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Teri Slone reviewed PRO Martial Arts-Kenwood
5
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My Son has been attending classes at Pro Martial Arts Kenwood since 2015. Master Damien, Miss Kara and Mr. David have been instrumental in teaching my son the true meaning of respect and honor. They also have engrained in him a level of discipline that is above and beyond that of his similarly aged peers. As a result of his training at Pro Martial Arts, my son has developed advanced levels of focus and self control. I couldn't be happier. I truly appreciate all you have done and continue to do.

Harman Kaur

My son loves his instructors at Pro Martial. They definitely go above and beyond the call of duty to train kids. We have been going there for more than a year and we only have good things to say about PMA. My son made good friends at this dojo and he looks forward to go train every day. My son has learned values along with self-defense skills. PMA made him very independent and focused. This is the place to go if you want your kids to learn motivational life skills along with martial art techniques.

Laith Alfaqih

This space and review does not give enough justice to Ms. Kara, Mr. Damien and the PRO Martial Arts-Kenwood family. I call them family because they are very supportive and work together to benefit the kids who are attending the classes. My son, Sami, joined the group in 2014. He is a preemie, so he is smaller than his peers, and he was starting to catch up with them. My wife and I decided to join PRO Martial Arts Kenwood to give him a boost of confidence, work on his motor skills, have discipline and respect, and get stronger. I remember when Sami started he could barely jump and do many of the exercises that other kids were doing. After 2 years being there, Ms. Kara and Mr. Damien worked with Sami. He finished all the stripped belts and now he is in the solid belts phase. He has discipline, respect, strength, etc. I highly recommend joining PRO Martial Arts Kenwood. Great people, great program, great family, and very beneficial to your kids.

Shannon Hall

I have two sons that attend Pro Martial Arts. My oldest has been in attendance since the opening three years ago. With the assistance of Mr. Damien and Ms. Kara, he has found his voice. He is confident in his abilities AND the abilities of his peers. He is capable of standing up for himself and those who need help. He is focused on his training to be a black belt but the training he has received in life, is irreplaceable. I am thankful for the dedication and support from the staff at PMA. My four year old is now ready to enter preschool this year because he's spent the last few months practicing mind, body and eye focus. PMA is so much more than just "karate".

Maggie Rossman-Roach

We have been very impressed with Pro Martial Arts - Kenwood. The instructors are fantastic! They are very dedicated, patient and make each class challenging but also fun for the students. We've seen a huge increase in the confidence and leadership skills of our children in the 3 years we've been with Pro Martial Arts and would highly recommend it to anyone interested.

Helen Buse

My two girls have been going to this dojo for more than a year. I really like their curriculum and the way the instructors approach teaching it. Every class is different, so things are never repetitive. There is a lot of fun and encouragement. My girls enjoy PMA and it’s because of the positive instructors at this dojo. They are great at getting the kids to put in that extra effort all the while making them smile and have a good positive experience!

Melissa Previtera

My husband and two sons have been part of the family class for about the last six months and they absolutely love it! They are eager to go to class, to learn and to improve. This is the first extracurricular activity that has really captured their attention. On top of that Master Damien, Ms. Kara and Mr. David are great teachers!

Edgar Cantillo reviewed PRO Martial Arts-Kenwood
5
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We have been part of the Pro Martial Arts family for 4 years now and very happy about it. Started our journey with our son on kids class and now we are a martial arts family.
We like the partnership with the instructors to use martial arts as part of the education for our kids, as well as the physical challenge, the methodology and the overall atmosphere in classes.
Classes have a great environment where masters and classmates challenge and help each other in the journey. No matter what is your previous background in martial arts, you will find a path to grow and people to help you in your journey.

Raymi Jensen reviewed PRO Martial Arts-Kenwood
5
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We've had such a great experience here. My son has thrived, and it's so fun to watch!

Chris Gier reviewed PRO Martial Arts-Kenwood
5
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I was in Taekwondo when I was younger and I really wanted to get back into martial arts (as well as introduce my 9 year old son to it). I had been looking for a Martial Arts school that was more than just basic fitness course or constant sparring. Pro Martial Arts was perfect. The instructors are always very friendly and very knowledgeable. They take the time to really teach form, technique and purpose, not just fighting. When they say they are a family, they mean it as well. They have taken the time to learn about me and my son, what our goals are, and really work to tailor specific instructions to help us get better, not just teach a cookie-cutter class. This is an excellent school and I highly recommend it.

Carolina Guedez reviewed PRO Martial Arts-Kenwood
5
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I would like to share with you what my family received in these past 4 years: support, strength, commitment, but most importantly a place where you can feel respected, accepted and empowered.

Our relocation to Cincinnati 6 years ago was very difficult for my daughter Maia. She was 3 1/2 years old and she didn't want to speak, eat or play with other kids. She was sad and we were sadder. I didn't know what to do. I found Pro Martial Arts Kenwood by chance and decided to give it a try even though we were not used to martial arts of any kind. I met Kara Hannah and Damien Hannah and I immediately believed this would be a good place for her, but I couldn't anticipate how much we were going to be gifted with.

