Summer Brain Gains

While we want our children to get a much needed break from ‘hitting the books,’ there is a present challenge of ensuring the break doesn’t effect their development. We’ve come up with a few ways to ensure that your kiddos get the rest they need, without creating a gap in their growth socially, physically, emotionally, and intellectually.

Stages of Development

Children learn and grow in stages. It is hard to pinpoint the exact ages and stages of development because some children either accelerate compared to their peers or are growing at a slower pace than normal. However, I’ve been studying child development for nearly two decades and have narrowed child growth and development into five age groups.


The SKILLZ program’s continuing education materials allow our instructors to effectively teach our students in these four dimensions: Physically, Intellectually, Emotionally, and Socially.

Age-Specific Curriculum

To alleviate the dissatisfaction in children’s martial arts classes, the SKILLZ program was developed after years of research in the areas of child development, neuroscience, and psychology. The result, a child development course that uses martial arts as a vehicle for teaching.

SKILLZ Based Training vs Technique-Based Training

Most martial arts forms are rooted in tradition and have been taught the same way for years. And while tradition is vital to keeping the art preserved, the way it is taught in today’s modern world isn’t as effective. As times change and as we become more educated, we must adjust to meet the needs of the people we serve. This is especially true when teaching children.


The “SKILLZ zone” is the optimal place to increasing productivity and avoiding stagnation. By teaching children this early on, we can ensure that they have the necessary tools for consistent future successes.

Celebrating Each Child’s Uniqueness

We must remember to slow down and meet children where they are in their personal growth. By appreciating each child’s uniqueness, we can nurture their individual development, which will create more motivation in them. This will increase their confidence and help them achieve more remarkable successes. Keep in mind, “Every child is gifted. They just unwrap their packages at different times.”

How Motor Kills Affect Learning

Most are aware of the benefits of physical activity for people of all ages…Additionally, there are brain-boosting benefits that help children with brain function and learning, leading to better school performance.

Balance Feels Best

As screen time has increased because school is online for many children now, parents must adjust their stance on screen time limits while also continuing to promote device- free time and activities.


Why are they necessary? As you know, Southwest Arkansas Taekwondo is committed to helping your family thrive both on the mats and off! Dwindling are the days of the “dungeon dojo” and authoritative discipline that many who grew up in the martial arts have come to expect. As times change it is important to recognize […]