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Brian Didler - 8/24/2021

My 7 year old daughter is very sensitive, shy, and is afraid of many things throughout the day. We tried helping her with these situations and even started her on therapy once a week to help her get over her fears and create confidence. After 3 months of therapy, we decided to try KMA in Sleepy Hollow. WOW, the instructors at KMA are amazing. The structure that they train in their classes not only teaches martial arts but more importantly confidence, courage, respect, and empathy. After just 2 weeks in class, my daughter asked to stop therapy and do more martial arts. THANK YOU KMA for the wonderful work you do with students of all ages!

Angela Brandlin - Left on 8/18/21

Last year my daughter was having such problems with confidence and separation when going to school!! Now that I put her in KMA Sleepy Hollow she's excited to go to school and come to class!! I can believe what a difference it made! I couldn't be more thankful 😃

Rebecca Medina Left on 8/10/2021

My son was super nervous to start here, but at the same time, he was excited. He has gained so much confidence, he has learned how to leave his insecurities at home. When he steps on the mat he owns the world! He does an amazing job! I love how involved he has become and how many friends he has been making! This was the best decision we made as family!

Marwa Elrayes left on 8/1/2021

The confidence my son gained from this program is amazing. We have always had issues when it came to listening from the first time. We have been in class since June and we have noticed alot of improvement in behavior and self-esteem. I am really looking forward to seeing what else my son will learn from this amazing program! He really enjoys coming to class and learning more and more about kyuki-do and karate!

Cynthia Eckman Left on 6/24/2021

My son, Kaleb, has gotten more disciplined on practicing his martial arts, as well as helping out around the house, realizing his own capabilities, and not getting discouraged before doing things that may not be his norm. We are so very proud of how he is growing as a young man based on the things he is learning in class. Thank you Mr. G and team!

Frank Schoen - Review left on 4/7/2021

I was looking around for a place to enroll my son in martial arts training. He is 7 years old and I wanted to find a place that was not just another money pit or place where you can just buy an advancement, not a place to babysit my son, a place that would genuinely teach him honor, discipline, and sense of teamwork and belonging. I have had my son in for about a month now, maybe longer (time is flying) and I am pleased to say, Ron is running EXACTLY that kind of operation. He is firm and demands the children stay focused and show respect, but is not so heavy-handed as to use fear tactics like some places will. He is growing hearts and minds at the same time he is growing skills in the martial arts. I highly recommend this operation to anyone.

Bill Jones - Review left on 4/14/2021

I've had an amazing experience. Mr Graziano perfectly balances having fun, providing top notch training, and holding you accountable. The Academy is clean, well run, and very well organized/set up. Suitable for all ages. Could not recommend it highly enough.

Allison Trester - Review 3/1/2021

We’ve been going for over a year and we couldn’t be happier. My daughter's confidence has really grown and it’s wonderful to watch!

Gerson Bernal - Review left on 4/10/2021

My kids were asking about martial arts and we decided to check places in our area. We inquired a couple of places but didn’t get an answer, we had the opportunity to meet with Mr. Graziano and my kids not only received an introduction to KMA but also a lesson that will stay with them forever. My sincere appreciation and thanks to Mr. Graziano, both my kids are excited to start their classes. I highly recommend KMA as I believe goals can be accomplished with dedication but also with the correct guidance.

Nelson Jeferson - review left on 3/9/2021

My son started his martial arts journey. I couldn't be happier we chose KMA! They truly care about the development of the students. I highly recommend it for anyone searching to become a better version of themselves.

Adam M reviewed Kyuki-do Martial Arts Sleepy Hollow
5
via Facebook

When everything came to a stop, it was great to see that our training didn’t have to stop!
Virtual classes have been a great way to keep the training going and the ability to spot light a student to focus on development has been great!!!

Berenise G (MOM) reviewed Kyuki-do Martial Arts Sleepy Hollow
5
via Facebook

I just wanted to thank you again for being present in this unsettling time. Sayd was having a terrible day full of sadness and worry and the leadership class he just attended really boosted his mood. A little bit of normalcy and routine is so needed right now and I wanted to thank you and let you know that we appreciate you and your amazing team.

