Carolina Dojo Family Martial Arts offers martial arts classes for children and adults in the Southern Pines, Pinehurst, Aberdeen area.
At Carolina Dojo Family Martial Arts our goal is to provide the most comprehensive, age-specific Martial Arts training available on the market today, known as SKILLZ™. The SKILLZ™ Programs include an International evolution of Martial Arts, fitness and educational training that targets the age-specific needs in children. We’ve taken the coolest parts of Martial Arts from a variety of styles and combined them into action-packed curriculums that help children build skills that they can apply into every area of their life. This means children ages 3 and up will have a blast in their Martial Arts classes while learning valuable skills that enable them to be the best they can possibly be. We also offer a fun and exciting adult Hapkido program for ages 14 & up.
Boredom – An Essential Ingredient for Creativity
Remember when you wished the weekend would last forever? As weeks of the “shelter in place” order have passed, the eagerness for some “time off” has lost its spark. Children’s boredom is growing day by day and will continue, especially as many schools will be ending the school year earlier than normal. The rising monotony of each day brings about an increase in technology use to keep children occupied. What they should be doing, however, is embracing the boredom and allowing their creative juices to flow.
When we are bored, we are more likely to engage in “sensation seeking.” A study in the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology states that boredom causes us to look for activities to stimulate the reward centers of the brain. Since using devices increases dopamine , the neural connections for this increase, and our brains crave it more and more. The ability to let our minds wander is diminished and any moment that lacks stimulation makes us uncomfortable. And, unfortunately, our children are learning to satisfy these unpleasant feelings with technology.
As Bertrand Russell, a British philosopher, said “We are less bored than our ancestors were, but we are more afraid of boredom.” However, when we try to rid ourselves of every moment of boredom, we close off our ability to think on a deeper level. Boredom breeds creativity and when children can fulfill the stimulation they are seeking by allowing themselves to “space out,” associative thinking is engaged. Sooner or later, they will create a new game, find different uses for items, or be inspired to find a new skill.
By enforcing an amount of boredom daily, children not only tap into creativity, but they also give their brains an opportunity to rest and reset. When the brain is relaxed, mental clutter diminishes, and new possibilities are abounding. A sense of curiosity presents itself and children learn problem solving skills by a need to fulfill idle time. Their confidence is then built because they are taking chances with new experiences and goals . By allowing children the time to explore new things, parents help them learn life skills that will stick with them when things go back to normal.
To support children even more, parents can be role models by resisting the urge to pick up a device during every moment of down time. Parents can also take the opportunity to implement Parent SKILLZ techniques and information. By putting down devices, parents can be more attuned to their child’s curiosities and prompt them to try new things. Doing so in a way that is fun and fosters new interests can also enhance the parent and child connection.
With our current situation, the summer slump and ensuing boredom will surely hit harder this year. Creating a plan for children that allows space in their routine for “boredom” will promote curiosity. Remember, as Robert M. Pirsig said, “Boredom always proceeds a period of great creativity.” Learning to “space out” again and avoiding the constant use of technology will create a more relaxed mind and cultivate a more inquisitive approach to life.
Congratulations to everyone who ROCKED out their SKILLZ today🥳
Champions don't GIVE up they TURN it up!!! 🔥
McKenzie: Basic SKILLZ Brown belt
Madison: Basic SKILLZ Red belt
Emilia: Basic SKILLZ Black belt
Olivia: Core SKILLZ Yellow/Black belt
Joshua: Core SKILLZ Yellow/Black belt
Levi: Yellow/White belt
Alexis: Yellow/White belt
Aiden (A.J): Yellow/Black belt
Aiden: Extreme SKILLZ Blue belt
J.D.: Purple belt
Caleb: Purple belt
Pascal: Brown belt
John: Brown belt
Liam: Red/Black belt
Xander: Elite SKILLZ Black/White belt
David: Elite SKILLZ Black/White belt
Owen: Black/Green belt
Joseph: Black/Blue belt
Gavin: Black/Red 1
Isabella P: Black/Red 1
Briar: Black/Red 1
Isabella B: Black/Red 1
Kayla: Black/Red 3
Malachi: Black/Red 3
Samantha: 1st Dan. Black 5
James: 1st Dan Black 5
We are so proud of YOU!!!!🤩🔥
Maintaining Healthy Development
With our country at somewhat of a standstill due to the current pandemic, it’s easy to get into a routine that is more laid back. Anything from going to bed late to increased screen time, habits may start leaning on the unhealthy side. And one of the major behaviors that appear when we are in a stressful situation is that we reach for comfort food. And while it may seem as though the current situation will only last for a short time, the long-term effects of our eating habits can have an impact on children’s physical, intellectual, emotional, and social development. Therefore, it’s essential that parents maintain a healthy lifestyle for their family.
