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Jason Bloomfield

We heard that KMA Sleepy hollow, and Mr Graziano had an amazing class. We took our daughter for a trial lesson, and were blown away! Not only do they teach martial Arts, but they teach life skills. Its amazing to see how different my girl is now. Her kindness, and confidence has sky rocketed! If you want more than something to keep your kids busy, then Choose KMA. Mr Graziano, and his leadership group seem to make everyone that walks through the door a little bit better by the time they leave.

Chelsea McKone

We love what we have found at KMA Sleepy Hollow. We are a busy family and my 3 year old son needed his own activity and help with focusing and discipline. From the moment I spoke with Mr. Graziano over the phone I knew he cared deeply about his students. Dillin, my son, can be easily overwhelmed or frustrated in new situations. He has been able to build confidence, self-esteem, and pride in himself. Dillin can go from having an outstanding class to a not so great class and the patience and understanding he/we receive is exactly what he needs. What he does in class, even if he has what seems to be a not great participating day, he carries over into his everyday life at home and school. We have seen vast improvements in his listening skills and perseverance when it comes to overcoming a challenge. Despite obstacles, he is slowly but surely learning that he can, and should, try to overcome them. Thank you Mr. Graziano and Jon for all your guidance and patience!

Nixia Areli Benitez reviewed Kyuki-do Martial Arts Sleepy Hollow
5
via Facebook

Excellent Instruction, My son is getting self discipline, Self confidence , and learning how to defend himself .

Erik Benitez reviewed Kyuki-do Martial Arts Sleepy Hollow
5
via Facebook

I love it because the trainers are awesome 😀😀😀

Teri Turschman reviewed Kyuki-do Martial Arts Sleepy Hollow
5
via Facebook

I’m in the 8 week challenge and could not recommend this class more. Mr. Graziano’s energy and positivity is infectious. He not only believes in all of us but more importantly teaches us to believe in our selves! We’ve built an awesome support group that lifts each other up. And the workouts are challenging but also attainable and leave you feeling strong and empowered!! Love this program!!

Julian Meza

Great place both my niece and nephew come here and love it!!!!

Keri Slattery reviewed Kyuki-do Martial Arts Sleepy Hollow
5
via Facebook

I started the fit boxing program on Monday and I really love it! Mr. Graziano has created a great teamwork atmosphere that helps me feel supported during the workouts!
We may work really hard, but we also laugh! I'm looking forward to the results! I'm already feeling stronger and lighter!!

Cheyenne Ramos reviewed Kyuki-do Martial Arts Sleepy Hollow
5
via Facebook

I'm in the 8 week challenge and let me tell you it's awesome!! I've done several other workout including Orangetheory and this is better. Mr. Graziano pulls more out of me than just a number in another class. plus I burned more calories in class than any other workout. I also really enjoyed getting to know others from our community that have the same goals as me!!

Stephanie Lamberg-Peterson

While my son has not been in class for long, I have already seen a huge change in his behavior and attitude. He is listening more intently to directions , following instructions , and his balance and dexterity has improved. We are so glad we choose this for him!

Brian Sharp reviewed Kyuki-do Martial Arts Sleepy Hollow
5
via Facebook

Martial Arts class has given Owen and me a chance to learn about each other. I always thought our bonding experience would be over baseball, but he’s only ever shown a passing interest in that. At KMA, he learns how to focus, be respectful and disciplined, and how to care for others, and the best part is we do it together. I don’t get a chance to see how Owen learns at school because I’m not there. KMA gives me that opportunity, which has taught me more about Owen than I could have ever hoped to know. Plus, Mr. G genuinely cares for each of his students.

Jen

Jen
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The support from this place is amazing! Not only are my boys’ integrity,respect,confidence,they have a great leader and role model with MR. G! Try this place out, you will love it

Lisa Alvernia reviewed Kyuki-do Martial Arts Sleepy Hollow
5
via Facebook

We chose KMA Sleepy Hollow after a trial class. Our son enjoyed the class so much he chose to commit. Since joining his confidence has improved and his strength. What’s best about the experience is not just the physical involvement but they focus on character building. Such as teaching loyalty, integrity and honesty. Class challenges my son to achieve his best and has built confidence in him. Best decision was to join when we were looking for something meaningful for him to do. Mr. Graziano is amazing with his students and parents.

Robert Tatz reviewed Kyuki-do Martial Arts Sleepy Hollow
5
via Facebook

My two daughters and I are just wrapping up our six week trial, and we are are extremely happy with with Mr. Graziano and KMA Sleepy Hollow. My daughters are learning the art and techniques of Kyuki-do and building confidence. We most certainly will be continuing on with classes.

Reggie Madrigal reviewed Kyuki-do Martial Arts Sleepy Hollow
5
via Facebook

I train with the owner of this academy and you will love him as an instructor!

