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Coming to Brian Mayes karate will help to give you the skills necessary to tackle any obstacle in your way!

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I've been to schools all over the country and this school is not only the best in Harrisonburg but one of the top schools in the country!

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Best decision ever!!
I signed my twin seven year old boys up for their first karate class in late September. Almost immediately, both their teachers and I noticed dramatic improvements in their behavior. Prior to karate, they couldn't focus on tasks and often got in trouble for impulsively acting out. There was a dramatic improvement right away, and I still continue to see improvements with focus, week after week (now just over 4 months in). The focus and respect that they have learned has really allowed our family to spend more time enjoying each other and less time focusing on behavior correction. I can't thank the Brian Mayes team enough!!

For the last month, I've been taking the adult kickboxing class here. It's really fun, motivating, and I can already see a change in how my clothes fit me. I leave each class feeling (sweaty and) great. I was hesitant about signing up for a 3x/week class, but I find myself wanting to go each time. I can't say I feel the same way about my home gym equipment. These instructors keep me moving and keep me wanting more. I love it.

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The kickboxing classes are always fun and energetic; great for ALL skill levels!
Whether you haven't been to the gym in years or you have a bunch of Spartan races under your belt, you will leave feeling 100 times better than before you came in.
Instructors are amazing and motivational. When you walk through the doors, you're already a part of the family.

I started BMK kickboxing almost a year ago and a daily workout here has become integral to starting my busy days off right!

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I have absolutely loved the kickboxing classes! I am totally new to kickboxing and have found the workouts to be engaging, challenging, and fun! The instructors are friendly and love helping you understand technique. A huge bonus is that just after 12 weeks I've noticed lots of improvement in my fitness level, as well as more muscle tone and a trimmer waistline. Hello abs, here we come :) Thanks Kerri, Edith, Megan and Melanie for the awesome workouts!

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Excellent family environment, with great instructors!!!

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I am very pleased with my children’s progress and the attention they receive from the instructors. I highly recommend Brian Mayes Karate.

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Playing With a Purpose Harrisonburg

Have you ever taken a moment to truly admire the art and incredible beauty of watching a child at play?

Their fully engaged spirit, drive, imagination, and passion are all completely vested in the mission of the moment. Whether tinkering with their next greatest creations or saving the day as their favorite superhero, children demonstrate freely and without any reservations the power of playing with purpose!

Maria Montessori once said, “Play is the work of a child.” How very true!

As parents, teachers, and coaches, we each have an incredible opportunity to step with intention each and every day into the world of a child, meeting them exactly where they are at in their own unique phase and stage of development. But what are “phases and stages of development” you may ask?

Great question!

For years, child development experts in the specialized fields of science and psychological study have been uncovering the physical, intellectual, emotional, and social characteristics of adolescence at different ages and stages of their ever-evolving development.

From this great body of research, the passionate team of Child Development Specialists at Brian Mayes Karate, have all been bringing firsthand experience, science, psychology, and best-proven practices together to support the unique and critical aspects of a child’s development. By utilizing nurturing, age-specific curriculum purposefully designed to help a child grow, excel and exceed their developmental expectations, we are equipping children for bold, bright futures in their own distinct endeavors!

Taking a deeper dive for just a moment into the purpose of age-specific play, let’s consider two ends of a beautiful spectrum. Imagine for a moment a three-year-old and a fourteen-year-old. How a three-year-old vs. a fourteen-year-old play is very different and understandably so! Developmentally each is in different seasons of life. The three-year-old for example is far more rooted in parallel play, mimicking and mirroring behaviors witnessed than engaging naturally in back-and-forth play. Further down the developmental line, however, the fourteen-year-old is far more inclined to be exploring the ever-changing dynamics of their own social universe. With eyes wide open, they step with greater intention and interest into seeking and valuing the thoughts and feelings of their peers more than their parents.

As the mind, body, and spirit of a child continue to grow and develop, so too does their level of meaningful interaction with peers, individuals outside of their core family influence.

But what happens when play doesn’t come naturally to a child?

How can we as Proud Parents support our youth in experiencing the power of purposeful play? By taking action and engaging in:

1. Creating time and space for purposeful play.

Setting intentional time aside to practice back-and-forth play with your child will go a long way in helping them know the boundaries and expectations within an appropriate play with peers. Modeling expected and unexpected behaviors that may arise when playing tag for example with your six-year-old is a great way to help your child know what to expect when spontaneous play occurs. While “tag” may not be the go-to game with your teen anymore, there are ways to connect with them in play as well. Consider asking them what adventure they would like to go on with you today!

Connection and attunement to the needs and desires of your teen are just as vital and important as they were when they were young.

2. Set up a play date.

For Proud Parents with little ones just beginning to explore the power of play, confide in a trusted fellow parent whose child may be a great motivator and influencer for your child to develop deeper connections with outside of the home. Prior to your time together, decide upon the activities you’ll play involving hands-on, purposeful play.

a. Maybe you’ll start off the play date at the park with some parallel swing time to break the ice, allowing your child and their new friend to settle in. From there, perhaps a friendly game of “Alligator,” a recognizable game from Dragons’ Class that would involve both parents and children in the special playtime. As your time together progresses and friends become more familiar with each other, allow for space and personal exploration amongst them, keeping a watchful eye from a distance to prompt and redirect as needed.

Remember, play dates certainly do not need to be elaborate, expensive excursions. Some of the best play you can have with your child and their friends are the simplest, organic and engaged kind!

3. Need one-on-one advice and guidance?

Consider connecting with a Certified Pediatric Ninja Specialist who is trained in assessing and supporting your child’s age-specific physical, intellectual, emotional and social stage of development. Post assessment, ideas and actionable steps of support to nurture your child’s play can be developed as a team, specific to your child and their individual needs.

It takes a village to raise a child and we are honored to be a part of your amazing story! Never hesitate to connect with us because we are here to support you every step of the way in your journey, parenting with purpose.

 

Here I play with purpose.

Here I learn and grow.

Here I’m supported and nurtured.

Here I’m surrounded by a tribe of people who love me more than I know!