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Coaching

Gradings for young children in martial arts – are you comparing apples with oranges?

We all want the best for our young ninjas but how do gradings help us develop the children? Developing their skills, physical abilities and positive physiological characteristics are at the top of our list of goals. So how do we use gradings to build these traits? Should we be using …

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Coaching

Do stickers motivate children if used as a reward in your children’s martial arts classes?

The answer to the question in the headline is ‘Of course they do, they motivate children to want stickers’. Though the answer to the question may not be what we want when trying to motivate children to try harder, pay attention or even stop playing with that dam equipment…… sorry, …

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Coaching

The curse of knowledge – the presumption of foundational skills and understanding

The Curse of Knowledge is when we make decisions based on the presumption of prior knowledge. While this can often happen when we are working with children, it is also common when you have been working a field for a long time. You can be blind to your sector specific …

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Business

Martial Arts School, Club, Academy Or Children’s Development Centre?

Do you call your martial arts service a school, a club, an academy, a children’s development centre? Do you want to be classed as ‘School’? Do you feel that schools are a good ‘yard stick’ for measuring what you do? I know we market to the parents to get the …

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