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Dr. Julie Koch, Wilkes Pediatric Clinic reviewed SKILLZ Martial Arts
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My son and daughter have been students of Master Matheny for 5-6 years. It’s helped with their concentration at school. They’ve learned discipline and focus, which extends into their academic and extracurricular activities. I’ve also been pleased to see the confidence it has built in them. I have been very impressed with Master Matheny's teaching style. He balances encouragement and enthusiasm with discipline and expecting the most from his students.

Kevin Brown, Pastor of Mount Pleasant Baptist Church reviewed SKILLZ Martial Arts
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'SKILLZ Martial Arts is helping to teach my son great life lessons and skills through karate. Andrew is pumped each and every time he goes to karate and his confidence and skills are growing each week.'

Debbie Adams Marley reviewed SKILLZ Martial Arts
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Our son is enrolled for his first time in martial arts and he loves it at Skillz Martial Arts. The atmosphere is great, the instructors are awesome and the programs are designed to cater to each age group. I highly recommend this dojo!

Christie Collins reviewed SKILLZ Martial Arts
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"I like the way my children are learning to be more attentive, developing good self-esteem and gaining skills to help them during their entire lifetime"

Lola Mills reviewed SKILLZ Martial Arts
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"It is a good stress reliever and a lot of fun! As a young woman, the classes teach me ways to protect myself, and knowledge that I can carry throughout life.

Chad Whitley reviewed SKILLZ Martial Arts
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“My children love learning karate at SKILLZ Martial arts! All of the instructors are amazing! The classes are well structured and designed to teach skills that are developmentally appropriate for different age levels. My children were having so much fun, I decided to try the adult class, and now I'm having a blast as a martial arts student as well!”

Jennifer Johnson reviewed SKILLZ Martial Arts
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“My 6-year-old really enjoys his karate class. It has helped him learn to focus and pay attention. Also, it has helped his self-confidence. I am very pleased with his lessons. I would highly recommend Skillz Martial Arts to anyone interested in improving self-esteem, self-control, and self-discipline for their child. Master Scott is a wonderful role model that the kids look up to and respect."

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Fostering Self-Actualization in Children and Teens

When we think of human behavior, 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 utilize 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 behavior. When Maslow created his “Hierarchy of Needs” his goal was to look at human behavior from a different perspective. All other schools of thought at that time were focused on the problematic behaviors of humans. So, this new viewpoint challenged professionals to approach behavior modification with a more positive outlook.
Maslow’s hierarchy is most often seen in a pyramid shape, indicating that the basic needs must be met before other, more complex goals can be achieved. And while the pyramid helps to help explain and visualize Maslow’s thinking, its implementation can be very rigid.The theory states that the basic needs, such as food and water, of an individual need to be met before they will desire a need for the next level concerning safety and security. After those most basic needs are met, individuals then seek friendships and a sense of accomplishment. Upon achieving these “psychological needs”, the person can then begin to fulfill their potential. 

Although the overall foundation of this differing approach was groundbreaking, it is best for people to view it with a more fluid approach.

Maslow only developed the pyramid to help give an overview. He never intended for those studying and using it to say that the bottom most levels would need to be fulfilled before the higher levels. While this may be true in some cases, that doesn’t necessarily fit all individuals.

What is necessary is that each need or level is fulfilled in various ways and degrees and in different orders. The way that fits the individual’s road to self-actualization is key.

When the SKILLZ martial arts program was created, an extensive amount of research was done in different areas of science and psychology. One thing that was found is that not all individuals are the same and that there is no cookie-cutter approach to helping children and teens become the best version of themselves.

 

What we must do is educate ourselves on what to expect and what not to expect from them at different ages. We then use this information as a guideline to help foster growth.

When we meet children and teens where they are in their stage of individual development, they thrive and are happier and more satisfied in their own development. This gives them the confidence to work towards higher goals.

And since the instructors in the SKILLZ martial arts program are highly trained in the areas of child development and psychology, they recognize that one child may have a strong need for a feeling of accomplishment where another child, at the same age, may value friends more than achievement.

We meet them where they are.

Focusing on the positive behaviors that each individual possesses and utilizing those things will help each person achieve personal growth and more satisfaction, thus resulting in self-actualization. This is especially true when working with children and teens because they need guidance and the more encouraging it is, the more confident they will be in the pursuit of their goals.

 

To learn more about the powerful Skillz childhood development program that uses martial arts as the vehicle for growth, or to get your child started, give us a call!