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Wilfredo Freddy Gonzale reviewed Focus Martial Arts
5
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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Over Committed Children

As parents, we want what’s best for our children. The reality is that today’s children are pushed to their limits with extra-curricular activities by well-meaning parents. With that said, I’ve put together some details about how over-committing children are retroactive for their development.

For starters, let’s look at why we tend to over-commit our children:

  1. We feel we need to fill up our children’s schedule so they aren’t just sitting home watching television or playing video games.
  2. We want to give our children what they want, like when they beg to take soccer with their friends.
  3. We try to keep up with other ‘super-parents’ who boast and brag about all the activities their children are involved in.

Next, let’s consider warning signs that your child may be over-committed:

  1. Your child looks and acts tired. They are physically exhausted.
  2. Your child’s grades are dropping. They are intellectually exhausted.
  3. Your child has mood swings. They are emotionally exhausted.
  4. Your child has anxiety. They are socially exhausted.

These warning signs should be taken very seriously. Let’s face it, they are not equipped with the mindset to push through so much adversity.
So, what do you do when you see these warning signs?

Although your intentions are good when you try to put your child in a variety of activities, there are more productive measures you can take for the proper growth, development, and happiness in your child’s life:

  1. Take control. Put your foot down and limit extra-curricular activities. Don’t give in to pressure from your child or other parents.
  2. Survey. Pay close attention to the overall value of the activities, including the experience of the facilitators. Is the activity highly-structured with well-trained people? Or is the activity something conducted with little structure and people who have little or no experience?
  3. Prioritize. Decide which activities have the highest VALUE when it comes to helping your child develop physically, intellectually, emotionally, and socially.
  4. Follow-through. Once you decide which activities are best for your child, be sure to commit and stay engaged.

Dealing with an over-committed child is difficult. The solutions in this article are simple, but not easy. Examining your child’s activities with respect to your goals will help you make the right decisions that will help bring more balance and happiness to your child’s life.