Unplugged Ninja

Leadership Habits!

Leadership students at US Budokai Karate build positive habits!

Finding a balance for healthy screen time is an important building block for good habits but can also be challenging for parents.

In this week’s extra credit challenge (Discipline Challenge #5), for five days in a row, students must turn off all screens by 7 pm!

There are positives and negatives to screen time.

Negatives:  too much sedentary time, obesity, poor social skills, poor vision, neck/back issues, depression/anxiety, and poor sleep (including insomnia in teenagers)!

Positives: promote learning, develop problem-solving skills, communication, social skills, and creativity.

How much is too much?

It is advised that children under 2 have zero screen time.  Two-to-five-year-olds should have no more than one hour per day.  Up to age 18…no more than two hours a day; including gaming, social media, and TV!

Good rules for screen time at home may include a specific amount of time/time of day with screens, what devices are allowed, what content is allowed, where in the house screens may be used, and where screens are stored when not in use.

General boundaries like no screens during meals, after 7 pm, or if homework needs to be done will help keep things on track at your home.

Limiting screen time helps to establish good habits early!

Unplugged Ninja by Mary Nhin was part of the students’ learning experience this week.  This book speaks in easy-to-understand language about how your child can learn to create better habits like Reset, Reconnect, and Relax for a “digital detox”!

Looking for more information to help your child have a safe online experience -check out this article from top10.com for Best Parental Control Apps for 2022


Russ Jarem

Hanshi Russ Jarem, 8th degree black belt

Susan Warzek

Kyoshi Susan Warzek, 7th degree black belt

Michael Favreau

Sensei Michael Favreau, 4th degree black belt

USBKA-CP.com & US BUDOKAI KARATE of Clifton Park have been repeatedly selected as the communities’ #1 Martial Arts School!

Established in 1980 by Master Instructor, Hanshi Russ Jarem an 8th degree Black Belt, US Budokai Karate has helped hundreds of students develop the skills necessary for a successful life.  Students at US Budokai Karate receive instruction from the most experienced martial artists in the area.

Classes are offered for pre-school children ages 4-6 and elementary age kids ages 7 and up.  These programs are designed to help children develop the skills needed for success in school and later in life.

US Budokai Karate Adult Karate training is a complete adult fitness and conditioning program for adults who want to lose weight, get (and stay in shape) or learn self-defense in a supportive environment.  A place to leave the stress behind and to your develop mind, body and spirit.

Instructors can answer questions or be contacted 24 hours or the day, 7 days a week at RenshiSue@usbka-cp.com or call directly at 518-383-0484. You can also visit our website at USBKA-CP.com

The US Budokai Karate is centrally located in Clifton Park New York and serves the greater Capital District Area.  US Budokai Karate 215 Guideboard Road, Suite 5, Clifton Park, NY  12065.