If you’re like me, you want the best for your kids – good marks at school, lots of friends, excellence at sports and team events. You also know how frustrating it can be to see your child holding back from doing their best, not because they can’t do something, but because they lack confidence and self-esteem.
Doctors and psychologists say that high self-esteem is one of the most important character traits for children to have in order to succeed. As an instructor for over twenty five years, I see kids who lack confidence get lower grades in school, get picked on far more by bullies, have fewer friends and succumb more easily to peer pressure. But what’s even scarier is that studies show that children who don’t address these traits before reaching their teens have a greater chance of remaining that way for the rest of their lives.
You may be thinking, “What has this got to do with karate?” My name is Scott Bullard and I am a sensei (chief instructor). I teach a highly successful program designed to teach children how to develop confidence and self-esteem. It is called the Junior Personal Development Program taught at Canada’s Best™ Karate.
Before I explain the details about the Junior Program, lets first identify where your child may need help in order to succeed in life.
What skills does your child need for success?
How do you know if your child has learned the kind of life skills that will bring them personal success and happiness? Take a moment and look at them with honest eyes. What do you see?
Does your child have:
- The confidence to make new friends?
- The concentration to excel at school?
- The courage to meet new challenges?
- The awareness and strength to avoid drugs?
- The self-esteem to believe in themselves?
The children at Canada’s Best™ Karate are learning these skills and attitudes because our programs go beyond teaching students blocks, kicks, and strikes. Our programs teach life skills – the mental and emotional tools that enable your child to achieve their highest goal: becoming the best person they can be!
I want to express my gratitude for what CBK has given to my children, Gessica and Isabella Sementilli. In such a short time they have developed so much.
Gessica has had a very hard time paying attention at school and at home. After a few classes she started to show commitment and responsibility in her daily activities and is very proud of the fact that she will one day receive her black belt.
Isabella was a very hesitant and shy girl, extremely sensitive at times and always needed encouragement. Today, she is very confident when meeting new people, in the classroom, and in her overall activities.
I cannot express enough the difference everyone sees in them. In all the extra curricular activities and programs they have participated in, karate is by far what is helping them most to believe in themselves and to know they can do anything.
I’d like to thank your team of instructors for instilling courage and discipline in my girls. They have been behaving and listening more at home and I am thankful for that. They have only begun their journey but they feel like they can conquer anything and can’t wait to come to class. This is the first time I have really seen them excited and motivated by something and I am very grateful.
We look forward to the future at CBK!
– The Sementilli Family
You can see the difference with your own eyes
Although our techniques are based on centuries old knowledge, our application of that knowledge sets Canada’s Best™ Karate schools apart from other schools. From the moment you walk into our facility, you can see that we place a lot of emphasis on safety: the training area is covered wall-to-wall with a K2000 safety floor and we use a large supply of padded training equipment so that our students do not have to fear being kicked or punched in class.
All of the students at Canada’s Best™ Karate are evaluated on an individual basis with positive encouragement and support from our instructors. In fact, all instructors at Canada’s Best™ Karate must be licensed black belts with special training in dealing with children’s classes, including special needs like ADHD. Students are also encouraged to become disciplined at home and with their schoolwork. Everyday they complete their I CAN Home Report Card that lists their various chores and responsibilities including completing their homework!
How does your child ‘learn’ self-discipline, confidence and self-esteem?
One of the biggest misunderstandings about ‘discipline’ is that it can be forced on a child. The real meaning of personal discipline comes from another kind of learning. It’s simply this: children learn personal self-discipline by acting in a disciplined way.
Discipline and responsibility lessons for children – Canada’s Best Karte
The Canada’s Best™ Karate program provides your child with clear sequential steps to learning karate and life skills. They watch their own weekly progress with I CAN Home Report Cards and RESPONSIBILITY STAR Rewards for proper behaviour, regular attendance and consistent effort. Your child has constant reinforcement in one of life’s most important lessons: achievement comes through the discipline of consistent and repeated effort. By breaking down goals into measurable steps, your child learns that they can achieve anything and overcome any obstacle life throws at them.
As countless numbers of our parents and students will tell you, it’s powerful psychology that WORKS.
As your child takes one successful step after another , they learn I CAN DO IT! When they encounter unique challenges, they already know they have the ability to overcome them by chipping away with focus and determined effort.
But don’t take my word for it. Here’s what some of the parents of our students have to say about Canada’s Best™ Karate….
I want to tell you how happy I am that my family is a part of Canada’s Best Karate. Tony is in his eighth year of karate training and no money in the world could buy the self-confidence, self-discipline and dedication he has received. Carol went from a shy little girl to a girl with loads of self-esteem. Dolores had made lots of new friends and has improved her physical fitness level. My husband recently enrolled in the Adult Program and finds it challenging and fun. I, too, am really enjoying the Women’s fitness Kickboxing and Pilates classes.
– Lina Fernandez
I am grateful to have found Canada’s Best Karate, as the program and the teachers are helping my son Laird increase his confidence and develop self-discipline; as well as helping me raise him to be responsible, conscientious and the best that he can be. I’d like to thank Sensei and the staff at CBK for your efforts and hard work. It is deeply appreciated!
– Anna Mychajlowycz
We are writing to thank you for the improvements we have seen in our son, Matthew, since joining Canada’s Best Karate. His confidence and assertiveness has increased dramatically since joining the program and he is developing better concentration and focusing skills. His schoolteacher no longer has to hold back from participating in recess to finish work that was not completed promptly during classroom time. We have also noticed an increase in his fitness level, coordination and his physical endurance. Matthew is even able to keep up with his very athletic older brother!
