ACCESS OUR SCHEDULE
& EXCLUSIVE WEB SPECIAL

Secure your spot and get started today with our EXCLUSIVE offer!

By opting into the web form above you are providing consent for Columbia Martial Arts & Fitness to send you periodic text messages. Standard rates may apply. You can reply HELP at anytime or learn more. You may opt-out anytime by replying STOP.
ACCESS OUR SCHEDULE
& EXCLUSIVE WEB SPECIAL

Secure your spot and get started today with our EXCLUSIVE offer!

By opting into the web form above you are providing consent for Columbia Martial Arts & Fitness to send you periodic text messages. Standard rates may apply. You can reply HELP at anytime or learn more. You may opt-out anytime by replying STOP.
Bobby Stoker reviewed Columbia Martial Arts & Fitness
5
via Facebook

Great place! They are great with kids and they show that they actually care about the kids success! They also give the kids the confidence they need to bet better all around!

Wayne Sexton reviewed Columbia Martial Arts & Fitness
5
via Facebook

CMA is great! It's family owned, this family takes pride in what they do. It's great structure for the whole family. We really love how they don't just focus on martial arts, but objectives for home and school. They want the kids to succeed in all areas of their everyday lives. We highly recommend cma for your choice of martial arts fitness hands down.

Kenny Mungin reviewed Columbia Martial Arts & Fitness
5
via Facebook

I have been training here for about a year now and it's been an amazing experience. I'm grateful for all that I've learned up to this point and look forward to continue to grow and improve. The best martial arts school in the Columbia area hands down!

James Jordan Elbourn reviewed Columbia Martial Arts & Fitness
5
via Facebook

If your looking for a great place to train look no further. RCJ Machado BJJ is practical for self defense and competition. I love that no matter where I visit RCJ Machado BJJ is nearby. Hope to see you on the mat at Colombia Martial Arts & Fitness.

Ebony Asmond reviewed Columbia Martial Arts & Fitness
5
via Facebook

Columbia Martial Arts & Fitness is the best gym in S.C. I recommend anyone that's seeking a great gym to get in shape and build Confindence Movitation Attitude Cma is the place. We have great instructors and Sifu Mark Mills and Tonya Mills and their staff treat everyone like family. I love this gym

Sheila Claes Rushing reviewed Columbia Martial Arts & Fitness
5
via Facebook

I can't say enough good things about this place. My boys have been going there for about a year now or longer and have learned so much. The instructors are awesome and really care about the kids Learning what they are teaching. It is just a great place and a good atmosphere for kids. I'm so glad we found it!

Susan Thomas Powers reviewed Columbia Martial Arts & Fitness
5
via Facebook

The experience continues to be positive and awesome for three of my grandchildren. Ages 3, 8 boys and a 9 yr old girl. They are all ecstatic about attending. They have a blast. Although it’s only been 4 weeks, I believe there has been some improvement with some attitudes about responsibility. Time will surely tell. Mr. Ben and the other instructors are among the best in knowledge and personality. I think I enjoy watching just as much as the kids enjoy doing it!! Don’t see any stars - but I’d give them all that I could!!!

JD Olsen reviewed Columbia Martial Arts & Fitness
5
via Facebook

I'm not sure how I've never rated CMA. I've been training with Sufi Mark for years and look at him as one of my mentors. CMA is my favorite place in Columbia to train. With the various martial arts programs offered, I don't think anyone else comes close to the variety and skill lever of these guys. If you are in Columbia and are looking for a place to train martial arts for yourself or your children then most definitely check out CMA.

Rex Bumgarner reviewed Columbia Martial Arts & Fitness
5
via Facebook

Great facility in good location! Well managed & organized. The owner is friendly & very well qualified. Kid friendly with an array of programs to fit your family. I was very impressed!!!

Request Information

Blog

Our latest news & thoughts

Parent Skillz – Connection

Connection

One of the most important things that you can do as a parent is establish a connection with your child.  In fact, children need connection more than anything else.

Here are a few ways that you can begin to build a great connection with your child:

Daily Interactions:

  1. Make one-on-one connections with your child. Instead of asking a question from across the room, take an extra 15 seconds to walk to your child, get down on their level, maybe tap their shoulder or touch their arm, and ask the question.  Chances are they will engage right away (instead of ignoring you) and answer you because you have made that personal connection.
  2.  Connect with your child as many times per day as possible. Every positive connection with your child means fewer disconnected or frustrating moments for both of you.
  3. Begin positive connections when your child is young. The more positive connections you make early on, the better they will respond and communicate as they get older. Over time they will have a strong enough connection with you that you no longer need to be right in front of them for them to answer your question.
  4. Reduce stressful interactions. Good connections reduce stress or cortisol, which is the stress hormone.  If you get upset with your child, it makes them upset, too.  By improving your connections daily, you begin to eliminate some of the obstacles in your communication with them which also eliminates stressful interactions

Boost their Neurotransmitters!

You can “up” your child’s neurotransmitters to build a better parent-child connection, which means improving your relationship with your child by giving them positive reinforcement in a variety of ways that will allow them to thrive, feel happy, and be healthy.

  1. Tell your child about something that is going to happen that is exciting, so they can look forward to it. This improves the neurotransmitter Dopamine which is the anticipation chemical.
  2. Hug your child and let them know they are important. Oxytocin is the chemical that reacts through touching.
  3. Give your child praise for good behavior or a job well done. This improves Serotonin which is about feeling satisfied.
  4. Finally, give your child the chance to run and play or engage in a fun physical activity, especially when they are stressed or feel anxiety. Endorphins are engaged through active movement.

 

The last key bit of advice is to self-assess.  How connected you think you are with your child right now?  On a scale of 1 to 5 what grade would you give yourself?  Put these tips into action and make a better connection with your child because the more you connect, the better.