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Why kids martial arts classes should be like Nickelodeon’s Doug

Doo doo doo doo doo doo doo doo doo doo doo. If this song rings a bell, then you’ll enjoy this article. Before talking about how kids martial arts programs are related to Doug, let me share some points from Doug you may not remember:

  • Doug was about an 11 year old boy named Doug Funnie moving to Bluffington with his family. The show is about him going to school, making new friends, getting bullied and of course about him having a crush on Patti.

  • Nickelodeon originally owned the show, but later sold it to Disney and with that, there were a lot of shakeups such as the length of segments, writing and voice actors.

  • The man who voices Doug, Billy West, is a famous voice actor and is also the voice of these characters: Fry, Prof. Farnsworth and Zoidburg from Futurama, the Red M&M and the Honey Nut Cheerios bee.

Now, when Doug was started, the creator, Jim Jinkins, wanted to do things a little different. Namely, he had two small ideas that were very user focused for children. These points can actually be applied to how a kids martial arts program should be handled:



Before Disney purchased Doug, one 22 minute episode was actually broken up into two 11 minute segments. The reason for this is because the kids watching had not yet developed the attention span of adults. So to keep the show engaged and entertaining, each episode was really two mini episodes packaged into one. Howev