Maia is almost 9 years old and she has become a strong girl, who feels that practice and discipline turn into achievements. She knows how to speak up or stand up if she faces a bullying situation, not only to herself but to others. I'm more than grateful to Pro Martial Arts Kenwood and the two amazing people that are behind it.

You might find other places to learn martial arts; but if you are looking for a place where your kids can learn values at the same time, this should be your choice.

Victoria Keating reviewed PRO Martial Arts-Kenwood
5
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Friendly staff, strong program with emphasis on tenants of martial arts and fitness. I have lost inches and gained muscle tone. They help me grow stronger in mind and body. I love this place.

Elize Theron reviewed PRO Martial Arts-Kenwood
5
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We signed our 15-year old daughter up for her first lesson about a year ago. Although she was very hesitant in the beginning, the staff at PMA Kenwood has made this her favorite activity. Not only has she learned vital self defense skills, she has gained confidence in her ability to be an athlete and a strong, disciplined girl. We consider ourselves lucky to have found Mr. Damien and Miss Kara.

Jennifer Wise reviewed PRO Martial Arts-Kenwood
5
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Just what I needed to round out my overall physical fitness. The instructors are great! They are always attentive and care about your overall performance and safety. The classes are never boring and always changing. I've been coming here for a little over a month now, loving it!

Nicholas Larsen reviewed PRO Martial Arts-Kenwood
5
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Mr. Damian and Miss Kara do an amazing job with the kids! We would highly recommend PMA for anyone who is looking for a great experience for their kids.

Taisha Rojas-Parker reviewed PRO Martial Arts-Kenwood
5
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Pro Martial Arts is great about making things fun and interactive for a children. Even though the training is all about discipline and focus Pro Martial Arts is good at balancing that with allowing the child to let loose and enjoy their time training. Our son has developed tremendously from this experience.

Alejandro Mayoral reviewed PRO Martial Arts-Kenwood
5
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We have been joining the family class for over a year and we absolutely love it. The instructors offers a friendly environment with personalized focus for each child or adult to learn at its own pace while staying challenged. Attending the family class is something we look forward every week. From a dojo perspective, location is great, facility is comfortable and well kept.

Jessica Forcellini reviewed PRO Martial Arts-Kenwood
5
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My daughter is 3 years old and has done both the Kinder Kicks and the Little Rhinos classes and has had an absolute blast! The dojo is very clean and organized. The instructors are very knowledgeable, personable and professional- what a skill to be able to teach toddlers all the way through adults! I love the self-discipline, coordination and confidence she has built through her classes - she has really blossomed! Highly recommend!

Karen Perigo McAffry reviewed PRO Martial Arts-Kenwood
5
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We have only had great experiences here. The mix of martial arts curriculum has done both of my kids wonders! They have been attending for 5+ years now and have continued to grow. The personal feel and relationships built with the instructors as well as other families at PMA are important to my family. I would recommend PMA to every family!

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ENDORPHINS- The Key to Effort and Focus in Children and Teens

Endorphins are natural chemicals produced in the body to reduce pain and boost happiness. They are most often associated with exercise since the release of these “feel-good” chemicals cause a state of euphoria and is usually known as a “runner’s high.” However, most any exercise will cause this state of happiness and it is also boosted through laughter and excitement.

In recent years, studies involving endorphins have begun to focus on how this chemical contributes to learning. Physical activity is essential to brain development. Basically, when we feel good, we learn better. Intellectually stimulating the brain when endorphins have been released, helps even more. For the last five years, neuroscientists have been encouraging parents and teachers to work on stimulating the good feeling chemicals in the brain. The mind-body connection is a powerful thing.

When working with children and teens, it’s important to remember this and help develop the whole self. By stimulating the positive neurotransmitters in the body, we will combat the cortisol and, therefore, have more happy children and teens. Physical activity leads to happiness, happiness leads to better learning, better learning leads to increased knowledge, increased knowledge leads to more confidence and so on.

Now that we understand the neuroscience surrounding endorphins, how can we, as parents, teachers, coaches, and anyone who works with children, use this information? We must create a learning environment that releases endorphins so that students apply more effort and are better able to focus.

Our program does this by teaching with the brain in mind and utilizing game-based learning. Along with this, two of the teaching skills that are used in class are specifically designed to increase the students’ endorphin levels.

1) Up The Rep: The use of “up the rep” as a teaching skill in class helps the students have more energy throughout an exercise, which ultimately leads to them exhibiting more effort. For example, if students are practicing side kicks on a bag and they are told to do 50, the goal is for the 50th kick to be the best one. However, students often start out full speed and their energy depletes as they get closer to the 50th rep. The best thing to do is have them start out their reps easier and increase their power as they get to 50. That way they end with their best one yet! This gives the students a rush of endorphins and they finish the exercise feeling stronger.

2) Neurobics: The use of “neurobics” in class helps the students by increasing their neural stimulation and, therefore, they become more focused. For example, if the students are doing pushups, instead of counting to 10, count in colors or characters, or even count backwards. This will increase the neural firing in their brains and keeps their minds from wondering.

By utilizing these techniques, the endorphins in the students’ brains increase, and then they feel better and, therefore, learn better. The combination of having more energy and being cognitively stimulated leads to more effort and focus in class!