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The SKILLZ Zone – The Sweet Spot for Learning

The SKILLZ Zone – The Sweet Spot for Learning

The SKILLZ Zone – The Sweet Spot for Learning

We’ve all set goals, to some degree, throughout our lives.

Some were easily achieved while others we just gave up on completing. This is because most plans are either set in the comfort zone or the danger zone. And while our initial motivation generally puts on a path to setting lofty goals, it can also lead us to failure. Finding a balance between these two zones is critical in increasing productivity and avoiding stagnation. The “SKILLZ zone” is the optimal place to do this. By teaching children this early on, we can ensure that they have the necessary tools for consistent future successes.

We are all very familiar with the comfort zone.

This is where we feel secure and have skills in place to help us maintain the status quo.

Many people spend a lot of time in this zone because it doesn’t require much change. This is also the place that we withdraw to when we feel panicked or overwhelmed. And although feeling safe is essential, the comfort zone doesn’t allow us space to grow, so we become indifferent to expanding ourselves. This essentially blocks us from learning any new skills that are beneficial to our growth.

On the opposite side of the comfort zone is the danger zone. This zone is where we feel completely overwhelmed and out of control, so just surviving takes all our attention and effort. This often happens to those who set goals so far from their current abilities that they become overwhelmed and panicked. Because we are “wired to survive,” these uncomfortable feelings cause us to retreat to our comfort zone, and any possibility for new skill achievement comes to an abrupt standstill. We are then, once more, faced with apathy for anything challenging.

The key to breaking free from this cycle and beginning to set goals that are challenging, yet attainable is to form them in the “SKILLZ zone.” This is the zone where dreams are not so far off that we are too scared to try, but are also not close enough to be too easily achievable. Therefore, new skills are just out of our reach, making it the sweet spot for learning. For children to settle into the “SKILLZ zone,” they must feel the environment is safe and supportive.

At Glens Falls Karate Academy, this zone is the foundation of the program’s design. Since each class is age-specific, the starting point and goals are based on appropriate expectations within the physical, intellectual, emotional, and social development for that age group. This, coupled with the game-based approach to learning, creates an environment that is fun yet challenging. Also, the Certified Pediatric Ninja Specialists that run each class utilize their knowledge of science and psychology as well as Teaching SKILLZ to establish an environment that makes each student feel safe. All this combined makes the achievement system of earning stripes and belts an enjoyable process and gives each student more confidence to set the next goal.

Learning new skills and abilities should be enjoyable, and getting there should come from engaging in activities where we feel safe enough to try something beyond our current limitations while also not going overboard. Consistent progress towards these things opens up a child’s curiosity as to what else they can achieve. By doing this, we are helping them always challenge themselves, which will give them the power to achieve anything they want in life.

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Preschool - Kindergarten

3–4 year-olds are naturally curious. They might not be ready for the rigid structure of a traditional martial arts class ... but they do need to start learning about appropriate social behavior!

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1st Grade - 3rd Grade

It's often easy for teachers and parents to overestimate 5-6 year old children. They're better at following directions and paying attention than younger children, but they still need some help controlling themselves and focusing on tasks.
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3rd Grade - 5th Grade

Children are like sponges. They absorb things quickly and easily - far more easily than we do as adults. Not only are they getting healthier as they learn martial arts, but they're also learning the value of self-discipline and respect.
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Middle School Program

Karate may normally make you think of self-defense, fitness, and discipline ... the truth is, it's all of that and WAY more!
Our program helps our students build skills that they can APPLY to every area of their life and empower them to be the very best they can possibly be!



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High School Program

Instead of giving into the moodiness and attitude, take them to our dojo instead! Teenagers are smart and capable - but they can also be their own worst enemies. Between peer pressure, their innate urge to rebel against their parents, and their surging hormones, they can be impossible to be around. But all they need is an outlet for their frustrations - and an opportunity to be their best.- DISCOVER -

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Ages 17+

Martial arts training is fun, empowering, and provides a great workout for adults. Studying martial arts is something that anybody - at any age or fitness level - can do. Our programs make learning fun, empowering, and provides a great workout for busy parents!



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