4 years and generally know about 200+ words


  •         Lose focus when activities are over-complicated or limited to verbal instructions, and will mirror others when it is not their turn.
  •         Struggle with commands that have more than two instructions. So telling a 4 year old to go brush their teeth, put on a clean shirt, put on shoes and wait by the door, will COMPLETELY overwhelm them. They typically will only do 1-2 of these things and probably not in order. Nothing is wrong, their brains just haven’t developed enough to handle the sequence of events. 
  •         Have no concept of spatial awareness, therefore they will drop things that are thrown to them and bump into people and obstacles often.


  •         Follow verbal commands with no visual demonstration.
  •         Perform a variety of commands including multiple commands, such as left or right punch and kick.
  •         Demonstrate good spatial awareness by CATCHING objects thrown from various directions and distances and also ROLLING their body and other objects with control.


So at American Family Martial Arts we focus on this important skill through the use of drills, lessons and games during our classes. Students practice CATCHING by demonstrating their ability to catch awkwardly shaped objects without dropping them.


karate ages 3 and 4Classes 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. At the end of class, there is a mini test and students are given a stripe on their belt that represents that skill.

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Our testing cycle is 10 weeks long and each skill is repeated three times during a cycle. The skills drills are changed up each time to disguise the repetition. Plus they are FUN so the Tiny Tigers are learning without even noticing it! During the test, students demonstrate their knowledge of the skills and the following class are promoted to a new rank with a new color belt! 

For this age group, classes are 30 min long. That is the amount of time they can focus before becoming overwhelmed and stop paying attention.

American Family Martial Arts ends each class with a game! A fun one is ALL PLAY DODGE BALL. The students work on their running and fine motor skills in this game by chasing and throwing the dodgeballs to hit each other. Many soft dodgeballs are handed out and the instructor calls out the name of a student. Target is switched every 10-20 seconds and sometimes includes the instructors or brave parents!

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American Family Martial Arts uses the [email protected] program created by Melody Johnson. We began implementing this program in 2014 for our 3-6 year olds. It was a big success-children stopped crying and so did instructors. In 2018, American Family Martial Arts (AFMA) implemented the program for our 7-14 year old age groups. This change has seen an increase in retention and happiness with our karate programs. Students are no longer over or under challenged.

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With locations in both Baton Rouge and Prairieville, we serve a diverse population. We teach ages 3-103! 

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