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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!

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

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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.

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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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Teaching Martial Arts Effectively The 4D Method

Everyone likes PIES!

This is pretty much a true statement in my opinion! And at Gentle East Martial Arts we take our PIES to a new level!

What do we mean when we say “PIES”? Science reveals the every individual has capabilities in these areas:

P – Physically

I – Intellectually

E – Emotionally

S – Socially

We believe that for our school to be successful our instructors need to effectively teach our students in these four dimensions!  For example, let’s look at our Early  Skillz martial arts  classes for kids between the ages of 3 and 4 years old.  As with all of our programs, in the Early Skillz class our instructors target all four areas to ensure continual growth of the child:

P – Physically

Instructors look for benchmark SKILLZ in the Early SKILLZ class like the ability to properly perform exercises with good technique beyond 10 reps! This would be considered being above their stage of development!

I – Intellectually

With the average Early SKILLZ Beginner being able to retain 3 commands in total, we know that if they struggle at the advanced level to perform the appropriate portion of their form, we need to target our instruction to help increase their ability to retain information.

E – Emotionally

We have the understanding that a Early SKILLZ student may need to be reminded of the rules more than once. So instead of reprimanding them, we will instead choose an alternate technique to nurture their Emotional stage of development.

S – Socially

Sometimes the Early SKILLZ kids will also become very upset when they lose a game or even become overly excited when they win. The instructors know that the next goal for them would be to show great TEAMWORK in competitive situations.

What does this mean?

This means that from the beginning of the class until the very end, our instructors are constantly evaluation their delivery of the instruction, as well as, their method of delivery.

Sometimes we receive questions in regards to why or why not certain behaviors were not addressed or why more instruction wasn’t given to a student. Often, the reason the staff did not do this may have been:

  • The mentioned level of instruction was above the student’s Stage of Development
  • There were more factors that were contributing to the behavior and a different route of instruction would produce faster results from our experience
  • The level of performance demonstrated was appropriate for the purpose of the drill

Every student is at a unique point in each four of the aforementioned stages of development. This is what helps drive their individuality and our martial arts Instructors work to nurture each student in a specific manner to help them learn and grow with the goal of becoming better versions of themselves!

Parents always want the best for their children and will always be passionate about their progress and performance. This is why our parents are so awesome! It is important that when parents coach their children at home, between drills or while on the mat, that we all share the same vision. A student that receives two (or more) different methods of instruction can quickly become demotivated because it is too hard for them to live up to both expectations. Because consistency is so important, communication between parents and instructors is key when /if the parents have any concerns.

If you have any questions about your child’s journey feel free to contact us anytime!