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My oldest son (15) is working towards his black belt in Tae Kwon Do. His siblings loved watching him at practice when they were able and later trying to imitate his moves. Since we manage to stay pretty busy (even now) there wasn’t really any opportunity for them to learn in a formal way but recently we were given the chance to review Family Mixed Martial Arts Videos Preschool Mixed Martial Arts from Family Mixed Martial Arts Videos. Each lesson is taught by Miss Cheryl of Yamane Championship MMA. The entire program is digital and so that means we can do as much as we want, whenever we want.
As we began with this program, I was impressed with the emphasis that was placed on character development. This program was designed for children from ages four to seven. After we are introduced to the instructor a simple supply list is provided (basic materials such as a towel or (yoga) mat, ball, pool noodle, football). There is also a clear, simple explanation of the terms used and the fundamentals within this program.
The course contains sixteen lessons; you can complete these as quickly as you like and as often as you like. In some cases my girls chose to repeat a lesson until they felt like they really “got it.”
There are five pieces to each lesson. Lessons begin with a greeting and warmup, then moves into teaching of technique which is mixed martial arts (MMA)), next is the character lesson, review and a fun game (typically they work on the skill learned), also some fun exercises, and finally they finish up with review. They lessons can be completed in about twenty minutes, give or take.
The program provides a time stamp for each section of the lessons so you can always go back to a certain area as needed. I especially like to go over the character section of each one with my kids so we can discuss together what it means, what it looks like, why it matters.
While my girls did enjoy certain aspects of this program, they were not as attentive to it as I had hoped. They definitely enjoyed the warm-ups and the lessons on character; my older girl really appreciated learning how to defend herself. Certainly we will be continuing through this, albeit slowly, as we explore all that this program has to offer.
In a time when many seem to be “stuck” at home, perhaps struggling to find good opportunities to get our kids up and moving, keeping them physically and mentally alert, I definitely see this as being a great alternative to in person classes. And as things we progress and see so many skills woven together (from social and emotional to physical and mental) certainly there is a great benefit to our youth in this.
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