Peak Performance Martial Arts
After School Enrichment Program
Why We Are Ranked 26th in Education in the World.
Why a Progressive After School Program
is the Ticket for YOUR Child’s Success
Â Â Â Â As the start of school draws near, parents start to scramble for where to put their children for After School. For many, they seek convenience, instead of what is most important for their children.
Â Â Â Now I know that I probably angered a few parents with that statement but let’s look at why I made this statement.
Â Â Â Â Let’s look at options most parents are presented. They can use the day care they have been using for years, but frankly, most day cares are designed specifically for infant to pre-school age children. Many of them to provide after school programs, however, most of their programs do not have a specific curriculum designed for the K-5th grade students. They can use the YMCA, a great organization, but let’s look at who is in charge of your child. A teenager, just out of high school or maybe a young college person. Do you think that their primary concern is the well being of your child. I think not, it is a job. Most of them do not have children of their own and have no clue what parents go through when the physical, emotional and mental development of their child is at stake. However, it is convenient and the price is right. Although you know the old saying, “You get what you pay for”
Â Â Â Many of the day cares allow the children to play video games, play indoor or outdoor games and some even allow them to do homework if the child is disciplined enough to do it on their own. Having owned a facility that pioneered After School programs for children in Cedar Park, Texas I can tell you that the majority of children will not do their homework without supervision. In fact, they will go through pain staking steps to find ways to get out of doing it. Even if they do it, they will rush through it, use sloppy handwriting and try to do the absolute bare minimum to get by.
Â Â Â Video games are causing our children and adults for that matter great harm in our society. I love playing video games as much as the next person, but a recent study shows the average child is playing video games as much as 40 hours per week. Parents are using video games as a baby sitter and form of entertainment so they do not have to be parents and work to keep their children stimulated without electronics.
Â Â Â Many children today are being diagnosed with ADD, ADHD, Bi Polar, Autism and I truly believe that their are 6 major factors that are causing these to be so prevalent with our children today. One of these is the long term affects of playing video games, keeping their brains hyper-stimulated for long periods of time and constantly dumping large amounts of body producing chemicals into their blood stream. This keeps them in a hyper-stimulated state for long periods of time, so when they are asked to sit still and keep quiet in a class room, they are unable to adjust to being quiet and still.
Â Â Â One thing I have noticed over the past 20 years is that our children have shorter attention spans and the hardest time focusing. There are many reasons for this and I will get into that at another time, but the fact remains our children are facing some very large challenges. Much greater than we did when we were growing up. Now is the time to make sure that your child is not being left behind in a very fast changing world.
Â Â Â Our world is changing this very year. World markets are changing faster than any other time in history. More wealth is transferring hands than any other time in history. While the United States is still the wealthiest nation in the world, we ranked 26th in Education. India and China are producing more Billionaire than we are, their emerging markets are causing jobs once held by US Citizens to be transferred abroad. When was the last time you called tech support for anyone and the other person on the phone didn’t have some kind of foreign accent.
Â Â Â Our public school teachers are working in an environment that frankly is like running up hill on an oil slicked road. In Texas we have a standardized test called the TAKS test. Frankly it is setting our children up for failure. The schools spend so much time focusing on a test, they are not being allowed to teach. There is so much infuses being put on this test, that scare tactics are being used on the kids in hopes they will perform better. Our children are becoming professional test takers, they are not learning what will really help them as adults in society. Another reason why we are 26th in Education.
Â Â Â Many countries require their children to go to school like a full work day 8-5 M-F and half day on Saturday’s. I can already hear some parents saying, that is just cruel, kids need to be kids. I agree that kids need to be kids, but children are like sponges, the more they can ingest and learn at an early age, when they do not have the limiting beliefs that adults have, the more likely they have to being successful. We the parents are the problem.
Â Â Â Do you realize that someone not born in this country is 6 times more likely to succeed than our own children that are born right here in our own country. Why? Because we coddle our children too much. They are not given the same level of responsibilities we were growing up. We do everything for them and frankly, they are unable to function. They have no discipline, focus, ownership of actions and appreciation for a solid work ethic. Many children have a serious entitlement mentality and we the parents enabled this.
Â Â Â What does all of my rambling have to do with After School Programs? Let me tell you, when I started the article, we talked about the different kind of After School Programs. I wanted to discuss why the program at Peak Performance Martial Arts will give your child exposure the development tools that day cares just do not use and frankly teenagers and young college students have never been exposed too.
Â Â Â It is a proven fact that the Martial Arts are 10 times more effective at developing children and adults for that matter than any other development program. That includes all sport extra curricular activities, dance, music, gymnastics. The closest program to the Martial Arts is Boy Scouts and as great as their program is, it still falls short.Â Â Â Â
Â Â Â Peak Performance Martial Arts After School Enrichment Program has been serving the Cedar Park, Austin, Leander and Round Rock Texas communities for more than 10 years. The last 8 years we have provided After School programs for Leander ISD and Round Rock ISD. Our Proven Success System is curriculum driven to provide proven results for children and adults of all ages.
Â Â Â There is a specific success formula, it is highly documented and yet less than 3% of the worlds 6.5 Billion person population even know it exist. The top athletes, business people and entertainers know and practice this formula daily. Here is the big secret that the day cares, YMCA and other After School Programs can not offer. I know the secret, I have studied with some of the most successful people in the world and the best thing is, we teach it in our academy.
Â Â Â Children in our academy are 10 times more likely to succeed than other children that are not. My question to you as a parent is, “Wouldn’t it be worth checking into to see why we have so much success”?
Â Â Â For many parents, they have the most warped, incorrect and false stereotype of the Martial Arts. They seem to believe that the Martial Arts promotes violence, teaches kids to bully other kids. That we teach religion as part of the art. If you mean we teach, respect, courtesy, honesty, humility and self-motivation, then yes. However, most academies, including mine, never touch on religion.
Â Â Â I personally believe that God is my Lord and Savior. It would however, be very arrogant of me to tell another family their beliefs are incorrect. I am not here to debate religion. I am here to develop boy, girls, women and men into the best they can be. A Professional Martial Arts School embraces all people regardless of their race, creed, religious orientation or any other features or behaviors that make them different than me.
Â Â Â Most of the parental population do not realize the revolutionary change that is occurring in our society, right now at this very moment in history. I do believe that most parents do want their children to have more than they have or had. However, many parents need to understand, for your children to have more, they need to be involved in personal development now, otherwise, they will be not better off in their lives at the same age than you are today. If you are not growing, you are dying.
Â Â Â Parents, if you want more for your children than we had growing up, then take a look at my program. I will tell you that I do not allow every family that applies for our program to join. If you are not willing to support your child and lead them on this difficult journey they are facing, then, we are not the place for you.
Â Â Â Either way, be a parent, get them involved in development programs that build the life skills they need to be successful, because frankly, our education system is broken and there is no reason why what so ever, that the United States of America should ever be ranked 26th in Education.
Stay tuned for more articles that will help your family grow and prosper.
Master Gary A. Schill