Midwest Martial Arts of Mequon / Thiensville

Looking for a great after school activity that teaches kids a lot also?

13 Aug
Looking for a great after school activity that teaches kids a lot also?
Martial arts: The art of Self-Defense 
Bruce Lee, the legendary martial artist and actor once said, “The only purpose of martial arts is to protect yourself, not to hurt another”.
Getting your child into a karate or martial arts class will induce him or her with a right dose of self-esteem and self-respect. This activity will get them active and improve their focus. They will learn to take hits, face their fears and fight back with everything that they have got.
Martial arts also helps their bodies and minds connect and function better. Overall, this extra curricular activity will help them get in shape and feel more accomplished.

Summer Time Parenting Tips

19 Jun

Summertime Parenting Tips

By now summer is in full swing and we hope that everyone is taking advantage of our summer camps here at Midwest Martial Arts! If you are looking for something fun to keep your ninja occupied this summer feel free to find us at the front desk or give us a call and ask about all the cool things going on this summer!
Today I wanted to offer a few tips on how to keep boredom at bay this summer! These are simple tips that you can implement NOW, and will help set your ninja up for success.
Communicate the plan
Every evening, take a few spare minutes and review the “plan” for the next day. A little bit of structure will go a long way and will also help everything go smoothly. If possible, try to include 45min-1hr of physical activity doing things such as swimming, biking or practicing your forms!
Work together to develop effective summertime habits
Many parents will set boundaries and limitations for their kids which is great, but if you include your kids in the process they will better understand the “how” and “why”. This will help them better understand why certain things are limited and also help them find ways to keep themselves entertained. Talk with your ninja and determine how much electronics time per day & week are appropriate. Then work together to come up with a list of activities they enjoy!
Be a good role model
Get outdoors and show them how much fun it is to be active! Children will often make better choices when their role models are doing the same, do so and they will be more willing to give it a try! This can be as easy as having them teach you how to play a game! You can even take it to the next level and have them teach you how to do a few kicks or a form!
We hope that this has given you a few ideas to use when tackling summer boredom! If you are out and about or on vacation don’t forget we would love to stay in contact by posting a picture or video on our FB page. We hope you are enjoying your summer and can’t wait to see everyone back on the mat!
Midwest Martial Arts

The Effects Of Bullying

19 Jun
The Effects Of Bullying
Kids and teens are hesitant to talk about being bullied. Parents should watch for sudden changes in your child’s behavior.

Signs of Being Bullied

Signs can include:

Reluctance to go to school
Sudden drop in grades
Self-deprecating talk
Staying away from friends
Crying Episodes
Frequent complaints of headaches and/or stomach aches
Unexplained bruises
Long-Term Effects of Bullying
Bullies create a constant fear in their victims. Some kids may:
Lose all self-esteem
Suffer from severe depression
Could turn to drug and alcohol use
Could start self harming
Some kids are so tormented that they use suicide as an alternative. 
Kids and teens look to their parents for protection and advice. Many think bullying will toughen kids up or that it’s a right of passage. It used to be like that. Not anymore! Our kids are subjected to more than we ever were. It’s a different world today!

We cannot allow our children to hurt from these senseless acts of empowerment from other kids who have learned this behavior.

And remember – what is learned can be unlearned.

Martial Arts training is great for building confidence with competence.   We offer free trail lessons.   For more information call us at 262-236-5455

