The Motivator Molecule | 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

The Motivator Molecule

Boosting Dopamine in Constructive Ways

Nowadays it seems that children are only interested in their video games, smart phones, and social media platforms. Parents are frustrated with their children’s lack of motivation for and attention to other activities that they are at a loss as to what to do. Therefore, parents often respond by taking devices away and punishing their children. And although this seems like the right approach, it can reduce motivation even more. To truly change children’s behaviors, parents need to understand how to boost dopamine in natural and more positive ways so that children will be propelled into more constructive actions.

 

When dopamine levels are low, symptoms such as difficulty focusing, and decreased motivation can result, so simply removing devices is not helpful. Dopamine is often referred to as the “motivator molecule” because it causes us to seek out things that produce good feelings. Devices and apps give children an influx of this, so they continue their screen time to keep the boost going. The neural circuitry targeted by varying apps is the same as casinos have been using for years with slot machines. The anticipation of a reward is what keeps us coming back for more. The remarkable factor about dopamine, however, is that it can help modify behavior in a positive way as well.  The good feelings that dopamine produces creates motivation, so we can also learn and retain information better.

 

When given the proper channels, dopamine levels can be boosted, and children can benefit from an increase in more positive goal-directed behaviors. To help enhance dopamine levels naturally, parents can make sure children get adequate sleep and avoid processed foods, sugar, and caffeine. In addition, making sure that children get daily physical exercise is essential. The key to this, however, is to make sure children find activities that are enjoyable to them. By immersing children in an environment that generates a flood of dopamine in more productive ways, children will form more constructive habits, and learning will be supported.

 

The progressive methods of the SKILLZ Child Development Centers were created with the brain in mind. By implementing techniques in class that trigger students’ dopamine systems, the “dopamine-seeking reward loop” initiates. This generates neural pathways that open students’ motivation to learn and helps them retain knowledge. This game-based learning approach along with applying Teaching SKILLZ such as trickery and intrinsic motivation, keep students engaged and having fun. In addition, students are given skill stripes at the end of each class so the anticipation throughout keeps them extrinsically motivated as well. Parents are then able to implement these types of systems at home to reinforce these behaviors even more.

 

An essential element to increasing children’s dopamine levels naturally is knowledge. When parents and other adults in a child’s life are familiar with the reward pathways of the brain, they can ensure that children get dopamine boosts in the best way possible. By reinforcing the relationship between wanted behaviors and a “feel-good” reward, parents can be confident that children will be more focused, listen better, and be motivated to do their best.