From Our Classroom, To Theirs.
Make Your Child A Success!
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Len Brassard's Family Martial
68 Airport Rd. - Fitchburg MA, 01420
For the past 25 years, Len Brassard's Family
Martial Arts Center has provided self-defense and character development
training to students in the Fitchburg, Leominster, Lunenburg, Shirley, Westminster
and Gardner communities. Chances are excellent you either know one of
our current students or someone who has trained with us, and you've heard
we are not just another Karate school. Rather, our children's
curriculum has been developed and updated over the past 29 years to help
children learn the personal and physical skills necessary for success and
happiness at home, school, and later in life. Created in 1985 by our
studio Director, Dr.
Len Brassard (Clinical Director for the
Beginnings Counseling Center) while on internship in Arkansas, this curriculum teaches
our younger students how to develop focus and attention through visual,
auditory and tactical drills and stimuli. They are taught appropriate
social skills and greetings, how to be successful as individuals, and the
benefits of solving complex problems by working together as a team.
Our classes include students with diagnoses such as: AD/HD, Autism Spectrum
Oppositional Defiant Disorder, and some with intellectual and physical
disabilities. Our children are taught not to tease or make fun of
our special needs students, but rather to accept them as classmates and assist them when
necessary. Every five weeks we hold belt rank promotional exams (at no
cost) for all our members, and watching how our young students cheer on and
applaud our special needs folks always brings an appreciative tear to more
than one eye in our studio audience. And these attitudes and teaching
methods are also taught in our adult classes.
Now that you've learned a little about our
curriculum, the following is a list of skills and qualities we guarantee
your child will learn in our classroom as long as he or she qualifies for
our program - more on this in a moment.
Improve Respect for
Parents and Authority - In fact, before they earn their first Karate
belt they will demonstrate a respectful attitude at home. And they
usually earn their first Karate belt during their 2nd or 3rd class!
Improve Focus and Concentration (even children with AD/HD and Autism
Spectrum) - Through
psychologically based physical drills and activities personally
developed by Dr. Brassard
Improve Energy Level and Fitness - Sound exercise drills that maximize
strength and lung capacity, while helping shed unwanted pounds.
Improve Ability to Handle Bullies - While there is no mental or physical
training that can guarantee success with all confrontations with
bullies, our students learn the three steps necessary to maximize
success with a bully encounter.
Develop the courage to say: "No" to unhealthy peer pressure, while
possessing the physical skills that might be necessary when making such
Improve Their Knowledge and Skill to Define and Handle Strangers - Most
children cannot correctly define what a stranger is. Our students
learn the correct definition of "stranger" and practice four skills to
release themselves from a stranger's grab. This drill is also
practiced outdoors under real conditions with "strangers" who attempt to
put a child into their car. In the 25 years we've practiced this drill,
no child has ever ended up in the car.
Leadership Roles - Children who work hard and demonstrate the qualities
they're learning in our classroom have the opportunity to become members
of our Junior Leadership Team. These children wear a Junior
teacher's uniform, assist in our classes, and perform demonstrations at
local academic schools and community functions. Members of our
Junior Leadership Team meet once each week with Dr. Brassard for special
training and discussions.
These are skills and attitudes your child will learn and begin to
demonstrate within the first 15 weeks of training. And, we're not just
making claims. Our program is an integration of physical training and
positive behavioral instruction. In some ways our curriculum is like a
Karate class and in some ways it's like positive behavior therapy.
And the best part is that you or your child can begin training by taking
free lessons as a guest member. We'll even provide a free Karate
uniform as part of your guest membership. You'll be able to watch
how your child responds to the various drills and activities. You can
watch how our Instructors and children interact with each other, the tones
of voice used and the encouragement Instructors give each student's effort.
You'll see how the children in class work with one another and how they
help each other when learning new moves. And yes, you will
occasionally see some innocent fooling around, but we don't run our classes
like a military academy and we understand that 6 and 7 year olds will
occasionally act like 6 and 7 year olds. If, at the end of the guest lessons you
don't think our program can
benefit your child, you are under no further obligation; and you can
keep the uniform as a gift for giving our program a try. If you chose
to continue your training, we'll put together an enrollment agreement with
monthly tuition rates and your child will be promoted to full student
As we previously mentioned, because of the physical nature of our training
and the need to provide a safe learning environment for our students and teachers, we require that every
student we accept qualifies for our program.
Though our program can benefit children who are restless, spirited or
hyperactive, occasionally a child comes in who has an extremely low
level of self-control and is unable to follow verbal redirections.
We would be less than honest if we told his or her parents that our
behavioral training methods alone could improve their child's behavior.
