Testimonial – Combined Martial Arts Little Tigers Early Learning & Character Development Program

Feedback from one of our Little Tiger’s mother. Oliver has been a part of the CMA Family for over 12 months now and will be graduating from the Little Tigers program after his next grading. This is what his mother has to say:
“Since Oliver joined Combined Martial Arts, we have observed a positive development in Oliver’s behaviour. He is very attentive to others and shows an increased awareness of safe play. He is often heard to be telling other children not to fight and not to bully. He shows an incredible amount of respect to us (his parents) and his friends and family; this makes us very proud as parents. I do believe that Combined Martial Arts has played a huge role in this, and has been essential to his development.
I just want to thank Bill Wakefield and the Instructors at Combined Martial Arts for doing an amazing job with my child!”

Little Dragon Oliver holding Student of the Week trophy

Little Dragon Oliver holding Student of the Week trophy

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How to End Sibling Rivalry – Parenting Tips

How to End Sibling Rivalry

How do I stop my children from fighting with each other?

How do I stop my children from fighting with each other?

Why can’t they just get along?!? Let’s face it—no matter how nicely the kids are playing one minute, the next minute might bring tears, and even fights. Sibling rivalry happens in every house with more than one child, and at every age. It’s a common challenge, but that doesn’t mean it’s easy on your sanity.

Try to see it your kids’ way…as soon as your second child comes along, your first is demoted, plus your second child might just get tired of being bossed around by Big Sister all day long. After all, how would you feel if your spouse brought home someone else and expected the two of you to get along?

While you can’t stop sibling rivalry entirely, you can reduce its frequency. This means less yelling from the next room, and more peace in your home! Follow these guidelines to prevent sibling rivalry episodes, and to put a quick end to them once they start:

Lose the labels. When we talk about our “athletic one,” “smartie” or even our “wild child,” we create competition amongst our kids. What’s more, we shelve kids into one role or another—whether they like it or not. By ditching labels, we give our “not-so-athletic” child a chance to shine even if she’s not a star, the straight-B student the opportunity to be proud of her hard work, and the “wild child” a chance to do the right thing. The key is to cheer on positive attributes, such as teamwork, persistence and kindness. Siblings can then root for each other instead of competing for their parents’ approval.

2. Arrange for attention. One of the top reasons kids fight is to gain their parents’ attention—and even negative attention is better than nothing. Plan on giving each child at least 10-20 minutes of positive, individual attention every day, from each parent, and all of a sudden, your kids will learn they don’t have to fight to get you to look their way.

3. Prepare for peace. Your kids might need a refresher course on peaceful conflict resolution. Train them on how to take turns, use “I feel” statements, walk away and control their temper (counting to 10, taking a deep breath, etc.), and you’ll be able to ward off a lot of sibling arguments before they begin.

4. Stay out of squabbles. When you do hear a disagreement between your kids, ignore it—busy yourself elsewhere. Give them a chance to work it out on their own, and at the same time, you’ll remove the payoff they get from your attention.

5. Calm the conflict. If your kids clearly can’t reach an agreement, or if the fight escalates, you might have to step in. Listen to each child, encouraging “I feel” statements as they tell their story. Then, without placing blame or taking sides, ask them to come up with some solutions. If no one is able to come up with a workable resolution, suggest a few yourself, and help them reach an agreement.

6. Put them all in the same boat. If your kids still can’t agree, it’s time to put them “all in the same boat.” Hand down a consequence, for instance, “Either you can take turns with the game, or I will put it away for the rest of the day.” Then follow through.

With these strategies in place, you’ll be able to keep sibling rivalry and fighting to a minimum.

– Kyoshi Bill Wakefield

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New Combined Martial Arts Academy Nerang Timetable Effective 20th March 2015

New Combined Martial Arts Academy Timetable Effective March 20th 2015

New Combined Martial Arts Academy Timetable Effective March 20th 2015

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Easter Karate Camp is in 4 Weeks!

Combined Martial Arts Academy Nerang’s popular Karate Camp is on again these Easter School Holidays!
This camp is open to non-members also!
To register visit: https://events.membersolutions.com/event_register.asp?content_id=49350

easter Karate Camp poster image
For a limited time only register for 4 Camps and only pay for 3!

Is your child struggling to keep up in class?
Is your child doubting themselves because they can’t learn at the same pace as other students?
That’s okay, everyone learns at different speeds.
How about sending your child to our Karate Camp to get ahead?
There is an opportunity to grade on the last day for most beginner students.*

Students will work on their kata, self defense, striking techniques, play fun games, sword combat, learn the Bo, go to the movies and more!

Depending on your child’s knowledge of the curriculum and current rank, your child may have the chance to grade on the Friday, followed by a Pizza Party!

Monday 13th – Friday 17th April
9.30am – 1.30pm
Please note that there may not be anyone present at CMA before 9am

https://events.membersolutions.com/event_register.asp?content_id=49350

When can a child use a public bathroom by themselves?

Parenting Tips Blog – When can a child use a public bathroom by themselves?

As a parent, you should always know where your child is, what he or she is doing and with whom. Unfortunately, it is virtually impossible to ensure that you child will never be a victim of sexual abuse. Children can’t stop sexual abuse, but adults can.

Answer: This is a question that comes up frequently when a parent has a child of the opposite gender and he or she needs to use the bathroom. Around age 6 or 7, children can use the toilet by themselves without any assistance. When it comes to allowing a child to use a public restroom by himself, however, the issue isn’t about ability as much as it is about safety.

Child safety experts generally agree that most kids are not able to handle an emergency or threat to their safety until around age 10. That’s why it’s best to avoid letting your child use public restrooms in large areas, such as those found in stadiums or movie theatres, or bathrooms with multiple entrances, without you. Either take your child with you to the bathroom you use, or better yet, try to find a family restroom. (Women’s restrooms offer more privacy than men’s, so a dad traveling alone with a daughter will face a trickier dilemma; in that case, finding a small restroom, where he can closely monitor his daughter from outside the door would be the best bet.

The same goes for using public bathrooms in smaller areas. For instance, if you are at a restaurant where there is a small restroom with one entrance, you can let your child go in alone but under close supervision: Keep one foot in the door so that you can keep talking to your child. Have him or her use a stall close to the door. And be sure to remind your child not to talk to anyone or let a stranger approach him while he is using the facilities.

– Shihan Bill Wakefield
Owner/Chief Instructor
Combined Martial Arts Academy Nerang

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Today’s realisation

When we were younger, life seemed easier. But the truth is life still is easy. It always will be.
But the only difference is that we’re older, and the older we get, the harder we make things for ourselves.
We blame others, work, kids, our partners and the universe itself for our hard life.
But you should sing your own song, write your own destiny; health & happiness is in the palm of your own hands.

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