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"I highly recommend this martial arts dojo. Master Jason and Ms Kelly are fabulous teachers and so patient with the kids. My son has been here for 2 years now and he has enjoyed going to every lesson. He has achieved his basic skills black belt recently and he was so proud of his own personal accomplishments, as were we. Master Jason and Ms Kelly have been instrumental in helping our son know when he needs to focus inorder to achieve his goals. The skills he has learnt to focus and concentrate are apparent in his class room at school and at home. Additionally the new facility is amazing. I highly recommend his dojo"

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I have been fortunate to introduce my son to the Martial Arts classes offered at Carolina Dojo. My son is four and has learned many valuable life skills. Throughout his first several months his ability to focus and concentrate has drastically improved. Additionally Dojo has brought out a side of confidence I had not formerly seen in him. Master Jason and Master Kelly do a fantastic job with all of the kids in the class and every child is treated the same with equal expectations across the board. I really cannot say enough positive things about the program, I simply wish I had enrolled my son earlier!

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My son has had a wonderful experience at Carolina Dojo. Raiden loved having fun while learning, making friends, and accomplishing a goal. Thank you for such a wonderful, encouraging environment!

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We love Carolina Dojo Master Jason and Kelly work wonders with the children that are enrolled there . My son has been going for 1 1/2 years and loves it and has grown so much and has more confidence in himself . I will be sad when we move at the end of the year , we found the same program where we are moving to but it won't be the same without them teacher him.

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Master Jason has an amazing ability to teach children the fundamentals and still make the class fun. My son has grown in confidence and self discipline since joining Master Jason's class and has an inner peace that he never had before. Zac loves going to class and practices at home on a daily basis. If you have any doubts, just visit the class and you will see just how much the kids love the classes.

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Master Jason and Ms. Kelly have helped my son make many positive changes in his self esteem, self confidence and respect. My son has Asperger's and they have worked firmly yet gently with Josh. He loves to attend the classes and continually learns new skills that can help him in so many aspects of his life. Thank you both for all you do not just for Josh but for so many children who are blessed to be involved in your programs.

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Igniting Your Teen’s Motivation

Adolescence has always been a challenging time for parents and teens to get through. Typically, this is because adults feel teens are lazy and/or out of control. However, these behaviors are usually present because teens feel uninspired and lack the right motivation in their lives. And while the development of the brain hasn’t changed, the environment around teens is constantly changing. Now, with the global pandemic at the forefront of our lives, teens are struggling to even complete the minimum daily tasks. Finding ways to inspire teens will ignite their motivation and support them in creating new things again.

 

The teen years are a time when the brain is in a very vulnerable state. Changes in the brain, along with physical, social, and emotional developmental shifts, make for an intense array of day to day challenges. This vulnerability, coupled with an ever-present pandemic, has now amplified these challenges and has decreased teens’ motivation even more. And since adolescence is a time that parents and other adults want teens to “get through,” they often miss the opportunities to guide teens instead. Understanding that this stage is vital in the cultivation of a teenager’s independent thinking and that the changes in their brains are essential to how they will manage success in the future will help adults nurture these critical shifts.

 

During adolescence, the brain has a lot of plasticity so teens can adapt quickly to a changing environment. However, they are often just directed to learn and repeat tons of information, so their creativity becomes stymied. To better guide teens during this sensitive stage, adults must boost their brains by encouraging them to be creative and solution-oriented. And since teens strive for independence and want to know their actions matter, they need to be allowed to take some risks to help them develop an appropriate gauge for decision making that will follow them throughout their lives. This will also boost their brain and enhance their overall development.

 

The methods used by the SKILLZ program are based on years of research in child development and psychology. With teens, instructors foster intrinsic motivation by giving teens the ability to make choices in class. This allows them the space for creativity and sparks their motivation, ultimately inspiring them to continue to do more. These same concepts are translated to parents for their use at home with their teens. Combined with the Parent SKILLZ courses in areas such as patience, nurturing, and attunement, parents can provide the most significant opportunities for new abilities to develop in their teens during a critical developmental time.

 

The teen brain is “wired to be inspired” and although most adults view adolescence as a time when teens only make bone-headed decisions, it’s important to note that these developmental changes make way for new abilities to emerge. By allowing teens room for trial and error and supporting their choices, parents can stimulate excitement and cultivate a better relationship with their child. Approaching adolescence this way will create the best opportunities for teens to make the most of these impressionable years.