Summer Tips

19 Jun
Keeping Kids Hydrated
Make sure your children get plenty of liquids to stay healthy and active this summer, and help them develop good hydration habits for a lifetime.
By Debra Wittrup
No Sweat
Children are much more prone to dehydration than adults because their bodies don’t cool down as efficiently, and they are never more at risk than during the heat of summer. The danger arises when fluids are leaving the body through sweating faster than they are being replaced, and severe dehydration can be life-threatening. Taking a few simple precautions will protect your child and allow him to enjoy the summer fun safely.
Power Aid
Perhaps the best way to keep your child hydrated is to get her used to drinking liquids regularly. Offer healthy beverages at every meal and with snacks. And if you know a particularly busy or strenuous day is coming up in your child’s schedule, add some extra hydration in her first meal of the day or even the night before. The American College of Sports Medicine recommends drinking the equivalent of a standard bottle of water (16.9 oz.) about 2 hours before vigorous exercise.
Wet Their Whistles
Don’t wait until your child is thirsty to offer refreshment; by that time he is already dehydrated. Three studies by the University of Connecticut found that more than half of the children at sports camps were significantly dehydrated despite the availability of water and sports drinks and the encouragement to drink liquids. Get your child in the habit early on by scheduling frequent beverage breaks during activity, about every 20 minutes or so in hot weather. If possible, take all hydration breaks in a shady spot.
Banned from the Sport
When choosing drinks for kids, avoid those that have caffeine, such as iced tea or many sodas. As a diuretic, caffeine can contribute to the dehydration process by increasing fluid loss. In addition, as a stimulant, it can depress the symptoms of dehydration. Beverages such as soda or juice-flavored drinks might taste refreshing, but the high sugar content is unhealthy for many reasons and should be avoided for hydration except as a last resort.
Sweet Choices
Many fruits are excellent sources of water as well as being a nutritious snack. Offer fruits often during playtime and throw them in the cooler for after-game snacks. Fruit juice has a higher concentration of sugar than whole fruit and because of that, it’s not the best beverage choice for hydration during strenuous exercise. But the AAP (American Academy of Pediatric) does see a place for it among your options: for activity periods longer than three hours, the AAP suggests a drink of half water and half 100-percent juice.
Eat Your Veggies
Always include high-water-content foods in your daily meal planning to help your family stay well-hydrated at all times so strenuous activities don’t find them in a deficit. In addition to water, fruit, fruit juice, and many vegetables are excellent sources of hydration. Clear soup, especially when made with vegetables, offers an ideal way to get liquid into the diet along with good nutrition.
Winning Strategy
As they get older, you won’t be able to follow your kids everywhere to ensure they’re getting the liquids they need. But you can help them to understand the importance of hydrating frequently for good health. Instill in them early on the habits of frequent beverage breaks and choosing liquids wisely. Help those good habits along by always packing good sources of hydration into their lunchboxes or backpacks as not-so-subtle reminders to keep up the good work!

11 tips on building self-esteem in children

11 Jun

Simply praising your child can actually do more harm than good. Here’s a comprehensive guide on how to build self confidence in a child.

