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Carol A Anthony reviewed Mastery Martial Arts
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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.

Melissa Wintle Davy reviewed Mastery Martial Arts
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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.

Karen Hilton reviewed Mastery Martial Arts
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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".

Linda Tellier reviewed Mastery Martial Arts
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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.

Kate Finegan Popowich reviewed Mastery Martial Arts
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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!

Meagan Sharum reviewed Mastery Martial Arts
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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!

Tiara Wynkoop-Hill reviewed Mastery Martial Arts
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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

Shawn Patrick Fargen reviewed Mastery Martial Arts
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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.

Susy Jauregui reviewed Mastery Martial Arts
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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!

Damian Walsh reviewed Mastery Martial Arts
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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.

Daniel Pires reviewed Mastery Martial Arts
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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

Lois Macdonald reviewed Mastery Martial Arts
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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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Your Child’s Inner fears

Emotional Breakthroughs for kids:

Parenting moments:

When your child has an Emotional Breakthrough: Yes I Can!

My son Zachary at 2 years old jumps Face first off the pool wall into a full-on Belly Flop.
Unaware of Fear and smiling all the way.

Our daughter Zoey at 5 is A little more delicate but still adventurous.
Her 🥺 face when she sees her younger brother launch off the pool wall as she listens to everyone around clap for his bravery.

Up until now, she couldn’t get herself to do it.

I saw the look on her face.
I know that look.
She is feeling the pressure.
It’s pressure she is putting on herself. 

She knows her body can do it, but emotionally she is unsure.

Then she says it.
Daddy, I’m ready to try.

That’s All I needed to hear.

Zoey has already taught me that when she says those magic words, daddy I’m ready to try we are about to experience a breakthrough.

That’s when everything stops for me and I know this is the moment I have been waiting for and to help her through this small mental block she is having.

I reminded her that jumping off the wall into the pool and going underwater was just like learning how to ski.

1. I remind her of how she learned how to ski. We started very low on the hill. I would bring her higher up the hill as her emotional confidence and physical capabilities were growing equally.

2. She wore a Ski leash, which allowed me to give her some speed control as her confidence and experience grew.

3. She woke up one morning and said to me, daddy I’m ready to ski without the leash. And she did, that day we rode the gondola and ski top to bottom.

My favorite time this past winter was watching her understand she could accomplish anything in life. Her favorite time was the chocolate waffle at the end of the ski day with daddy.

Back to the pool.

I reminded her that jumping into the pool off the wall and going underwater was just like learning how to ski.

So we started the progression.

Sit on the Wall, hold my hand enters the pool Over and over.

She began smiling.

I began to see the worry be replaced with smiles.

I could see her confidence expanding.

She then stood up on the pool wall, still holding my hand.

She jumps.

Then the magic words happened again.

I’m ready to jump without you holding my hand.

She has said those Magic words for skiing, I heard her say it to me when she learned how to ride her bike without training wheels, now I am hearing them for her fearless pool plunge.

You would think jumping off the pool wall with her floaties on would be much easier than skiing down advanced trails or riding a bike.

Everyone is different.

Zoey jumped off the wall that day and has been happier because of her bravery ever since.

It’s the small victories each day that lead to more tomorrow.

These are GREAT reminders to help your child LINK up in their mind… Before I was scared but I know I can get by this.

Emotional blocks are the BIGGEST blocks humans face.

We are all no different than Zoey.

  • Be there and ready when your kids say those Magic Words.
  • Help them through a Progression that their Emotions can accept.
  • Always break things down into the smallest possible step.
  • I LOVE These Breakthrough moments.

Of course, We recorded the event on video and uploaded it to her Instagram account to journal her life experiences.

I recommend you record your child’s Martial Arts journey. So they can look back to see how far they have come. This increases motivation when they see you taking such an interest in their development.

We talked about Her Breakthrough at dinner.
Asking her the how she felt question so she could link the feelings of, it’s ok to be nervous or scared at first.

But I want her to know that a mental decision to try, a progression and understanding of how to break things down into smaller learning pieces, and of course the TRUST of a parent or mentor to know that you won’t let them fail.

We celebrated with Ice cream of course.

A gentle reminder to all parents:

  • Be a GREAT Encourager to your Child.
  • Get in Involved.
  • They want to follow us.
  • Be silly and have fun.
  • Document “Phone, video, images” their Life journey.
  • It all Happens so Fast.
My goal with their Instagram page was to leave a progression of clues for them to see where they came from.

Parenting is the GREATEST Responsibility in the world.

I love being a Dad.

P.S. Today is Zachary’s 2-year-old birthday party.

Zoey is standing next to me asking me what I am doing.

I told her I’m sharing her story of how she overcame her fear.

With a Great Big smile on her face, She tells me she is excited to show her cousins that she has overcome this temporary fear.

Aim High Zoey.  You can accomplish anything you put your mind to.

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