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A FEW WORDS
FROM SENSEI CHRIS MURPHY
I’m Chris Murphy, Owner/ Head Instructor here at Glens Falls Karate Academy.
As a martial arts instructor with decades of experience training kids, there is nothing better than seeing them grow firsthand.
But more important than the martial arts skills they learn… is the personal skills they develop and carry for life.
Because martial arts is so much more than just kicking and punching, and getting the next colorful belt.
It’s about developing confidence, discipline, character, focus and respect.
With every class we teach, your kids are growing in mind, body and character.
That’s because martial arts provides instant positive feedback. Through learning to focus on the core moves, they develop discipline and respect. They can instantly see and feel a difference, making them destined to build confidence, self-awareness and self-respect.
And of course it’s a ton of FUN!
That’s why I love teaching martial arts to kids in this community, and why I know your kids are going to LOVE training.
So please have a look below to find out exactly how your kids can benefit from our fun martial arts classes.
They typically have a hard time with instructions beyond three commands & have a hard time distinguishing between their left and right
They typically only want to focus on things that make them happy. They also have slow brakes when they are very excited
They love to play with others but are typically very competitive, especially when it comes to getting the attention of their parents
Little Ninjas | BASIC SKILLZ
By understanding the stages of development in our early elementary students, we were able to select 8 age-appropriate skills that make up the Little Ninjas (Basic SKILLZ) Program:
1 – FOCUS
2 – TEAMWORK
3 – CONTROL
4 – MEMORY
5 – BALANCE
6 – DISCIPLINE
7 – FITNESS
8 – COORDINATION
We’re taking Age-Specific Martial Arts training to a whole new level! By using basic elements of our traditional Martial Arts curriculum to build skills that are appropriate for early elementary aged students, we’re able to guarantee that your child will learn and grow at a pace that is not too easy, nor too challenging.
The best part is that our Little Ninjas (Basic SKILLZ) program will equip your child with skills that they will utilize in every area of their life for years to come!
YOUR CHILD WILL GROW WITH EVERY CLASS!
Basic SKILLZ gives young children the “basic skills” and discipline they need to succeed. While they learn simple martial arts moves such as kicking, punching, blocking, and simple self-defense, they also grasp valuable lessons about social conduct. Over time, our Basic SKILLZ students build strong bodies, follow directions, and interact confidently and respectfully with students and teachers.
At this stage of development, kids typically do not know how to use their muscles … so they fall often, especially when their body is in constant motion. Also, they have a basic foundation for leg, arm, core, and abdominal development, but they still lack a lot of strength.
We expect them to initially struggle with multiple kicks beyond five repetitions. We also expect them to initially have sloppy technique when exercising.
The goal for our program is to get them performing more kicks without dropping their foot down, and performing static, active, and dynamic exercises for beyond ten reps with good technique.
Kids at this age typically have a hard time retaining instructions beyond three steps. They also have a hard time distinguishing between their left and right.
We expect them to initially get confused when we ask them to do more than three things at one time. We also initially expect them to have a hard time distinguishing between their left and right when following multi-step directions.
The goal of our program is to get them to retain three or more commands at once, and keep them in the correct sequence. We will also help them learn how to perform various left and right combinations reflexively.
At this age, kids typically focus on things that make them happy. They also have slow brakes when they are excited.
We expect them to initially lose focus and shut down when they are not happy or don’t get their way. We also expect them to lose control physically and emotionally when they are over-excited.
The goal of our program is to help them focus even when it’s hard to do so. We will also help them control their body and their developing strength, especially when they are excited.
Basic SKILLZ kids love to play with others but are typically very competitive.
We expect them to initially show poor sportsmanship when they participate in a competition.
The goals for our program are to help them develop teamwork skills such as; not cheating; don’t get angry when they lose; and don’t brag when they win.
See what our members have to say:
We love karate, Sensei and Miss Stacey. What a wonderful program to be a part of. My son looks forward to karate each week.
My daughter started a few months ago and has enjoyed the challenges, friendships, structure, community and education that sensei Chris Murphy provides. There is never a moment she isn’t excited to go to class! As a parent I have noticed the difference in my child’s focus, attitude and confidence not only about herself but in what she is doing as well!! Thank you sensei!!!
My daughter has been a student here for years and I would highly recommend this school to anyome looking to learn new martial arts and not be like every other martial arts school in the area! Chris is a great teacher and leader to these kids. They offer adult classes too, Come try a class and make your own opinion.
My son was looking for a new athletic activity this past Spring and decided to try karate. I couldn’t be happier with Glens Falls Karate Academy, and the positive influence Sensei Murphy has had on my son. It’s a great program for athletes of all abilities. Great place!
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Yes. Our classes teach kids to focus on teachers and to respect their commands – and those lessons take root at home, too.
Yes. We teach kids the importance of paying attention and heeding instructions – and by building memory, we help kids do a better job of retaining information.
Yes. The ups and downs of learning help kids learn how to navigate emotional highs and lows in a healthy and respectful way.
Yes. We focus on core social skills like mutual respect and understanding, both of which are essential in any social setting.
Our Basic SKILLZ class teaches students to support one another and to accept mistakes and failures gracefully.
Yes. Our classes teach the value of persistence and show kids that shutting down when they are frustrated won’t help them achieve their goals.
Yes. The fundamental martial arts skills taught in this class help build muscle mass and improve balance and coordination.
Yes. In our classes, kids learn to recognize the affect their movements and actions have on other people, and to control their movements when they are excited or upset.
Kids learn the benefits of humility and grace when they succeed in life.
Kids build core strength and balance while improving their overall physical fitness.
Basic SKILLZ classes teach kids to coordinate their body movements and to control themselves physically.
Our classes help kids learn to concentrate on instructions and follow them appropriately.
Kids in our classes learn how to play with other kids in a respectful way.
Basic SKILLZ classes help kids improve their memory as they work toward their goals.
Kids learn self-discipline physically, emotionally, and socially.
Teaches kids the value of teamwork and cooperation.
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