These 3 Critical Mistakes Will Kill Benchmark Test Results from Coach Jory Malone of Revolution MMA Benton

These 3 Critical Mistakes Will Kill Benchmark Test Results

Most of our kids have benchmarks this week or coming up soon. I wanted to take the time to share some parenting “success tips” with you.

Generally kids and parents make 3 critical mistakes during this period, which lowers test scores:

The first critical and perhaps fatal mistake is they forget to engage in exercise and the important role in development it plays. They figure they’ll cut out exercise to better cram (next mistake) for the test. Public education has already made physical activity almost nonexistent in the past few decades. When was the last time you saw a climbing rope at a school? We’ve steadily fallen in World academic standings while steadily rising in the diseases of modern civilization. We just lost the Olympics to a country that collapsed a few years ago. There was a great TED presentation in last couple of years by neuroscientist Daniel Wolpert, which highlights the connection of the brain and movement:

If we continue on our current course, we’ll soon be spineless blobs riddled with clogged arteries and tumors by the time we make it to high school (recent studies have determined many teens are already suffering from arteriosclerosis putting them at risk for heart attacks before the age of 30!). While stereotypes in modern society separate the jock from the nerd. In reality, some of history’s greatest thinkers exercised vigorously for 5 hours a day. Your brain is an organ that requires blood flow to bring it fuel and nutrients necessary or optimum performance and the neuroplasticity required for learning. In addition humans are hard wired from the womb to learn best when something is associated with movement, our primary function on this planet. If at any time in the week you cut out exercise, your mental performance will decline.

The second critical mistake is trying to cram a lot of information in before testing, be it the day before a test of the week before a test. Students should have a set study schedule and rhythm. The brain and body likes habits and shifts in habits lead to undue stress, which lowers performance. Just like many top performers had a pre game routine, students need a regular routine with cues, place, and a body ready to learn. Excessive increase in studying only breaks this routine and diminishes performance.

The third mistake is nutrition and overall lifestyle. Optimum performance be it mental or physical are one in the same. Cells are cells and have the same requirements to perform at their best. There are several foods that help replenish neurotransmitters, the chemical components of thoughts, in your brain. At the same time you want to avoid any food that contains neurotoxins. Despite all the money we pay to the FDA to help protect us, they’ve been bought by companies dumping known neurotoxins banned for food use everywhere else in the world into our daily food supply. These neurotoxins are found in chewing gum, diet drinks and foods, and can literally drop your IQ for a couple of weeks after ingesting them. One major neurotoxin is fluoride found in large quantities in your tap water. You can score higher on testing simply by replacing your tap water with real spring water. A few years ago I got to spend some time training with Ron White the brain athlete and National Memory Champion. Here’s some tips from the champ himself:

And here’s the brain athlete in action:

As always, we wish the kids the best of luck on there benchmark tests from all of us at Revolution MMA Benton! If your child is in need of a lifeskills and development program, we invite you to check our our Kids Martial Arts program.

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Kids who exercise at Revolution MMA and practice healthy eating and sleeping habits do well on Benchmark Tests


Revolution MMA Benton Featured Review: Evan W

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It’s time for your March Featured Revolutionaries! This month is Evan W.  We are so proud of Evan and all of his progress. He always works so hard and hardly misses class. He pays attention and does his best too. We know he’s doing well in school, b/c he’s also brought us a few report cards! In fact, he is an Honor Roll student with As and Bs! That’s awesome!

A little about Evan:

Evan is 10 and in the 4th grade. His favorite subject in school is science b/c he likes to invent things. He’s not sure what he wants to be when eh grows up but that’s ok, he’s got plenty of time. His favorite food is pizza and his favorite color is black. (ours too). He’s a pet lover (just like us) and he’s even been kind enough to bring his pet Guinea Pig buy for a visit or two.  When he’s not training in class, he likes to play outside, build things with legos and play video games too.

We asked Evan why he started Martial Arts. He said he had tried Karate before and just wanted to train again. This time he tried Revolution MMA Benton b/c he wanted to learn some grappling and how to fight on the ground. He likes the exercises we do in class to help him stay in shape: in particular he said, the burpies and tumbling drills. (We always incorporate these drills into the classes to get the kids in shape and improve their motor skills for all areas of life). Evan said he feels he’s getting in better shape as a result of his training and he’s more flexible and stronger too.

The main benefit he noticed from his training was confidence. Evan stated that at school he sometimes hears kids say words they shouldn’t. Perhaps not words that might be considered “bad words” but just not good things. He said he tells them they should not say those things and has the confidence to tell them when things bother him.  We are really proud of Evan for this. It takes a lot to be able to stand up for yourself. Especially to your friends. We all have to do it a times, and it takes a good balance to be able to do it in a manner that you can ” maintain  your friendships yet stand up for what you believe in. But it sounds like Evan is doing the right thing and that’s awesome.

Evan said his overall goal for his Martial Arts is to get a black belt!

We’re very proud of you Evan. Keep up the good work!

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Evan working his armlock with Brandon.

Kids Martial Arts Classes Are Fun At Revolution MMA In Benton, AR!

Hey all!  Just a quick update. I wanted to share some pictures from some of our recent Kid’s Classes! I broke out my camera to take some super cool pictures during grappling and training. The kids love seeing their pictures, and they all look so cool!

So you’re probably wondering what we are working on in Kids Martial Arts Classes here at Revolution MMA in Benton, Ar:

Our  older youth are working on sweeps from the guard and controlling top position.  In addition, the advanced kids are also working takedown finishes and a few other more advanced sweeps and submissions.  But that’s not enough for the go getters at Revolution: the advanced kids do a strength training class 2x a week.  They are working on building an all around solid athletic foundation to build their skill work upon.

Of course we continue to work on our life skills:  This month the Kids were given some special tasks and homework from Mr. Jory regarding Observation. They are working to build their observational skills, as observation is an important trait of successful people. He encouraged them to keep a training journal to document their progress and success, as well as to help them identify areas of weakness that need work.

We hope you enjoy these pictures from our kids classes, if you’d like to see more, check out our gallery pages.

This first picture here is Samuel and Ethan. They have both been some of our longest and most dedicated students. Samuel trains in all the advanced classes and is a regular at our competition and strength training classes also. We are very proud of both of these hard working guys!

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Here Mr. Jory shows the kid’s how to do a sit-up sweep and get someone off of them, and then control the position to hold the bully down until help arrives.

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Rylie is proof that Girls can do it too! She has been training at Revolution MMA in Benton, AR for a few years now. In addition, she is a member of our Jr. Instructor team, where she learns leadership skills and responsibility. She also helps in the younger children’s class one day a week.

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If you are interested in learning self defense or bully busting skills for your child, please do not hesitate to call and set up your introductory class. Just check out our recent bully busting success story here! You can read about how 2 brothers from Revolution MMA in Benton, AR defeated neighborhood bullies and learned to stand up for themselves and each other.

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