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Bobby Stoker reviewed Columbia Martial Arts & Fitness
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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!!!

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The Benefits of Game-Based Learning for 3-4 year-olds

GAME-BASED LEARNING

The Benefits of Game-Based Learning for 3-4 year-olds

Play is often overlooked as a learning tool for children. Dictionary.com defines play as “engaging in activity for enjoyment and recreation rather than a serious or practical purpose.” It is seen as a type of “free time” when nothing else important is happening. However, this couldn’t be further from the truth. For 3 to 4-year old’s, play is vital to their overall development and learning.

Children between the ages of 3 and 4 years old are growing physically, intellectually, emotionally, and socially, at a very rapid rate. They are discovering new things daily and are attempting to navigate the world with very little information and abilities. Because of this, it is important that they are involved in activities that help develop them in all areas, or what the SKILLZ program calls “4-dimensional instruction.”

As Maria Montessori best said it, “Play is the work of the child.” Children learn best through play and, therefore, game-based learning is a major contributor to learning and retention. But not only does it stimulate the brain, game-based learning also enhances social skills, builds emotional confidence, and develops children physically. This whole child approach to development and learning is exactly what 3 to 4-year old’s need.

After years of research, the SKILLZ program was created with this approach in mind. The curriculum for 3 and 4-year old’s was developed with more emphasis on building early fundamental skills training with a strategic balance of Martial Arts. With this innovative curriculum, the SKILLZ program uses game-based learning to take learning to a whole new level.

There are numerous benefits to this innovative way of learning. For 3 and 4- year old’s, participating in a program that utilizes this approach, gives them a jump start into enhancing their brain structure and function, developing social skills, and better control their strong emotions, all the while, building a stronger body.

As the SKILLZ program focuses on building the 8 early skills for 3-4-year-olds using martial arts as the approach, the system of game-based learning makes this learning process easier. The games are balanced in that they are fun but teach early developmental concepts at the same time. All SKILLZ games and drills are approached in this way. This, coupled with the teaching skills and the 10 laws of instruction, make the benefits of game-based learning even better.

For example, one drill for the 3 and 4-year old’s is “Helping Each Other.” In this drill, the students are partnered up to hold kicking pads for each other. They are to shake hands and say, “Do your best.” During this drill, they are physically working on kicks to help with their muscle development. Intellectually, they are utilizing their language to communicate with their partner. Emotionally, they are giving and receiving positive words of encouragement. Socially, it helps them by working together during the drill.

Children are more focused on games than any other form of learning. Because they are excited about “playing” they are more motivated and put forth more effort. With game-based learning, 3 and 4- year old’s will have more opportunities to gain more physical strength and control, increase their language development, learn to control their emotions, and communicate better with others.

See how Columbia Martial Arts & Fitness can help your 3-4 year old grow into the best version of themselves: www.CMA-SC.com