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    Keeping Kids Tuned In and On Track

    Keeping Kids Tuned In and On Track


    Grand Master Darren Norris, Owner of Five Rings Self Defense in Etowah, NC

    Over the course of several weeks, I’ve outlined my school’s methods for motivating students, and offered tips for establishing a positive, motivating atmosphere for children.

    I hope you’ve tried some of these techniques at home and found them to be as successful there as we find them to be.

    Next, I’d like to share with you a secret that we use to hold students’ attention. It’s almost like the old adage about catching more flies with honey than with vinegar: Ask, don’t shout.

    Everyone likes to be asked to do something, not always told to do so. I like to tell my instructors that in order to get the kids to practice on their own or to always use their best technique, they should try asking instead of commanding.

    For example, we can say, “Johnny, can you do your kicks,” or we can scream, “JOHNNY! DO YOUR KICKS!” Both get the same result, but the first one is more pleasing to deal with.

    Besides, if I constantly am shouting orders, I see that my students begin to tune me out. It is always better to get kids to comply with a question.

    That’s not to say we don’t sometimes demand action. But we do mix it up, because constantly demanding is overbearing. We want students to realize that we want them to do their best – and that sometimes, we have to ask.

    When we give them our best, they respond by giving us their
    best in return.

    Good Luck!


    Darren Norris

    P.S. The very best way to see our LIFE LESSON strategies in action
    is for your child or family to experience them directly via our
    TRY US OUT program.

    Hapkido of Hendersonville’s, Five Rings Self Defense
    125 Etowah Center Drive, Etowah, NC 28729
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