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My grandsons really like the time they spend working with Sensei. He works well with the kids with both strictness and compassion. I liked the women's self defense class!

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We have been under Mike's instruction for nearly a year. My husband and daughter are both completely engulfed in karate, and they are excelling with Sensai. I highly recommend this dojo, if you want to learn AND have a great time!

Sara Tzintzun reviewed Guido's Martial Arts Academy
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My son has always wanted to join a karate class. It was fate when one day he won two weeks free at a carnival. It was also the perfect timing being that he was at a new school and was falling behind in class. He didn't have many friends and was sad due to family issues. I didn't know what to expect at Guido's Martial Arts Academy but I was hoping for the best. The way everyone welcomes you right from the very beginning is incredible. They made us feel right at home. Overall, my sons behavior and school work have improved drastically. Even the level of respect that he shows to everyone is just amazing. He has gained so many new friends and now doesn't want to leave the dojo!! I am so thankful I found this place! It's a hidden gem for sure!!

Robert G Farmer reviewed Guido's Martial Arts Academy
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Guido's Martial Arts Academy in my opinion the best place for you and your kids in the Central Valley and perhaps all of California. Both of my kids train there and Sensei Mike Guido has taught them much more than martial arts they have learned leadership, conference, responsibility kindness dedication team building skills collaboration good sportsmanship just to name a few. I would highly recommend Guido's Martial Arts Academy to any friend family or complete stranger it is the best. It builds more than just Champions. It creates role models and the future leaders of our community

Dawn Adams reviewed Guido's Martial Arts Academy
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For the past six years, Sensei Mike Guido has been this amazing and powerful influence in my son's life. He has helped to mold and guide him into the fabulous young man that he is through the unique curriculum taught at Guido's Martial Arts Academy.

Not only does Sensei Mike teach martial arts; he teaches the kids about integrity, respect, discipline and to give back to the community. His positive attitude is infectious and the environment is relaxing.

And parents, he teaches adults as well and the lessons he teaches to the young ones can and does help the adults in the personal and professional lives.

In my opinion, this is THE dojo to check out! There are many amazing students there; a testament to this man's tireless efforts.

Chastity Day reviewed Guido's Martial Arts Academy
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Guido's Martial arts is unlike any martial arts academy you will encounter. Two of my children attend and it has changed them for the better. They are more confident, respectful, and responsible. This dojo does not just teach karate; it is a family-centered, community involved, and character building dojo. At this dojo I have come to realize that the instructors are not just concerned about teaching karate, but they are dedicated to all aspects of their students, inside and outside of the dojo. This is hands down the best investment that you can make for your children. See you soon!

Melissa Blum Gray reviewed Guido's Martial Arts Academy
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Two of my boys have been attending for less than 3 months and I have seen so much improvement in their confidence and behavior in such a short time. Not only are they benefiting from the physical activity, focus, and learning respect, but the mentorship Sensei Guido provides is invaluable. Having someone else who speaks positivity, encouragement, and hard work into their lives is so important. He reinforce so many values we teach at home, and having the coolest person they know to back up parents' values, is worth it's weight in gold.

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My kids have only been going a couple weeks, but I am already inspired to leave a review. This place rocks. The instructors are positive, helpful, and encouraging while also finding a healthy balance of teaching discipline, personal responsibility, and life skills. They are all about hard work and earning your way, but the kids have so much fun at the same time. I'm so grateful to have help teaching my children these important values. And they know their martial arts. This place is the real deal. The proof can be found looking at the students that are working towards their black belt- impressive skills, but even more impressive ATTITUDES. I'm so glad to have found this place. Thank you Guido's family.

Jennifer Butler Terrazas reviewed Guido's Martial Arts Academy
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A very impressive first time class for my four year old daughter. She was assigned a buddy to help her thru the class and let me tell you, her buddy ( Dylan- maybe 9 or 10) was respectful and very supportive. Moreover, I think everyone under this roof encouraged each other whether a student or trainer. There is no doubt that I will recommend Guido’s Martial Arts Academy to any parent that wants their child to grow in self-confidence, be respectful, gain physical agility and build strong bonds with their peers.

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Parenting Tip: Fostering a Positive Growth Mindset

Fostering a Positive Growth Mindset

We all love to see our kids excel in everything they do. There is no doubt that when kids finally nail their kata, or fly across the mat and break a board; everyone involved shares a sense of accomplishment. BUT it is only a matter of time before our ninjas come across something that challenges them. Before we go any further, let’s agree that challenges are good things!

If you are never challenged then either you aren’t working hard enough, or you’re not growing. Both of those are opposite concepts in relation to martial arts. From rank to rank, everything gets harder because being a Martial Artist is about growth and being better than you were the day before.

Getting 1% better every day makes you 365% better by the end of the year!

As adults, we understand this but for children, this can be a little more difficult for them to wrap their heads around. Here is a quick list of things you can do or say to build a positive growth mindset!

1) How does this make you feel?
Often times when our children are challenged or stumbled they feel disappointed in the fact that either they let you down, or they let themselves down. It is important to allow them to take the time to process their feelings and to not use blanket statements like “you will be ok” or “get back on that horse”. Those statements would be better used after they are able to process their emotions.

2) Hug it out
When you are kids are feeling upset, they are experiencing a major dose of cortisol (stress hormone). A nice hug will help trigger the release of oxytocin (connection chemical) and will help reduce the level of cortisol in their system. Even a high five can help, try using the “up high, down low, too slow” approach for added smiles!

3) Come up with a plan
Once we work past the initial emotional downswing, resolve to set a plan to help overcome whatever the challenge was. A great way to go about this is to set goals! When doing so start small and break the main goal down into smaller, easily digestible that are more attainable. Once you develop some momentum, then raise the bar and make your goals just a little bit harder. Keep doing this until you have overcome the initial challenge.

4) Focus on growth
Some things are extremely difficult, and everyone has a different experience. What may be hard for your child, may be easy for another and vice versa. The goal here is to help our ninjas be focused on their own personal growth and not get lost comparing themselves to others. Remind them that what matters is that they give 100% and at the end of the day, YOU will be proud of them for that!

Using these tips will help provide your ninja with a sense of confidence and self-esteem when they face a challenge on the mat or in life. Remember to be consistent because developing a positive inner voice will begin with YOU. If you are able to foster a positive growth mindset on the outside, this will become their inner voice that will stay with them for a VERY long time!

Mike Guido