Madison, WI, November 17, 2010 --(PR.com
)-- GymSensei® is a new program that combines physical fitness and child development into a fun, home-based curriculum for children ages four and up. Developed by award-winning martial arts instructor Jason Huett, GymSensei’s interactive, high-involvement format drawn upon basic principles of martial arts education and adapted them to work in a home environment for parent-teachers and child-students.
Huett founded GymSensei in response to worries parents have about the challenges their children face when they head out into the world every day. Stressors, from negative media messages to peer pressure to sheer information overload, all pull at kids’ attention, undermine self-esteem, and erode social skills. Knowing that a strong foundation in the home is essential to preparing kids to stand strong and succeed in the world, Huett created GymSensei as an in-home curriculum series designed to strengthen children’s self-confidence, self-esteem, self-discipline, and fitness.
A martial arts education can help children improve coordination, balance, flexibility, and agility. And what kids learn through martial arts training can help them do better in school, sports, and relationships. But GymSensei is not a do-it-yourself karate school. It produces some of the benefits of martial arts training through a home-schooling approach, using proven instructional techniques that keep kids engaged, motivated, and reaching toward improvement.
Parental engagement is an essential element of the program. The parent’s role is that of sensei: respected teacher. GymSensei has parents working alongside their kids to model attitude, attention, and mutual respect. Equipped with age-appropriate instructional DVDs, matching uniforms, exercise gear, and web support, Mom or Dad guides the child through ten levels of skill-building in areas such as coordination, balance, flexibility, and focus. Each level is marked by a colored headband for the child to wear as a part of the uniform, reminiscent of the colored belts, from white to black, that martial arts students wear. This approach reaps benefits for both child and parent as they progress through the program together – setting and reaching goals, improving their fitness, and having fun doing it.
"My daughter and I had such a great time doing the GymSensei program that we forgot we were exercising,” said Ashley Waldron, one of the moms who, with her five-year-old daughter, helped Huett test and fine-tune the curriculum. “The moves are easy to follow and perfectly age-appropriate. It is a blast to do!"
Huett developed GymSensei to help parents work with their kids to develop their natural strengths at their own pace in a focused, fun, and rewarding way. Every new lesson begins with the parent and child working with a DVD to learn stances, action moves, and creative drills that support that level’s theme, such as listening or balance. They practice together. Then they download homework from the GymSensei website for the child to complete independently. The homework is as important as parental engagement is because it helps the child develop his/her capacity for follow-through and self-discipline. With the mastery of each level, the parent formally awards the child with the next headband in the progression to recognize and celebrate his/her achievement and progress.
Huett hopes that parents will set high standards for their kids and themselves in working with GymSensei. That’s why, instead of sending parents all ten levels of curriculum at once, GymSensei calls for a more deliberate, intentional approach to progressing through the levels. Only after a child completes a level, finishes its homework, masters its moves, and his/her parent submits results to the website will the next level’s supplies be shipped. Committing to the formality of the process, even just waiting for the next package to arrive in the mail, leads to a sense of accomplishment that feels more significant to the child than merely pulling the next headband out of the box. “True satisfaction comes from knowing that you’ve set goals for yourself and attained excellence,” says Huett.
Jason Huett holds a fourth-degree black belt in American TaeKwondo and, has been studying and teaching martial arts for over twenty years. He operates the Kicks Unlimited martial arts studios in Madison, Wisconsin, and has worked with more than 10,000 children of all ages and capabilities. Using his studio as a testing ground, he developed GymSensei as a stand-alone child development program, but he also believes that it would be a fine complement to classroom martial arts training.
The GymSensei website went live in November and the White Band (level one) programs for 4-7 year olds and age 8+ are ready to ship. Huett is offering a 30-day money-back guarantee to encourage parents to try the program out. For more information about GymSensei or to schedule an interview with Jason Huett, visit the website or contact Huett at 608.288.8466 or jhuett@GymSensei.com. Educators, editors, and bloggers interested in obtaining a sample of the program to review should contact Jason Huett at 608.288.8466 or jhuett@GymSensei.com.