Situational Awareness - Increasing Children's Observational Skills | AKKA Karate USA
ACCESS OUR SCHEDULE
& EXCLUSIVE WEB SPECIAL

Secure your spot and get started today with our EXCLUSIVE offer!

By opting into the web form above you are providing consent for AKKA Karate USA to send you periodic text messages. Standard rates may apply. You can reply HELP at anytime or learn more. You may opt-out anytime by replying STOP.
ACCESS OUR SCHEDULE
& EXCLUSIVE WEB SPECIAL

Secure your spot and get started today with our EXCLUSIVE offer!

By opting into the web form above you are providing consent for AKKA Karate USA to send you periodic text messages. Standard rates may apply. You can reply HELP at anytime or learn more. You may opt-out anytime by replying STOP.
Jeremy Michael reviewed AKKA Karate USA
5
via Facebook

Amazing atmosphere, great people, very comforting environment!

Sheila Brooks-Downs reviewed AKKA Karate USA
5
via Facebook

I have been taking kickboxing aerobic sense October of last year. Had no idea I would like it this much! Everyone should learn to land a punch!!!

Tom Burt reviewed AKKA Karate USA
5
via Facebook

At AKKA Pueblo students are challenged to higher levels of excellence in their training. With a high level of commitment to their own training, Mr. Barela and Mr. Maes inspire their students to aspire to be the best they can be.

Jennifer Wiley reviewed AKKA Karate USA
5
via Facebook

It is a amazing place to take your kids and the all the instructors are the best

Stephanie Powers reviewed AKKA Karate USA
5
via Facebook

We love going here for karate, my son looks forward to going! The instructors are amazing and are so kind and patient with their students. I would highly recommend!

John LeFebre reviewed AKKA Karate USA
5
via Facebook

Our children Ella and Noah have been attending the AKKA karate program for over 4 months. They really enjoy it and they have both shown increased confidence and focus. We look forward to watch them continue to learn and progress.

Bobbie Rossiter reviewed AKKA Karate USA
5
via Facebook

The instructors at this facility are wonderful people. The atmosphere is perfect for people of any age who are wanting to improve or condition both mentally and physically. They are definitely masters of their craft, knowledgeable and respectful. I would recommend AKKA to anyone!

Eddie Venn reviewed AKKA Karate USA
5
via Facebook

After 4 1/2 months in the program we have noticed a big improvement in both of our girls. They have increased their strength in physical training by leaps and bounds. We have noticed that they are able to concentrate better and they are more respectful of others. The personal attention they have received from their instructors has taken them from zero knowledge in martial arts to having a sound grasp of the basics. The instructors are quick to address any needs or concerns we may have. We are very happy we have our children in this program!

AKKA Karate USA Pueblo Martial Arts and Fitness for All Ages!
Call us today to get started 719-561-9514
Request Information

Blog

Our latest news & thoughts

Situational Awareness – Increasing Children’s Observational Skills

Today’s world is busy; people are rushing here and there to get to work, school, the store, or the next activity. Even our “leisure” time is filled with busyness. And during all of it, we are distracted by our devices. This not only leads to us missing important moments in our lives, but it also creates a higher likelihood that we would become the victim of a crime or, at very best, be unable to help someone near us that was. Therefore, it is essential to teach children to be perceptive and educate them on situational awareness skills to improve their safety.

 

Nowadays, not only are children distracted as they play and talk with their friends when they are out, but they are also looking down at their phones or other devices. When they are alone, they are often using headphones as well. These behaviors set them up for dangerous situations because they are entirely unaware of what is going on in the environment around them. Research indicates that offenders look for these behaviors when choosing their victims. These things, along with a lack of confidence and directionless movement, add to the probability of becoming a target, so parents must be vigilant in teaching their children essential awareness tactics.

 

Younger children, especially, are instinctively observant and inquisitive; this is how they learn. Using these natural qualities to help them become more aware of their surroundings can be advantageous. Encouraging children to use all their senses and be on the lookout for things outside the norm in a specific environment will increase their instincts. Using games such as “I Spy” and “Guess Who?” children’s descriptive vocabulary will be enhanced, and their brains will be trained to observe details. These things, in addition to remembering details such as what entrance they came in and where the car was parked, will keep their brain active throughout the visit.

 

And while remembering details is a vital piece of situational awareness, children also need to be confident as they navigate through any location. In the SKILLZ program, children are trained in a way that maximizes their physical, intellectual, emotional, and social development. By participating in this age-specific training, children become more confident in their abilities and have more control. Their minds are sharp as instructors utilize neurobics to increase the brain’s connections, which keeps them from “zoning out.”

 

 

 

As children grow and develop autonomy, parents must arm them with important tools for personal safety. And while we do not want to cause paranoia, we must teach them to be on the lookout for odd behaviors and to constantly reevaluate their surroundings. By building their instincts, children can minimize their chances of being a victim, can warn others of possible danger, and help give details information of any situation that arises. Children then become confident when navigating through any environment and can manage themselves in any situation.