– Nick & Laura Clemenzi
A Modern Approach to Self-Defense
The philosophy at Canada’s Best™ Karate follows an approach that centers on karate as the art of self-defense and not aggressive attack Hollywood-style. All Canada’s Best™ Karate instructors take great care to emphasize that it takes more courage to walk away from negative peer pressure, taunting remarks and foolish choices. The courage our students are learning centers on completing any task, trying again when they make a mistake, and standing firm and taking responsibility for decisions they make.
I know. It sounds too good to be true, but it is true! With each class, you will notice a difference in your child’s behaviour and approach to solving problems.
Turning Bullies into Buddies!
There is nothing quite so frustrating for a parent than to see your child’s self esteem and confidence shrinking because they have become targeted by a bully. Almost all of us have had the experience of being a victim to bullying but none of us have been shown the proper, effective ways to deal with it. In fact, much of what has become policy at our children’s schools – zero tolerance and anti-bullying campaigns – actually contributes to making the situation even worse!
Canada’s Best Karate instructors not only teach our students how to deal with bullying, we help them see that they can even turn it around and in some cases create friendships with the so-called bully! Our system combines the revolutionary research and teaching of Izzy Kalman, school psycologist, lecturer and author of many books and videos about bullying (www.bullies2buddies.com), with our own Street Safe Stranger-Awareness Program to arm our students with the “mental self-defence” skills they need to protect themselves.
The first step begins with teaching children not to have a “victim mentality”. Through special role playing and discussion topics, your child will begin to learn the “secrets” that will help them stop the cycle of bullying.
I don’t want you to be misled – we do teach our students the physical side of karate training. We have a fully integrated curriculum from beginner up to black belt and beyond that allows our students to become stronger and more fit as they learn the effective self-defense skills of karate. It’s by having acquired the physical skills of self-defence that our students feel the confidence to try to find other solutions when threatened by others.
At Canada’s Best™ Karate we have developed proven teaching methods that will not only help them learn the art of self defense quickly and easily, but will also provide a wide range of other exciting benefits for all students, regardless of ability. It is this training that helps the students begin to feel confident in their abilities without having to fight with others to prove it.
How does Canada’s Best™ Karate teach skills and attitudes for success?
It’s well documented that martial arts training instills mental focus and self-discipline in children. Stories abound of underachieving students and ‘problem’ kids being transformed, producing good marks and excellent behaviour. Canada’s Best™ Karate gives your child this vital boost in life.
How do we do this? Canada’s Best™ Karate has developed utilizes an exclusive Character Development & Lifeskills Program – a specially designed children and youth karate program. Along with traditional physical training in karate, our students study and practice the different mental skills and positive traits that lead to a life of success. The result is a complete learning experience that balances body, mind and emotion, enabling your child to grow as a WHOLE PERSON.
Who are your child’s POSITIVE role models?
Who does your child look up to?
Whose behaviours and attitudes do they imitate?
Your son or daughter probably has many of your traits and attitudes. However, they’re also inclined to imitate the other kids in their peer group, as well as the adults and adolescents in their community. As parents, we all hope they’re imitating friends and role models who exemplify good values. But how can we be sure?Canada’s Best Karate instructors teach children self defence, confidence and discipline
Canada’s Best™ Karate understands the importance of role models, so we’ve chosen our instructors with great care. Our instructors aren’t just skilled martial arts teachers – they are much more. They are people who demonstrate the outstanding personal character and values that you would want in any role model for your child.
Because Canada’s Best™ Karate places so much emphasis on positive character development, many of our instructors are actually young adults who we have developed within our own programs through our specialized youth leadership program. These are young people who not only display martial arts expertise, but also rare compassion, gentleness and humour with children. In studying our program, your child will build strong friendships and mentor relationships with these exemplary young men and women.
Prepare your child TODAY to succeed in the future!
Is my child safe learning and practicing karate?
If you’ve already looked at karate schools, you may have seen some that weren’t really set up for teaching children. Your concern is valid – children studying martial arts have different needs than adults, yet some schools simply modify their adult courses and call them ‘children’s karate.’
At Canada’s Best™ Karate, we have developed specialized programs for karate instruction in different age groups to ensure that the learning exercises are fun and safe. We have the Novice Program for children ages 4-5 years and the Junior Program for children ages 6-12 years and separate Teen classes.
At Canada’s Best™ Karate, your child learns and practices in a physical and philosophical environment that also emphasizes their safety. It begins with strict discipline within the dojo, or training gym, where our instructors discourage showmanship and egotism, promoting camaraderie and mutual respect. It’s completed with a K2000 Safety Floor and other padded equipment that reduce accident risk during training.
Are you ready to take advantage of our Special Offer?
Enrolling your child in a martial arts school may feel like a big step. I certainly understand the complicated choices parents face in selecting activities and schools for their children. If you are ready to consider a martial arts program for your child, let me make your choice as easy as possible.
Your child can try out our amazing confidence-building program by registering for one of our Beginner Introductory Specials.
But you are under no obligation to enrol; try us out first to make sure our program is right for you.
Just click on the link to the right or pick up the phone right now and call us at 905-879-8008.
But I have to warn you: we do limit our class sizes so contact us soon so that you can secure your place in class. So take that first step towards securing your child’s future. Soon you’ll be seeing smiles of confidence from your child!
Scott Bullard – Shihan/Master Instructor
Canada’s Best™ Karate