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UPDATED: I'VE LOST 12lbs IN THE LAST 6 WEEKS DOING THE ADULTS FITNESS KICKBOXING! This a great place to improve your physical condition. Whether you're starting from a couch potato or an athlete, you will get a fantastic workout. Every workout is different so there's no getting bored here. I particularly enjoy the friendly and non-intimidating environment - everyone encourages each other, no one is left out or left behind, and EVERYONE is treated with respect. They have change rooms, bathrooms, cold water & sports drinks as well as martial arts gear available for purchase. Classes are scheduled 6 days a week and at times that make it convenient for shift workers so there's no excuse to not go! THE KIDS TAEKWONDO CLASSES are a fun place for kids 3yrs+ to burn off energy. Kids are taught various skills in an age appropriate manner. The class schedule is flexible & the option to make up for missed classes is available.
The instructors are fantastic!! They're patient, understanding, illustrate clear expectations and are very active in participating with the students in each class to make sure they learn the techniques safely and properly! Beyond the Martial Arts aspect of the class that we knew we were signing up for, Jason, Mike, Amanda and Josh are great catalysts for 'life skills' within the classes as well with the lessons of friendship, respect, compassion and humor being integrated into the class instruction. The instructors interaction and class participation have all gone above my expectations with our Autistic son and he looks forward to his classes every week!
This place is incredible! Staff is amazing, incredible program run with lots of energy! Our 3 year old started here very nervous and had developed a huge improvement in her self awareness and confidence. They have so much patience for the kids and provide an amazing opportunity for growth for them. It's been great to see her become a part of this amazing community!
Loving our membership package! We get to pick the days that work for us. The price stays the same even when we go to more classes. The staff is so nice and helpful. They are also doing great stuff for Covid as well. I feel so safe sending my son there. Looking forward to much more time spent at Trail Martial Art Studio. UPDATE: We have now been with the Ignite Family for 2 months now, and I can honestly say it is my favourite child programming to date, and we have tried several over the last few years. This crew blows me away, and my son is loving the program and his Instructors. I am so thankful for each and everyone of the Ignite crew, especially during these difficult Covid times. Speaking of Covid, Ignite's procedures are above any I've seen in our Community. I have no concern with sending my son there, which is high praise coming from me. We are extra cautious as both my son and I are Asthmatics and in the high risk category group.
This school offers amazing "ninja classes" that not only teach kids martial arts, but life skillz too! Every kid I see come to class leaves with a smile, a boost to self confidence, and amazing discipline. I'd recommend this school to anyone with kids looking for a fun, structured class.
We have been with Ignite now for 2 years, started with just one son enrolled and waited patiently for our youngest to turn three so he too could be enrolled. It’s an incredible way for our family to learn strategies to overcome challenges, to be playful while still being respectful and most importantly to never, never, never give up! The homework is so much fun and our boys are so motivated to earn their rewards, strips and new belts...they have really come to appreciate what it means to work for something and earn it! What Chad and his team have done for our family we will never forget, so very grateful to have an option of somewhere to go every single day of the week that teaches our boys powerful life skillz. Highly recommend to anyone!!
Our son has been practicing martial arts with the academy for almost a year. He has enjoyed every single class, and his improvement has been incredible. The instructors are very skilled, super enthusiastic, and amazing with the kids. The program is the perfect balance of fun, learning and discipline! They are great at what they do! The building is immaculately maintained and their safety standards are above and beyond. They have done a fantastic job keeping us parents informed, keeping our children engaged, and keeping the program running throughout the challenges presented with Covid! I highly recommend Ignite martial arts! They get our vote for best children’s program in Castlegar!! Their birthday parties are a must try as well!!
I participate in the fitness kickboxing classes at Ignite Martial Arts. The classes are always a great work out, they are fun and held in a very friendly environment. The instructors are very welcoming, they strive to help you push past your personal fitness boundaries and have extensive knowledge when it comes to martial arts/ kickboxing. I highly recommend Ignite Martial Arts for any class, you will not be disappointed!
This program is run by amazing instructors that teach the kids much more than just Martial Arts! My ninjas have been going since the center opened in 2017 and they’ve loved every minute of it. The instructors work with the kids to build confidence, perseverance as well as leadership skills to just name a few.
Jeff Holm recommends Ignite Martial Arts
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I've been a student here for about 6 months now, and I was afraid this was going to be an intimidating experience. Wow was it ever not! The staff are really friendly, and all of the other students are supportive of one another. This is a great place to build up some self esteem, burn off some fat, and meet some new friends!
