I’ll be honest, we are goof balls.
Yup, it’s true, if you are looking for the stereotype of everyone always lined up yelling, looking serious and angry and appearing to be a military drill practice in funny pyjamas… well, that’s not us.
Study after study shows that both kids and adults learn best when they are having fun. They pay attention best when they are entertained. Even when serious topics are being discussed on a platform like ted.com, the most successful and impactful presentations and speeches often involve humour.
Kids tv figured this out years ago, hosts and actors are silly, fun and highly animated.
The truth is I’ve seen / heard so many martial arts instructors complain about teaching younger groups. They don’t like it, the kids won’t stay focused, they lack attention spans, etc. Yet for us all our staff love working with the younger groups and we see amazing results with them.
But we make a point to bring people on as instructors that are fun, animated, will be silly and play with the kids at their level. The most successful young kids instructor I’ve met started out in a Mickey Mouse costume at Disney… Getting results, real results, requires fun in our opinion 🙂