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AKKA - Northland offers great martial arts training. The instructors are knowledgeable, experienced, and always willing to answer questions and provide guidance. The high quality instruction combined with an emphasis on hands on practice is very effective.

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An excellent school with skilled, compassionate instructors. They are great with kids as well as adults, regardless of fitness level. If you're looking for martial arts lessons in Kansas City, you should definitely head to AKKA Northland.

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Masters Schee and Miller are absolutely fabulous with the kids. Our 5 year old loves his time there and they do an excellent job encouraging the kids while still keeping them accountable for controlling themselves. Excellent balance!

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My daughter just started taking lessons a few weeks ago and loves it! Mr. Schee & Ms. Miller are awesome!

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We absolutely adore this studio and its staff. From the beginning, Ms. Miller and Mr. Schee have been friendly, supportive, and downright encouraging. We have and would continue to recommend AKKA to our friends, family, and anyone looking into self defense or a safe welcoming place to learn discipline, courage, and respect. I am so proud to have my children training here.

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This is a fantastic school with very knowledgeable and professional instructors. Class schedules are flexible and the instruction very organized. It’s a safe environment to train and fellow students are supportive of each other. Very happy with my experi nice here.

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My kids and I both joined last summer. We have made friends and found a great community at AKKA. It's rewarding to learn and grow, and the instructors and students are all great people!

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We found this school a few years ago and thought it would be good for my (at the time) kindergartner to try in between swimming and soccer. Bored with the gym, treadmill, and video fitness trainers that I always ended up burning out on, I signed up shortly afterwards and have never looked back! Now my son and I are working up through the ranks together. The instructors are friendly and knowledgeable, and the camaraderie with my fellow students is rewarding. The skill developed here can be useful in everyday life, and last a lifetime.

Todd Garrett reviewed AKKA Karate USA Northland
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AKKA Northland is a wonderful place to take your children to learn Karate. The Children learn the motto of Honesty, Courtesy, Respect and Discipline on a daily basis. The instructors make the class fun and at a pace that keeps the kids interested and engaged for the entire class. If you are are looking for a way to teach your children core values and exercise at the same time, I couldn't recommend this school more. The Instructors are top notch and very responsive to your individual needs. If your thinking about joining, go for it!

Xerxes Falcon reviewed AKKA Karate USA Northland
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This place is quickly becoming a second home. Loved it for my son so much that I have joined as well. The staff feels like family (the type you actually look forward to seeing). Only regret is not finding it sooner, but making up for lost time. Try their studio. You will not regret it.

R.J. Smith reviewed AKKA Karate USA Northland
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Very well run! Class sizes are not too large and the instructors are amazing at what they do. They are able to really work with the kids and the kids learn new things every week. My child is learning way more than just karate. They teach respect, discipline, confidence, focus, and even how to deal with bullies. Could not be happier! AKKA is great!

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Amazing place to learn and grow. The instructors are caring and love to see the progress of students.

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My kids and I have been at AKKA for eight plus years. It is the one of the best thing I can do with my kids. We learn together and support each other.

Patsy Hampton reviewed AKKA Karate USA Northland
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This place was a God send for our family! It's more than karate and they really teach you to grow personally and physically! It's perfect to do as a family and their class schedules make it possible to attend with lots of variety. My son has asthma but never has an issue kicking butt and showing respect!

Matthew Allen reviewed AKKA Karate USA Northland
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AKKA is an outstanding martial arts school that teaching more than how to kick and punch. Their system embodies the spirit of martials arts and helps you train both your body and mind for better self discipline. The instructors are wonderful people who care about their students both on and off the training deck. This is a great place for all ages and you will find yourself leaving a better person than you were when you arrived.

CeCe Holt reviewed AKKA Karate USA Northland
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We have two very different boys and they both love going to karate at AKKA! The instructors are so knowledgeable and patient. They take it very seriously and still have a lot of fun. There is a comfortable place to wait while the kids have their lessons. A lot of parents and adults train too though. We are so glad that we found this place!!

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Sideline Coaching, What To Do and What Not to Do.

 

As parents it can be very hard to watch your child in an activity, even if they are doing really well. Parents always want to help their child succeed in any way they can, including shouting encouragement from the sideline or the back of class, or “coaching” them on which foot they are supposed to move next. Positive or negative, this can hinder your child’s ability to perform to their maximum potential.

 

Let’s look at an example in martial arts, although this can apply to any activity or sport. Sparring is a fast-paced, highly focused, and sometimes high-stress activity in which your child needs to use all of their brain power on the task at hand. Here are some examples of the things that may be running through their mind while sparring:

 

  • What combination am I going to use?
  • What is my opponent going to do?
  • What did my instructor tell me I need to focus on?
  • What did my parent just say?
  • What did the other student just say?
  • What happens if I get hit?
  • How much time do I have left?

 

This is all happening within a matter seconds. That’s a lot to process, even for adults  Adding to it with commentary, either positive or negative, can have a huge impact on their ability to process quickly, which can also have an affect on their emotional stability.

 

It’s important to remember that it can be distracting for everyone in the room as well,, including other students, parents, and the instructors. So remember, even if you have the best of intentions, there are better, more productive ways to help your child:

 

  • Provide encouragement and helpful tips before class or competition.
  • During the activity remain silent unless your child looks directly to you for support or advice.
  • After class or competition provide constructive feedback and encouragement.

 

Hopefully this helps you better understand sideline coaching and the best ways to encourage your child in their extracurricular activities. The goal should always be to foster healthy growth, and of course, to have fun together during these activities.