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Erin Elam reviewed Gentle East Martial Arts
5
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I can’t explain just how amazing this place is! My daughter was born at just 23 weeks, 1lb. She just turned 3, and is doing well but had a long bumpy road. With said, she has some visual impairments, mild cerebral palsy, and severe anxiety issues. We are four classes in now, and although my daughter cries each time we get to the school, the instructors (every single one) ALWAYS treat her like their own and take their time with her. She comes out of class so happy and oh so proud of herself! They do not treat her differently because of her impairments, they are all patient and kind, and above all understanding. We are BEYOND pleased with GEMA, and the staff to include the wonderful families we have met. Thank you GEMA for creating a better world for my daughter!

Marc Grenier reviewed Gentle East Martial Arts
5
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An awesome martial arts school that truly cares.

Hillary Hogan reviewed Gentle East Martial Arts
5
via Facebook

I have had a blast. I look forward to continuing to learn each form.

Sharon Takai reviewed Gentle East Martial Arts
5
via Facebook

We love the instructors and family atmosphere! Thank you!

Kathryn Carson reviewed Gentle East Martial Arts
5
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I've tried a bunch of martial arts over the years, but it wasn't until I got to Gentle East that I realized that the art itself doesn't matter so much--it's the attitude of its practitioners. These people aren't learning and teaching how to kill, but how to live. How to live despite trauma and illness, and to keep practicing their art even if it's just in their hearts. The tenets are courtesy, integrity, perseverance, self-control, and indomitable spirit, and they mean every word. They teach the kids that other dojangs won't. Autistic, physically challenged, special needs, you name it. They're fully engaged with the messy business of life. A whole lot of families are glad that Master Barbara Robinson followed her vision. Ours is one.

Melody D. Choate reviewed Gentle East Martial Arts
5
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Love, love, love this place! The staff is incredibly kind and supportive, and the family atmosphere is palpable the moment you walk in the door! I am so impressed with the work being done with autism spectrum kids, as well as other kids with physical challenges. No one is made to feel like they don't belong here! I even joined the mommy class and my toddlers are allowed to run around us while we work out. I've lost a few pounds, and gained some amazing (non-judgemental) mom-friends! An oasis of kindness and support in the middle of what is often a 'keep up with the Jones's " area of town.

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Childhood Brain Training

The learning process is vital to the healthy development of a child’s brain and their experiences and interactions largely influence how this happens. This process doesn’t just take place in the classroom but in all areas of the child’s life. Because of this, learning is better approached when it is an active process that triggers the appropriate areas of the brain. By utilizing this method, learning becomes more exciting and therefore, more beneficial to brain development and ultimately increasing intelligence.
The brain is the command center for our body. When a baby is born, it has all the brain cells it will have for its entire life. The early years of a child’s life is when it is important to develop the neural connections between these cells, which helps the brain grow and mature. Utilizing working memory in order to assist in making these connections will lead to quicker increases in brain development and intelligence.
Working or active memory is the ability to keep information in the brain for a short period of time in order to solve a problem. This generally happens in the frontal lobe of the brain, a part that is not as developed in younger children. However, when they are taught with methods that make use of their active memory, their brain makes many neural connections which helps with development. It’s a workout for the brain. And even better, is that through this type of training, fluid Intelligence is nurtured so a child’s ability to use logic and reasoning to solve problems or analyze new situations becomes more developed.
After years of research in neuroscience and psychology, Melody Johnson created the SKILLZ program so that it would target different stages of development. As the final step in creating this innovative curriculum, the teaching procedure was created. This includes using active learning and working memory to develop the neural connections in the brain, therefore fostering fluid intelligence. By teaching this way, the program maximizes learning in the students. At Gentle East Martial Arts we utilize Skillz curriculum with our 3-4 year-old students and incorporate some of the drills with 5 & 6 year-olds.
This groundbreaking approach to teaching martial arts encompasses a process that is like no other. After the students have warmed up the instructor delivers a short mat chat that discusses the details of the skill of the day. This initiates active learning, which gets the neurons in the brain to start activating. The students then participate in a game-based learning drill related to the skill and this stimulates their working memory and, therefore, creates new connections in the brain. The final step is when they test for a skill-stripe, which fosters fluid intelligence and their ability to retain information more efficiently.
When children are young it is vital that their brains are stimulated in a way that creates more neural connections. Involving them in programs that have this type of brain-training is essential. By participating in programs like this, children develop better working memory and their ability to reason and logic when presented with novel situations is easier.