Last week, my son Aaron made the school soccer team. Boy, was I proud. And I couldn’t stop saying so. “Good job, buddy! You’re the best!” I beamed, he beamed, and all seemed right with the world.
It’s not the first time my kids have heard me shout their praises. I’m the resident cheering section, their biggest fan, a back-patter extraordinaire. These days, you can find me handing out compliments as if they’re sticks of gum—when my kids practise guitar, score a goal, help with dishes. The mom logic goes like this: The kid does good (or good enough for me), so I make him feel great about himself. It’s called boosting self-esteem. Or so I thought. Here are some things you may not have considered about building self-esteem in children.
1. Step back
As it turns out, there are better ways to build self-esteem than heaping on praise for everything kids do—starting with helping them become competent in the world, says Jim Taylor, author of the book Your Kids Are Listening: Nine Messages They Need to Hear from You. To do so, though, you have to learn to step back and let your child take risks, make choices, solve problems and stick with what they start.
2. Over-praising kids does more harm than good
Self-esteem comes from feeling loved and secure, and from developing competence, Taylor says, and although parents often shower their kids with the first two ingredients, competence—becoming good at things—takes time and effort. “As much as we may want to, we can’t praise our kids into competence,” he says.
In fact, by over-praising kids, we’re doing more harm than good. “We’re lowering the bar for them,” Taylor says. “If you keep telling your child she is already doing a fantastic job, you’re saying she no longer needs to push herself. But confidence comes from doing, from trying and failing and trying again—from practice.”
Samantha MacLeod, who has four boys, ages one to nine, believes constant complimenting can actually erode self-esteem. Either kids start thinking they’re perfect or they try to be perfect all the time—an impossible standard. And inaccurate praise confuses them, she says. “If my son can’t spell and I tell him he’s doing terrific, he learns not to trust his own instincts. He also learns that praise is just flat-out lying.”
Plus, Taylor adds, telling your child he’s the best, the smartest or the most talented is setting him up for some very bad news down the road. You’re creating an egomaniac who thinks his scribbles are Rothkos but, sooner or later, he’ll discover he’s not all that after all
3. Let your child take healthy risks
Start by forcing yourself to stand back while your child takes healthy risks, says Victoria Sopik, CEO of Kids & Company, a corporate childcare service in Toronto, and a mother of eight. “To build confidence in the world, kids have to take chances, make choices and take responsibility for them,” Sopik says. She sees too many parents trying to rescue their kids from failure all the time.
Sopik remembers staring from across the room as her two-year-old son, Fraser, lifted a huge jug of orange pop at a fancy party. “He was about to pour it into a glass, and I just stood there, holding my breath,” Sopik recalls.  Rather than trying to save her son before he had a chance to try, Sopik watched as Fraser spilled the pop all over the floor.
Then came the best part: Fraser found a waitress, asked for a paper towel and cleaned up his own mess. “He solved his own problem—just like we do as successful adults,” Sopik says.
4. Let kids make their own choices
When kids make their own age-appropriate choices, they feel more powerful, says Sopik, pointing out that kids as young as two can start considering the consequences of their decisions. Sopik always let her kids decide on their own whether to wear a coat, hat and mittens in winter. “Once they knew the difference between warm and cold, it was up to them. They should have control over their bodies and take responsibility for their choices,” she says.
5. Let them help around the house
In building self-esteem, kids also need opportunities to demonstrate their competence and feel that their contribution is valuable, says Taylor. At home, that means asking them, even when they’re toddlers, to help with cooking, setting the table and making beds.
6. Encourage them to pursue their interests (fully)
Another surefire way to boost confidence in kids is to encourage them to take on tasks they show interest in, then make sure they follow through to completion. It doesn’t matter what the task—it could be anything from swimming laps to beating levels in video games. The point is for them to stick with what they start, so they feel that hit of accomplishment at the end.
7. What to do when children struggle or fail
What if your child’s self-esteem plummets when she gets cut from the gymnastics team or can’t memorize multiplication tables?
8. Don’t lose sleep over it
“So many parents have it backward,” Taylor says. “They think struggles and failure will hurt their kids’ self-esteem, but it’s actually a golden opportunity to help build it.”
9. Make clear that your love is unconditional
Let your child know you love her even when she fails or makes bad decisions. If all you talk about is performance, Sopik points out, she will think you only love her for her report card or the lead she got in the play.
10. Make sure your child’s goals are within reach, at a level appropriate for his ability
That may mean suggesting he join house league, where he can feel like a star rather than being the last one picked on the AA team. MacLeod learned this lesson when her son, Alex, was in grade two. Feeling like a failure at reading, Alex was ready to give up when MacLeod brought home some Magic Tree House books, which were slightly below Alex’s level. “He read one every two days and was so proud of himself that he went on to read the Goosebumps series, no problem,” she recalls. Afterward, mother and son talked about how Alex’s choice to practise paid off, and she praised his perseverance.
11. Offer appropriate praise
Although praise is often misused, when it’s specific and earned, it is a valuable self-esteem builder, Taylor says.
Lorna Crosse, a former music teacher, remembers asking her choir students to keep a “brag file” full of praise they earned. Any time they saw their names in a program or newspaper article or received a complimentary note, they were to put it inside. “When the kids had a bad day, they would take out those words of praise and read all the neat things they had done, and it would make them feel better about themselves.”
The brag file works because it shows kids specific ways they’re special and teaches them that practise reaps rewards, Taylor says. And it’s the practise—the effort—that should be the focus of praise, Sopik says. “Don’t just say ‘great play’. Tell him it was awesome how he passed the ball to his teammate.”
And keep in mind that a little indirect praise, such as stars on a chore chart, can work wonders. Mom Nancy Botelho gets even more inventive. She makes sure her kids “overhear” a little boasting. “I’ll tell my friends how the teacher said Margaret is so kind, or how I saw Bridget working so hard at tying her shoes. The kids just shine. Since they were spying, they know I mean it and I’m not just trying to make them feel good.”
Your self-esteem checklist
Feel special. It’s important for you to help your children discover their own unique talents and qualities, and to value their own strengths. But also teach them that feeling special doesn’t mean feeling better than others.
Set goals. Teach your kids to work towards a goal and to have pride in their accomplishments. Provide them with opportunities for success.
Try, try again. Encourage your children to try things their own way, face challenges and take risks.
Contact us for your FREE class! 262-573-4505 or email us at info@mdwma.com