Some individuals have heart conditions, seizure disorders, multiple
sclerosis, cerebral palsy, extreme asthma, etc. We ask they provide
written permission from their primary physician before we accept them
Individuals with very profound intellectual disabilities would not
benefit from our curriculum
Once in a great while we have a child whose behavior places himself or
at risk of injury. If attempts to correct this behavior fail, the child
may be asked to leave the studio. Our primary concern is to provide a
safe and fun environment for the children and their parents.
Students with a current history of bullying are not accepted as
students, unless there is clear evidence that the child is making every
effort to change his/her aggressive behavior.
Karate Kids Class (Ages 3-5)
The Karate Kids Classes have been developed for our
youngest students. Since many of these children haven't begun to attend school,
we focus on talks and drills that teach children how to show respect towards
parents and siblings, and how to get along with peers. The children in this
class learn the same Karate material as our Junior Beginners, but at a slower
pace. This way they can learn and retain the information while having fun and
making new friends. Our Karate Kids learn how to have a positive attitude while
developing the character of a martial artist.
These classes are taught by
certified martial arts
teachers who have specialized training with young children and with the help
of our Junior Leadership Team. These teachers
have weekly meetings, supervised by Dr. Brassard, to assure they are
well-trained in their Karate material and their understanding of how to teach
children with diagnoses such as AD/HD, Autism Spectrum Disorder, OCD, ODD, PDD,
Downs and MR. With a growing number of children being diagnosed with mental and
physical challenges, we've shaped our Karate Kids curriculum to help children
increase their attention spans while learning how to stay focused on tasks.
We've also included material to help children develop good social skills at home
and at school. Parents of our Karate Kids also benefit by having any
behavioral questions they have about their children answered by Dr. Brassard
at no additional expense.
Class Schedule - Choose
at least two of the following:
Wednesdays at 4:30 p.m.
Fridays at 4:30 p.m.
Saturdays at 9:30 a.m.
Junior Beginner Class (Ages 6-12)
Psychologists have learned that children between the
ages of 6 and 12 years develop attitudes and behaviors that will ultimately
shape their adult lives. We developed our Junior Beginner program with this in
mind, making this class an important first stepping stone in a child's life-long
journey. The family atmosphere and friendly teaching staff give children a safe
place to be in the evenings, with positive role models teaching them how to have
confidence and self-control.
This class combines the motions of Karate with
scientific methods of behavioral instruction to teach children the attitudes
and behaviors necessary for personal and academic success. Originally
created and taught by Dr. Brassard, this curriculum was first taught in 1985 to a group of
Autistic children for eight weeks. Differences between pre- and
post-testing indicated improvements in their gross motor skills, balance,
and social interactions. During the years since this original
research, Dr. Brassard has consulted with various Pediatricians,
Neurologists, Psychiatrists, Psychologists, Social Workers, academic teachers and parents
to keep our curriculum current with recent scientific advances in
behavioral psychology, changing teaching methods in the academic classroom
and the evolution of our social and cultural community.
Our teaching staff works closely with the
and academic teachers to assure the children are displaying proper respect at home
and school, and keeping up with their chores and grades. Our Student Creed
teaches our students that they should obey their parents and teachers, because
it is the right thing to do. They are taught that they are not just martial artists
within the walls of our Center, but that they are also ambassadors of our
program wherever they may be. They are taught to live by the principles of Black
Belt: Modesty, Integrity, Perseverance, Self Control, and Indomitable Spirit.
Teachers of our Junior classes are taught proper
behavioral methods of working with children who have
diagnoses such as AD/HD, Autistic Spectrum Disorder, Downs Syndrome and
Intellectual Disability. These
teachers also receive weekly supervision with Dr. Brassard to maintain their
knowledge of behavioral training and their martial arts skills. With a
growing number of children being diagnosed with emotional and physical
challenges, and with an influx of these children into our classroom, it
becomes important that our teaching staff can use their knowledge of simple
behavioral methods to make spontaneous changes in drills and activities when
necessary. Parents with children in our program can also have their
clinical or behavioral questions answered by Dr. Brassard at no additional
On the Fridays of Week 5 (in our five week per
cycle system) we hold a
Ceremony and belt promotion for students who have the appropriate class
points and martial arts skill to advance to the next rank.
We do not charge any testing fees, belt fees or certificate fees for
any of our belt
Rather, our students are required to earn them.
Every six months we have a belt promotion ceremony
for students who have achieved the rank of
Class Schedule -
Please select at least one "A" Day class and
at least one "B" Day Class:
Saturday at 10:00
Wednesday at 5:00 p.m.
Monday at 4:30 p.m.
Thursday at 5:15 p.m.
