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  • Kids Martial Arts in St. Petersburg - On The Mat Martial Arts - How Video Games Can Help Your Ninja

    How Video Games Can Help Your Ninja

    Hey On The Mat! Gaming has often been thought of as a waste of time. A source of entertainment, or a diversion from whatever else our kids may have been doing. We are now starting to understand that there are many cognitive benefits to these games as well! Think of it as a workout for the brain! We want our kids to be active so that they are fit and healthy so we enroll them in physical activities! So shouldn’t we be making sure they are getting a mental workout too? Martial Arts programs like SKILLZ are at the forefront of child development programs. This is why it is able to help hundreds of children all over the world! But we can’t always be at the dojo (albeit we would ....

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  • Kids Martial Arts in St. Petersburg - On The Mat Martial Arts - Parent SKILLZ - CONSISTENCY

    Parent SKILLZ - CONSISTENCY

    Hey Parents, Andrew here and I wanted to share some great tips on the Parent SKILLZ strategy: CONSISTENCY. As I posted last week, “Be as consistent as possible regardless of your mood.” When it comes to parenting, it is important to have CONSISTENCY. The problem is, being consistent is hard. However, children need to be able to count on you not to ‘lose it’ if they make a simple mistake, and that you will still be loving when you are in a bad mood. So, what does it take to parent with CONSISTENCY? For starters, be consistent with your rules to help mold proper behavior. Kids need structure. With that said, be sure ....

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  • Kids Martial Arts in St. Petersburg - On The Mat Martial Arts - 3 Easy Steps to Make Practicing THEIR Idea!

    3 Easy Steps to Make Practicing THEIR Idea!

    It is common knowledge that the more time and effort you can put into developing a skill the faster and farther you can become great! But after a long day at school or at the Dojo it may be hard to find the motivation to practice. Below are 3 easy steps to teach a proper inner dialogue for when motivation is hard to come by. These steps will also teach you how to use a pseudo Jedi Mind Trick and convince them that it was all THEIR idea! Step 1 Ask about their ONE most important thing they want to achieve in Martial Arts. Start the conversation by asking your ninja to think about their goals in Martial Arts. When you ask they may say things like “to have fun”, ....

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  • Kids Martial Arts in St. Petersburg - On The Mat Martial Arts - 4 Positive things you can DO or SAY when your ninja has a challenge in class

    4 Positive things you can DO or SAY when your ninja has a challenge in class

    4 Positive things you can DO or SAY when your ninja has a challenge in class We all love to see our kids excel in everything they do. There is no doubt that when kids finally nail their form, or fly across the mat and break a board; everyone involved shares a sense of accomplishment. BUT it is only a matter of time before our ninjas come across something that challenges them. Before we go any further, let’s agree that challenges are good things! If you are never challenged then either you aren’t working hard enough, or you’re not growing. Both of those are opposite concepts in relation to martial arts. From rank to rank, everything gets harder because being a ....

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  • Kids Martial Arts in St. Petersburg - On The Mat Martial Arts - Training Dates with your Ninja

    Training Dates with your Ninja

    Training Dates with your Ninja You may hear your child’s instructor talking about practice time at home fairly often. This is because practicing can have a huge impact on a ninja’s ability to perform in class which will lead to more confidence. With more confidence comes the ability to achieve faster and farther! Another great benefit to practicing at home is that this will allow YOU – the parent, an outlet to connect over something they are passionate about. Often times parents feel like they have to go on extravagant outings and spend long periods of time to build that connection. But this can also lead to allowing perfectionism stop us from finding ....

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  • Kids Martial Arts in St. Petersburg - On The Mat Martial Arts - Parent SKILLZ - ADAPTABILITY

    Parent SKILLZ - ADAPTABILITY

    Hey Parents, Andrew, here and I wanted to share some great tips on the Parent SKILLZ strategy: ADAPTABILITY. As I posted last week, “How you respond when things aren’t going as planned is extremely important.” When it comes to parenting, it is important to parent with ADAPTABILITY. This includes avoiding the mindset that there is a ‘one-size-fits-all’ technique that applies to every behavioral situation. So, what does it mean to parent with ADAPATBILITY? It means to parent based on the situation at hand and your child’s temperament and current mood. This doesn’t mean you should make excuses when your child misbehaves because ....

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  • Kids Martial Arts in St. Petersburg - On The Mat Martial Arts - Put Negative Behavior Into Perspective

    Put Negative Behavior Into Perspective

    5 Tips your child’s instructor uses to put negative behavior into perspective As seasoned Pediatric Ninja Specialists, we have witnessed just about every sort of behavior and outburst from working with hundreds of kids over the years. We have seen it all from playful name calling to angry tantrums. Some things are hard to not take personally, but our experience allows us to put things into perspective so that we may have the opportunity to use this as a moment of learning. If you ever thought: “You are making me so mad!” “Can’t he/she see this hurts my feelings?” “I can’t believe he/she is so ungrateful!” Don’t ....

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  • Kids Martial Arts in St. Petersburg - On The Mat Martial Arts - School Talks for Ninjas

    School Talks for Ninjas

    Hey OTM Families! Did you know that our instructors are available to visit your ninja at their school! One of the main reasons we are involved in martial arts is to CHANGE LIVES! Every child that walks through our door gives us an opportunity to mentor them and help them overcome challenges that range from self-esteem issues to bullying! Unfortunately, our ability to change lives is sometimes limited to only those who walk through our doors. We recognize that when you have a special talent such as ours, it is important to reach out and share at every opportunity! So what can you expect from a typical school talk? 1. Learning how to smile and develop a positive mindset ....

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  • Kids Martial Arts in St. Petersburg - On The Mat Martial Arts - Top 3 Benefits to Graduating in SKILLZ

    Top 3 Benefits to Graduating in SKILLZ

    Hey OTM Families! As I am sure you know, our age specific martial arts program, SKILLZ, is one of the most popular and widely used children’s curriculums on the market. We are able to break down and focus on each child’s individual stage of development to help them progress faster and further! As our students progress here at On The Mat they will move through our programs gaining access to newer and more exciting challenges. Part of the process is Aging out and Graduating out. Students Age out simply turning the appropriate age for the next program, passing that programs’ Pre-Evaluation. Graduating out of a program takes a little longer but also adds a host ....

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  • Parent SKILLZ: NURTURING

    Hey Parents, Andrew here and I wanted to share some great tips on the Parent SKILLZ strategy: NURTURING. “Look at mistakes as opportunities to educate.” When it comes to parenting, it is important to remember the numerous benefits to being a NURTURING parent. This includes enhanced brain development, better social skills, and increased self-esteem. So, what does it mean to be a NURTURING parent? It means displaying love and warmth, especially when your child misbehaves. This doesn’t mean you should ignore the behavior. Instead, address the behavior in a manner which helps your child learn and grow, and do so in a caring way. Studies have shown this to enhance ....

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