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I’m Bret Hamlin, Owner / Instructor here at Sturgis Academy of Martial Arts.
As a martial arts instructor with extensive experience training kids, there is nothing better than seeing them grow firsthand.
But more important than the martial arts skills they learn… is the personal skills they develop and carry for life.
Because martial arts is so much more than just kicking and punching, and getting the next colorful belt.
It’s about developing confidence, discipline, character, focus and respect.
With every class we teach, your kids are growing in mind, body and character.
That’s because martial arts provides instant positive feedback. Through learning to focus on the core moves, they develop discipline and respect. They can instantly see and feel a difference, making them destined to build confidence, self-awareness and self-respect.
And of course it’s a ton of FUN!
That’s why I love teaching martial arts to kids in this community, and why I know your kids are going to LOVE training.
So please have a look below to find out exactly how your kids can benefit from our fun martial arts classes.
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They tattle on others without accepting responsibility for their own actions.
They have a hard time coping with losses and setbacks and may not demonstrate good sportsmanship.
They don’t remember what you or their teachers tell them and struggle with paying attention.
PARENTING A CHILD IS HARDER THAN YOU MIGHT EXPECT
Kids between the ages of seven and nine have done a lot of maturing, but that doesn’t mean that your job as a parent is any easier than it was before – it’s just different. Your child might have attained some degree of emotional control but still have a hard time reacting appropriately when disappointed or upset. Likewise, they might not be willing to accept blame when they do something wrong, and yet be very quick to point the finger at others and tattle.
Since kids this age tend to be intellectually very curious, it’s important to engage them on their level and provide them with continual challenges to keep them interested in what they’re doing. Martial arts instruction is ideal because of its structure of ongoing learning and measurable achievements.
YOUR CHILD WILL GROW WITH EVERY CLASS!
Our Core SKILLZ program works with kids to teach them how to accept responsibility for their actions, to manage negative emotions, and to pay attention to instructions and advice from their instructors. Our program teaches kids agility, courage, flexibility, and persistence in a way that allows them to build confidence. These skills translate from our martial arts studio to school – and to your home.
BUILD FINE MOTOR SKILLS
Older kids have better control than young ones, but they still may struggle with precision and accuracy.
The Core SKILLZ program builds on earlier martial arts training to help kids gain control of their bodies and build strength while improving their balance.
Kids are easily distracted and may have difficult focusing on tasks and situations.
We teach kids to tune out distractions and focus on one thing at a time – something that’s increasingly challenging in today’s electronic world.
PERSISTANCE & DETERMINATION
Kids develop persistence and the determination to see their goals through to the end.
When they’re learning a new skill, kids may be afraid or give up easily instead of risking failure.
Core SKILLZ students learn to conquer their fears and persist even when they feel like giving up on a particular challenge or assignment.
RESPECT & SELF CONTROL
Students learn how to disagree politely and to resolve disputes respectfully.
Many kids struggle with learning how to express disagreement without being rude or angry.
Our Core SKILLZ program teaches kids to speak up without disrupting others, and to figure out ways to resolve their challenges within the confines of the program’s structure.
My daughter really enjoys going to martial arts every week. The instructors are amazing & she has a great time.
I love that the instructors are in tune with each student, making sure all their needs and goals are met! Their new place is awesome with more space and seating! I'm so glad I chose to enroll my 6yr old, he ABSOLUTELY LOVES IT! I plan on keeping him enrolled!
We simply wanted our son to have an experience with something new and different when we signed him up for classes, and instead, we witnessed something amazing and astonishing emerge from within him that we never before fathomed. Watching him go from timid to intense was a legitimate inspiration to us as parents. This was a direct result from the Hamlin’s outstanding teaching, genuine encouragement, and tangible dedication to their art.
I have only good things to say about SAMA. They have trained my little boys for the past 3+ years and they do so with patience and positive reinforcement. They expect their students to learn and be leaders they teach them the skills they need to do so. I would definitely recommend SAMA to anyone in the area!
The Hamlins masterfully strike a balance between conveying the serious nature of the training while also keeping it light and fun for the student. My son has been training here since he was 5, now 9, and has made great strides of improvement in discipline and self confidence. The instructors are top notch and they integrate personal growth with the physical training. They teach tenets such as Self-Control, Integrity, Perseverance, Indomitable Spirit, Courtesy, Decision Making, Accountability, and on , and on. The owners are pillars of the community themselves; with Mrs. Hamlin working with the museum and Mr. Hamlin being on the board at the chamber of commerce. Whether you want to learn self defense to protect yourself and your family, get your child involved in an activity that benefits mind body and spirit, you want to get into a competitive sport or you just want a great workout; Sturgis Academy of Martial Arts is a great Decision and starting point. You make the commitment to yourself/ your child and they will commit to showing you the path to your goals.
