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Will Hargis reviewed Ancient Ways Martial Arts Academy
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If you have kids, I highly recommend enrolling your kids in Ancient ways. The staff at Ancient ways are all great if youre struggling during your training. the Instructors will give you one on one time. With you each instructor has their own teaching style, which all leads up to the same Curriculum . The staff are also very nice and the DoJo is always clean . I also recommend Ancient ways because of How peaceful and positive . Meditation also helps a lot to take my mind off, of all the negatives things outside of training. Also the training is very fun, I have gained a lot of life lessons, that will stick with me . Also the code helps a lot because it teaching Respect, and Discipline etc... Overall I highly recommend Ancient ways . Thank you to Master Brown and Mrs. Tanja and the rest of the instructors, for helping me accomplish my goal .

Ang Greil reviewed Ancient Ways Martial Arts Academy
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Ancient Ways changed my life and the way I view myself and the rest of the world. Being a martial artist gave me confidence, humility, and patience (along with so much more) in a way that nothing else could have. I am forever grateful for the people I met and the experiences I gained there. Ancient Ways teaches that martial arts is a way of life, and that philosophy will stick with me forever.

Joe Helm reviewed Ancient Ways Martial Arts Academy
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You will not find a more personal satisfying experience in martial arts than Ancient Ways. Master Brown injects enthusiasm and confidence in students young and old. He programs a belief system into each student that forces them to trust in themselves and their current and future abilities. It positively affects every aspect of your life. My time with Master Brown is held in the same regards as going to college and starting a career as both benefitted from the philosophical teachings that came from his studio. It's not just weapons and kicking and punching... it's a life confidence tool.

Eddie Dufour reviewed Ancient Ways Martial Arts Academy
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All of the staff are amazing. They take great pride in teaching all the students. My granddaughter is so excited to go every Monday and Tuesday.

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Excellent teaching of Martial Arts. One of the most positive teaching schools I've ever seen. Master Brown's teaching technique is above and beyond. The respect and postivity he teaches shows thru his students from children to adults.
I am very thankful that I found this Martial Arts School. Trust me, I did my homework to find a school that would fit the needs of my son. Ancient Ways is definitely the right choice!

Kahla Zeimis reviewed Ancient Ways Martial Arts Academy
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Ancient ways is a very enjoyable and fun place. You have fun as you learn. Now don't get me wrong class can be tough and exhausting at times. However, when you leave you feel energized, refreshed, and feel like a new person. Not only do you gain new skills but you also gain a family. Everyone there is very nice and supportive. For instance, I told Master Brown that I may not be able to sign up for another year since we're planning on purchasing a house. This is his response "Keep me in the loop and if you guys need help, I have an army of people happy to help you move, paint and whatever needs doing" Awesome place 100%

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This is a great place to take your kids if you want them to do Martial Arts.Everyone is so friendly and you just feel like your at home !! My son really enjoys it and loves it !!

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Training takes time

Today a fellow school owner asked about how to deal with that one kid we all refer to as…”the chatterbox.” (we have secret names for all of them)

There are a lot of reasons this kid might not be able to stay quiet and respectful in class, he just chatters away, interrupting class and annoying everyone in the training hall. He may be ADHD, he might have Tourette’s syndrome, he might just have really poor impulse control. It’s possible he’s just been allowed to get away with it so much that he has built this now, into his personality. No matter the reason, the correct therapeutic response is the same, and I’ve dealt with and helped all those types.

My advice to this instructor was nothing this experienced instructor hasn’t heard. It’s nothing he hasn’t done. As a matter of fact, I’m pretty sure it’s what he’s been doing but he feels it isn’t working. First, I’ll tell you my advice that I gave him and then I’ll follow up on why it isn’t working. This is great parenting advice too.

 

Here is what I wrote:

Ignore his bad behavior, use focus anchors (that’s when we go “Focus Clap One” and the whole class stops and gives us their attention) for the whole class so he isn’t getting individual attention for his inappropriate behavior. Be a good finder of his great techniques or behavior and praise the daylights out of him publicly in those moments. Again, ignore the bad, praise the good.

We say we can help kids with these issues, we market it that we can help these kids, and this is the way.

Our strength is in our Reward system, not in punishing. Take him aside and say, “Joey, I’d love to give you your behavior stripe this semester, but that’s up to you. Can you stop chattering in class so I can please award it to you?” Now it’s his responsibility to earn it, not you punishing him. He must take responsibility and correct his own behavior, or he doesn’t earn his stripe. No stripe, no belt. You must be strong and NOT award it if he doesn’t earn it, otherwise the behavior is rewarded and will never change.

Make sure the parents are aware of your process and are ready to back your play, especially if he isn’t going to pass. Many will fail at first and we will retest them later to resounding success. It’s almost better therapeutically if he does fail and has to do it again. Be strong.

 

Now, my friend hasn’t replied but “liked” my advice. Here is why it isn’t working. Changes in behavior take time, often, many years. No one goes to a therapist for one session and immediately turns their life around. Motivators, life coaches and martial arts instructors sell their programs in terms of months and years or in great numbers of sessions because we know it is going to take time.

Think of it like baking cookies. You take great care and get the right ingredients, measure them perfectly, mix them together, put them into the oven under the exact required heat and then immediately take them out. Obviously, we missed something. It takes time under heat for those cookies to form into the desired deliciousness. The same goes for kids. My friend just needed to be reminded that he was on the right course, he has the right ingredients, he has them in the correctly measured amounts, he just has to keep applying heat.

The problem comes when you are trying to bake several things and they either need different levels of heat, or different lengths of time.

It is just a fact that some potential students are going to negatively impact the training experience of others. School owners have to assess this and determine when is the right time to let a student go, when to only sell them private lessons, maybe offer a special needs class just for those few students who are not appropriate for the general population. We’ve done all of these, and I can say, without a doubt, it is a struggle beyond words and scope for most instructors, us included sometimes.