Blood Noses, Wobbly Teeth and Wet Pants

You know last night was one of the most challenging Pee Wee classes (ages 4-7) that I’ve taught in a while.

Here’s why…

First, I usually have an assistant or two to help out. Junior students make great assistants. They learn, you learn and the class learns. It’s a win-win-win.

Anyhow last night I had 14 yellow to blue belts in one of my Little Ninja classes – yes all aged between 5-7… and for the first time in a LONG time, no assistants.

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Within the first 5 minutes of class I had:

one boy with a blood nose thanks to an accidental head butt
another two kids run into each other because they were not looking where they were going – the result – a bloody and wobbly tooth
2 kids arrive late of which one went on to wet his pants within the next 10 minutes

Two years ago, this would have freaked me out – I’m not sure that I would have coped all that well… I probably would have just curled up in the fetal position and cried…

For a few minutes it was a tornado of activity, but thanks to some experience, calm behavior and the class actually DOING WHAT I ASK THEM the rest of us got through it unscathed.

Now as I had to attend to the most pressing problem first (the blood nose) I had to leave the floor…

I know what you’re thinking – 13 kids left unattended for a couple of minutes equals a disaster. The room would be in worse shape than when I left right?

Wrong.

Thanks to the Early Learning System, my kids tend to behave a lot better than before I was using it. When I came back, sure they were talking quietly, but they hadn’t moved from their positions. I was proud of them and congratulated them for behaving so well.

I later had to leave the floor again to help with the child who wet his pants – oh man, where were my assistants?? – this time I employed a very useful game.

I said, “Ok, we’re going to play a game right now, it’s called ‘Quiet as a Mouse’. Remember you have to be as quiet as you can and the winner will get 5,000 points when I come back.”

Within 2 seconds my entire class sat down cross legged or in seiza and not a peep was heard. This allowed me to attend to the other problem, and when I returned, points were awarded.

Try this method for yourself whenever you have to leave class unattended for a minute – it works like a charm. =)

To your success!

– Jason

From Sobbing Uncontrollably to Running onto the Floor within 60 Seconds

4 year old Jack walked in the door with his chin on his chest, eyes down and bottom lip quivering.

I greeted him with a big “Hi Jack!!!”, in the usual way. “Gimme five!”

Jack slunk past me without making eye contact and sat down. I followed him to his seat and asked him “What’s the matter?”

He looked down and shook his head and a tear trickled down his cheek.

I asked him, “Do you feel ok? Did someone make you feel bad?”

He shook his head and mumbled something.

“What did you say?” I asked.

“Karate is boring.” he sobbed and then more tears flowed from his eyes.

“Don’t you want to do class today and have fun?”

A shake of the head was all I received as a reply.

I then asked, “What’s your favorite thing in the whole world?”

He shook his head… “Nothing”.

His mother then said, “He likes X-men.”

“Which X-men do you like Jack?” I asked.

At that moment Jack underwent a “state change”. He shifted his focus from crying and feeling bad to enjoyment. I immediately saw the difference in his face. He lifted his chin and started to imagine…

“I like the guy with the claws!”

“You mean Wolverine?”

“Yeah!”

“Can you show me how Wolverine does his punches with his claws?”

Jack jumped up and started punching the air and making noises.

“Wow – that’s cool. Give me five Wolverine!”

Jack gave me a high five.

His mood had literally changed from negative to positive within 60 seconds. From sobbing to running towards the tatami for class.

The process I just described is a very powerful method for changing the mood of others, and subsequently their results. (You can do this for yourself too.)

World famous success coach, Anthony Robbins uses this method to change the lives of hundreds of thousands of people – and you can use it to for your students and yourself.

In plain and simple form, here are the basic steps.

1) When a student is feeling low, refocus their attention to something they absolutely love. It must be something they are passionate about, or you won’t get the results.

2) Ask them questions about whatever it is that makes them happy. Ask them to imagine that they are living that experience, or being that person. You’ll see the difference immediately in their posture and emotions.

3) Link this to their current situation. This creates a new “neuro-association” and changes their thoughts permanently. For example, I asked Jack to show me how Wolverine does his karate punches. This created a new neuro-association with karate – one of fun and enjoyment, instead of “karate is boring”.

Try it out and let me know what happens…

To your success!

– Jason

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