The instructors at SAMA love kids and are such a kid focused company! I am so thankful they are in our community! They do so many great things outside of the SAMA studio as well, I’ve seen them volunteering at the local schools and at many community activities!
Joining the SAMA family was the best decision we have made for our son Mackinnley! He has grown so much mentally and physically since we joined summer 2019. The Hamlin’s are excellent teachers and have been helping Mack deal with his anxiety! I highly recommend joining the SAMA family!!!!
Enthusiastic, friendly, phenomenal instructors! They not only teach Martial Arts, they teach character, and help all their students see the value in setting goals and working towards them. They also give back to the Sturgis Community, sharing their gift of teaching with local elementary schools! Awesome people, who are committed to making the world a better place, one student at a time! ❤❤❤
My son has been at SAMA for over a year and it is easily one of the best things we did as parents!! The instructors are wonderful and the atmosphere is great for kids (and really anyone) to learn character and life skills. Please try SAMA for your family!
The owners, Brett and Katie Hamlin are excellent at leading. Their staff is top notch and the new facility is wonderful. They inspire their students to do their best and aim for nothing less. They empower their students with skill and technique. I recommend this gym to anyone seeking to learn from knowledgeable instructors.
The instructors are top notch! If they see a kid struggling they will help them a little more. And they keep the class moving along so the kids keep paying attention and don't get distracted. And my son is in the program and I feel I also learn a few things while I'm there watching!! Keep up the great work!!
Joining the SAMA family was such a great decision for my son!! He's building confidence, self control, responsibility and respect. SAMA is helping build my son into an amazing human 💙
My little ninja started a few months back....he's 4...so as you can imagine, the focus isn't there quite yet and he loves to talk.....the instructors have always been super great and patient with all the kids.!!! The teachers energy is amazing and contagious (I find Zeke saying "sweet" and other awesome phrases....which tells me he is listening.) They are awesome and perfect role models for the kids. Zek es focus has improved so much in those few months. Love them!
Martial arts has been a great program for our children. Keeps them busy, helps with confidence and self discipline.
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🎁 FREE BONUS! 4 Tips on Building Your Child's Confidence
Yes. Kids in the Core SKILLZ program must pay attention to instructors and memorize moves if they wish to advance.
The Core Skillz program teaches kids that they must be accountable for their own behavior and actions. Accountability is essential our martial arts school and it’s a key life skill that kids will take home with them when the class is over.
Yes. It’s normal for kids to experience setbacks when they study martial arts. Some moves may require repeated effort to master, and the process teaches kids to handle disappointment and failure.
Our Core SKILLZ program helps kids to build focus and improve their memorization skills. Each of the skills we teach requires kids to remember what the instructors have told them and – in some cases – to memorize a series of moves. When kids learn how to memorize information, they can use that skill anywhere they need to use it – including in the classroom.
A fixation on fairness is common in kids of this age, but our program helps them understand that sometimes life isn’t fair – and also, to realize that in our martial arts school, all other kids face the same challenges they do.
Our Core SKILLZ curriculum is specifically designed with kids from ages seven to nine in mind. We want to challenge them without overwhelming them – and our instructors know how to motivate them and keep them on track. They’ll learn to accept challenges, not run from them.
Yes. One of the Core "SKILLZ" we teach is courage, which requires kids to dodge targets. While the targets won’t hurt them, they show kids that they can face opposition and still succeed.
Yes. Kids at this age still have some issues with fine motor skills, and we know that they’ll have trouble with some of the moves we teach at first. Our goal is to help them gain control and build strength and agility.
Improves balance and core strength by requiring kids to hold poses.
Teaches the value of persistence by teaching kids how to keep trying even when they don’t get the result they want.
Helps kids build physical speed and control by introducing timed tests for certain skills.
Allows kids to express their opinions in a non-disruptive and respectful way.
Encourages kids to embrace the value of personal responsibility and accountability.
Builds concentration by requiring kids to memorize sequences of moves.
Teaches kids how to interact socially with both peers and instructors.
Kids learn the importance of respecting others and allowing them to speak without interruption.
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