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Sick of Tantrums for Your 3-Year-Old? How Preschool Martial Arts Classes Make Life Peaceful

How Preschool Martial Arts Classes Make Life Peaceful

Preschool martial arts classes may seem like a bit of an early start… But they’re the best thing you can do for your young child, especially to regulate their temper tantrums! Check out these amazing ways that our instructors create a tantrum-free household with our preschool classes.

Temper Tantrums in Preschool Kids

Preschool Classes in Westchase

Preschool-aged kids are going to act emotionally because a) they haven’t developed advanced logical reasoning yet and b) in their minds, their actions don’t have consequences- everything is NOW.

This is okay – it’s what makes them kids! We can’t fault them for having a temper tantrum because their brain just isn’t logical yet.

What we CAN do is help teach them emotional regulation, listening, self control, focusing, and refocusing. And these skills apply to so much more than just tantrums!

What is a Temper Tantrum?

Temper Tantrum

Here’s how it plays out: Something upsets your child. They feel a very strong negative emotion- most often, frustration.

This frustration leads them to physically express how upset they are through crying, whining, screaming… It can even manifest itself in aggressive behavior like hitting or throwing.

Every child has been through this, and every parent knows what this is like, so you’re not alone! Many parents enrolled their kids in our preschool classes because they’ve heard about how martial arts can help with these behavioral issues in young children.

Getting Your Child Ready for School

Preschool MA Classes in Westchase

In a temper tantrum your child is acting based on pure emotions. Your child is fueled by thoughts of how unfair something is, and their frustration just keeps building.

We want to teach them how to focus on the adult, listen thoughtfully, and then refocus on something different that is far away from the source of their tantrum. These are incredible skills, that your child is learning before they even get to school, that will set them up for LIFE success!

How Preschool Martial Arts Classes Can Help

Preschool Martial Arts Classes

This is why martial arts is so awesome, especially for young kids in preschool. Year after year, we see a MASSIVE difference in kids who start classes at the preschool level, and those that start just one year later.

Kids who start martial arts classes at ages 3 and 4 get to learn these emotional and behavioral skills much younger than their older counterparts. Then, as they progress through the ranks, they learn and retain more in their upper level classes because they’ve already gotten their emotions regulated.

They’ve already learned how to control their behavior, and the advanced material will stick better because they’re focusing better. Then, when they enter school, they have an incredible advantage because, well… everything we just said! It all applies to school as well. That’s why martial arts helps with so much more than just temper tantrums. It’s a tool we use to shape our students to become the absolute best versions of themselves, and it shows.

Focusing and Refocusing in Class

Focusing in MA Class

Okay, so here’s how preschool martial arts classes can help: First step is listening. We make listening FUN in our classes. How? Our instructors are pretty amazing and love to sneak listening skills, discipline skills and focus improvement into every lesson through fun and games. They’re basically life skill ninjas. Martial arts classes at the preschool level are less about self defense (which they’ll learn as they progress) and more about building foundational behavioral skills through FUN. This includes self control, which is the second step. Self control here means being able to control their bodies so that they can sit still without fidgeting. We teach self control the same way- through fun games and activities and positive reinforcement.

Conclusion

That’s totally key with tantrums- positive reinforcement. Preschool kids often throw temper tantrums because they don’t think you’re listening to them. They want attention from you. Once they learn through positive reinforcement that listening to you is a good thing, they’ll be less inclined to throw a fit for your attention. Reinforcing and praising our kids when they listen is really critical. We know that a lot of parents are busy… But we encourage parents to sit in and watch their kids in class so they can learn the techniques and strategies we use. Then when you practice it at home you can really watch your child transform!

