As the world continues to reel amid the ongoing pandemic and the wide ranging impacts it has had upon all of our lives, it goes without saying that we are seeing more and more children, teens and adults struggling with their mental, emotional health and well-being than we could have ever anticipated. These struggles for children and teens especially are only further amplified by the natural, expected processes of growth and development they continue to undergo just as they are meant to.
Developmental windows, seasons of increased physical, intellectual and emotional growth are all still occurring simultaneously as changes in school, extracurricular activities and other areas of their lives shift unexpectedly. As Proud Ninja Parents, educators, coaches and role models, we are all called to be:
- The Supporter
- The Nurturer
- The Guide
Let this truth really sink in!
If it weren’t for the trusted adults throughout the course of your life that took the time and effort to pour a little bit of themselves into you, would you be who you are today?
As youth martial arts instructors, we take very seriously the impact we have on the lives of each and every one of our students. When you came to us in our studio that very first day, you saw something in the instructor, felt something in the atmosphere and knew that we were meant to be a part of your child’s and family’s story. And for that we are honored!
Being the role model now for the youth that we are fortunate to serve, the ones that we too needed when we were children, takes purposeful practice and focused intention. How do we as youth instructors step with purpose into our roles of supporter, nurturer and guide?
Connection and Attunement
Just as we discuss and encourage through our youth programs, so too do we professionally practice the necessary elements of Connection; bonding with your child, meeting them where they are, taking the time and opportunity to learn what makes them uniquely special so that we can be better Attuned to their needs especially when mental, emotional and/or social challenges arise.
Collaboration and Education
We are constantly furthering our education in Childhood Development, and we choose to surround ourselves with fellow colleagues who help to nurture and support our understanding and knowledge base so that we may step with purposeful intention into helping every child we serve physically, intellectually, emotionally and socially.
Far beyond the awesome ninja spinning kicks and Superman punches beats the true heart of our mission and purpose: Supporting, nurturing and guiding today’s youth.
We strive every day to be the role model your child needs us to be, because no child or parent should ever walk through their incredible life’s journey alone. We are honored to walk alongside you and your child, teaching with great, intentional purpose, on and beyond the mats!