Connection with Your Child

Connection One of the most important things that you can do as a parent is establish a connection with your child.  In fact, children need connection more than anything else.  Here are a few ways that you can begin to build a great connection with your child: Daily Interactions: Make one-on-one connections with your child.  Instead of asking a question from across the room, take an extra 15 seconds to walk to your child, get down on their level, maybe tap their shoulder or touch their arm, and ask the question.  Chances are they will engage right away (instead of […]

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Bolton Karate and Tottenham Karate Every Week we share a positive message of the week for our students, parents and friends to reflect on. “The most important thing about goals is having one.” – Geoffrey f. Abert GOAL SETTING: The process of identifying something that you want to accomplish. The Karate belt system is one of the greatest systems created when it comes to setting and reaching goals. It teaches us to set goals, attain them and see the visual results of our achievements. Achieving a Black Belt in Karate has significant meaning and is associated with excellence. We can […]

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Here is a Great article I found that I think we should be sharing to every parent on the planet, change starts with you, read and share! There is a silent tragedy that is unfolding today in our homes, and concerns our most precious jewels: our children. Our children are in a devastating emotional state! In the last 15 years, researchers have given us increasingly alarming statistics on a sharp and steady increase in childhood mental illness that is now reaching epidemic proportions: Statistics do not lie: • 1 in 5 children have mental health problems • A 43% increase […]

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You may hear your child’s instructor talking about practice time at home fairly often. This is because practicing can have a huge impact on a child’s ability to perform in class which will lead to more confidence. With more confidence comes the ability to achieve faster and farther!   Another great benefit to practicing at home is that this will allow YOU – the parent, an outlet to connect over something they are passionate about.   Often times parents feel like they have to go on extravagant outings and spend long periods of time to build that connection. But this […]

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By now summer is in full swing and we hope that everyone is taking advantage of our Day Time classes here at the Canadian Black Belt Academy! If you are looking for something fun to keep your ninja occupied this summer feel free to find us at the front desk or give us a call and ask about all the cool things going on this summer! Today I wanted to offer a few tips on how to keep boredom at bay this summer! These are simple tips that you can implement NOW, and will help set your ninja up for […]

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I cannot emphasize how important it is to have daily rituals to help you stay focused, motivated, and productive in the New Year… In this post, I am going to share with you rituals you can do before going to bed to help you sleep well at night, and wake up refreshed and ready to conquer the next day! Ritual 1: Chapter, article, or blog Regardless of the content you absorb during the day, make it a nighttime ritual to read at least 1 chapter of a book, article in a magazine, or blog. This will stimulate your mind before bed, […]

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DOPAMINE The Key to Increased Motivation and Focus in Children and Teens Have you ever wondered why children and teens seem to be so addicted to their smart phones and other devices? Parents are frustrated with their children’s lack of attention and motivation but what do their devices have to do with this? The answer is found in science!   Often referred to as the “motivator molecule,” dopamine is a “feel good” chemical that is released in the brain which helps us focus and feel motivated. When dopamine levels are low, it can result in symptoms such as difficulty focusing, […]

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In honour of Remembrance Day, I’d like to take a moment to salute our Veterans – those fallen and those still with us today – for their service to our country. May we remember the men and women who unselfishly fought for our freedom in the First and Second World Wars, the Korean War, and all conflicts and peacekeeping missions since.

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I love teaching and training Jiu-Jitsu, but I don’t always like coaching it in tournaments. Now, contrary to what you might think, this is not a pride thing. Some coaches really can’t stand to see their students lose in tournaments, and that is the problem. While we all want our students to win, it’s more important for them not to lose. Let me explain. 

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