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Lilly in Omaha

Top notch martial arts for any age. Very structured and professional. I purchased classes for my son who is 6, and when the class was over, he was so upset he didnt want to leave. Never taken martial arts prior, and the instructor led him into the group as if he had been in the class for weeks.

D Fago reviewed West Omaha Martial Arts
5
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I'm not joking when I tell you that she's a completely different person since starting. The constant bullying had almost crumbled her to bits. Now she's getting stronger and more confident each and every day. It's been a true blessing to get to watch her grow like this. #proudmom

Sami Broyles reviewed West Omaha Martial Arts
5
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My son Eli was having a hard time in school with behavior and respecting himself and others. He was always fighting, mouthing off, and just being super aggressive. I did my homework and made the choice to enroll him in Mr.G's class for a year!!. We are 3 months in and Mr.G has personally taken Eli under his wing and has made a huge positive impact in my son's life! Eli has had 95% or above days for the last 2 months in school and at home. he is a totally different kid now, he is happier and healthier!! thank you for all of your help shaping Eli into a respectful young man.

Neil Weide reviewed West Omaha Martial Arts
5
via Facebook

Instruction is made simple enough for the kids to understand and yet kept at a fun/energetic pace to keep interest. They learn a lot and have fun. Students are taught in group setting, but regularly receive one-on-one teaching and interaction. Great experience for kids and fun for parents to watch progress and excitement.

Amber Lynne Nordstrom reviewed West Omaha Martial Arts
5
via Facebook

My son has been in taekwondo almost a full year and absolutely loves it :) Mr and Mrs G are very kind and understanding instructors who offer a multitude of solutions to help children of all age ranges master the art of taekwondo. The older students that help the younger classes are always super friendly and up beat. The thing about this facility is it doesn't feel like you're in school cramming before a big test. Your kid is having fun and at the same time learning a beautiful and ancient form of self defense!

Olive Ann Brown reviewed West Omaha Martial Arts
5
via Facebook

We love this program for our 5yo son. In addition to the great exercise, my child is being taught self responsibility and appreciation. At home we talk about his actions and whether or not it’s something a black belt leader would do (would Mr. G be proud of you for doing this?). There are lots of helping hands and instructors on the mats helping to teach the class which means that every student gets attention and instruction. It’s a 25minute drive for us but I wouldn’t switch my son to another program because this one is perfect for our son!

Skyler Archer reviewed West Omaha Martial Arts
5
via Facebook

Love what my son has learned here. Amazing staff that keeps the kids on task and accountable. Great ratio of instructors to students and always learning new things while having fun!

Adrian De Silva reviewed West Omaha Martial Arts
5
via Facebook

Noel is an awesome Instructor who really cares about each student that walks into the doors here. this is the best school in the area!

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Childhood Brain Training

The learning process is vital to healthy development of a child’s brain and their experiences and interactions largely influence how this happens. This process doesn’t just take place in the classroom but in all areas of the child’s life. Because of this, learning is better approached when it is an active process that triggers the appropriate areas of the brain. By utilizing this method, learning becomes more exciting and therefore, more beneficial to brain development and ultimately increasing intelligence.

The brain is the command center for the body. When a baby is born, it has all the brain cells it will have for its entire life. The early years of a child’s life is when it is important to develop the neural connections between these cells, which helps the brain grow and mature. Utilizing working memory in order to assist in making these connections will lead to quicker increases in brain development and intelligence.

Working or active memory is the ability to keep information in the brain for a short period of time in order to solve a problem. This generally happens in the frontal lobe of the brain, a part that is not as developed in younger children. However, when they are taught with methods that make use of their active memory, their brain makes many neural connections which helps with development. It’s a workout for the brain. And even better, is that through this type of training, fluid Intelligence is nurtured so a child’s ability to use logic and reasoning to solve problems or analyze new situations becomes more developed.

After years of research in neuroscience and psychology, Melody Johnson created the SKILLZ program so that it would target different stages of development. As the final step in creating this innovative curriculum, the teaching procedure was created. This includes using active learning and working memory to develop the neural connections in the brain, therefore fostering fluid intelligence. By teaching this way, the program maximizes learning in the students.

This groundbreaking approach to teaching martial arts encompasses a process that is like no other. After the students have warmed up the instructor delivers a short mat chat that discusses the details of the skill of the day. This initiates active learning, which gets the neurons in the brain to start activating. The students then participate in a game-based learning drill related to the skill and this stimulates their working memory and, therefore, creates new connections in the brain. The final step is when they test for a skill-stripe, which fosters fluid intelligence and their ability to retain information more efficiently.

When children are young it is vital that their brains are stimulated in a way that creates more neural connections. Involving them in programs that have this type of brain-training is essential. By participating in programs like this, children develop better working memory and their ability to reason and logic when presented with novel situations is easier.

Jennifer Salama – Skillz Content Creator

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