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AJ Van Wie reviewed Glens Falls Karate Academy
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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.

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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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.
Shihan Jim Peterson
8th Degree Black Belt
Vice President of the Goshin Ryu Karate Assn.

Stephen Leather reviewed Glens Falls Karate Academy
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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
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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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The SKILLZ Zone – The Sweet Spot for Learning

We’ve all set goals, to some degree, throughout our lives.

Some were easily achieved while others we just gave up on completing. This is because most plans are either set in the comfort zone or the danger zone. And while our initial motivation generally puts on a path to setting lofty goals, it can also lead us to failure. Finding a balance between these two zones is critical in increasing productivity and avoiding stagnation. The “SKILLZ zone” is the optimal place to do this. By teaching children this early on, we can ensure that they have the necessary tools for consistent future successes.

 

We are all very familiar with the comfort zone.

This is where we feel secure and have skills in place to help us maintain the status quo.

Many people spend a lot of time in this zone because it doesn’t require much change. This is also the place that we withdraw to when we feel panicked or overwhelmed. And although feeling safe is essential, the comfort zone doesn’t allow us space to grow, so we become indifferent to expanding ourselves. This essentially blocks us from learning any new skills that are beneficial to our growth.

 

On the opposite side of the comfort zone is the danger zone. This zone is where we feel completely overwhelmed and out of control, so just surviving takes all our attention and effort. This often happens to those who set goals so far from their current abilities that they become overwhelmed and panicked. Because we are “wired to survive,” these uncomfortable feelings cause us to retreat to our comfort zone, and any possibility for new skill achievement comes to an abrupt standstill. We are then, once more, faced with apathy for anything challenging.

 

The key to breaking free from this cycle and beginning to set goals that are challenging, yet attainable is to form them in the “SKILLZ zone.” This is the zone where dreams are not so far off that we are too scared to try, but are also not close enough to be too easily achievable. Therefore, new skills are just out of our reach, making it the sweet spot for learning. For children to settle into the “SKILLZ zone,” they must feel the environment is safe and supportive.

 

At Glens Falls Karate Academy, this zone is the foundation of the program’s design. Since each class is age-specific, the starting point and goals are based on appropriate expectations within the physical, intellectual, emotional, and social development for that age group. This, coupled with the game-based approach to learning, creates an environment that is fun yet challenging. Also, the Certified Pediatric Ninja Specialists that run each class utilize their knowledge of science and psychology as well as Teaching SKILLZ to establish an environment that makes each student feel safe. All this combined makes the achievement system of earning stripes and belts an enjoyable process and gives each student more confidence to set the next goal.

 

Learning new skills and abilities should be enjoyable, and getting there should come from engaging in activities where we feel safe enough to try something beyond our current limitations while also not going overboard. Consistent progress towards these things opens up a child’s curiosity as to what else they can achieve. By doing this, we are helping them always challenge themselves, which will give them the power to achieve anything they want in life.

 

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