How Are Kids Motivated? A Close Look at Encouraging Boys

[social_warfare] What motivates you? Money? Happiness? Peace? Now think back to when you were a kid. For me, my parents found my currency early on: boredom. If I wasn’t cleaning my room like I had been asked, my mom would begin to take things away. First, she’d take away TV. Then radio. Then, if I…

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What I Hope for My Five Year Old Son

[social_warfare] It’s back to school season, and as a parent I’m faced with many challenges — what school to send my child to, what types of clothes to buy him, what types of food to feed him, and which activities to sign him up for. Of course, while these decisions seem as simple as making…

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Gymnastics and Parkour: Growing the Cognitive Development of Active Kids

[social_warfare] Cognitive learning and listening skills are key abilities that are built in most children, from a very young age. While it’s true that kids are all different, and you will never find two kids that are exactly alike, studies have shown that children involved in gymnastics or parkour share a common trait: their cognitive…

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Top 10 FREE Tools for Gym Owners

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Simple Ways to Bring out the Grit in Your Child

So, we had a Ninja Zone Corporate team meeting today. In the meeting, we discussed the fact that we basically have the BEST job in the world. We’re turning energy into ambition…one awesome kid at a time. This discussion prompted a quote from Ninja Zone Exec Tanya, in which she stated that she read a…

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8 Ways to be a Successful Ninja!

There is so much more to our Ninjas than being strong, healthy, and having the ability to flip off the wall like a boss. Our Ninjas are polite. They are respectful. They are focused How are Ninja Zone Ninjas successful? They do 10 key things. Whether you’re a parent, coach, or NINJA, take heed. They…

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Appreciating Your Child’s Energy: Redirecting Liveliness Into a Positive Drive

“Man. I wish I had just an ounce of his energy.” How many times have we said that about kids? I know I’ve said it a million times, and that’s just about my own kids! Kids have lots of energy, and that’s just how it is! Often, their parents can’t even keep up. There’s nothing…

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Motor Skill Development Through Climbing and Gymnastics

[social_warfare] Here at Ninja Zone, one of the most important concepts that we can see in action everyday is when kids gain and USE transferable core skills. If you’ve been around us for a little bit, you’ve likely heard that term. What exactly are “transferable core skills?” They are basic, deeply rooted motor skills that…

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Ninja Nik’s Nutrition Party: Getting Kids Into the Kitchen!

[social_warfare] Ninja Nik’s favorite pastime? Being a Ninja. His second favorite? Eating. Here are some delicious recipes that Nik came up with himself, and are a great opportunity for kids to join adults in the kitchen! Have the kids pull a stool up to the counter if they need it, and enjoy a Ninja Nutrition…

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Getting Real With Ninja Trainer Danny: Cultivating Strong Parent and Coach Relationships, Part II

If you missed our last blog post, you missed Part I of our talk with Danny, our resident rock star Ninja Trainer. In the first half of our discussion, Danny reviewed his experience in creating great relationships with Ninja kids that come through his classes. He forwarded that advice onto fellow trainers (go back and…

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