5 Genius Fitness Tips Every Full-Time Working Mom Must Try

04 Jun
Why Every Working Mom Feels Short On Time Most Of The Time. Lifehack.org
Working moms struggle with a lack of time more than most people do. From getting the kids ready for daycare or school to making sure they are safe and sound, every waking hour seems to be given to your children. It’s for good reason: they are your pride and joy.
You also have a house to maintain: laundry to be done, bathrooms to be cleaned, a kitchen to be maintained, a husband to tend to — everyone and everything demands your attention. It seems that you’re the only one that can maintain calm and order amongst the chaos.
What’s more is that you have a full-time job. No matter what your income stream looks like, it demands your time and attention. From taking care of your boss’s calendar to keeping order in the office, meeting deadlines, and organizing meetings, you are the heartbeat of your organization.
So, how do you get it all done? Well, most working moms don’t all the time. Sometimes, the house stays dirty. Sometimes, the laundry piles up so high it looks like a miniature version of the Leaning Tower of Pisa. And sometimes, just sometimes, the chaos at work is too much.
Eventually, you start to play catchup with everything that’s befallen you. You might squeeze in an exercise session or two, but when those chaotic days come, you feel like quitting altogether.
Trust me, I get it. Overwhelm can set in and crush your spirit. You can only keep calm and order in your life for so long. And even as you struggle day by day, the temptation to give up your fitness dreams grows and grows.
And yet, some working moms seem to make a huge splash. They make time for exercise. They make time to prep nutritious meals. They make time to clean the house. They make time to do the laundry. They make time for their family. They have more energy. They lose the extra weight. They get fit.
How do these moms get it done? In one word: structure.
These working moms create a structure that puts them in full control of their weight loss goals.
Here’s how you can regain control of your schedule and turn things around.
1. You Must Prioritize Exercise
Ask yourself this question: Is exercise a top priority in my life?
You might think it is because fitness is on your mind daily, but here’s a little secret: a should is totally different than a must. When something is not a priority, you will always make excuses not to do it.
Why should fitness be a priority? Because if you can’t take care of yourself, how are you going to take care of your family?
Every day, we’re constantly bombarded with new-and-improved research that shows the benefits of a healthy diet and exercise. More energy. Less stress. A body geared for fighting off viruses. Now, don’t get me wrong, you’ll still have a sick day here and there, but not as often as you would if you weren’t active or eating healthy.
2. Specify The Reasons That Prompted Your Desire To Change
Here’s the thing about fitness: it will only work if you have the right mindset. You can have all the resources at your disposal, but without a compelling reason to exercise, you are likely to quit.
I’m not talking about having motivation or trying to pump yourself up on days you decide to work out. Motivation will only take you so far. Your reason is what will prevent you from veering off track or quitting altogether.
Your why will always keep you going.
Your why will help you develop discipline. You’ll be able to find the strength to exercise and eat healthy during times when it’s hard to do so.
An effective strategy is to keep a journal where you write your reasons for working out. Remember, your reasons are, well, your reasons. Don’t ever think that your reasons aren’t good enough. As a mother, you are a prime example for your family. Think about the impact on your husband and children when they see the dedication and drive you show for changing yourself.
3. Think Family Fitness
Involve your children in your fitness routine. Why? Because it’s tough to find a babysitter to watch the kids for an hour or so, and just because you can’t find care for your children doesn’t mean that you can’t exercise. There are tons of ways you can include the kids in your fitness routine.
Some moms like to play games with their kids. They’ll race each other or play a game of tag. Invest in a children’s seat for your bike, or if your children are age-appropriate, buy them a bike of their own so they can join you on a bike ride.
Plus, there’s a new wave of what moms are calling “stroller fitness.” A lot of moms are walking or jogging with their kids in their strollers.
Don’t let your babies be an excuse for not exercising. Not only will you be active, but you can even form a strong bond with your kids just by having them around while you work out.
4. Know That Some Days Are Going To Be Easier Than Others
There are going to be days when you’re full of energy and feel like you can do extra. And then there are going to be days where you’re just happy to have put your workout clothes on. No matter what you feel on the difficult days, make sure that you at least try to get some activity in.
You might not be able to get in that full mile or strength train for 30 minutes. That’s fine. Each day is going to present its own unique obstacles. You might be fatigued. The kids might get sick. You might have to put in extra hours at work. Whatever the case, don’t give it the momentum that will make you give up.
Just keep going.
5. Don’t Go At It Alone
Try to find a community that will support you. Fitness and nutrition are more difficult if you have no one to fall back on. The important thing for this tip is to find a community that will 100% have your back. It could be your husband, a close friend, an online community, or another working mom. You can even seek the services of a life coach or fitness trainer.
It’s important that your community understands your goals and desire for working out. Why? Because they are the ones that are going to keep you accountable. You will not achieve your fitness goals if you have a community that accepts every excuse you make. This is why I believe that the services of a life coach are a beneficial investment.
You want someone that will give you the kick in the pants you need to keep going. At the same time, you want someone that will be motivating and uplifting instead of critical and doubtful.
Create your community and you’ll increase your chances of making fitness a habit.
You Can Do This!
Moms, we need you! Not just to be alive, but to be involved and active in our lives. Your husband needs you. Your babies need you. Hell, the entire world needs you.
What would life be like without moms? What would life be like for your children without the warm and caring love of their mom? What would life be like for your husband without your intimate love and support for him and the family?
It is true that if you follow these tips, you will lose weight. But most importantly, if you follow these tips, you will create a mind and body that will give you the energy and strength you need to guide your family through the beautiful journey that is life.
So, when does your fitness routine start?
Many ladies choose martial arts for fitness.  Both traditional martial arts and fitness martial arts provide the flexibility, cardio and strength training needed for a lean, thin athletic look.  The structure,  group support and positive coaching is just what you need to stay active and motivated.
Contact us for your FREE class! 262-573-4505 or email us at info@mdwma.com

