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Liz Rusnak Seggie reviewed Inspire Martial Arts
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For confidence, focus, and achieving anti-bullying tactics 100% Agree! And for anyone who has any questions feel free to ask. This is where Lila studies martial arts. She has been here for over 2 years now and as a parent I checked out about 4 other schools before deciding on this one. Very happy with our decision and Lila Loves it here!

Tony Virovec reviewed Inspire Martial Arts
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The staff does an excellent job of working with my son. My sons confidence and self discipline have sky rocketed through the roof. I could not have asked for a better experience for my child.

Joanne Asmis Sitaras reviewed Inspire Martial Arts
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Master Chris and the entire team are wonderful to work with. They really took the time to get to know our little guy. His concentration and focus have really improved over the last few months and his behavior at school has improved as well. Definetly worth the investment.

Becky Slomka Mattes reviewed Inspire Martial Arts
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This is such a wonderful martial arts school. Everyone here is awesome! Both of my sons go here and really enjoy it and everything they learn. They do a great job teaching respect, perseverance and confidence. If you’re looking for a great place for you or your children, this is it!

Kelly Buzinski reviewed Inspire Martial Arts
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Couldn't be happier with the training my daughter has received. She has learned so much! Most don't realize that besides the physical part there are so many mental aspects and life lessons that she has learned. The leadership abilities and confidence she has learned is something she could have never learned at this age. I am beyond thankful to Master Chris for everything we have and will continue to learn from the program!

Sarah Lenny reviewed Inspire Martial Arts
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It's always hard finding the right place that your child fits in to. We have had nothing but amazing experiences here, and my son (5 yrs) loves it! We started in the fall, and he looks forward to every class. The staff is amazing, and knows how to work well with children which is hard to find sometimes. They learn a lot of life lessons, respect, discipline, as well as self defense. We are so glad we came here!

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Not All Ninjas Are The Same

All parents want the same thing…for their child to be a positive member of society and experience success. And while these are essential, they often come through a push to achieve and be the best in everything.

Unfortunately, this often manifests as a comparison to other children. This comparison, 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.

The development of the Inspire martial arts program included implementing pre- evaluations for every new student that assist with placing children in the class that meets their stage of development.

It is unfair to have a 5-year old in the same class as a 10-year old and to expect the same outcomes from them.

Thus, the age levels in each Inspire program were split based on research in the areas of science and psychology. This age-specific placement helps to target children’s skills and abilities, so they aren’t too challenging or too easy.

The layout of each level focuses on the developmentally appropriate needs of that age group. However, parents sometimes still compare their child to others in the classroom.

For example, in the Inspire, one child may achieve the agility skill faster, while another child may meet the concentration skill requirements more quickly. There is nothing to worry about; they will each perform the skill when they are ready. The important thing is that they are both achieving new successes compared to where they were before as an individual.

The ultimate goal of this innovative martial arts program is to help each child become the best version of themselves.

In this statement, “of themselves” is the key. It is important to remember that even within the framework of age-specific classes, there are still individual differences among the children, including strengths and rate of learning. As Robert John Meehan said, “Every child has a different learning style and pace. Each child is unique, not only capable of learning but also capable of succeeding.”

And yes, there is a time for a healthy form of competition to sometimes give children a little push out of their comfort zone to achieve another level. However, when discussing individual development, one child cannot be compared to another if our goal is to instill self-esteem and drive. Besides, if we could all do the same thing at every level, what fun would that be?

We have to remember to meet children where they are in their individual development. From there, we can help them excel in the areas of their strength and help them improve in the areas that are more challenging for them.

It is important to appreciate each child’s uniqueness and foster their individual development by celebrating their successes and creating the drive in them to achieve more. This use of extrinsic and intrinsic motivation will move them closer to success than will unhealthy comparison to their peers’ abilities. Remember, “Don’t compare your child to others. There’s no comparison between the sun and the moon. They shine when it’s their time.”