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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.

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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.

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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!

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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
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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.
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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.

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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!

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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.

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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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Skills-Based Training vs. Technique-Based Training

Most styles of martial arts are rooted in tradition and have been taught the same way for years. And while tradition is vital to keeping the art preserved, the way it is taught in today’s modern world isn’t as effective. As times change and as the science of education becomes more evolved, we must adjust to meet the needs of the people we’ve set out to educate. This is especially true when teaching children.

 

Traditional martial arts is taught as a set of techniques that progressively get harder as each new level is attained. The problem is, these techniques are the same for a 3-year-old as they are for a 13-year-old … yet the natural abilities within these two ages are completely different. Because of this, most children often become frustrated and quit because they can’t meet the expectations of the curriculum. In addition, their instructors become frustrated because they don’t understand why their students aren’t performing the techniques correctly or appear sloppy in their execution.

 

This technique-based approach of teaching martial arts isn’t easy when you have a child that has low muscle tone, poor core strength, and has only had a few years of language development. It makes it very difficult for children at different ages to grasp techniques, and so the “confidence” that is trying to be developed is inconsistent at best. A better approach is what the SKILLZ program refers to as skills-based training.

 

With a skills-based approach to martial arts training, students are placed in classes that were created for their specific stage of development. For example, an instructor is teaching a middle punch and the 6-year-old student can’t perform it the way the instructor would like. The child can’t hold the punch up for any length of time, and the instructor doesn’t understand why this is. In a SKILLZ program, the instructor has been trained on the stages of development for this age group, and understands that a child at this age is still developing the muscle tone needed to be able to hold the punch out for an extended period of time. Therefore, specific skills-based drills are used to encourage this development in order to build a strong foundation for continued training.

 

Since each age group is given a different set of skills to work on, designed especially for their stages of development, our students overall growth is more effective in class. And this doesn’t just include physical advancements but also intellectual, social, and emotional progress. But the biggest benefit of this type of training is that these skills can help children in school, at home, and in other sports as well.

 

When we understand each child’s stage of development, we can then begin to teach them and reach them where they are. Utilizing a skills-based approach to training children in martial arts is key. And by doing this, we are setting them up for success in all areas of their life.

 

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