Pamela Worsnop recommends Ignite Martial Arts
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Trail Martial Arts has really built up my children’s self esteem and encouraged them to take leadership roles by using a fun positive environment.
Jessica Hendriksen recommends Ignite Martial Arts
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Started doing the fitness kickboxing class in January. Been at it for almost 6 months the and I love it! I have more energy than I have ever had! I've lost fat and built muscle! I love it!
Colleen Dohms Lohner recommends Ignite Martial Arts
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Trail Martial Arts is an amazing place. Our whole family is a part of what they do! We have benefited from the programs greatly. The staff are amazing! I highly recommend them!
Emily Kogan-Young recommends Ignite Martial Arts
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A really great, intense and fun workout for getting in shape and stress relief!
Keri Peters recommends Ignite Martial Arts
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I’m amazed at the progress my child has made in less than a year with her confidence and physical awareness. It’s a great sport and the instructors are awesome with capturing the kids attention and teaching them skills.
Janette Holtzman recommends Ignite Martial Arts
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4 of my kids are in the martial arts program so far. They have gained knowledge in physical fitness and defense, skills that will trickle into all aspects of their lives, and developed social skills as well. I can't say enough good things about this program and the instructors that run it! The instructors are patient, encouraging, and take the time to work on individual improvements. The kids are always excited to get to their next level of belt testing, and a recent goal I've heard from one of them is that they are determined to get their black belt. A wonderful goal to have! The instructors put on even more, extra activities that the kids love and the whole family can enjoy. Absolutely love Trail Martial Arts!
Kerilyn Stephens recommends Ignite Martial Arts
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My daughter (who is 3) has just begun at Trail Martial Arts and I'm already all in! The staff has been so welcoming and patient with my reluctant ninja and have brought her out of her shell. She told me yesterday that "Josh is my best friend!" An amazing place!
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Dopamine – The Key to Increased Motivation and Focus in Children and Teens
May 20, 2019
Have you ever wondered why children and teens seem to be so addicted to their smartphones and other devices? Parents are frustrated with their children’s lack of attention and motivation but what do their devices have to do with this? The answer is found in science!
Often referred to as the “motivator molecule,” dopamine is a “feel good” chemical that is released in the brain which helps us focus and feel motivated. When dopamine levels are low, it can result in symptoms such as difficulty focusing, decreased motivation, trouble problem-solving, and social anxiety. Therefore, many ADHD medications target dopamine levels.
When children and teens have low dopamine levels, we often find that they spend more time on video games and smartphone apps, and some tend to be thrill seekers. These things give a boost of dopamine, which makes them feel good and then leads to them seeking out more of the same thing. This constant boost of dopamine keeps them coming back for more.
The reason is because dopamine is part of the reward pathway of the brain. When something is interesting or exciting, a surge of dopamine rushes to the brain. Much like the excitement we feel when we are preparing for a trip or waiting for dessert, the anticipation of receiving a reward tells the brain to release dopamine. This release tells our brain that this event is worth getting more of. And so, the cycle begins.
The great thing about dopamine is that it can help modify behavior in a positive way, when done correctly. Because of the pleasure that dopamine makes us feel, we are more motivated to learn and, therefore, we retain information better. This is because the dopamine creates new neurological pathways in the brain. When we find activities that are pleasurable, we learn more from them and keep doing them.
Now that we understand the neuroscience surrounding dopamine, how can we, as parents, teachers, coaches, and anyone who works with children, use this information? We must create a learning environment that is exciting and produces the “anticipation of accomplishment.”
Our SKILLZ programs do this by teaching with the brain in mind and utilizing game-based learning. Along with this, two of the Teaching SKILLZ that are used in class are specifically designed to increase the students’ dopamine levels.
Trickery: The use of “trickery” as a teaching skill in class helps the students focus, which ultimately leads to better listening skills. For example, when playing a game and the students are waiting for the instructor to say “go,” the instructor can trick the students by saying “goose” or “go-cart” instead. This excites the students but also motivates them to listen better and, therefore, be more focused.
Intrinsic Motivation: The use of “intrinsic motivation” in class helps the students become more motivated, which leads to more confidence. For example, to get students more motivated from within, the instructor can say “You only have to do 5 pushups but if you want to be a Black Belt do 10 pushups, if you want to be a master do 5 pushups, but if you want to make me and your parents proud and show you are the best student, do 20 pushups.”
By utilizing these techniques, students get a rush of dopamine because they anticipate the events in class, stay focused, listen better, and are motivated to do their best. They feel good in class and they come back wanting more!