VR Ninja Dojo to Debut at IAAPA Attractions Expo 2018 in Advance of Japanese Opening

05 Dec

Five for Co., Ltd., announced that it will debut its new VR Ninja Dojo at the IAAPA Attractions Expo in Orlando, Florida, beginning November 13, 2018, in advance of its February 10, 2019 launch in Kanda, Tokyo. It has also launched its first promotional video for VR Ninja Dojo on the official website (https://vr-ninja.jp)

Five for will provide visitors to Japan with a unique cultural experience and an unforgettable ninja adventure.

As ninja from a hidden village, visitors will practice the ninja arts and then
ight to earn their ninja license – this is the path of the ninja, VR Ninja Dojo

VR Ninja Dojo is a totally new entertainment institution, combining training, performances by ninja masters, and a final test in battle to provide an unparalleled, immersive ninja experience. Visitors will dress in ninja costumes, and then begin their experience with VR training under a ninja master, learning swordplay, shuriken (ninja stars), martial arts techniques, and ninjutsu (mystical ninja techniques). Then, visitors face a test to earn their status as full ninja, using VR technology to enter a digital world, and skillfully employing their weapons and techniques to defeat enemies one after another in an exciting ninja battle experience. Friends and family can also enjoy watching both the training and the battle on outside monitors, without wearing VR headsets, through mixed reality technology. The audience will also be mesmerized by the beautiful battles of high level players and ninja masters.

The world of ninja fascinates people around the globe
The first VR Ninja Dojo location will open in Kanda, Tokyo, as a dojo aimed at foreign visitors to Japan

Ninja are worldwide representatives of Japan’s cultural cachet. Outside Japan, the word “ninja” has generated countless fans. As a dojo where people can enjoy this popular Japanese subject, VR Ninja Dojo tirelessly pursues ninja authenticity. The interior and exterior of the dojo have been created with a ninja motif, and professional ninjas will serve as the instructors. The enemies participants will face in the VR world are newly designed based on traditional Japanese monsters and zombies, creating an engaging ninja world with no consequences. The first location will open in Kanda, Tokyo, on February 10, 2019, in preparation for the Tokyo Olympics. VR Ninja Dojo will provide an unforgettable ninja experience to visitors to Japan.

Martial Arts Board Game Goes from Kickstarter to Public Release

05 Dec

Gray Wolf Games founder and Wu Wei creator Justin Waggle, said “We’ve successfully fulfilled our Kickstarter campaign and now I’m really excited to have the game available for board game enthusiasts everywhere. It’s the first ever board game that incorporates Taoist cosmology and martial arts principles.”

In this game, “students” are led on a journey to earn five animal cards (representing the legendary five animals from Shaolin Kung Fu) while their master maintains their lineage and cultivates chi. Waggle designed the game for one to six players with games averaging about 45-90 minutes in length.

Wu Wei comes with three levels of play and an engaging solo campaign. At the highest level of the game, Waggle designed Wu Wei so it goes from symmetrical to asymmetrical as one player takes on the role of the emperor and works to unite his people under one banner.

The reviews from the board gaming community have been positive. Lance Myxter from Undead Viking Videos said, “Wu Wei presents the players with fun and interesting choices and it has a very open feel to it. I never felt hemmed in…is it fun? Yeah! Lots of fun!”

“Wu Wei is a rare game with the elegance of an abstract, yet every detail contains deep meaning,” commented Teal Fristoe, who designed Corporate America and Shadow Throne.

The Gray Wolf Games website gives an overview of how to play; features a number of illustrations showing the game’s board, cards, scenarios, and game pieces; and offers a free PDF download of the Wu Wei rulebook.

Waggle believes the game will appeal to a number of different groups, including board game players, martial artists, travelers on a spiritual path, as well as enthusiasts of Asian cultures. “Developing the game was a long process. I worked with a number of artists, designers and game developers along the way and sent prototypes out to people around the world to get their feedback,” he explained.

“Games represent one of the best ways for communicating big ideas. They keep our minds active and open and provide a unique opportunity for interacting with one another. What could be better than having fun, hanging out with your friends, and unlocking the secrets of the universe?” Waggle asked.

Find out more on this game at: graywolfgames.com/wuwei/