Tuesday at 5:15
Friday at 5:00
Beginner Class for Teens (Ages 13-19)
confronting teenagers today are different from the ones teens faced 10 or 20
years ago, and very different from the ones teens faced in the '60s and
'70s. To help our teen students overcome these obstacles our classes
include high energy workouts, class discussions such as assertion vs.
aggression, the three-fold approach for dealing with bullies, focus and
concentration drills with background distractions, and breathing and
relaxation techniques. Through proper training of the mind and body,
our teen students develop the confidence, skills and coping strategies
necessary to handle the peer pressure and challenges facing them in today's
classrooms and streets.
Our adult Instructors are excellent
role-models who provide an exciting and safe place for teens to learn and
grow into responsible adults. And teen students who show sincere commitment
in their training and display excellent character and attitude with lower
ranked students, their classmates and our Instructors, are offered an
opportunity for leadership training as part of our teaching staff. With
strong determination and dedication many of these young individuals are
promoted to martial arts instructors and become part of our teaching staff.
Over the years we've offered teen students this leadership opportunity, many have gone
on to achieve great successes in their lives. They often write us or stop
by to tell us how their training and experiences at Family Martial Arts
Center contributed to their success.
Beginner Classes for Adults
The pressures and
challenges of the 21st century are not limited to children and
teens. Today's adults face issues such as paying bills on time, job
security, raising children in a technologically advanced world, the
skyrocketing cost of living, surviving in a world with a questionable moral
compass, and finding less and less time to just stop and smell the roses
(kids, just Google it). Today's adults experience more stress than any
previous generation, and finding ways to relieve this stress and regain
control over one’s life seems limited to the dubious claims of late night
Our adult program offers scientifically based procedures to
deal with this stress, and does so without the stigma of seeing a therapist,
taking prescription medication, self-medicating or engaging in any behavior
that might be considered self-destructive. We begin each class with a
fun, high-energy warm-up; the kind of workout that helps you sweat while
also getting you to laugh. And you will feel and observe the improvement
in your stamina and strength as the weeks go by. Then you'll practice
drills designed to improve your eye, hand and leg coordination. You'll
learn how to develop power in your handstrikes and kicks through the proper
alignment of your shoulders, hips, knees and feet. How to properly
align your body to block and absorb a full power punch or kick (which can
actually be learned during your first lesson - imagine what you'll learn by
the time you're ready for promotion to black belt). You'll develop the
aim in your hands and feet to strike exactly where you chose on a target.
You'll also learn how to defend yourself against various grabs, punches,
kicks and weapon attacks. We guarantee that when you test for
Yellow Belt (about 15 weeks of training) we can have one or two Instructors
grab you and you will have the necessary skill to successfully counter each
and every attack. We guarantee it. Still not sure?
Well, our eight and nine year olds have been successfully doing this on
their Yellow Belt tests for years. You see, sometimes confidence can
be influenced by the frame of reference through which we choose to look at
something. As another example, once an adult student watches a small
ten-year-old break a board, the adult student instantly "acquires" all the
necessary confidence and skill to break a board. Our adult students
are taught how to choose or develop proper frames of reference through which
to perceive people and events in their lives; another skill that helps
reduce confusion, anger and stress.
These are just some of the drills and methods we use in our
adult curriculum. Through your training you will acquire full power
and control over your body, and what better way to feel a sense of regaining
control over your life? As your skills and health develop, you'll feel
your stress (and most likely a few pounds) slip away. And before you
decide if our program can benefit you, you can attend free classes as a
guest member. You can attend as many classes each week as you'd like,
and you can even bring a workout partner to train with you. If you
chose to stop training after the guest lessons there is no further
obligation; no follow-up calls or letters.
You know, a few years ago a survey was conducted to ask
adults why they didn't train in the martial arts. The main reason they
gave was the fear of looking foolish. We promise we will not ask you
to say or do anything that might make you look foolish. Our adult
students are a supportive team who encourages each other and especially
beginners. Now, you might feel a bit intimidated with all these people
walking around in what appear to be pajamas doing movements that seem
straight out of a Bruce Lee movie. But that feeling usually passes by
the end of your first class. You'll feel welcome, and a part of our
Give us a call today, before you talk yourself out of it
See for yourself what our program is all about.
Give us a call today! We'll set an appointment for you and your child to visit our
Center for a free private Karate lesson that will teach you what you'll need to know to
join the group classes. After this lesson you can tour our studio and
watch some of our classes. You'll have a chance to see how our
teachers and instructors interact with each other. Then, on your next
visit you or your child can begin a free guest membership that will give you
opportunity to see if our program can benefit you or your child. If
after the guest lessons you're not satisfied with our program, there is no
further obligation. And we mean it.
To get started please complete the
following form and we'll get back to you within 24 hours.
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