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AJ Van Wie reviewed Glens Falls Karate Academy
5
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The adult Karate and kickboxing classes have been a great addition to my weekly routine. I am learning self-defense as well as meeting great people and gaining confidence while getting into great physical condition. Sensei Murphy is a knowledgeable instructor and explains things well while demonstrating techniques. I highly recommend Glens Falls Karate Academy.

Alicia Macier reviewed Glens Falls Karate Academy
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The adult class is a really great and supportive group to learn with! Not only is Sensei Murphy awesome, but the other dojo members really go out of their way to make it a welcoming atmosphere. The self defense part of the training is my favorite! Having the ability to dissect the moves and practice them weekly makes me feel more confident in my everyday life.

Jocelyn Lawrence reviewed Glens Falls Karate Academy
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Our son goes to Glens Falls Karate Academy. They are very welcoming and have a great program. The Sensei is amazing with children!

Krista Clements reviewed Glens Falls Karate Academy
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I love classes at Glens Falls Karate Academy! We're one big family who help each other succeed! Sensei Chris Murphy and Senpai Joe Traina are excellent teachers! They are thorough in their training and have a passion to share their love of karate with their students!

Tina Sackman reviewed Glens Falls Karate Academy
5
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Sensei Murphy is patient and encouraging. He is sincere and giving of his time.
Karate is such an incredible sport. It teaches you control, focus, & balance - physically and mentally. It stimulates your mind because you have to think about the strategies. What's interesting about this sport is that it is more about the skills and the techniques and applying them correctly, than your physical size.

Wanda Dutcher Sowizdrzal reviewed Glens Falls Karate Academy
5
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I've have known Chris Murphy for several years and he is a wonderful man. His teaching style not only teaches the art of Karate, but he teaches the children pride, respect of self and others and hard work.

Kate Austin-Avon reviewed Glens Falls Karate Academy
5
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Chris really knows his stuff, and is such a nice guy too. He's a great teacher! We are lucky to have him in our community.

Danielle Volks reviewed Glens Falls Karate Academy
5
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We love karate, Sensei and Miss Stacey. What a wonderful program to be a part of. My son looks forward to karate each week.

Koda Orion Taylor reviewed Glens Falls Karate Academy
5
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I'm in the Tuesday/Thursday adult class and I love it can't wait to continue learning I always look forward to the next class

Jim Peterson reviewed Glens Falls Karate Academy
5
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Had the pleasure of giving a seminar there this weekend....Sensei Murphy should be very proud. He runs a top notch school with a bunch of talented students. I am very proud to have him represent us as his governing organization.
Shihan Jim Peterson
8th Degree Black Belt
Vice President of the Goshin Ryu Karate Assn.

Stephen Leather reviewed Glens Falls Karate Academy
5
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I had my first lesson in Goshin Ryu Karate on 1/12/2015. Even though I have a martial arts background myself in both Jiu-Jitsu and Tae Kwon Do, I found Sensei Murphy's class to be fantastic. It was amazing to work on my sparring skills with such a knowledgeable instructor as him. I am very much looking forward to continuing my training with him.

Pam Fisher reviewed Glens Falls Karate Academy
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My son was looking for a new athletic activity this past Spring and decided to try karate. I couldn't be happier with Glens Falls Karate Academy, and the positive influence Sensei Murphy has had on my son. It's a great program for athletes of all abilities. Great place!

Nikki Hoague reviewed Glens Falls Karate Academy
5
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My daughter has been a student here for years and I would highly recommend this school to anyome looking to learn new martial arts and not be like every other martial arts school in the area! Chris is a great teacher and leader to these kids. They offer adult classes too, Come try a class and make your own opinion.

Heather Richards reviewed Glens Falls Karate Academy
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My daughter started a few months ago and has enjoyed the challenges, friendships, structure, community and education that sensei Chris Murphy provides. There is never a moment she isn't excited to go to class! As a parent I have noticed the difference in my child's focus, attitude and confidence not only about herself but in what she is doing as well!! Thank you sensei!!!

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P.I.E.S. – Teaching in 4D

Everyone likes PIES!

This is pretty much fact in my book.
Our staff here at Glens Falls Karate Academy are such huge fans that we take our PIES to the next level!

You’ve probably assumed by now that I’m not talking about the typical pies, like apple, pumpkin, etc …
So, what do we mean when we say “PIES”?

P – Physical

I – Intellectual

E – Emotional

S – Social

Our SKILLZ program’s continuing education materials allow our instructors to effectively teach our students in these four dimensions!

P – Physically
Instructors look for benchmark development in our Ninja SKILLZ program, like the ability to properly perform exercises with good technique beyond 10 reps! At 5 to 7 years old, this would be considered being above their stage of development!

I – Intellectually
With the average Ninja SKILLZ Beginner being able to retain 3 commands in total, we know that if they struggle at the advanced level to perform the appropriate portion of their form, we need to target our instruction to help increase their ability to retain information.

E – Emotionally
We have the understanding that a Ninja SKILLZ student may need to be reminded of the rules more than once. So instead of being hard on them, we will instead choose an alternate technique to nurture their Emotional stage of development.

S – Socially
Sometimes a Ninja SKILLZ student will also become very upset when they lose a game or even become overly excited when they win. The instructors know that the next goal for them would be to show great TEAMWORK in competitive situations.

What does all of this mean?
This means that from the beginning of the class until the very end, our instructors are constantly evaluating their delivery of the instruction, as well as, their method of delivery and its effectiveness!

Sometimes we receive questions in regards to why or why not certain behaviors were not addressed or why more instruction wasn’t given to a student. Often, the reason the staff did not do this may have been:

  • The mentioned level of instruction was above the student’s Stage of Development
  • There were more factors that were contributing to the behavior and a different route of instruction would produce faster results from our experience
  • The level of performance demonstrated was appropriate for the purpose of the drill

Every student is at a unique point in each four of the aforementioned stages of development. This is what helps drive their individuality and our Instructors work to nurture each student in a specific manner to help them learn and grow with the goal of becoming better versions of themselves!

Parents always want the best for their children, and will always be passionate about their progress and performance. This is why our parents are so awesome! It is important that when parents coach their children at home, between drills or while on the mat, that we all share the same vision. A student that receives two (or more) different methods of instruction can quickly become demotivated because it is too hard for them to live up to both expectations. For this reason, communication between parents and instructors is key when /if the parents have any concerns.

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