In today’s pandemic, it’s even more important for children to consume food that is nourishing to the body. Keeping immune systems strong is vital, especially in the face of our daily health threat. But not only does proper nutrition increase immunity but it is vital for proper physical growth and development in children. Since children’s physical development happens very quickly, utilizing nutritious foods that will help them maintain a healthy weight, stabilize their energy levels, and prevent short term illnesses is necessary.
And although schools are closed, intellectual development doesn’t stop. Children are still attending school and must meet educational requirements so parents should make sure children consume “brain foods” that will help boost learning and problem solving. Maintaining healthy eating habits during this time will help keep the brain in “grow mode” which ultimately supports children in learning new things. A nutrient rich diet is linked to changes in a brain protein that helps make proper connections between brain cells. This is especially important now, when learning is more self-reliant.
And while everyone is required to stay at home, emotions can run high. In addition to that, children are still developing emotionally, so the ability for them to manage their behaviors may be more of a challenge. Much of children’s mood swings can be contributed to developmental changes and the stress of the current situation but knowing that certain foods can trigger chemical and physiological changes in the brain is vital. In order to help keep moods more stable and help children develop a healthy relationship with food, parents should encourage children to make healthy choices, in the face of stress, so that these habits will stick with them.
Until recently, family mealtime seemed like a thing of the past. The “on the go” eating plan became the number one way to save time between activities but by doing this, families no longer had time to reconnect after a busy day. However now, we have the time to do this. By taking advantage of these moments, parents can help children develop in a socially healthy way. This time allows parents and children to communicate, for parents to help build better self-esteem in their children, and for children to learn healthy eating habits and table manners. Children can then apply these behaviors when they begin attending other social events again.
With the feeling of uncertainty in our world today, things may feel out of our control. And while we don’t have power over a lot of things, we can influence how our children develop physically, intellectually, emotionally, and socially. Small healthy changes, each day, will create constructive shifts. And, using the time we have in a productive way and teaching our children how to handle stress in a positive manner will have lasting benefits.
Congratulations to everyone who leveled up their SKILLZ today!!! 🥳
Lincoln: Basic SKILLZ Brown belt
Carson: Basic SKILLZ Blue belt
Jack: Basic SKILLZ Orange belt
Griffin: Basic SKILLZ Orange belt | Moving up to
Core SKILLZ Yellow/White belt
Bobby: Basic SKILLZ Green belt
Jean: Core SKILLZ Yellow/Black belt
Maeve: Orange belt
John: Yellow belt
Chase: Yellow/Black belt
Sophia: Yellow/Black belt
Isabella: Green belt
Tanner: Brown belt
Lauren: Blue belt
Landen: Yellow belt
Zack: Black/Yellow belt
Hayden: Black/Yellow belt
Joey: Black/Green belt
Madison: Black/Green belt
Anna: Black/Green belt
Beckett: Black/Red belt
Saniyah: Black/Red belt
Cailee: Black/Red 1
Hina: Black/Red 2
Isaiah: Black/Red 4
Max: 1st Dan Black 6
Arabela: 1st Dan Black 7
Jonathan: 1st Dan Black 8
Robby: 1st Dan Black 8
Keep CRUSHING it🔥👊🤩We are proud of you!!!
HUGE shout out to everyone who completed their testing challenges today🥳
Alena: Basic SKILLZ Black belt
Bryson: Basic SKILLZ Purple belt
Abigail: Basic SKILLZ Orange belt
Ryland: Basic SKILLZ Orange belt
Jack: Yellow/Black belt
Isaac: Yellow belt
Ella Ray: Yellow belt
Jordan: Orange belt
Hayden: Red belt
David: Red/Black belt
Xadin: Purple belt
Nakia: Brown belt
Matthew: Brown belt
Finley: Black/White belt
Nicholas: Black/ Blue
Joshua: 1st Dan Black 6
You guys earned your new ranks👊🔥🤩
We are so proud of you!!!
CONGRATULATIONS to everyone who EARNED their new ranks today!!!
