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Angela Clark Tripp reviewed American Family Martial Arts
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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!

Elise Hill reviewed American Family Martial Arts
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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.

Rachel Pantinople reviewed American Family Martial Arts
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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.

Amber Navarre Llewellyn reviewed American Family Martial Arts
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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.

John Buker reviewed American Family Martial Arts
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They have the best teachers and, friendly service, and they can go with your schedule.

Pramodin Pradeep reviewed American Family Martial Arts
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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.

Lauri Liljeberg reviewed American Family Martial Arts
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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!

Dee Gabrielle reviewed American Family Martial Arts
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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.

Jessika Efferson reviewed American Family Martial Arts
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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.

Stacie Crake reviewed American Family Martial Arts
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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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The Magical Years in Martial Arts

The benefits of Skillz Martial Arts for Preschool Kids

There are millions of children participating in Martial Arts. That statistic is rapidly growing at 15% per year according to leading child experts. The reason why is because parents across the globe are recognizing all of the amazing benefits

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3-4 year old LOVES his karate

that the Martial Arts has to offer their children.

Between the ages of 3 and 4, children are entering the “magical years” in their growth and development. They will for the first time experience rapid growth and development in the early stages of many skills. The karate program at American Family Martial Arts helps them kick-start their growth and development in a positive and constructive atmosphere. Our 3 & 4 year olds are part of our Tiny Tiger program!
While some karate schools still prefer the “old school” method and combine 3 to 6-year olds together, they are probably over challenging or under challenging some of their students during most classes.  This is why we use the age-specific Skillz methods at American Family Martial Arts, to target the specific physical, intellectual, emotional, and social needs of each developmental stage. Created by child development expert, Melody Shuman, the SKILLZ programs are also endorsed by leading child psychologists as the best activity a child can participate in!
Top three PHYSICAL milestones for this age are:
1. Upper body, core, and lower body muscles developed to remain in one position for 10 seconds or longer. Ever seen a group of little kids sitting down fall over? One of the reasons is they lack core strength to stay upright. 
2. Alternating feet and hands for 10 reps for longer.
3. Spatial awareness (where their body exists in space/ how far or close things really are) to catch an object from various directions 5 times in a row or longer.
Top three INTELLECTUAL milestones for this age are:
1. Following directions with verbal cues only.
2. Processing 3-step or higher commands.
3. Repeating process of 3 consecutive routines or more.
Top three EMOTIONAL milestones for this age are:
1. Demonstrating a “can do” attitude.
2. Controlling their emotions when they are challenged.
3. Facing fears such as trying new things and meeting new people.
Top three SOCIAL milestones for this age are:
1. Taking turns.
2. Sharing attention.
3. Enjoying activities with other people.
At American Family Martial Arts we focus on enhancing and improving all these skills. One way is through the carefully planned drills. 
Skill: Kicking;  Drill: Kicking the target while walking down the mat and counting each kick.
Benefits: In this drill the students practice the early stages of kicking while walking, counting and striking a target.  Many children within this age group have a hard time kicking while walking, alternating legs, counting, and striking a target.
They have a tendency of favoring the dominant leg. They also tend to kick higher with this leg, so this drill will help them PHSICALLY increase the power and flexibility in their non-dominant leg by having them hit a target set up at a higher than normal level, which is at waist level or higher.
To make it even more challenging, they usually don’t have the INTELLECTUAL capacity to both focus on counting and striking a target while walking and kicking.
This drill enables them to practice EMOTIONAL development by persevering through a task that is challenging for the average child in their stage of development.
This drill also improves their SOCIAL development as they practicing taking turns.
As you can see, we know how to take a simple drill and turn it into a drill that has VALUE. This one drill shows how American Family Martial Arts works on PIES: physical, emotional, intellectual and social development for each age group.
To learn more about this powerful childhood developmental program, or to get your child started, click the button below:
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