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Empower Your Homeschooler with Jiu-Jitsu

…Fitness, Discipline, and Fun!

Martial arts classes normally makes you think of self-defense, being strong, fit and safe. The truth is, it’s all that and WAY more!




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Wayne Knudsen

I’m Wayne Knudsen, Professor here at Synergy Martial Arts Academy.

As a martial arts instructor with extensive experience training kids, there is nothing better than seeing them grow firsthand.

But more important than the martial arts skills they learn… is the personal skills they develop and carry for life.

Because martial arts is so much more than just kicking and punching, and getting the next colorful belt.

It’s about developing confidence, discipline, character, focus and respect.

With every class we teach, your kids are growing in mind, body and character.

That’s because martial arts provides instant positive feedback. Through learning to focus on the core moves, they develop discipline and respect. They can instantly see and feel a difference, making them destined to build confidence, self-awareness and self-respect.

And of course it’s a ton of FUN!

That’s why I love teaching martial arts to kids in this community, and why I know your kids are going to LOVE training.

So please have a look below to find out exactly how your kids can benefit from our fun martial arts classes.




They are great kids but they just don’t listen, often being told to do something a hund#F89C1C times before they actually do anything.

They’re bright and intelligent, yet have trouble paying attention at home, in school or in any important situation, even being classified as an “ADD” or “ADHD” child.

They are simply shy and lack the confidence and self-esteem needed to live up to their full potential.



There really is a safe, natural and extremely effective way to take charge and positively impact every aspect of your child’s life. It doesn’t take medicine, therapy, harsh actions, or cajoling your kids to change their behavior. Instead, it is teaching your kids self-discipline, hard work, confidence, and respect. This done in a way that empowers them while also teaching them humility, and promoting health and fitness… all at the same time.

Sounds like a wonder cure doesn’t it?

But there really is something that does all that. And that’s the power of martial arts classes.


    Children are like sponges. They absorb things quickly and easily – far more easily than we do as adults. In fact, parents can sometimes see a difference in their kids after just one martial arts class. Each additional class they attend increases their knowledge and growth.

    Not only are they getting healthier as they learn martial arts, they’re also learning the value of self-discipline and respect. When you enroll your child in a martial arts class, you’re giving them much more than the physical skills we teach. You’re giving them the opportunity to thrive.


    The lessons your child learns now about physical fitness may very well follow them into adulthood.

    Martial arts instruction teaches kids about their bodies. They learn to push themselves and pursue fitness goals.

    Studying martial arts sets kids up for good health and a healthy body image that they’ll keep throughout their lives.


    Childhood education lays the groundwork for your child’s success later in life. Without learning, their goals and aspirations may slip away.

    If your child is having difficulties in school, then studying martial arts may help them. By providing kids with a natural outlet for their energy – and helping them achieve clarity in our school – martial arts leads the way to better grades.


    It’s common for a kid who performs poorly in class to start thinking that they’re not capable of doing better. Disappointments can dampen enthusiasm for learning.

    In our martial arts school, kids learn how to take hits – and they carry the ability to do so in the classroom, where they can cope with setbacks and learn that hard work can help them more forward.

    The persistence and discipline that kids learn in martial arts classes is something that applies directly to their education.


    One of the most damaging things that can happen to kids in school is that they get labeled: the fat kid, the clumsy kid, and so on. In our school, they’re all just martial arts kids!

    Kids learn to trust themselves and their abilities. As a result, their confidence soars.

    Physical self-confidence leads to intellectual and emotional self-esteem, and martial arts can help kids carry themselves with a deep-seated sense of confidence and authority.


    Martial arts training puts a strong emphasis on the importance of focus, and that carries over to home and the classroom, as well as the playground and beyond.

    Through repetition and memorization, kids learn that they need to focus to excel in our martial arts school. They learn the mental discipline to avoid distractions and pursue their goals.

    Today’s kids often have difficulty with paying attention, but martial arts training helps keep their eyes on the prize.


