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Quality martial arts training geared toward children in Jupiter, FL. Master Sonia Mendez and her team have excellent programs suited to the skill levels for a broad range of youth. I can see the growth and confidence in my own kids, and they are always excited to get to class and work on their SKILLZ with Master Sonia and Cody. Definitely a quality investment in our kids! Thank you Symmetry Martial Arts!!

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My 3 yr old LOVES it! Asks every day if he has karate! Master Sonia is great with kids & I feel like he's really learning (thought he might be too young)! I also did a self defense class with a group of moms & we were all thrilled with the class & plan on taking another

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Master Sonia and her team are truly an amazing group of people who posess unlimited amounts of kindness and patience. I have seen my child gain confidence in many aspects of her life, relating to both home and school. If I could give ten stars to Symmetry I would:)

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Inspiring, exciting and wonderful! Had the great pleasure of experiencing a self defense class with the Symmetry Team tonight! It made me feel strong and not afraid because I have a voice and power! It made me want to give my daughter every opportunity to learn how to protect herself and how to listen to her intuition. Great inspiration and teachers!

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The team at Symmetry is awesome! I love how they're dedicated to providing age appropriate instruction that furthers kids physically, intellectually, emotionally, and socially. I've trained in the martial arts for nearly thirty years and these guys care so much about providing good quality martial artists and helping them be the best version of themselves. Check them out.

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Before signing my only child, an active, creative 3 year old up for taekwando, I checked out 3 martial arts schools in the area and Based my decision on the feeling I got as soon as I initially entered symmetry & was greeted by master Sonia personally. Her attention to my interest & availability for correspondence is outsanding. Mr. Cody's enthusiasm, playfulness, focus & dedication keep Ella engaged at every class. I'm proud to share that Ella just received her fourth belt at symmetry! I've watched Ella grow tremendous amounts in Her strength, agility, discipline and voice. Most importantly, Ella is having fun and gaining confidence and has created a small group of friends she looks forward to seeing each week.

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They Symmetry Team is truly dedicated to their mission statement of providing the coolest experience for every kid, every class!

The instructors are constantly investing in their own knowledge and training to be able to teach each child in the way that's going to best foster their growth and development. They are passionate about what they do and who they're doing it with and for.

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Symmetry Martial Arts holds a special place in our family's heart, as the owner (& instructors) nurture our children's talents, skill sets, and self esteem both on and off the mat. We couldn't be happier with our decision to send our daughter to Symmetry & for the opportunity for her to be exposed to such exemplary role models, who truly have a positive impact on all aspects of her life! We couldn't recommend this studio more!!

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I highly recommend Symmetry to anyone looking for a great martial arts school. The instructors are fantastic and the kids learn skills and discipline while having a great time. Master Sonia and her team set a great example as they themselves never stop learning. The students were actually invited last year to watch several of the instructors earn new degrees on their belts, including Master Sonia as she earned her 5th degree black belt. That they were willing to show their vulnerability as well as their strength and resilience was a powerful learning experience to these kids. Symmetry as a whole- the instructors, students, and parents are family to us!

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Bully Prevention Tips

One of the biggest concerns from parents during the school year is bullying. Some 160,000 kids skip school every day because they fear being attacked or ridiculed by bullies.

The good news is that these disturbing statistics can be limited with the proper education.

 

As an educator that has worked with hundreds of children on anti-bullying strategies, I have found that the most important skill a child should have when dealing with bullies is confidence.

No matter what you teach a child, it will not be effective without the confidence to put the lessons into action. Children that fall victim to bullies usually are targets because they lack the confidence to stand up for themselves.

Therefore, it is very important that you begin instilling confidence within your child if you want him or her to effectively handle bullying.

Here are a few tips on how you can build confidence within your child:

Make sure that you are a good listener when talking with your child.

Try not to ignore your child’s feelings. Children are more confident when they feel like they are being heard. If you, as a parent, take the time to listen to your child then he or she will have more confidence to speak their mind when dealing with bullies.

Pay attention to your child’s moods. 

If your child is grumpy or agitated, then most-likely he or she can act the same way around other children. That can increase the chance of your child falling victim to unnecessary arguments and fights with others.

Factors that can affect your child’s mood include:

  • Lack of proper sleep each night. Children need at least 8 hours of total sleep per night. If they are not getting the proper amount of rest, then it can affect their mood the next day.
  • Insufficient diet. Certain foods affect children’s moods including foods that are high in sugar, caffeine or fat. Keep your child’s diet balanced with plenty of fruits and vegetables.
  • Lack of exercise. Children that do not exercise regularly tend to have a lower level of energy which will affect his or her mood. This can also lead to obesity which makes your child more prone to bullying.

Keep your child active in extra-curricular sports and activities, such as Martial Arts.

Your child will make plenty of new friends and learn skills which can build confidence. Make sure the activities are healthy and are focused on character development.

Also make sure that the teachers and coaches are experts at working with children and building confidence. If you pick the right activity, then you will notice a change in your child’s confidence almost immediately.

Is your child already a confident individual?

If so, then the next step is to speak with your child about anti-bullying strategies.

Here are five anti-bullying strategies that you should review with your child:

  1. Assert yourself. Have your child practice standing tall and using a strong voice saying: “That’s teasing. Stop it.” or “Stop making fun of me. It’s mean.”
  2. Use “I want.” Role-play with your child by having him or her address you (the bully) by saying: “I want you to leave me alone,” or “I want you to stop teasing me.”
  3. Question it. Have your child practice responding to an insult with a non-defensive question: “Why would you say that?” or “Why would you want to tell me I am dumb and hurt my feelings?”
  4. Ignore it. Bullies love it when their teasing upsets their victims, so help your child find a way to not let his or her tormentor get to him/ her. Pretend they’re invisible, walk away without looking at them, quickly look at something else and laugh, or look completely uninterested.
  5. Make Fun of the Teasing. Teach your child how to reply to bullies by saying something like: “Wow, you are so smart because you pick on other kids.” Or, “Did you think of that all on your own?”

Remember, the key to dealing with bullies is all about how confident your child feels. 

The strategies above only work if your child is confident enough to say them. 

Role-playing is only half of the lesson. Your child must be exposed to enough positive role-models and equipped with the proper amount of stimulants that increase confidence.

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