Adam Martinez reviewed Kyuki-do Martial Arts Sleepy Hollow
5
via Facebook

I want to say how proud I am of my Son Anthony (6th Grade) who has been struggling with his weekly spelling tests, my wife and I reviewed his progress with him and let him know he was starting to slip on his grade in English and we needed to see improvement. Anthony agreed he needed to put more effort forth and committed to a 100% on his next spelling test. I must be honest at the start of the week he got 4 out of 15 correct and it did not look like a promising start. I must of had a very concerned look on my face when I asked Anthony if he still felt he could deliver on his 100% commitment, Anthony responded with he has the determination and perseverance to get to 100%. By the end of the week the night before the test he was still not at the 100% mark... I was still concerned and Anthony reassured me that he has a YES I CAN attitude and will hit 100% on his test or he will give me 50 pushups. After finishing up at KMA Sleepy Hollow my wife reviewed his progress and let me know that Anthony delivered on his spelling test and achieved 100% on his spelling test. I am truly thankful to Ron Graziano and the KMA Family. Anthony started a year ago at KMA Sleepy Hollow and over the past year I have seen a complete transformation in Anthony, Ron Graziano has created a structured environment that promotes a positive "Yes I can" attitude toward all areas of life. Determination, Courage, Leadership, Perseverance, Commitment, are just some of the skills that Anthony has learned over the past year. My most sincere thanks to you Ron Graziano, Donna Graziano, John Malkowski for the hard work and commitment to your students.

Traci Kopetsky reviewed Kyuki-do Martial Arts Sleepy Hollow
5
via Facebook

KMA is a top notch program for all ages and needs. Ron Graziano and his staff do a great job of meeting the many needs of all involved and sincerely want each participant to enjoy the program while growing mentally, emotionally, socially and physically. The program is all about getting the most from yourself and becoming the best”you” possible. Thanks for being a teacher by example.

Nicole Butcher

I honestly can not say enough positive things about this place. Mr. Graziano is invested in each and every student. He makes sure kids leave feeling confident and supported. His program is about more than martial arts skills. It’s about life skills, self-confidence, self-control and focus. He has made a world of difference for my daughter and I would highly recommend giving this place a try.

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

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..

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!!”

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

Fantastic atmosphere with great coaches. My son loves it!

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.

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.

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Parenting the Shy Child

Parenting the Shy Child

In a world that highly values the traits of extroverted individuals, shy children are often assumed to have something wrong that needs to be fixed. However, shyness is simply a personality trait that is part of their temperament. Children are born with unique personalities, although the environment can play a significant role in how these traits present as the child develops. What is apparent is that shyness falls on a continuum, where children have varying levels of this trait. The important thing is to remember that different character attributes should be embraced to appreciate the unique way a shy child interacts with the world around them.

 

Children are wired with a variety of traits, and these things affect all areas of their life. Shyness is a trait that most parents are concerned about because they feel their child doesn’t have a good self-image. However, many shy children have a strong self-concept. They are often deep-thinkers and great listeners but also very protective of their inner peace. Shy children with a healthy confidence are polite, happy, and make eye contact. They are just simply quiet and slow to warm up to novel situations and people. And yes, more extreme shyness traits can cause concern, such as avoiding eye contact, behavior problems, and excessive fear. This is when adults need to step in and help.

 

The key to nurturing a child’s shy personality is avoiding labels and forcing the shyness out of them. This will make them feel like they don’t fit in and think that something is wrong. Instead, be patient and let their personality develop naturally, encouraging them along the way. Appreciating the beautiful qualities of a shy child that is caring and sensitive will make them shine brighter. And when shyness is so extreme, that is genuinely a cause for concern. Exhibiting patience with children and helping them role-play positive social scenarios will be a much more positive approach than forcing them into uncomfortable situations unprepared.

 

Encouraging environments are vital to the individual development of a child’s personality. Adults must understand that children have different temperaments and traits and that given the best settings, they can develop to their best potential. The SKILLZ Child Development program was created with a whole-child, individualistic approach in mind. Accepting children where they are in development and adapting a way to nurture their temperament is how the Pediatric Ninja Specialists help cultivate happy, successful children. Establishing a supportive setting where role-modeling positive social interactions help even the shyest of children develop their personalities with confidence.

 

Removing judgment and a “fix it” mentality when interacting with shy children will go a long way in reinforcing a positive self-image and helping confidence develop. Nurturing a child’s innate traits will be a more successful approach than attempting to change them, which can have irreversible, long-term effects. Patience and support will allow a shy child’s inner peace to shine so that everyone around them can see it glow.

Author: Jennifer Salama of Skillz Worldwide.
Jennifer is a 4th-degree black belt and has been training in martial arts since 2001. She has a Masters Degree in Child Psychology and has embraced the SKILLZ curriculum because of its focus on child development and using Martial Arts as a vehicle to develop the child as a whole.