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    Tim Arnett
    Tim Arnett
    Great school! Awesome environment and cool people to train with!
    Colton Mullins
    Colton Mullins
    Great people, great coaches. If you want to compete or just learn a new skill and get in shape this is the place to do it!
    Vinny Bu Wozniak
    Vinny Bu Wozniak
    The #1 Jiu Jitsu competition team in the Ark-La-Tex area! I recently moved to Texarkana from Louisiana, and my first day of training everyone treated me like I was family. I am extremely impressed with SMAA Texarkana and proud to be a part of this team.
    Musa Jadoon
    Musa Jadoon
    Quality Instruction and feedback, great training partners, cleanliness, and just an overall great experience. Come swing by and check it out for yourself 🌊🤙🏼
    Mark Bison
    Mark Bison
    SMAA under Wayne Knudsen is the best place to learn and practice BJJ if you want to go into this and learn from one of the best that does it in the North Side of Louisiana, S Arkansas, East TX.
    Megan Strickland
    Megan Strickland
    Wayne is Great with my boy’s (age 8 and 10) !!! He’s a very good instructor and my boys have learned a lot !!! Highly recommend !!!
    Matthew Puddin Mcconnaughey
    Matthew Puddin Mcconnaughey
    Professor Wayne is the best around ! The culture at SMAA can not be compared to anything else ! If you show up and work, the rest will unfold and you will become something you never imagined becoming ! Texarkana is lucky to have this !
    Billy Mills
    Billy Mills
    Professor Wayne is a great instructor would definitely recommend attending his class if you are interested in learning how to defend yourself and get in a great workout 😊
    Brandon Kidd
    Brandon Kidd
    Wayne Knudsen is a very skilled jiu jitsu tactician and has alot of knowledge to help those on their jiu jitsu journey no matter what their skill level or goal. We are very fortunate that Wayne has extended SMAA from Shreveport into Texarkana 💯

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    Frequently Asked Questions

    My child hates sports – won’t they hate martial arts too?
    Some kids who comes to us are resistant at first, but martial arts instruction is both fun and active. Many kids think that martial artists are cool and that can help them stick with it even if it’s hard at first.
    How does martial arts help kids get in shape?

    Martial arts classes build core strength and balance while also increasing muscle mass and improving muscle tone. The controlled movements we teach improve kids’ physical fitness with each class they take.

    My child is failing in school – how is studying martial arts going to help his grades?

    Martial arts training teaches focus, self-discipline, and self-respect. Kids who absorb these lessons carry them everywhere – including the classroom.

    Can learning how to punch and kick really help my child with math and spelling?

    It can. Sometimes, kids don’t do well in school because they have difficulty focusing or disciplining themselves to study. In our school, they must focus during each class. They learn the value of working toward goals, and that can help them with other subjects, too.

    I’m worried that my child feels inadequate. Will learning martial arts help with self-esteem?
    Yes. The way we hold ourselves physically relates directly to how we feel inside. Kids who study martial arts learn to carry themselves with confidence. All students are treated as equals in our martial arts school, which can help build kids’ self-esteem.
    Can learning martial arts help my child pay attention in class?

    Yes. Kids who study martial arts learn that hard and persistent work pays off. Each small success helps children believe in themselves and have faith they can achieve their next goal.

    Can martial arts really help my child lose weight?

    Yes. Regular physical activity is a must for kids who want to lose weight. Our classes give kids a serious cardiovascular workout and help them burn calories. The training they experience also builds muscle mass which can improve their metabolism.

    Will my child learn about healthy eating?

    Yes. We talk to kids about the way of life of a successful martial artist. They learn that their bodies can only do what they have fuel to do – and part of that is eating healthy food.

    My child is failing in school – how is studying martial arts going to help his grades?

    Martial arts training teaches focus, discipline, self-control, and respect. These traits help children let go of petty grievances and learn to pay attention to the things that are most important to their future success.

    My child resists learning anything new – what if they resists learning martial arts, too?

    If your child is reluctant, we will work with them to help them register a series of successes to build their confidence. Especially at the beginning, it’s easy for students to advance and see the fruits of their labor. Building on those accomplishments can help even the most reluctant student be enthusiastic about martial arts.

    Can martial arts help my child have faith in their abilities?

    Yes. Kids who study martial arts learn that hard and persistent work pays off. Each small success helps children believe in themselves and have faith they can achieve their next goal.

    What elements of martial arts instruction teach children to focus?

    The study of martial arts requires intense focus and self-discipline. We teach kids that their attitude and focus have far more to do with their success than anything else. Over time, kids who learn martial arts develop the ability to avoid distractions that might keep them from achieving their goals.


    1.Martial arts classes get kids off the couch into a setting where they can learn their bodies’ capabilities.

    2.Learning martial arts builds physical stamina and strength, two key components of physical fitness.

    3.An intense martial arts workout can burn 600 calories or more, helping kids drop excess weight.

    4.Martial arts training increases muscle mass – and muscle burns more calories than fat and accelerates weight loss.

    5.In our school, kids need to memorize movements and learn to perform them in sequence, a skill that translates to the classroom.


    6.The focus and discipline required to learn martial arts helps kids avoid distractions at school.


    7.Kids who learn martial arts must respect their teachers, and that increases their ability to learn.

    8.Children who study martial arts learn not to make excuses – instead, they learn from their mistakes and build on their knowledge in a controlled setting.

    9.Martial arts instruction builds on kids’ core strengths and helps them believe in themselves.

    10.Constant instruction and reminders to focus help kids stay in the moment and avoid distractions.

    11.Kids must pay attention to learn proper martial arts techniques and advance toward their goals.

    12.Mental focus and physical focus go hand in hand – kids who learn to maintain physical focus learn to focus their brains, too.


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