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My daughter's 7 year old birthday party was so much fun for the kids and adults also. Mr Ron Russo was so funny and the kids love him.

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My two children (10 and 11 years old) and I have been training at Mastery for 6 years. Training has transformed from an activity to a lifestyle for all 3 of us. Mastery goes far beyond the stereotypical "kicking and punching" of martial arts training and instills the principles of mental and social development in conjunction with physical training. I see the benefits of this holistic approach in not only my children, but also in myself as we apply Mastery's lessons to our daily lives. Becoming Mastery students has been one of the best decisions my husband and I have ever made for our family.

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What started out as a whim has now become a full blown obsession. My daughter and I have met amazing people on this journey at Mastery Martial Arts in Cranston to our black belts. The instructors have a great way with kids, have a sense of humor, and know how to hold your attention and motivate. They focus on so much more than the physical aspect of the sport. We have thoroughly enjoyed all of the challenges our training has presented and would highly recommend this Academy to anyone interested in enjoying family and friend time and creating a better "you".

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4 seasons of family time, fitness, positive role models, strong values, good friends. 7 members of our family, aged 3-48 attend. And each one of us is benefiting from the challenge as we become stronger mentally and physically.

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My daughter felt so at home here after an awesome birthday party for a friend, that we now drive from Pawtucket because it's worth every moment!

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When we decided to sign up for our family package with Mastery I was thinking... sure! I'll do some Kick boxing classes.. My Husband decided he wanted to try out karate with the kids... so since everyone was doing karate I decided to join as well.. Due to lack of confidence I was not very sure about how great I would do in the class. After a couple classes I started realizing.. not only are these classes amazing for my children's confidence but my own as well. We have all been with Mastery for about 2 months now and we couldn't see ourselves NOT doing this together as a family. We feel welcome at Mastery MA we feel like we have a connection to the instructors, friendships with our peers. Its all just a normal routine now that we just couldnt not have in our weekly schedule. Not only is Mastery amazing for our family but its great for me and my husband as well. Not only are we partners for many of our Karate classes but we also get a free night to ourselves once a month during parents night out. A day where we can feel comfortable bringing our children to be watched after by Mastery so we can have time to ourselves.. If you are looking for something for your children or even your whole family to partake in. Give Mastery MA a try... Its absolutely amazing.

Holly Ann Salerno reviewed Mastery Martial Arts
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We signed our son up about a year ago in hopes that we would make some progress in his behavioral issues, like discipline, respect and focus. His behavior at home has surely improved, and a few months ago I joined him on the mat. We love doing this together. It's a great workout, and it teaches so many great skills, not just for kids!

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Awesome staff, super helpful and positive. They make sure students are doing well at home and school as well! Not to mention parents night out every other month

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This is a MUST STOP for all families😁in Johnston. The team here is amazing. There is an immediate feeling of "family" within all ranks. I highly recommend!!🥋

Veronica Sandoval-Freenor reviewed Mastery Martial Arts
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This is by far the greatest investment we've made toward out daughters future. The leadership program is helping her become more confident in herself. She's having so much fun doing something she never thought she could do. Thank you to all the staff members for your encouragement and support.

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After doing a research and checking out numerous places we are so happy to have chosen Mastery for our son. Amazing atmosphere, great leaders and role models is what we see each at each class. There's a difference between doing a job and being passionate about something, that's what makes the difference here, the passion to share what they know. Looking forward to the day our son becomes a black belt and all the memories he's making here!

Lee Beauchamp reviewed Mastery Martial Arts
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Me and my son take class here and it has changed or lives!!! Really great experience!! And teaches u about life skills and self defense and lots more.if you have the chance take a class you will see.. And a special thanks the mr. Pezzillo and his team!

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My son Jayden has been a part of this program a little over a month, and already we see an improvement in his effort, self esteem, and discipline. He feels good leaving karate and we couldn't be happier with the amazing staff! They don't give hand-outs to the kids like everything else;, however they're always acknowledged and positively reinforced encouraging them to do their best all the time! 5 stars

Wade Richmond reviewed Mastery Martial Arts
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Just did my granddaughter's 7th birthday party here today ... And they did a GREAT job!! Very friendly, kids loved it, and a very positive message runs throughout everything they did. Highly recommend it!!

