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My children have been going to Pride for over a year now. My son does both Judo and TaeKwonDo. My daughter does TaeKwonDo. The atmosphere at Pride is very much an inclusive environment. My children feel a sense of belonging and encouragement they don't seem to feel at some other places they have done club sports. I like that I know exactly what is expected of the kids at each belt level so I can make sure they're practicing the right things. They are always excited to get on the mat and work on new skills. The Masters really know each and every child they work with and make sure to highlight the child's strengths instead of only focusing on those areas that need improvement. Also, the dojang is very clean and comfortable.

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My son has been attending Pride for two years and I couldn't be happier. I've watched my son go from being a shy child to being more confident. Things are not always easy for my son, sometimes the exercises are hard but he never gives up. Master Ron and Master Branden encourage students to try their best and to never give up. They celebrate the small accomplishments as well as the large one. Students at Pride are taught more than martial arts. They are taught respect, responsibility, perseverance, and courage. Every class you see them helping and cheering on one another. If you're looking for a martial arts home where your child will learn not only martial arts but skills that will help to become the boys and girls they are meant to be, the Pride Martial Arts is where you should be. Not only does Pride offer kids classes, they offer adult cardio-kickboxing classes are fun and quite the workout! Prices are reasonable and the atmosphere is like no other! I’m looking forward to returning to class soon! Come join our Pride.

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I can't say enough great things about Master Ron and Master Brandon and everyone at Pride. My 5 yr old son started last year in Taekwondo and has enjoyed every minute of it since. When we started we where nervous because he has struggled with sensory issues since toddlerhood. He had a hard time controlling his body and focusing long enough to follow specific instructions. We started at Pride with the hope that martial arts would help him. Pride provides classes that are both age appropriate and fun! My son has not only learned how to better focus and follow directions he's also learned better teamwork, self control, and discipline. He no longer struggles as much with controlling his body and following direction we've watched him grow and transform and we couldn't be happier. Since watching our son grow and learn over this past year and seeing the pride and joy he has in himself everytime he learns a new skill, earns a new tip or promotes to a new belt our 3 year old daughter now also is part of the Pride family and she loves every second of it. Sometimes it feels like we live and breath Taekwondo but seeing what its done for my kids i wouldn't have it any other way. We are so glad to be apart of the pride family!

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Preparing Children to Return to School – An Intellectual Approach

Over the past few months, we have been inundated with information that seems to change almost daily, making it hard to resolve what should and should not be done. Everyone has their thoughts and feelings about varying current debates, especially regarding starting school. And while there will be no answer that satisfies everyone in the short term, we must remember that children will return to some form of school, either online or brick and mortar, so it is essential that we prepare them intellectually for what will lie ahead to counteract any learning loss already exhibited.

As it happens during the summer each year, it is no surprise that most children have experienced even more learning loss when coupled with the “COVID slide.” The abrupt switch to online learning created a disrupted ability to focus for a lot of children, and lack of resources at home caused even more achievement gaps for many. As we approach a new school year, students will return at varying levels, and most will need extra support to get back up to grade-level work. However, schools must avoid the “cognitive cram” since this will lead to more stress and anxiety. This counterproductive approach to remediation can be even more detrimental to children’s ability to learn and retain information.

Instead, schools should offer a different approach by providing a safe way to ease back into learning. More positive neural connections will be made by advancing this way, which will lead to better retention of learned material. Making learning fun will get the brain warmed up and primed for learning. This will be key in getting children back to their current grade level. And yes, this is a big undertaking for teachers and parents, so they must reach out to community resources for help. A collaboration with youth services and enrichment activities will increase the chances of children recovering their learning loss at a quicker rate.

The Pride Martial Arts SKILLZ program is a progressive child development method that uses cutting-edge brain training to help make the neural connections necessary to gear up the brain for learning. By starting now in a program such as this, parents can take a more preventative approach to any additional learning loss their child may experience in the weeks left of summer. But in addition, children engaging in the Pride Martial Arts SKILLZ program will build connections in the brain, but they will also release dopamine, oxytocin, serotonin, and endorphins. These positive brain chemicals help alleviate anxiety and depression and give children a more optimistic approach to dealing with the pandemic’s current state.

As children prepare for a return to learning, it is essential to start taking preventative measures to reduce further learning loss. By engaging in programs that sharpen their skills before school starts, children’s brains will be ready for learning and recover faster. And since an engagement with online learning was unbalanced, parents need to ensure that there are plans to make all education and development a priority. As they do this, plans that get students back on track academically should make space for social and emotional learning.

In our next blog, we will discuss how to prepare your child “emotionally” for the new school year.