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*1st place – Brazil Cup Jiu-Jitsu (CBJJO) – 2004
*1st place – Rio de Janeiro Jiu-Jitsu State League (LERJJ) – 2004
*1st place – Rio de Janeiro Jiu-Jitsu State Championship (FJJ-Rio) – weight and open weight division – 2004
*1st place – Rio de Janeiro Jiu-Jitsu State Ranking (FJJ-Rio) – 2004
‍*2nd place – Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Championship (CBJJ) – 2005
*1st place – Rio de Janeiro Jiu-Jitsu State Championship – weight and open weight division (FJJ-Rio) – 2005.
*1st place – Rio de Janeiro Jiu-Jitsu State Ranking (FJJ-Rio) – 2005
*1st place – Brazil Cup Jiu-Jitsu – weight division – 2006
* 3rd place – Brazil Cup Jiu-Jitsu – Absolut of light division – 2006
*1st place – Super Cup Rip Dorey Jiu-Jitsu No-Gi Professional – 2006
*1st place – Rio de Janeiro Jiu-Jitsu State Championship – weight and open weight division (FJJ-Rio) – 2006
*3rd Pan American Jiu-Jitsu Championship CBJJO 2007 – Weight Division
*3rd Pan American Jiu-Jitsu Championship CBJJO 2007 – Open Weight Division
*2nd place – South American Jiu-Jitsu Championship (IBJJF ) – 2007
*1st place – Rio de Janeiro Jiu-Jitsu State Championship (FJJ-Rio ) – 2007
*1st place – International Jiu-Jitsu No Gi Championship – 2007
*1st place – Rio de Janeiro Jiu-Jitsu State Championship (FJJ-Rio) – 2008
*1st place – Rio de Janeiro Jiu-Jitsu State Championship (FJJD-Rio) – 2008
*1st place – Rio de Janeiro Jiu-Jitsu State Championship (FJJ-Rio) – open weight division – 2009
*1st place – South American Jiu-Jitsu Championship (IBJJF)- 2009
*2nd place – Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Jiu-Jitsu No Gi Championship (CBJJ)- 2009
*1st place – Super Fight Jiu-Jitsu – Ohio – 2011
*1st place – Colorado State Jiu-Jitsu No Gi Championship – weight Division – 2011
*1st place – Colorado State Jiu-Jitsu No Gi Championship – Open Weight Division – 2011
*1st place – Super Fight Jiu-Jitsu – Colorado – 2011
*1st place – Dallas Jiu-Jitsu International Open (IBJJF) – 2012
*3rd place – Pan American Jiu-Jitsu International Championship (IBJJF) – 2013
*1st place – Chicago Jiu-Jitsu International Open (IBJJF) – 2013
*1st place – Seattle Jiu-Jitsu International Open (IBJJF) – 2014
*1st place – BJJ Tour Jiu-Jitsu International – 2014
*1st place – Summer Classic Super Fight Jiu-Jitsu – 2015
*1st place – Europa Super Show Dallas – Jiu-Jitsu No-Gi Super Fight – 2015
*1st place – Vegas International Open (IBJJF) – Weight division – 2016
*1st place – Vegas International Open (IBJJF) Open weight division – 2016
*1st place – Los Angeles PRO (IBJJF) – 2016
*2nd place – weight division – New York International Open (IBJJF) – 2017
*3rd place – Absolute (open weight) divison – New York International Open (IBJJF) – 2017
*1st place – National Championship (IBJJF) – 2017
*1st place – San Jose International Open Championship (IBJJF) – 2017
*1st place – weight division – Seattle International Open Championship (IBJJF) – 2017
*2nd place – absolute (open weight division) – Seattle International Open Championship (IBJJF) – 2017
*Champion of super fight – Fight to Win PRO 47TX – 2017
*1st place – San Diego Pro Championship (IBJJF) – 2017
*2nd place – Pan American No Gi International Championship (IBJJF) – 2017
*1st place – San Antonio International Open (IBJJF) – 2017
*1st place – Cincinnati International Open (IBJJF) – 2017
*2nd place – World NO GI (IBJJF) – 2017
*1st place – Seattle International Open (IBJJF) – 2018
*2nd place – Super fight – Fight to Win PRO 87 TX – 2018

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