Patricia Franco DiPaolo reviewed Mastery Martial Arts
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After having struggled for a number of years to get our son active & involved in an organized sport, we finally found something that he LOVES. Our child has ADHD & learning disabilities and not to mention is very shy & lacked self confidence. I was afraid that he would have a hard time keeping focus & wanting to quit. That was not the case here. I've never seen him so focused & excited. I commend Master West's dedication to all his students. He takes pride in each & everyone at all levels & all ages. His leadership skills have captured our sons full attention & after only a short time we already find his confidence building. He may not have perfected the forms yet, but he does not quit & knows he WILL get there. Not to mention the leadership class was the best decision we could have made. I couldn't believe my eyes, when after only a couple classes he is volunteering to lead the class. I couldn't be more proud of how much he's already accomplished & couldn't be more thankful & impressed with Master West & his MIT's for the great leadership skills & role models they are to all their students.

Jesse Thomas reviewed Mastery Martial Arts
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You want to see respect, confidence and leadership? I saw a seven year old kid get up in front of a room full of people of all ages and, without hesitation, stand tall and yell orders for the room to follow. He then volunteered several times to demonstrate the knowledge of his art in front of everybody. This same seven year old kid then proceeded to recite from memory a lengthy creed, which the room repeated after him. His acceptance of his mistakes and his willingness to keep trying till he gets it perfect is a testimonial to his ongoing transformation. This seven year old is my son...the place that deserves the credit: Mastery Martial Arts - Smithfield.
Thanks to Chief Instructor Ryan West, and his whole staff of instructors.

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When I first took my 5 year old daughter to Mastery Martial Arts Smithfield I was looking for her took get active and make some new friends but what I and my daughter received was so much more , it's a very active class , she has made many new friends but she has also learned that with hard work come the rewards, my daughter absolutely loves it she has been at it for 2 years and is now preparing for her apprentice black belt all with the help from Mr Ryan West

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We started a trial session and just signed up for classes after the trial is done. 2 classes in my husband and i love what it's doing for our son. Hoping to continue to be able to take our son and see him blossom more.

Janelle McCabe Reed reviewed Mastery Martial Arts
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We just moved to the area and my husband found this place close to our home. They currently are both taking karate and LOVE IT! I cannot say enough positive things about Mastery. Mr. West always points out not only the positive, but guides the kids to do better and keep trying. It's great to see the teenagers in there helping the kids too. All the staff is great! (Obviously we love this place.) If you're looking for a place that will not only challenge your children but place them into a "family" this is def the spot!

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How to Build your Child’s Confidence

“Building Your Child’s Confidence the Right Way”

Parents want their children to feel confident and capable, but sometimes in our efforts to bolster self-esteem we inadvertently do more harm than good.

According to recent studies, the psychological damage that can be caused by making a child feel inadequate is actually quite severe – and it can last well into adulthood.

The best way for parents to help their children build confidence is through encouragement and support rather than praise or rewards. This will give them a sense of accomplishment without any feelings of inadequacy.

All children are different and will respond to different parenting styles. Some kids need a lot of encouragement and positive reinforcement, while others respond better to a more hands-off approach. But one thing all parents should avoid is making their children feel inadequate.

It’s important for kids to feel like they can accomplish things, no matter how challenging they seem at the moment.

You know that old saying, “you can’t teach an old dog new tricks”? Well, it turns out that’s not true. There are ways to help our kids and ourselves learn new things throughout life.

Here are Seven principles for helping your child build their confidence so they can be the best person they can be.

1. Teach them to Learn from their failures and focus on what they’re capable of and remind your child of their past successes.

Teach them how to be kind to themselves when they make mistakes or fail at something and that this is okay and should not affect who they really are as a person.

Tell your child you love them just the way they are even if they’re struggling with something right now because we all go through those moments. Let them know that sometimes we embrace our weaknesses instead of focusing on our strengths because it can lead us down an interesting path.

Help your child find inspiration within, rather than comparing themselves to others children’s successes. They will begin to believe in their abilities once more and become less

2. Encourage your child to take risks and don’t be afraid of failure.

Teach them that it’s okay to make mistakes and that this is what helps us grow and become better in life.

