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COVID-19 Guide: 3 Tips on How to Talk to Your Children About Coronavirus

1. Be honest, help your children understand the truth in a child-friendly way.

Children have a right to know the truth about what is happening around them and in the world but adults should keep them safe from distress. When explaining to them, use age-appropriate language, be sensitive to their anxiety level, and watch their reactions. 

Don't guess if you can't answer their questions. Instead, explore the answers together. International organisations' website like the World Health Organisation and UNICEF are great information sources. Help them understand that it's best to trust reliable sources and the experts and that there is some information online that isn't accurate.


2. Help them learn how to protect themselves.

Encourage regular handwashing. This is one of the best ways to keep children safe from coronavirus. Also, you can show them how to cover a sneeze or a cough with their elbow. Explain that they shouldn't get too close to people who have those symptoms. Encourage them to let you know if ever they start feeling like they have a cough, fever or difficulty in breathing.


3. Take care of yourself.

One of the best ways to help your children better is through coping. It helps kids know you're calm and in control through your own response to the news. If you feel upset or anxious, take time for yourself or reach out to another family member or friends. Also, make some time to do relaxing things.
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4 Benefits of Martial Arts for Kids

When considering after-school sports and activities for your child, it's essential to consider a lot of things including the perceived benefits for your child and the costs involved.


Martial arts can be one of the best activities to get your child into for a whole range of reasons. You can choose from a range of styles such as Taekwondo, Karate, Brazilian Jujitsu and a lot more.


We have listed below the four benefits of martial arts for your children.


1. Learn Listening Skills and Respect

One of the most important parts of martial arts is respecting your teacher or instructor. Children will need to listen and follow instructions to learn and develop new skills and moves.


2. Build Confidence and Self-Esteem

Learning new moves and skills increases your child's self-esteem and confidence. They need to work together with other students in the class as well. They perform their skills in front of people during special events or grading.
 
3. Get active

Of course, one of the most obvious advantages of kids martial arts is that it has a physical activity component. Your child will build on their flexibility and strength while moving around a lot.


4. Work on Self-Improvement and Goal-Setting

Most martial arts types have a ranking or belt system that children work through, where they are rewarded for their practice and mastery of skills. One of the best ways to learn about goal-setting and motivation is focusing on a goal like achieving a new belt or rank.
 
Combined Martial Arts Academy's classes help your child improve their grades at school, learn self-discipline, feel confident, focus and respect others whilst honing their self-defence skills. Learn more about the programs we offer here and choose what's best for your child.
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How to Help Your Child Learn Self-Discipline

Here are things you can do to help your child know what is expected and to learn and develop self-discipline.

Plan ahead

Thinking ahead about your needs and your child’s needs can help prevent a difficult situation. When you go shopping your toddler might get bored, or become tired or hungry. They act out and you get stressed. Plan to shop in short bursts when the shops aren’t busy and your toddler isn’t hungry or tired. Let them help you in some way.

Teach them your values

Talk to your child about why you want them to do something, not just because you say so. They will learn what is important to your family, e.g. doing things together, listening to each other and speaking with respect.

Be a role model

It is also important to be a good role model by acting in ways you expect of them. Children have a strong sense of justice and fairness and if they see you acting in ways that don’t match what you say, they might resist what you tell them. They are more likely to copy what you do.

Notice ‘good’ behaviour

When children know what is expected and are praised and encouraged for doing this, it builds on their desire to please you. They are ‘rewarded’ when you notice the good things they do, and when you tell them how proud and happy it makes you feel.

Keep material rewards to a minimum or your child may learn to do things only if there is the promise of a treat.

Build responsibility

Children learn responsibility by being part of making decisions rather than just following what parents say. Even
young children can be involved in making simple decisions.

This doesn’t mean letting children do what they want without making sure they stay safe. It means guiding
them toward good choices by:

• helping them learn how to problem-solve and think about consequences. This builds confidence and skills so they can make bigger decisions as they mature

• letting them learn by doing. They may not always choose what you like but as long as the choice is safe for them and for others, they will learn to trust themselves and to know that you trust them to make good choices

• encouraging them when they make mistakes. Mistakes teach children how to deal with frustration and disappointment. Encourage them to have another go.

Problem-solving, not punishment teaches responsibility and self-discipline.


Be clear about rules and limits

Work out your family rules early to avoid problems. They need to be simple, consistent and predictable. Rules can be adapted as children get older and become more independent. 
 
Combined Martial Arts Academy's classes help your child improve their grades at school, learn self-discipline, feel confident, focus and respect others whilst honing their self-defence skills. Learn more about the programs we offer here and choose what's best for your child.
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4 Social Skills Children Develop Through Martial Arts

Martial arts classes give an excellent environment for children in learning essential life lessons, including valuable social skills. Kids work on getting along with each other, building relationships, and understanding one another.


