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My kids really enjoy going to Karate! Im very impressed with how friendly they are and how they handle the children!

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Allen and Naomi, you guys have truly started something special here. I can see it already! The energy and attention you give each child is remarkable.

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The best marital arts ever. I love it my son is in the after school program. And I am so happy for him.

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I love the workouts I got at Zentai and the support you get from Master Allen and his wife!! I highly recommend it to everyone! :)

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It was a nice workout and very informative and made me feel more confident, as well!

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Hands down the best of the best. Couldn't recommend this place anymore. Great people, great atmosphere. Lessons learned here stay with you for a lifetime

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What amazing place! They are genuinely passionate about helping people. Kids love them, great environment for parents. And the Martial Arts is real. If you are looking for self defense for yourself or kids, this is the place.

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At first I was intimated by the cardio kickboxing class but then I realized why everyone still pushed through and kept going- it's the energy! We get pumped up, laugh and encourage one another, and it's fun. I don't like gyms because I wouldn't feel encouraged to think of my own workout and I'd end up being very lazy with it. [Unless it's yoga, I do all my yoga. :)] So this is finally a power workout where I feel encouraged to pull out my best work and still have a fun time. I'm feeling stronger each week! Thanks, Master Allen!

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We tried a few other martial arts groups for our boys, but Zentai was the clear winner from the start. The kids specifically asked for a program with structure that would clearly teach them martial arts skills while leveling up their belts. I'm amazed during every class when I see them respond to commands with so much focus and passion. Zentai has helped them build up their confidence and taught them so much already. And they have a blast! We highly recommend Zentai!

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They say it takes a village to raise a child. Zentai has been our village since my grandson William lost his mother in May of 2017. Now it's home away from home. He started out 2 days a week at Zentai for martial arts classes. When school ended we enrolled him in Zentai summer camp. Now he's enrolled in the after school program. Thank you Zentai for being our village.

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We absolutely love this place! My son started coming for the after school program at the beginning of last year. He absolutely loves it and looks forward to going everyday. He has ADHD and we had a hard time finding a program that fits his needs until we stumbled upon Zentai. Best after school program out there for kids of all types and ages! We highly recommend it!

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I just wanted to give a shout out to Zentai Martial Arts and After School Program! I had my daughter’s birthday there on Sunday and they made it amazing! The attention to detail, the one on one with the kids just fabulous! Everyone was so happy and we all enjoyed our time there. Naomy and Allen are amazing patient people, the smile never left their faces and they were so kind and patient with the kids! I can’t say thank you enough for making this the best birthday yet!

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Boost Attention Span

Boost Attention Span

by Making Learning Fun Again

Attention span has long been a topic regarding the relationship between children and learning. As the years have passed, technology has been at the forefront of our everyday lives. This has caused the concern for inattentiveness to become even more of an issue. Children are constantly presented with new and exciting things that catch their attention, so it’s up to adults to find ways to teach new information in an entertaining way. This approach will maintain the interest level of the child so that learning can be cultivated.

Attention span refers to the time a person can focus on an activity. As most people know, this varies depending on the age. The general rule is 2-5 minutes per year of age is how long a child should be able to pay attention. However, to take it a step further, Neal Rojas, a developmental behavior pediatrician, states, “Attention span is elastic.” He refers to everything from the time of day that attention to a specific task is required to actual cognitive abilities and how a child interprets sensory input. Knowing that attention span will vary throughout the day can help adults tune in and make the necessary adjustments or plans to help them be as successful as possible.

When children are younger, adults make everything fun and exciting to learn. However, as children get older, much of the fun is taken away, and learning becomes a mundane task. Expectations go up; enjoyment goes down. Adults must remember that children learn best through play…not just younger ones, but all ages. The Zentai Child Development Centers use the following tips to keep children engaged in the learning process, increasing attention span and bringing a newfound excitement to learning again.

1) Gamify: Playing is one of the easiest ways to help children maintain attention and learn. And when children play with other children, it is even more effective. When this technique is implemented, adults find that children learn quicker, are happier, and learning new information comes easier. The Zentai curriculum utilizes a game-based learning format to associate learning with a strong positive emotion, which helps them retain information better.

2) Divide It Up: We should have expectations of how long a child should be engaged in an activity and the time frames within each period. By cutting the time into smaller chunks, children will be more likely to stay interested and retain the information better. The Zentai program does this by splitting children into

developmental age groups in which the class structure is then separated into different activities.

3) Break It Down: When children are expected to complete challenging tasks, adults should take the time to break down the task so that the directions and expectations are clear. The Zentai instructors utilize the “7 Steps for Teaching a Drill” to make sure all students are confident of instructions to be the most successful during each activity leading to more satisfaction and understanding.

4) Boost Brain Power: Children’s attention spans can be exercised to become stronger. By engaging them in activities that require concentration, this muscle can be used. In Zentai classes, mat chats are utilized to quickly activate children’s learning efforts, and neurobics is used to engage their concentration and thinking skills. Also, positive chemicals in the brain are triggered, creating the ultimate brain power for learning.

5) Praise and Reward: As we know, children are motivated by praise and rewards. They want nothing more than to be recognized for their efforts and success. This is a critical step in maintaining their interest and motivation to learn new things. The Zentai instructors connect with each student, prompt, good behavior, and reward skills developed through hard work in each class.

When it comes to attention span, adults must be knowledgeable of what normal expectations are for children. Making simple adjustments to any learning environment can significantly boost a child’s attention span and make learning fun again