Role model confidence in everything you do in order to help your child learn how they should behave.

When all else fails and you’re struggling with any of these principles, buy yourself a puppy! It’s okay if it doesn’t work right away because anything worth having can take time, like for example raising kids. But seriously though, puppies are amazing creatures and usually make people happy 🙂

3. Model confident behavior for your child. Let them see you overcome your own fears and challenges.

Mommy doesn’t always know everything, but she always tries her best.

If you’re a parent, there’s a good chance you want your child to feel confident in themselves. You want them to be able to overcome any obstacle that comes their way and be successful in anything they do. However, raising confident kids can be difficult.

We all make mistakes, even as parents. It’s important to remember that when we’re raising kids and teaching them how to be confident. We need to show them that it’s okay to make mistakes and that this is how we learn and grow in life.

Another thing to keep in mind is that confidence doesn’t come easy for everyone. It can be something that we struggle with throughout our lives

4. Praise effort over results: It’s not about winning it’s about learning.

The goal is to go to bed each night thinking “I did the best I could today” rather than congratulating yourself for what you achieved.

Encourage your child to take risks, help them learn from their failures, don’t be afraid to fail, and most importantly let them know you believe in them no matter what.

When kids are given room to explore they gain confidence in themselves. A good way of parenting is by letting kids test their limits and encouraging them not to give up. If mommy can do it then so can you!

Just remember that life goes on even if your child gets an answer wrong or doesn’t succeed at first. Since we all go through struggles there’s nothing more satisfying than watching our children grow into confident adults that overcome any obstacle with

5. Help them find a role model or mentor who has qualities you want your child to emulate:

Find the right martial arts program near you to help your child build self-confidence: Martial arts can help kids build focus, discipline, and confidence.

When it comes to raising confident kids, one of the most important things you can do as a parent is to set a good example for yourself. Kids will watch everything we do and learn from it, so if we want them to be confident in themselves then we need to act confidently ourselves.

If you’re having a hard time with this, don’t worry, there are plenty of resources out there to help you. There are books, articles, websites, programs, and even mentors that can help you teach your child how to be confident.

One program that I highly recommend is Mastery martial arts. I’m not just saying that because I’m a part of it, I genuinely believe in the program and what it has done for my own kids.

Mastery Certified Instructors are experts in bringing out the best in karate kids.

6. Find opportunities for success by setting achievable goals with deadlines:

Goal setting for kids can be about more than just academics. It can be used to develop confidence in other areas of their life as well.

Do you have a hard time setting goals for yourself? No worries, kids often learn better by watching us! You can use your own challenges with setting goals and try to make them achievable even if it means breaking them down into smaller pieces.

Another thing I recommend is finding role models who’ve lived through similar struggles to what you’re experiencing now. If you don’t know any then why not look up “people who are great at goal setting” or people who have overcome their own personal struggles and challenges to impact the world. Find out how they achieved the success they have, let them teach you how to do it yourself.

7. Give constructive feedback when there is something your child needs.

Give your child the feedback that they need and want. Listen to what they have to say and really listen, not just (unintentionally) using them as a distraction from your own life.

How do we make sure we’re giving the right feedback? We observe our kids closely and pay attention to their behavior. If your child is doing something that may be harmful to themselves or others then it’s important that you give such feedback (constructively of course). But there are other ways you can provide constructive feedback as well. For example, instead of saying “I love you!” simply smile at your child and watch their face light up with joy at being appreciated. That’s more powerful than hearing those words if your child doesn’t know how much you care about them.

Final Thought:

Parents are the ones that help shape their children into confident individuals. If you want your child to overcome challenges then they should be able to do it themselves. The way you teach them is by being a role model yourself and showing them how to be confident in themselves. Start off by setting goals for yourself so that you have something to work towards. Then, give constructive feedback when your child needs it while also listening closely to what they have to say. When all of this is done you’ll end up with an amazing relationship with your child that will last for years!

Raising confident kids can be a lot of work, but it’s definitely worth it in the end. Just by being a role model and setting achievable goals, you can help them overcome any challenge that comes their way! Remember to provide constructive feedback when they need it and always listen closely to what they have to say. With a little bit of effort on your part, your child will become a confident individual that you can be proud of. Thanks for reading! 🙂

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