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A Deep Dive Into Teaching 3 to 6-Year Olds Martial Arts

melody shuman Dec 14, 2018

A poll was created in the Century Martial Arts School Network about teaching 3 to 6-year olds martial arts. Here are my reactions to that poll and some pointers for making your early age program better.

By Melody Shuman 

 

Something interesting happened last week.

Something that if you weren’t on Facebook, could have got lost in social media’s short lifecycle…

A poll was created in the Century Martial Arts School Network.

In the poll, Danielle Rogers (who deserves all the credit for starting this conversation and to a lesser extent, giving me a spark to write this post) asked a simple question:

 

The question was:

“Do you have a program in your school for 3-6 year olds? Tell us why or why not.”

Now, if you go to the poll (which you can here if you're a member of the group) you can see gobs of people offering up their opinions on the early age class conundrum…

You can see people stating their cases for and against teaching...

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The Preskillz Program: Bridging the Gap of Teaching Preschoolers

melody shuman Nov 01, 2018

PreSKILLZ is an innovative way to effectively teach 3- to 6-year-olds. At the same time, it enhances what every martial art school owner covets — increased enrollment and revitalized retention! 

By: Andrea F. Harkins

 

Veteran black belt Melody Shuman bridges the gap of teaching preschoolers by showing that every three- to six-year old can learn valuable martial art skills, if taught the proper way. Additionally, every school owner can increase enrollment and improve retention by using these teaching methods. 

Shuman spent many of her years in martial arts as an instructor. At 19 years old, she began working as a program director and instructor in Orlando, Florida. For six years, she co-owned and operated four schools in south Florida. During that time, she won the title of World Champion in forms and coached many young world champions ages seven and up. 

In 1997, she presented her first innovative program, Little Ninjas, to the martial arts industry. It...

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7 Steps for Teaching a Drill to 3-to-6 Year Olds

melody shuman Jul 19, 2018
 

Most schools do not have a standard procedure for teaching a drill to 3-to-6 year olds. However, that consistency with the instructors is important to parents when they decide if they want to invest in your program.

That’s why Melody Shuman (creator of PreSKILLZ) explains the 7 steps for teaching a drill so everyone is on the same page and adding to the environment you’re trying to create.

Watch the video above and implement the 7 steps with your team today.

(Note: Want a done-for-you kids martial arts program that you can implement into your school now? Sign up for PreSKILLZ and let us start training your staff today. Get it here.)

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