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Teamwork & Positive Social Interaction

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Hey FC Crew,

Holiday Closures Reminders

* There will be no Youth Systema Classes on Saturday July 1st & Monday July 3rd for the Canada Day long weekend *

 

While the physical aspects of exercise and martial arts training improve your child’s general health, it likewise improves emotional health with increased self-esteem and self-confidence as well as decreased tension, stress, anxiety and depression.

One of the most powerful benefits I teach in the Youth Systema Program FightClub is Teamwork! I’m always telling the kids (and adults) it’s not just about you in life. Think bigger…Look around you and ’see’ other people too. With the ever increasing class sizes of our public schools teachers a forced to utilize more team activities in order to teach these larger class sizes. Plus teamwork is necessary for any young child to develop. It is at this stage in their life that they develop an understanding and a confidence in their ability to work with others.

At FightClub, our activity based curriculum and teamwork oriented environment, develops character and teaches your child that the more we work together in the club, at home and at school…the more we get accomplished.

 

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Self-Control and Good Decision Making

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Self-control refers to the training that one gives one’s self to accomplish a certain task or to adopt a particular pattern of behavior, even though one is unfocused or would rather be doing something else. For example, when your child has learned to listen to mom and dad, pay attention in class while listening to the teacher instead of talking to his friend next to him, he has demonstrated the ability to self-control… while making the good decision to do so.

At FightClub, as both parents and instructor, I work on this skill set every single day. I give the kids freedom each class to explore and be creative with Systema training, but I will walk around and reenforce self control and good decision making skills with each student. Patience is a big virtue with this one. Given the ever increasing class sizes of our public schools, it is imperative that kids develop good self control and good decision making skills. This will not happen on its own you need to teach, model and practice the behaviors to get good at it. Systema training at FightClub incorporates this each and every class!

See you on the mats,
Emmanuel

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Happy Father’s Day

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Hey FC Kids,

Countdown to Father’s Day is on!

So what does ‘Dad’ mean?

Dad n.
1. father, guardian, protector, carer, friend
2. teacher, mentor, coach, task master, listener
3. sports fanatic. mower man, king of corny jokes and useless facts, taxi, bank
4. tough on the outside, soft in the middle

This week we will be doing something special for Dads at FightClub. Make sure you talk to Lila when you check in.

See you all on the mats,
Emmanuel

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Have Fun!

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Youth Systema Training at FightClub
by Emmanuel Manolakakis

This is a topic that has generated significant attention and questions of late, so I thought I would share with everyone my thoughts and experiences.

I’ve been teaching youth (ages 8 to 15) at my school for over 10 year now. Repeated requests from enthusiastic parents convinced me to venture down this path. I will admit initially the thought of teaching such a deadly art worried me.

What to show youth?
Everything – just take the edge off it a little. I try to cover all the topics that we do in the adult class. I have found that the youth really enjoy the variety from class to class. In the very beginning, I tried to avoid scary or fearful topics, but I found it difficult, it was like I was lying to my students. I was assuming that they were not ready to understand. The reality is youth are born ready to understand.

Their understanding is phenomenal!

Over the next three week I will be sharing some of the key points that have helped me develop this great program.

Here is the Third…Have Fun!

Why would anyone take on any activity if it were not fun on some level?
If they are having fun they will want to come and if they come to class they will be learning. I guarantee it!

This is where my creativity as a teacher comes out. I find ways to make a game out of the principle Systema training at FightClub exemplifies. There are countless ways I do this and make sure to communicate the idea of fun and learning, not silliness.

Sometime ago, I asked Mikhail Ryabko, “Can you explain how to best teach Systema to youth?” and “What should we teach and not teach?”. He replied, “youth need to see you as a friend first, if they see you as a friend they will trust you and do whatever you ask of them, if they do not trust you, no matter what you show they will not follow”.

It occurred to me then that maybe some of the frustration we have with youth is related to the dominate approach we take.

Thank you for your dedication to this program. I am constantly developing it and looking for ways to give your kids the very best. If you know of other parents looking for something special to get their kids involved please feel free to forward them this email.

See you at FC this week,
Emmanuel

 

 

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Youth Systema Training at FightClub

Category : FC Youth News

by Emmanuel Manolakakis

This is a topic that has generated significant attention and questions of late, so I thought I would share with everyone my thoughts and experiences.

I’ve been teaching youth (ages 8 to 15) at my school for over 10 years now. Repeated requests from enthusiastic parents convinced me to venture down this path. I will admit initially the thought of teaching such a deadly art worried me.

What to show youth?
Everything – just take the edge off it a little. I try to cover all the topics that we do in the adult class. I have found that the youth really enjoy the variety from class to class. In the very beginning, I tried to avoid scary or fearful topics, but I found it difficult, it was like I was lying to my students. I was assuming that they were not ready to understand. The reality is youth are born ready to understand.

Their understanding is phenomenal!

Over the next three weeks I will be sharing some of the key points that have helped me develop this great program.

Here is the second …Keep them focused!

Kids are great at doing things you ask them but not necessarily focusing on it. They will give you 50-75% of what you asked because they are keep 25-50% to focus on the other stuff they want to do. They are not completely focused, just enough to get by your detection. As we all know one of the big keys to life is being 100% focused on your tasks at hand.

I use breathing to help them focus their attention (and so can you) and running, rolls, push-ups, squats, leg and body raises to get rid of the excess energy they seem to have so much of. Make sure the kids are getting outdoors and exerting some of that excess energy rather than indoors on the gadgets.

Thank you for your dedication to this program. I am constantly developing it and looking for ways to give your kids the very best. If you know of other parents looking for something special to get their kids involved please feel free to forward them this email.

See you at FC this week,
Emmanuel

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