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Juliane Sheedy

We just had our son’s 10th birthday at Progressive Martial Arts in Fresh Meadows and we were impressed with the entire experience. Kathy, the program director was friendly, responsive, and professional. They make it so simple and they took care of everything but the cake. This place is awesome! It’s a huge, spacious facility packed with all kinds of equipment. We were pleasantly surprised at all the games Kathy was able to fit into the session. There was plenty of space for the pizza and cake portion of the party and they even have an area where parents can sit at small tables during the martial arts session. They really thought of everything! The entire staff was so helpful and literally took care of every detail. There was a happy flow to the party that just cannot be faked. I cannot say enough great things about PMA.
I was so pleased with the party but my opinion comes second to all the children and especially my son who had a blast! The next day at school the boys were still talking about the party. I call that a successful party, indeed. I totally look like a hero too!

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Very friendly and welcoming staff and coaches are very patient and try to explain as best they can so you can really learn. Really enjoyable experience

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My daughter loves this school she always wants to come. I find everyone there is very professional from the front desk to the instructors. I highly recommend this school.

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Progressive Martial Arts is an amazing school with highly qualified teachers and incredible training opportunities in a variety of functional martial arts. I come back enhanced every time I visit this place.

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Nick and Kathy Sacoulas are a martial arts power couple! Their school runs seamlessly, their instructors are of the highest caliber, and their material is second to none. They come HIGHLY recommended for kids, youth, and adult programs. Progressive Martial Arts is clean, safe, and your go-to for fitness!

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Awesome place to train! I've been training here for years via seminars. I highly recommend this place to anyone that is serious about exploring the arts and looking to better themselves and others.

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I love this place! The gym is clean and spacious; could do with additional bathroom stalls though. They are so organized and they care about your child. They will call you if your child doesn't show up for class and to find out if they are enjoying themselves. My daughter started in September and she LOVES her class. She complained about sore muscles from push-ups the first week but now she brags about how many push-ups and sit-ups she can do and how high she can kick. I see a difference in her; she has confidence and a sense of camaraderie with her classmates. She says the teachers are awesome and she's very excited she got a stripe on her belt. I'm so glad I signed her up at PMA.

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One of the best Full contact Martial arts schools that I know of in NYC, they treat you like family and my kids learned a lot. A+

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Great with kids,programs are amazing.

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So Many Activities, So Little Time!

  • January 16, 2020
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By Kathy Sacoulas

How to manage your child’s schedule so that they can still have a childhood

School, dance, martial arts, basketball, baseball, instruments, tutoring…..where does it end? We start off with great intentions, trying to give our children the opportunities this great nation affords us. These are things our parents weren’t able to do and we swore we would let our kids have these. But to what end? It’s important to remember that they have to have time to enjoy free time and that these activities should be manageable and fun for them.

So here are some tips on choosing activities:

  1. Choose something they enjoy. While youngsters tastes change frequently, it’s important that they show interest in the activity you are choosing for them. Have them try it out for the duration of the membership offered and if they like it, stick to it. Don’t allow them to quit in the middle though and make sure they understand that when you start something, you must finish it. With anything your child does, make sure they maintain the original commitment they signed up for. You can make this easier by being committed yourself and enforcing the discipline required. Kids only quit if you allow them to quit.
  2. Choose activities whose schedules you can adhere to and whose proximity is easy for you. As parents, you are the ones who must be diligent about attendance and commitment so it’s important that you find it easy to fit the commute into your schedule. It’s easy in the beginning when you’re excited but as time does on, you must make sure it doesn’t become a burden on you to bring your child to that activity or else you won’t go.
  3. Choose up to 2 activities at a time. Don’t bombard your child with too much. It’s easy to get excited but the overwhelm can lead to an adverse effect, causing unnecessary stress to your youngster. Two or three times a week is good enough and will lead to a more lasting effect than something that requires hours each day of training. Kids need downtime to be free to play and be bored, so that their own creative brain development can occur. Characteristics like problem solving, initiation, and perseverance are all qualities that can be borne out of boredom and downtime (so don’t allow for devices to enter this time as well).
  4. Keep in mind that your child may not be an olympian or the next NBA champion. We all dream that our child will be the next Michael Phelps or Michael Jordan and for the very few, this is a reality. It’s great to dream but to put the pressure on a child to achieve that is very taxing. Be a supportive parent, one that praises your child for their hard work but don’t place undue stress on your children because it can lead to anxiety and dislike for the activity they are doing. It’s their passion they have to develop, not yours.
  5. Keep their activity even when school is getting more demanding. Big mistakes parents make are removing their kids from all activities when state tests start happening or when grades start to fall. In reality, you should be making sure they keep their activity schedule routine as it will make their time more structured. It will prepare them for the upcoming high school and college years more effectively and these activities will allow them to release stress and excess energy that will be necessary to perform in school better.
  6. Finally, let them be kids! We all didn’t have these extracurricular activities as kids and we were allowed to have fun and free childhoods, that taught us important life skills necessary to function in the real world. By taking away this time, we are depriving our kids of important developmental education. Let your kids have free time to play, create, release their energy and just not have to do anything! They’ll have more than enough time in their adulthood to have things TO DO.