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Our family can't say enough about On The Mat! Master Melody and her awesome team of Ninjas are like a parent's secret weapon. Our son goes to practice Tae Kwon Do, he ends up learning about character, respect, self-control and other priceless virtues! The family environment and friendships fostered at this club have added a beautiful dimension to each of our lives. I have as much fun catching up with friends each week as Robert Paul has on the Dojo. We are grateful to be apart of such an amazing program.

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Awesome instructors and place to train for kids in the area If you live in the Saint Pete's area this is where to bring your kids for not just the best martial arts but life training Skillz!

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The best money that our family has invested in the development of our child! As an early childhood educator, I am very picky about extra curricular activities! On the Mat is the model for positive reinforcement! They treat everyone like family! We are so grateful that we are there and only wish we had found them sooner!

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No better place than OTM for brinhing the best out of your child. The instructors are some of the best and the owner Melody Shuman is the most knowledgeable in child neuroscience. Many martial art facilities around the world look to her and use her Skillz methods for teaching children. AAA++++++

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We signed our 5 year old up for the free trial over the summer to try out something new and keep him active during the summer. He absolutely fell in love with it and asked if he could go every day! The curriculum is perfectly geared toward each particular age group. The instructors are so engaging and committed. The skills and confidence our son has gained just in a few short months are priceless. Our summer activity has quickly become part of our regular year round schedule and I foresee him continuing for years to come. OTM rocks!!

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Who’s wants to be a graduate?

Hey OTM Families!


As I am sure you know, our age specific martial arts program, SKILLZ, is one of the most popular and widely used children’s curriculums on the market. We are able to break down and focus on each child’s individual stage of development to help them progress faster and further!


As our students progress here at On The Mat they will move through our programs gaining access to newer and more exciting challenges. Part of the process is Aging out and Graduating out. Students Age out simply turning the appropriate age for the next program, passing that programs’ Pre-Evaluation.


Graduating out of a program takes a little longer but also adds a host of benefits that choosing to Age-out does not. While there are many benefits to graduating I would like to focus on what we have come to see as the top 3 reasons to Graduate out of a program.


1) Increased Confidence for Their Age

When a student graduates this means that they have completed all of the requirements for that program and are now considered to be above their stage of development for their current age. This means that things will still be challenging but each student will be better equipped for these challenges. This means that when they graduate to the next program, they will be able to keep up with those students or even be able to learn and progress faster!


2) Better Technique Than the Average Student

Another observation we have noticed of students who graduate is that when they move up to the next program their technique is often on par with, or better than that of their peers. This is because they have had many more months of training than the rest of their peers. This means higher scores on testings, and easier time adapting to new curriculum, and a better understanding of what the instructors are asking for.


3) Habit of Achievement

Finally, our students who graduate make achievement a habit. These students will learn to set more goals earlier by reaching higher ranking belts instead of skipping the last few when they age out. They will also find pride in being the highest rank(s) in class, wearing the advance level uniforms, and being a role model for their peers.


If Testing is on the horizon as you are reading this blog, feel free to ask your instructor about how graduating at <<your school name here>> works, and what you can expect if this is your first time!




Master Andrew