Aiden | Elite SKILLZ | 1st Dan. Black 6
George | Core SKILLZ | Green/White
Alexander | Core SKILLZ | Green/White
Channing | Core SKILLZ | Green/ White
We are proud of YOU for rising to the CHALLENGE👊
Carolina Dojo Family Martial Arts-Pinehurst
Hope your day is full of peace and love 💜
The Benefits of Virtual Training
Although not new, virtual learning has increasingly become a more widely used approach, especially in the wake of the current pandemic. Nearly everyone has been directed to stay at home, which initially seemed like a vacation but quickly became an unwanted situation. With routines upended and everyone limited with access to activities, children are filled with an overabundance of pent up energy. The need for supportive, online resources is essential for parents and children. This is why engaging in SKILLZ virtual martial arts training is so beneficial.
Virtual classes are a way for people to learn via an online platform. They have become more and more popular due to the evolvement of technology and the need for convenience. Today, many people utilize online systems as a way to attend various levels of school, learn new skills, and join conferences. And now, companies such as SKILLZ are implementing online training to stay connected to their students, offer an outlet for extra energy, and provide an opportunity to continue training.
In the new normal of our world today, it’s easy to become stagnant and passive. By providing children with training online, SKILLZ is continuing to empower them to develop a growth mindset and come out even stronger on the other side. And since SKILLZ is a child development course, children continue to develop physically, intellectually, emotionally, and socially. By utilizing the 8 Teaching SKILLZ and applying the D.O.S.E. method, instructors boost the student’s neural circuitry all the while helping them stay fit, active, and entertained.
And while virtual classes and training are new for many, SKILLZ lays out the curriculum and class access in a way that is easy to use. By providing students and parents with At-Home Training Planners and supplemental videos, virtual live class access, and one-on-one training opportunities, SKILLZ strives to cover all bases of student needs. The best thing is this type of platform provides flexibility so recorded classes can be accessed at a later time if a student misses class. By having all this information easily accessible, it also gives the students the ability to go back and review information that may have been more of a challenge.
Today, more than ever before, children need to be assured that everything will be ok. By keeping them engaged with activities that part of their “normal” routine, parents can help their children deal with the current situation in a more productive way. Along with this, the extra support that instructors provide helps parents understand that they are not alone. Utilizing platforms such as SKILLZ virtual martial arts training can give children the tools for success right from the comfort of their own home.
Carolina Dojo Family Martial Arts-Pinehurst
Helping Children Feel Secure in an Uncertain World
The news can be full of scary stories and information, especially for children. Our current situation has brought about even more concern for everyone in the world. If adults are feeling panicked, imagine how children must be feeling. And no matter the age, children can be emotionally affected by the news and begin feeling anxious about what they are hearing. For this reason, it’s important for parents to spend time connecting with their children and implementing ways that help them feel secure.
And, of course, during this worldwide turmoil, parents may also feel unsure and struggle with what to say to their children. But this is the time when parents should take the opportunity to help members in the family reconnect with each other, which will help everyone feel more secure. Having honest discussions about what everyone is feeling is vital to processing the information in a healthier way. It’s important that parents have these conversations to help ease fear about our “new normal” and implement strategies that will leave children feeling more assured.
This is the perfect opportunity to implement strategies developed by the SKILLZ organization. Since the program was created based on research in the areas of child development and psychology, the methods can be applied to any situation. The Parent SKILLZ program incorporates ways to strengthen the parent-child bond which is crucial within the status of our world today. In addition to this, the D.O.S.E. method is easily implemented within the Parent SKILLZ and uses strategies that help counteract the rush of cortisol that everyone is feeling.
In the Parent SKILLZ system, there are 8 skills that were developed. While all of them are equally important, attunement, connection, patience and nurturing are a good place to start in regards to what we are facing, as a nation, today. It’s important for parents to be attuned to their child’s feelings regarding the overflow of information and being separated from their friends. Being patient with them with questions they may have or frustrations they may feel are important. Spending time connecting with them is essential to them feeling more secure and nurturing them through these tough times will help them feel more at ease.
In helping children feel more comfort in these times, implementing strategies that will boost positive brain chemicals and neutralize cortisol, which is released when we are stressed or fearful, is helpful. Using this strategy along with the Parent SKILLZ is invaluable. Parents can increase dopamine by setting up time for families to do fun activities together. Giving hugs and spending time connecting with each other increases oxytocin which fosters trust and stability. By setting a positive mood, parents can increase serotonin which will make everyone more at ease. And boosting endorphins by going for a walk as a family or doing an online workout together will put everyone in a better mood.
In uncertain times, families can ease the anxiety by connecting with each other and making the best of the situation. By implementing Parent SKILLZ and finding ways to boost the positive chemicals in the brain, parents can create an environment that fosters security for their family. In doing this, a stronger family bond will be created and getting through the tough times, together, will be easier.
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