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Darren Haidley reviewed Toyakan International Karate Organisation
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Max had the best birthday ever. Thank you for a great party.

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Excellent karate club, great discipline and great at teaching the craft of karate. Highly recommended.

Liam Paling reviewed Toyakan International Karate Organisation
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Great club family friendly
Fitness fun and friendships made

Tracy Anthony reviewed Toyakan International Karate Organisation
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Amazing family friendly club where everyone is welcomed and encouraged to be the best they can be by the wonderful and patient teachers.

Jess Harvey reviewed Toyakan International Karate Organisation
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Very friendly, inclusive and professional. Our 5year old has loved his first year! Well priced, great team, discipline is great, firm but fair, great for our boy!

Mandy Tifaga reviewed Toyakan International Karate Organisation
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My Son has been attending this club for 1 year now , I have seen and observed such amazing changes, with not only his attitude towards School but his determination and focus on other tasks we set for him and goals .He really enjoys the different number of training activity’s that are on different nights and the one on one help from the experienced instructors, He’s learning serval different techniques on different nights and learning to work with others in small groups or in pairs . He’s achieved a lot in a small time but I’m excited to see the growth in years to come ...If you’re child is wanting to try something different I’d highly recommend giving this club a go ...

Dulcinea Hernandez Brown reviewed Toyakan International Karate Organisation
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The best Karate club ! Our son loves it.. the teachers are fabulous . Every class is different it’s not just about Karate moves it’s also about respect and discipline.

Aleshia Tucker reviewed Toyakan International Karate Organisation
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Toyakan has been such an exhilarating experience for my daughter. It has helped her grow into an amazing confident small person. The staff hold the highest levels of professionalism whilst remaining friendly and comforting. The club has a real family orientated vibe about it. They teach more than just karate, the children learn morals, responsibility and life lessons to help them in the real world. They learn to be kind and strong.
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SEROTONIN: The Key To Reinforcing Positive Behaviors In Children and Teens

Have you ever had a “gut feeling” about something? Have you ever considered that children have these as well? Of course they do! The problem is, they don’t know how to express this to us. They know something doesn’t feel right, so they act out or exhibit a grumpy mood. The good news is, there is a way to boost their mood and reinforce positive behavior choices.

Serotonin, also known as the “feel good” neurotransmitter, plays a part in our wellbeing and is important in balancing mood. Ninety percent of the serotonin in our bodies is produced in the gut. This is because the gut and the brain were developed from the same embryo cell line and continue to communicate through the vagus nerve. This explains why the gut is often referred to as the “second brain” and where the phrase “gut feeling” comes from.

In recent studies serotonin levels have been found to also affect memory and learning. In addition to this, it helps build new neuropathways in the brain which supports the ability to learn new information more quickly. When there are higher levels of serotonin, moods are better and, therefore, cognitive functioning is improved. The problem is found when serotonin levels are too low. In children, this can manifest in behaviors such as poor impulse control and inattention.

Now that we understand the neuroscience surrounding serotonin, how can we, as parents, teachers, coaches, and anyone who works with children, use this information? We must create a learning environment that is inviting and form bonds with the children by setting an enthusiastic and positive mood.

The SKILLZ program does this by teaching with the brain in mind and utilizing game-based learning. Along with this, two of the Teaching SKILLZ that are used in class are specifically designed to increase the students’ serotonin levels.

1) Choices: The use of “choices” as a teaching skill in class helps the students build satisfaction because they have a say in what they are doing and, therefore, their excitement to do things increases. For example, when working on forms in class, if the instructor tells the students to do their forms for 15 minutes, they probably aren’t going to be that excited. But, if the instructor tells the students they can choose from doing their forms with weights, slow motion, backwards, or progressively, then the student will be more excited about getting to make their decision regarding this. And, they will then be more satisfied with the overall experience.

2) Redirection: The use of “redirection” in class helps the students feel more accomplished and, therefore, happier. For example, if you have a student in class that doesn’t always sit the best during mat chats, the instructor can say “When I count to three, let’s see who can sit faster than Johnny.” This student will be prompted to sit correctly and then he will feel more accomplished by showing how quickly he can sit correctly.

By utilizing these techniques, the instructors are increasing the students’ serotonin, which helps them become more satisfied in their accomplishments and it reinforces their good behaviors.

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