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  • Kids Martial Arts and Adult Martial Arts Classes in Toledo!


    Check out our new website for Sylvania Family Karate!
    We proudly serve the Toledo, Sylvania, and Holland areas! Come see the programs and deals we have to offer. Kids Martial Arts, Adult Martial Arts,Matayoshi Kobudo and SO MUCH MORE! Fill out the "Request Information" form on the side of the page and stop in for a visit today! Don't forget to click below to visit us on our social media pages!! Facebook Google+ Twitter ....

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  •  in Toledo - Sylvania Family Karate - Delaying Gratification = Good Discipline?

    Delaying Gratification = Good Discipline?

    I’m sure you have all heard about the “Stanford marshmallow experiment” where a child is given two choices, 1. They could have the marshmallow that is sitting in front of them right now, or 2. If they waited 15 minutes they would be able to have two marshmallows for waiting the extra time. This experiment showed that most students that waited were more successful based on SAT scores, educational attainment, BMI, etc. later in life over the ones that didn’t wait. It was a very interesting experiment, but it was somewhat flawed, in my opinion. So, while this may have shown some promise as to identifying that delaying gratification with some children can be helpful. ....

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  •  in Toledo - Sylvania Family Karate - Practicing Patience

    Practicing Patience

    Parents, I know we have all been there at some point in time. Your children manage to push your buttons and get you upset and then we have a loss of control and you get upset with your child. I remember a time when I asked my son (at the time he was about 14 or 15) to go take a shower as we were going to be leaving soon and needed him to get ready. He mumbled a response that I didn't hear clearly and then I asked him what he said, he replied "you heard me". Not exactly what I wanted to hear at that moment because we needed to get moving and my initial thought is he was challenging me. Well, I ended up getting upset with him and I went out to the kitchen where he was on one side of the ....

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  •  in Toledo - Sylvania Family Karate - Martial Arts Builds Character

    Martial Arts Builds Character

    I get many parents that wonder if martial arts might be a way to teach children how to be violent and hurt others. To be honest, this couldn't be further from the truth. However, you need to have the right mindset when trying to understand what martial arts is really for. If you ever watched the original Karate Kid movie, Mr. Miyagi had Daniel do chores and many other things that tested his character before really starting to train him. Years and years ago this is exactly how it was for students that wanted to learn martial arts. Mr. Miyagi wanted to know who Daniel was as a person. Was he going to use martial arts for the wrong reasons or was he going to use it to strengthen himself and ....

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  •  in Toledo - Sylvania Family Karate - May I have your ATTENTION please!

    May I have your ATTENTION please!

    What are most children doing when they misbehave? Get your attention! What do most parents do when a child is doing something they don’t like? You pay attention and many times discipline them for what they are doing. Nobody wants to have a child misbehave, but when they are looking for you to listen to them or to pay attention to them, misbehaving, almost 100% of the time, works for them. It may not be the best way of doing it, but they did what they were hoping for. You paid attention. In discussing ATTUNEMENT in this month’s PARENT SKILLZ, we can learn from our children. What they need, how they are changing, and what you can do to help them with their emotions, challenges ....

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  •  in Toledo - Sylvania Family Karate - Challenges and Fear, how to get your children past these

    Challenges and Fear, how to get your children past these

    Hello Parents, Growing up, children are bound to experience frustration, failure and difficulty. Many parents are very quick to protect their child from any upsets in fear that it will scar their self-esteem, but often it is all that rescuing that may be detrimental. Moments of difficulty and challenge actually help children flex and build resiliency and it is how they learn to overcome frustration and failure. Experiencing frustration can actually be a great starting point for children to learn how to problem solve and how to overcome anger, sadness and many other feelings. The key lies in actually supporting our children positively when they are faced with frustrations. One way to ....

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  •  in Toledo - Sylvania Family Karate - It's true, the words we choose are the words we use!

    It's true, the words we choose are the words we use!

    Hello Parents, While it may not seem like a big deal on the surface, one thing we have discovered is the “words” your child uses are powerful and life-changing. The story we are constantly repeating will become what, and who we are. It will become our identity. One of the most powerful lessons we can teach our children is how they talk about themselves has a lot to do with what they will become! The best part......we can consciously decide what that story will be!! They can help develop an attitude of hard work, perseverance and grit, which ultimately leads to discipline, You may have also noticed there are specific words and phrases we use repeatedly at the dojo. By the ....

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  •  in Toledo - Sylvania Family Karate - Learning how to be a leader

    Learning how to be a leader

    Many leaders also serve as parents, happily balancing a daily workload with ball games and family dinners. Along the way, most of these leader-parents also realize the influence they have over young minds. Today’s children are tomorrow’s leaders, especially if those children have parents who are leaders. While leadership skills can come naturally, children learn lessons along the way that significantly impacts them later in life. The right words at the right time can make all the difference. I see many children in our karate classes that are going to make great leaders and then I see others who always try to take shortcuts and/or only want to try at the things they like to do. ....

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  •  in Toledo - Sylvania Family Karate - The Attitude of Gratitude

    The Attitude of Gratitude

    Does it seem like the more you give your child the less thankful they are? Does it even border on the idea that they feel like they should get everything they ask for? And when they don’t get it, the world is ending for them? One of the most difficult things for young children to learn is gratitude and being thankful for everything they have. Gratitude is one of the trickiest concepts to teach toddlers and preschoolers, who are by nature self-centered, but one of the most important. Sure, thankful children are more polite and pleasant to be around, but there's more to it than that. By learning gratitude, they become sensitive to the feelings of others, developing empathy and other ....

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  •  in Toledo - Sylvania Family Karate - What work habits are your children developing? (*Warning - They are developing these habits now!)

    What work habits are your children developing? (*Warning - They are developing these habits now!)

    While visiting a local elementary school as one of their mentors, my heart just sank. The reason – That day’s topic was about goal setting but when the teacher informed the students they had to start with a “school” goal, there was a chorus of moans and groans. My thought was “Oh no, don’t do that!” I immediately asked if I could talk to the group. Here is what I said to them – “I was so heartbroken when I heard all of you moan about working on a school goal. Here is why. You have a job right now. Just like my job is to run a karate school and your teacher’s job is to work here. Your job is being a student at a school. But here ....

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