Mindful Tips for Getting Kids to Martial Arts Classes

We just wanted to share this great article from Sensei Melody Johnson.  Sensei Melody has totally revolutionized the martial arts industry by focusing on child psychology tools to encourage children to see their full potential both in and outside of the dojo. She is a big influence on how we run our programs and we hope you find the following as helpful as we did!

 Getting your child motivated for martial arts class can sometimes be a challenge. But fear not! Here are some mindful strategies to help you navigate those moments when your little ninja needs an extra nudge:

1. Set the Stage: Pay attention to what your child is doing before class time. If they’re deeply engrossed in play, gently transition them to a less enticing task about 10 to 15 minutes before class.

2. Check Your Vibe: Your mood sets the tone. Stay upbeat as you prepare your child for class. Your energy will rub off on them!

3. Focus on the Positive: After class, emphasize the things your child did right rather than dwelling on mistakes. Positive reinforcement goes a long way.

4. Team Up with Instructors: Communication is key. Let your child’s instructors know about any motivational struggles. Together, you can support your child’s journey.

5. Reward Progress: Encourage positive behaviour by setting attainable goals. Promise a fun reward, like ice cream, for attending a certain number of classes with the right attitude.

These tips may seem simple, but they’re often overlooked in the hustle and bustle of daily life. Remember, parenting with intentionality and attentiveness can make all the difference. 

Here’s to empowering your little warrior for success on and off the mat! 🥋💪