Here are four social skills that children develop through martial arts:


1. Respect

Kids learn to be kind and respect everyone who shows up for class. A few of the simple ways kids show respect in their classes are waiting for their turn, being polite and considerate of others, and being patient.


2. Teamwork

Each student learns as an individual in a martial arts class but he or she is still part of a team. Children practice working with their instructor or a partner and should figure out how to interact in a positive way with others. Promoting teamwork through building social skills also includes encouraging and supporting other students in doing their best.



3. Accept Feedback

Another valuable social skill kids learn through martial arts is the ability to accept feedback from people who are there to help. Kids must continue practicing to improve as they learn more skills with the help of their instructors, who are there in facilitating this process. But to children who are not used to getting feedback, this may sound like criticising to them at first. However, to a child who recognises that the intention behind the feedback is to help, he or she is more likely to benefit.
 
4. Focus

Children learn martial arts skills through a small group environment where they need to stay on task and focus. They work on following the directions of their instructors and paying attention to get along with their fellow students and to learn effectively. Everyone has a chance to learn and to listen together by following along with the rest of the class.
 
Combined Martial Arts offers a variety of martial arts programs and classes for all ages. To learn more about how to get started, contact us today.
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You're Invited to CMA's Networking Brunch!

Expressions of interest!!
 
We are looking at having a CMA parents networking breakfast in Feb 2020. Likely on a Sunday morning.
 
Who would be interested in coming along?
 
Please send us a message if you are interested! We will only run it if you guys want it!! So let us know.
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Valentines Day Raffle

Valentines Day raffle coming up!!
We are holding a raffle starting FEB 1!! Tickets available from reception!
The prize is a dinner for 2 at Ragdoll Dining Burleigh Heads PLUS a bottle of Champagne!
We will be drawing the raffle on 13th of February!
Who wants to win?
 
$2 per ticket.
 
Don't miss it! Get your tickets now!

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Goal Setting: 5 Tips on How to Effectively Set Your Goals and Achieve Them

How important is goal setting?
“It is not enough to take steps which may someday lead to a goal; each step must be itself a goal and a step likewise.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Everyone has goals, but most of us drive through life without bothering to write them down. 

But does writing your goals help? And what might be the best goal setting strategy?

Here are some tips on how to increase the odds of achieving your goals.

1. Figure out your goals.
2. Write them down.
3. Make sure each of them is specific.
4. Under each written goal, write a particular three-step plan. This will help you achieve this goal.
5. Always put realistic deadlines in your written goals.

These goal setting tips here will serve as the roadmap that will help you in achieving your goal and will lead you to your desired destination.

What are your goals this 2020? Start writing them down now and follow these tips to achieve them.
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4 Ways to Help Develop Your Child's Self-Discipline

One of your most important roles as a parent is helping develop self-discipline in your children. Here are four ways on how to build self-discipline in your children so that they will grow as rational and collected adults.


1. Teach your child to respond positively to corrections.

Children might become irritated and mad when being corrected. You must teach your child to hear corrections without responding negatively. Help him learn how to react acceptably and graciously and how to control his impulses.

2. Teach your child self-discipline at an early age.

Starting early will help children learn and recognise self-control and self-discipline. Some of the things you can teach your child for developing self-discipline are having him clean up after themselves, such as food, toys, clothes, etc.

3. You should have rewards, rules, and consequences.

When your child shows an act of kindness or does something good without being told, make sure you are aware and reward the behaviour. This way, you will make him want to do more good. Make your child feel appreciated. 

Apart from that, make sure you always have rules. Rules will help children know and understand what they can and cannot do. Simple, concrete rules such as no going outside to play unless your room is clean, or only video games or TV after homework is done will increase your child's self-discipline, responsibility, and self-control.

If your child does something that he was not meant to do, give him consequences. This will help him understand that his behaviour is unacceptable.


4. Be a role model.

As a parent, there are times that your self-control can slip when things go out of hand. You must try your hardest when it comes to self-control because your child follows in your footsteps. If your child sees you as confident, positive, and in a self-controlled manner, he will most likely adapt and want to follow.

We hope these tips helped.
 
Here at the Combined Martial Arts Academy, we help your child develop self-discipline using our proven techniques through martial arts. Check out our Kids Martial Arts Program to learn more.
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Bring a Buddy and Get $50 Cash!

 
February and March are Buddy Months!!
 
Pick yourself up one of our forms from reception. And if your child brings a buddy to training on any Saturday in February or March, they will go into the draw!
 
And.......... if your buddy signs up, we will give you $50 in cash!
 
See Mr Shaun at reception for further information.

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Combined Martial Arts Xmas Party 2019

 
The Combined Martial Arts Academy Christmas party is just around the corner.

Bring your family along for a great day of food and fun!!

Held at the GC Botanical Gardens, we hope to see you all there!


Bookings essential: Please book by seeing Mr. Shaun at reception or by emailing cmaa.manager@gmail.com.

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