Scott Thomas reviewed Kyuki-do Martial Arts Sleepy Hollow
5
via Facebook

I’ve trained with Mr. Graziano for several years and am a better Martial Artist as a result.. He walks the talk.. shows Courtesy, Humility Perseverance, Self Control and Indomitable Spirit in every interaction! Please give his school a try.. you will not be disappointed..

Drew McCurdy reviewed Kyuki-do Martial Arts Sleepy Hollow
5
via Facebook

It's not everyday you can find an instructor who can teach kids, adults or kids and adults together at once. Mr Graziano is one of those instructors. Combining discipline self control and practical lessons that work all while having a blast. You won't regret joining.

Sneha Parikh reviewed Kyuki-do Martial Arts Sleepy Hollow
5
via Facebook

Mr. Graziano is such a nice teachr with lots of patience. he challenges student to motivate them. We saw lots of changes in our son. he become very serious and responsible after joining KMA martial Arts. we are 100% satisfied with Mr. Graziano.

Ray Mcconnaughay reviewed Kyuki-do Martial Arts Sleepy Hollow
5
via Facebook

My Grandson started with his 6 week trial and it was a quick decision to continue after it would come to the end. Mr. Graziano is just great he loves all the kids he is very under­stand­ing and car­ing it’s not just a school where the kids can learn self-defense but it also teach­es focus con­fi­dence self-respect and respect for others which is some­thing that is not stressed enough anymore and all of that being said it’s just plain FUN!!”

Kristine Anne Weldon reviewed Kyuki-do Martial Arts Sleepy Hollow
5
via Facebook

My son absolutely loves his Kyukido classes with Mr. G. His confidence level has boosted up, along with discipline, respect and self motivation. We are so glad we ran into them at the fair and signed up! It's been a few months now and he has asked to make sure it never ends.

Eimear Robertson reviewed Kyuki-do Martial Arts Sleepy Hollow
5
via Facebook

Fantastic atmosphere with great coaches. My son loves it!

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The Key to Increased Motivation and Focus in Children and Teens

 

Have you ever wondered why children and teens seem to be so addicted to their smart phones and other devices? Parents are frustrated with their children’s lack of attention and motivation but what do their devices have to do with this? The answer is found in science!

Often referred to as the “motivator molecule,” dopamine is a “feel good” chemical that is released in the brain which helps us focus and feel motivated. When dopamine levels are low, it can result in symptoms such as difficulty focusing, decreased motivation, trouble problem-solving, and social anxiety. Therefore, many ADHD medications target dopamine levels.

When children and teens have low dopamine levels, we often find that they spend more time on video games and smartphone apps, and some tend to be thrill seekers. These things give a boost of dopamine, which makes them feel good and then leads to them seeking out more of the same thing. This constant boost of dopamine keeps them coming back for more.

The reason is because dopamine is part of the reward pathway of the brain. When something is interesting or exciting, a surge of dopamine rushes to the brain. Much like the excitement we feel when we are preparing for a trip or waiting for dessert, the anticipation of receiving a reward tells the brain to release dopamine. This release tells our brain that this event is worth getting more of. And so, the cycle begins.

The great thing about dopamine is that it can help modify behavior in a positive way, when done correctly. Because of the pleasure that dopamine makes us feel, we are more motivated to learn and, therefore, we retain information better. This is because the dopamine creates new neurological pathways in the brain. When we find activities that are pleasurable, we learn more from them and keep doing them.

Now that we understand the neuroscience surrounding dopamine, how can we, as parents, teachers, coaches, and anyone who works with children, use this information? We must create a learning environment that is exciting and produces the “anticipation of accomplishment.”

The SKILLZ program does this by teaching with the brain in mind and utilizing game-based learning. Along with this, two of the Teaching SKILLZ that are used in class are specifically designed to increase the students’ dopamine levels.

  • Trickery: The use of “trickery” as a teaching skill in class helps the students focus, which ultimately leads to better listening skills. For example, when playing a game and the students are waiting for the instructor to say “go,” the instructor can trick the students by saying “goose” or “go cart” instead. This excites the students but also motivates them to listen better and, therefore, be more focused.
  • Intrinsic Motivation: The use of “intrinsic motivation” in class helps the students become more motivated, which leads to more confidence. For example, to get students more motivated from within, the instructor can say “You only have to do 5 pushups but if you want to be a Black Belt do 10 pushups, if you want to be a master do 5 pushups, but if you want to make me and your parents proud and show you are the best student, do 20 pushups.”

By utilizing these techniques, students get a rush of dopamine because they anticipate the events in class, stay focused, listen better, and are motivated to do their best. They feel good in class and they come back wanting more!

Here at Kyuki-do Martial Arts of Sleepy Hollow we strive to bring our parents and their children the most current and relevant training practices available. As members of the internationally acclaimed SKILLZ Worldwide we are able to share early childhood development content authored by Melody Johnson the martial arts industry proven leader and subject matter expert in age specific training for children, kids, and teens.