When Mini MAAC speaks of spirit, it is not in terms of a religion or a spiritual aspect. It is in regard to “those qualities regarded as forming the definitive or typical elements in the character of a person.” When children are born, they are born full of awe and wonder. It is their environment that either fosters or squelches that spirit. Many child care environments today do not promote a strong sense of self worth or a bright future. We believe that by engaging children in the program unique to the Mini MAAC, we can affect change in the students’ core beliefs about themselves and the world around them.
Neuroplasticity is the brain’s ability to change itself constantly by creating new neural pathways and losing those which are no longer used. For example, it is much easier for children to learn a second language the younger they start. The Mini MAAC endeavors to apply this concept to teaching children to have courage to try new things, strength to accomplish them and resilience in the face of adversity. If children start learning these abilities during their earliest educational years, the neural pathways will be set once they get into elementary school and beyond.
What is an indomitable spirit? Indomitable is an adjective meaning impossible to subdue or defeat, while spirit is defined as the nonphysical part of a person which is the seat of emotions and character, the soul. Think about that. Think about a child whose core being conveys an indomitable spirit. This child sees failure as a stepping stone, not the end of the journey; sees an obstacle as a challenge to be overcome, not a roadblock. This is a three year old who falls, gets ups and tries again. A four year old who makes a mistake, but does not through a fit because he has learned self control. A 5 year old starting school equipped with self esteem, the ability to share and over adversity. This is the goal of Mini MAAC.
At the Mini Martial Arts & Athletic Center, the MAAC, your children are our first priority.
Our goal is to help parents raise healthy, happy, self-sufficient, children,
who grow up to be ambitious adults with productive lives.