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  • The Importance of Bilateral Coordination on Physical and Cognitive Skills

    The development of a child can be one of the most fascinating things to watch unfold. From infants mirroring movements to toddlers and children mastering high level developmental skills, the growth they experience in a short time is astounding. And while all skills are important for children to master, bilateral coordination is an important prerequisite for development of a variety of motor and cognitive skills. Bilateral coordination is the ability to synchronize both sides of the body in a controlled manner. An important aspect of this is “crossing the midline.” This is a spontaneous movement and involves being able to cross an imaginary line that runs down the ....

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  • Women's Self Defense Class Schedule for Fall 2021

    Women's Self Defense Class Schedule for Fall 2021

    Register for Gainesville Self Defense's Women's Self Defense Course Series at Mat Life Training Center. All skill levels are welcome. Participants must attend all 10 sessions to complete the course, but course completion is not required. Below are the Fall 2021 dates. These sessions are available each semester. Friday, August 27 | 5:30-7:30 p.m. -- Session 1.1: Defensive Base and Standard Wrist Releases Saturday, August 28 | 9-11 a.m. -- Session 2.1: Punch Defenses and Chokes from Defensive Guard Friday, September 17 | 5:30-7:30 p.m. -- Session 1.2: Inverted Wrist Releases and Trap and Roll Escape Saturday, September 18 | 9-11 a.m. -- Session 2.2: Hair Grab Defenses and Elbow Escape ....

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  • The Secret to Developing Well-Rounded Athletes

    The Secret to Developing Well-Rounded Athletes

    Over the last year, sports programs have had shortened seasons, if any at all. Because of that, training time for athletes of all ages has dropped significantly. Now, with sports returning to a more normal duration, young athletes are working hard to regain lost skills and recondition their bodies. The problem, however, is that lengthy breaks increase the risk of injury upon returning to training. In addition, when athletes specialize in a sport, they generally only train muscles for that sport. To be truly at the top of their game, young athletes should engage in training that develops all muscle groups through a system designed to meet their athletic and developmental needs. ....

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  • Junior Jitsu for Ages 4-6 Starts in Jonesville on June 21!

    Junior Jitsu for Ages 4-6 Starts in Jonesville on June 21!

    Mat Life Jonesville's Brazilian Jiu Jitsu program is now open to ages 4-6! Junior Jitsu is focused on fundamental Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and body mechanics, plus leadership development and age-appropriate classroom skills. The first 10 students to enroll in this class are eligible for our one-time Founding Student trial offer of 4 Weeks of Classes and a gi for just $49! Classes are Mondays and Wednesdays at 5:30 pm at Mat Life Jonesville. Contact Matt Combs at 352-448-8580 or to enroll your child. See you on the mat! ....

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  • We All Make Mistakes

    We All Make Mistakes

    Here's this week's Parent SKILLZ Lesson! “Look at mistakes as opportunities to educate.” Children aren’t born with a proper sense of good behavior. Just like adults, mistakes are how they learn, so be sure to look at mistakes as opportunities for education versus punishment. Being a NURTURING parent is all about helping your child feel loved and secure, especially when they misbehave. ....

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  • Patience is a Virtue

    Patience is a Virtue

    Here's this week's Parent SKILLZ Lesson! “A few extra seconds can make a BIG difference.” Take a few extra seconds when responding to poor behavior. This demonstrates compassion, empathy, and self-control on your part. Sometimes all you need to do is think about responding in the most patient manner to help re-direct your child. When it comes to helping your child develop respect, security, and self-esteem, PATIENCE is the most important ingredient! ....

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  • Preparing Children to Return to School -- A Developmental Approach

    Preparing Children to Return to School -- A Developmental Approach

    As we continue through the current pandemic and re-opening efforts show real challenges, school districts everywhere are trying to devise the best plans for children, teachers, and staff to return. And while there will be no perfect solution for each family, parents must consider all the information and choose the option that works best for their families. But whether you want the in-person school option or the digital learning option, taking time to prepare children for a return to learning is essential. The typical end of the summer blues that children experience before going back to school will, this year, be exacerbated by the extended time at home with minimal routines in place. ....

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  • How We Solved the Problem of Family Time and Exercise at Mat Life

    “Hectic. Busy. Crazy. Exhausting.”
    These are the words I hear parents use to describe their day-to-day life. “Understandable. We get it. We can help..”
    These are the words we use to respond. My husband Jason has been teaching martial arts and combat sports in Gainesville for more than 20 years. When I joined him full time in the family business two years ago, I was shocked to see first-hand the difficulty of implementing a healthy lifestyle with the daily grind families I encountered experienced. I started asking questions, and the answers that we found completely changed our business and mission. Where has all the family time gone?
    Time is the ultimate ....

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  • Join Us For the Best Kids Martial Arts in Gainesville

    Welcome To Our New Website! We’re Proud To Serve Gainesville with Kids Martial Arts! At Mat Life Training Center, we are working hard to go above and beyond for every person who walks through our doors. And you could be next! We are offering Gainesville a hands-on approach to Kids Martial Arts. And you don’t need any prior experience to succeed! Come visit us at Mat Life Training Center and see for yourself what makes us the best Kids Martial Arts facility in town. Just fill out the "Request Information" form on the side of the page and stop in for a visit today! And don't forget to click below to visit us on our social media pages!! ....

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