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Lessy Trail reviewed Focus Martial Arts
5
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I met a couple of people from Focus martial arts at another unrelated martial arts event. One of the instructors, who's name sadly escapes me, was helping my mum with her kata and being incredibly patient and helpful to her. It reflected very well on him as an instructor! Thank you for your help.

Wilfredo Freddy Gonzale reviewed Focus Martial Arts
5
via Facebook

I needed a place where my son could grow physically and mentally, a place that demanded respect. I was extremely impressed by Focus Martial Arts, look forward to many great years here.

Chelsea Gordon Orben reviewed Focus Martial Arts
5
via Facebook

I would highly recommend Focus Martial Arts my son Sean who is on the autism spectrum just came out of a class and he is more than ecstatic to come back. The teacher was very nice and engaging and took his time explaining to my son the multiple positions and moves during his one on one session. He was so encouraging and motivating to my son to keep going and to keep Focus during the class.

Kristy Woznicki reviewed Focus Martial Arts
5
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I'm very happy with the progress my son has made at Focus Martial Arts! His confidence has improved and his skills are so much sharper. Shihan Marco is highly respected by his students and they put in the work and focus he demands while still having plenty of fun!
Thanks so much Shihan!

Kim Quigley reviewed Focus Martial Arts
5
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We literally left my daughters birthday party 5 minutes ago and I had to come write a review! They did absolutely fabulous at my daughters birthday party ! They knew all the kids names within minutes and put on great games ! We had so much fun ! Every kid said they couldn’t wait to go back ! Thank you for a fabulous neon dodge ball party! I highly recommend them!

Graham Honda reviewed Focus Martial Arts
5
via Facebook

Our daughter, six, has been at student of Shihan’s for over a year. She’s now a yellow belt and excited to strive for the orange belt.
Shihan is terrific- he’s kind but firm with a great sense of humor that keeps even the most easily distracted kids engaged.
Karate and Shihan have taught our daughter more than we hoped for- focus, patience, self respect, confidence, persistence, and much more.

Tina Everberg Caamaño reviewed Focus Martial Arts
5
via Facebook

We had our daughter’s birthday party here and it was fantastic! Organized, professional and the kids had a blast. They have more than enough help on hand to assure the kids are safe while enjoying themselves. You pick out a theme and they take care of the decorations, cake/food and even prepare the digital invitation. In addition, our daughter attended a couple of the Saturday afternoon activities and had a great time. Thanks so much!

Meire Rodrigues reviewed Focus Martial Arts
5
via Facebook

The best art Marcial school ever!
I'm so happy and glad that my son it's in very good hands! This a family school!

Vincent Zannino reviewed Focus Martial Arts
5
via Facebook

Focus Martial Arts is a great place for the whole family to really learn martial arts. Great teaching from Shihan Marco and the rest of the staff. Huge training space . My wife, son and myself train there and we couldn't be happier there.

Katty Sousa reviewed Focus Martial Arts
5
via Facebook

Great place to learn martial arts. My kids had their birthday party there and it was a wonderful experience!! The kids had a blast!! Big Thanks yo the team!

Arafat Jahan reviewed Focus Martial Arts
5
via Facebook

Love this school! Both my kids are enjoying their participation there. Awesome instructor and my kids love him. Well structured and highly disciplined programs. Strongly recommend this school.

Alyssa Kennedy Disario reviewed Focus Martial Arts
5
via Facebook

Can’t say enough wonderful things about Focus Martial Arts! Hands down the best extra curricular for our preschooler. Shihan is AMAZING with both the kids and their parents!

Emily Williams reviewed Focus Martial Arts
5
via Facebook

This was the best party ever. My 6 year old and friends had a great time, were fully engaged in all the games and activities. The decorations, attention to detail and excellent customer service. I had no idea what to expect and was completely blown away by Shihan Marco and his team. Thank you for such an incredible day!! I’d give more than five stars if I could.

Mirka Wisniewski reviewed Focus Martial Arts
5
via Facebook

I really love the Focus Martial Arts program. My son has been going there for several months and we can see so many positive changes. He is more confident and loves going to karate. The Sensei is amazing with the kids. Having 15+ 4-6 year olds can be a challenge to anyone, but this guy knows how to keep the kids focused. As an added bonus, he makes the class fun for parents to watch. I would definitely recommend Focus Martial Arts to anyone interested in their child learning karate, respect and having fun.

Laura Ramos-Brandao reviewed Focus Martial Arts
5
via Facebook

My son had his 5th birthday party here and loved it. It was stress free for me and fun for the kids. They gave all the guests and my son a free week trial and he just completed it. He loved it so much that we have officially enrolled in classes and he is beyond excited.

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The Benefits of Game-Based Learning for 5-6 year olds

When people generally think of “play” they think of fun and games…something simply for amusement and nothing more. However, there is a bigger, and more important, piece that is often overlooked…learning. As Kay Redfield Jamison said, “Children need the freedom and time to play. Play is not a luxury. Play is a necessity.”

The same is true for game-based learning. When parents hear this term, they think that their children will only be “playing games” and that no learning will be involved. What a lot do not understand is that game-based learning helps children develop physically, intellectually, emotionally, and socially, all at the same time. And better yet, when information is learned in a fun way, children retain it better and want to continue to participate in the activities.

For 5 and 6-year old’s, specifically, they are at a unique growth period in their life. They are refined in their gross motor skills but are still establishing a foundation in basic fundamental skills. Physically, they still lack a lot of strength. Intellectually, they have a hard time retaining information beyond three commands. Emotionally they act silly when they are nervous or excited, but their confidence is built through making role models proud. Socially, they enjoy the spotlight but tend to lack proper sportsmanship.

After years of research on the stages of child development and learning the Basic SKILLZ program was created. This program is geared towards developing the basic fundamental skills that 5 and 6-year old’s are lacking. By creating a program that incorporates 4-dimensional instruction, students improve in all developmental stages, all the while, having fun! Coupled with this is a game-based approach to learning that is implemented. This method helps the students become fully engaged in learning because they are “playing a game” and having fun.

For example, one of the drills called “Taking Turns” requires that the students are partnered up. During the directions for the drill, the instructor gives the students a few steps to remember in order to complete the drill correctly. This helps this age group by giving them multiple steps to remember but in a fun way that will be easily retained. Socially, they are working with a partner and focused on good sportsmanship and teamwork. Physically the drill requires the students to perform 20 front kicks, which helps build their strength. Emotionally, by doing these things correctly, they are receiving positive feedback from the instructors which builds their confidence.
By implementing game-based learning into a holistic approach to child development, students associate learning with a strong positive emotion, which helps them retain information better. They are improving the skills necessary for their stage of the development but doing it while having fun. It’s a dual process…it’s fun for them but they are gaining valuable skills as well.