December Kickin’ Newsletter – 2022

Establishing Leadership Traits in Young Children

Leadership skills are highly valued in today’s competitive and fast-paced society. Whether it is being captain of a sports team, managing a group of working professionals, or heading the community council, being a leader requires a set of skills that need to be developed. The only way to develop these skills is to practice and hone them. The same is true with young children as well. Through practice, anyone can become a leader!

The importance of confidence

One of the most important traits of an effective leader is self-confidence. It is certainly true that some children are more confident in their thoughts and actions than others. Confidence is important precisely because the perception of one’s self is contagious! If one individual is able to display confidence in a thought or idea among a group of people, it sets the premise for relationships based on trust to be developed. However, it is also important to remember that confidence is not the only trait that a leader requires. In some cases, over-confidence or blind confidence can hold a leader back. Enrolling your child in karate classes at a young age is a good way to make them confident and self-reliant.

Good leaders start out as good followers

Another factor to remember is that leaders typically don’t begin as “leaders” who give out instructions and command people to perform tasks and actions. The best leaders first experiences performing these actions himself or herself – as a follower – so that he or she can understand the effort and skill required. In doing so, a leader will increase his or her effectiveness in communicating and empathizing with team members under him and getting best results.

Another key trait that all leaders need is decision-making ability. This seems oddly difficult for many adults and most children! A leader must be able to view a situation and analyze it completely before developing a plan to tackle it, without falling prey to “paralysis of analysis.” Decisiveness is perhaps the most important trait of a leader, as it will determine whether a team is successful or not. Confidence in following through with a plan is important, but a calm, informed mind to make sound decisions is absolutely imperative for ultimate success and ROI.

Developing these traits is no easy job. Children can often feel uncomfortable or frightened when placed in leadership positions initially. However, many karate for kids programs make the training appealing to each age groups – playful for some, strictly disciplined for others – so that the leadership lessons are absorbed and experienced in several ways. In time, leadership practice feels more natural and fun, something to look forward to! As a parent, it is extremely important to encourage and motivate a child who takes on the added responsibility of being a leader, even if he or she may not succeed at first. Your karate instructors will be glad to help you and your child address training goals and needs too. Anyone can be a leader with dedication and practice at a qualified instructional facility with caring, capable teachers.


Special Mention

Look Who Joined TM Martial Arts Academy!

Teddy Sorg, Riley Martinez, Mili Galvez, Savon Huchins, Michael Catana, Matthew Nix, Jesus Pantoja, Topanga Andere, Thomas Tellor, Andrew Moczarny, and Tristan Ervins!


Look Who Committed to Black Belt Training!

Jesus Orozco Maciel, Jasmine Marashlil, Jackson Mock, Ella Mock, Jase Mock, Zoe Mock, and Matthew Nix!


Wrapping Up Black Belt Goal-Setting Season!

We are wrapping up Black Belt Goal-Setting Season at TM Martial Arts Academy! The past few weeks have been focused on setting fresh Black Belt Goals… because setting fresh goals is a POWERFUL part of your martial arts journey. Check out our final featured Black Belt video! Then, give us a call to set YOUR next GOAL-SETTING CONFERENCE with a TM Martial Arts Academy staff member! (815) 254-6141

Belt Promotion & Black Belt Extravaganza!

Mark Your Calendars! Our Belt Promotion & Black Belt Extravaganza is almost here! This is for ALL of our promoting students to demonstrate the skills they learned this cycle, to receive their new belts and certificates, and to be presented with any Good Habits awards they have earned along the way! There is plenty of seating, so make sure to invite your friends, family, neighbors, school teachers, etc.

Saturday, December 17 @12:00pm

Crossroads Community Church: 2312 Essington Road, Joliet 60431

Questions? Feel free to give us a call! (815) 254-6141

Mark Your Calendar!

December 3 – Holiday Ninja Night Out @5pm-8pm

December 10 – Leadership Instructor Training Meeting @1:45pm-2:45pm

December 5-10, 12-16 – Belt Testing, by appointment only

December 17 – Belt Promotion & Black Belt Extravaganza

December 19 – New Curriculum Cycle begins (Cycle B)

December 24-26 – CLOSED, Merry Christmas!

December 27-30 – No Classes, Office is open 10am-4pm

December 31-Jan 2 – CLOSED, Happy New Year!

January 3 – Classes resume


NEW! Recommended Reading Corner

This month, we recommend reading “Extreme Ownership” by Jocko Willink & Leif Babin

We want to challenge students and parents to read at least one book per month to stay mentally strong.