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Understanding Stages of Development

By Melody Johnson - SKILLZ CEO

Many children's sports and activities put together training programmes that are presumed universal for all ages and abilities. The problem is that children learn and grow in different stages and in order to maximise learning and growing, the training regiments need to follow these guidelines accordingly.

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Behaviour Expectations of 18-36 months

What to Expect from 18-36 Months

By Jennifer Salama, PHD in Child Psychology - SKILLZ HQ

Children between the ages of 18 and 36 months are at an exciting growth period in their lives. Parents and caregivers observe leaps and bounds in the development of these children and are excited to see all their skills progress. However, as with any growth, there are some behavioural changes that are not so positive. To help with this, it is important to understand what should be expected at this age and what the best approach to getting through it is.

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Behaviour Expectations of 3-4 year olds

What to Expect from 3- and 4-year old's

By Jennifer Salama, PHD in Child Psychology - SKILLZ HQ

Children between the ages of 3 and 4 are at a very unique growth period in their lives. They are growing at a rapid rate in all areas of development and are discovering new things daily, while also learning how to cope with new challenges. Additionally, they are in pursuit of autonomy, which can lead to behavioural issues that the adults in their lives often become frustrated with.

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Behaviour Expectations of 5-6 year olds

What to Expect from 5- and 6-year old's

By Jennifer Salama, PHD in Child Psychology - SKILLZ HQ

Children between the ages of five and six years old are no longer "little kids." They are in a very important transition in their lives. They have developed skills that make them appear to have things more together, so they are often approached by adults as an "older kid." However, they still do not have the basic skills necessary to keep up with the older children.

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Behaviour Expectations of 7-9 year olds

What to Expect from 7 to 9 year old's

By Jennifer Salama, PHD in Child Psychology - SKILLZ HQ

The golden years for children are between the ages of 7 and 9 years old. At this age, children can grasp new information quickly. They start seeing the world in a new and exciting way and, because of this, they are beginning to develop their morals and values. And while they are making leaps and bounds in maturity, they still need a lot of guidance from adults in their lives.

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Behaviour Expectations of 10-14 year olds

What to Expect from 10 to 14-year old’s

By Jennifer Salama, PHD in Child Psychology - SKILLZ HQ

The tween and teen years often feel to parents and teachers like they are back at the "terrible twos" stage. The challenges of working with children at this age can be frustrating. They are very smart but their emotions are all over the place. This can make it difficult for adults to be patient and allow them to work through this process. Knowing what to expect, though, it key in helping everyone get through this transition.

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Not All Ninjas Are The Same

By Jennifer Salama, PHD in Child Psychology - SKILLZ HQ

All parents want the same thing...for their child to be a positive member of society and experience success. And while these are important things, they often come through a push to achieve and be the best in everything. Unfortunately, this is frequently done through comparing their children to others. This, however, often leads to stress and lower self-esteem in children. What is important to remember is that each child has different strengths and rates at which they develop.

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Mindful Tips for When Kids Don't Want to Attend Class

By Jennifer Salama, PHD in Child Psychology - SKILLZ HQ

Children are not naturally self-motivated. When your child's mindset is not in the right place, even the most fun activities can be a struggle to get to. With that said, here are some strategies to help you work around lack of motivation when trying to get your child to class.

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Fostering Self-Actualisation in Children and Teens

By Jennifer Salama, PHD in Child Psychology - SKILLZ HQ

When we think of human behaviour, we often first focus on the problems or deficits that people have and how this affects their achievements, or lack thereof. Rarely is the first thought of what motivates someone and how to utilise that to help them grow and develop. Abraham Maslow's development of the "Hierarchy of Needs" helped create a shift in psychology and how we view human behaviour.

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Childhood Brain Training

By Jennifer Salama, PHD in Child Psychology - SKILLZ HQ

The learning process is vital to healthy development of a child's brain and their experiences and interactions largely influence how this happens. This process doesn't just take place in the classroom but in all areas of the child's life. Because of this, learning is better approached when it is an active process that triggers the appropriate areas of the brain. By utilising this method, learning becomes more exciting and therefore, more beneficial to brain development and ultimately increasing intelligence.

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Age Specific Pre-Evaluation

By Ninja Tots & Kids

As you know, Ninja Tots & Kids is committed to bringing you the BEST in Age Specific Martial Arts.

As times change it is important to recognise that what once worked in the "good 'ol days" isn’t what works today.  As with any growing industry, the leaders must adapt and learn from new science and new technology for one main reason (in my opinion):

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The Benefits of Virtual Training

14.04.2020

Although not new, virtual learning has increasingly become a more widely used approach, especially in the wake of the current pandemic. Nearly everyone has been directed to stay at home, which initially seemed like a vacation but quickly became an unwanted situation. With routines upended and everyone limited with access to activities, children are filled with an overabundance of pent up energy. The need for supportive, online resources is essential for parents and children. This is why engaging in SKILLZ virtual martial arts training is so beneficial.

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Age-Specific Curriculum - What It Really Means

08.10.2019

By SKILLZ International

The term "age-specific" is used very often in education and healthcare. It has a very definite meaning and is used to describe things that are prepared specifically for the age of the child it is targeting. However, this term is often used more loosely, especially in the martial arts world, when referring to "age-specific classes."

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The Benefits of Martial Arts Training

08.10.2019

Hi Ninja Parents and Carers.

Imagine your child on the field running quicker than ever before, out manoeuvring all opponents and having the confidence to overcome every obstacle!

Today I'd like to talk about the benefits of supplementing youth sports with martial arts training! Before we can, we must overcome the first challenge standing between your child and the achievements listed above.

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Goal Setting - Unleash Your Child's Potential

08.10.2019

By SKILLZ International

Goal setting is one of the most highly linked characteristics to the success that individuals have. Top athletes and successful people all use goal setting. While it is a trait that is most often associated with adolescents and adults, younger children can also benefit greatly from beginning this life skill at an early age.

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Why SKILLZ?

17.06.2019

Hi Ninja Tots and Kids Parents and Carers.

Did you know our classes are the internationally acclaimed SKILLZ curriculums?

SKILLZ provides us with the knowledge gained from many hours of childhood research and development in the martial arts. With this knowledge we are able to gauge our expectations for our students more precisely than ever before! This means we are constantly able to help them improve physically, intellectually, emotionally, and socially by targeting their particular stages of development during the skill-building sections of our classes.

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Benefits of Martial Arts

19.06.2019

Have you ever had that friend that asked "Why is your son/daughter in martial arts?" I am sure you have. I am also sure that you were able to provide a great answer to that question. I was recently asked that question as well! Before I replied, I knew I really wanted to get to the heart of what we do, beyond the typical responses. So instead, I remembered a few hidden benefits that I hear most often from our parents!

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The science and psychology behind SKILLZ

06.07.2019

By Melody Shuman, creator of SKILLZ Martial Arts.

When I started martial arts in 1987 as an 11-year old, things were very different. Children and adults trained side-by-side and everyone tested on the same material for their belt regardless of age. Needless to say, children usually didn’t make it very far before dropping out because the training became too challenging.

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