Are you looking for a martial arts school that is focused on using martial arts as a means to self improvement, rather than just fighting?
Are you interested in learning how to use the mindset of martial arts and apply it to your everyday life? If you are interested in learning the philosophy that is behind the martial arts then our school is the answer you have been looking for.
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"The instructors are amazing and great with our son"
Kevin, Renee and their son Issac was very friendly and welcoming my family for a visit. Our son loves it so much we signed up today. Love that they teach various techniques of martial arts and etiquette.
Mahalo LV Kung Fu Academy!
"Kevin and Renee run a very good martial arts studio.
I would recommend them to anyone. They are very good at teaching martial arts to all age groups from 5 year olds to over 50. As a 3rd degree judoka myself, I have seen good and bad instructors. Kevin and Renee are very good instructors and know their stuff.
Martial Arts Styles Offered
Wing Chun is a close-quarters combat system. Speed and efficiency are its trademark.
Wing Chun uses sensitivity training to make fighting instinctive. When you can fight without thinking you perform at a much higher level.
You will learn how to build habits of how to react instantaneously to all self-defense situations. Wing Chun does not have complicated techniques that are unlikely to work in a real-life fight. Instead, Wing Chun simplifies its techniques and strategies so that you can be ready to defend yourself quickly.
Shaolin Kung fu is an ancient system of combat. Long ago, the Buddhist monks who lived at the Shaolin Temple, need a way to defend themselves from attack. Their temple was built far into the mountains. If they were attacked there was no one around to protect them.
Thus, these peaceful monks added daily training in the art of Kung fu to make sure they could defend themselves.
However, the Shaolin Monks also found that Kung Fu gave them the ability to maintain their health through their daily practice of the art.
Kali, Arnis And Escrima Martial Arts
Kali, Arnis, And Escrima are all names for styles that come from the Philipines. These are weapon-based arts.
Kali, Arnis, And Escrima, are known for having the best strategies for dealing with knives and edged weaponry. Thus, it is one of the main arts studied by special forces around the world.
Although these Filipino martial arts are famous because of the practical weapon defenses, they do contain self-defense techniques. The empty hand curriculum is sometimes known as Panantukan or Suntukan.
Japanese Judo is a throwing art. Judo is one of the best styles for learning take-downs, tackles, and trips.
Judo is a combative sport. Students compete against each other to try and score points. Points are given for every clean throw. Points can also be one by pinning your opponent to the ground and immobilizing them for half a minute.
Although Judo is a sport and not primarily focused on self-defense (Judo has no punches or kicks), It can definitely be used to defend yourself, If you can first strike using some of the other systems offered at our academy then your throwing techniques will become effective for self-defense.
Jeet Kune Do is not a style. JKD is better defined as a set of concepts and ideas that you apply to create your own style of fighting.
JKD was created by Bruce Lee. Bruce Lee originally started out by combining two martial arts Western fencing and Wing Chun. He found that he liked some aspects of each style but did not care for other aspects.
Eventually, Bruce Lee learned and incorporate many techniques from various styles of martial arts to create a way of fighting that was unique to him. He realized that every person will also eventually their own unique style of fighting based on their personality, experience and body type.
Tai Chi Chuan is the martial art based on the concept of Yin and Yang. Yin and Yang is an idea that comes from the Taoist religion. Yin and Yang represent the opposite forces. Light and dark, up and down, soft and hard, are all examples of opposites. The entire art of Tai Chi Chuan is made up of these concepts transformed into self-defense techniques.
The art of Tai Chi Chuan originally started out as a combative martial art. It was used for fighting and self-defense. Tai Chi Chuan Today still has practical applications of all of the movements of the form, but most people who train in Tai Chi are not interested in fighting, Rather, they want the enormous health benefits that come from practicing The graceful and beautiful martial art.
The Boxing / Kickboxing Class at our academy is not your typical cardio kickboxing class. Nor is it a standard boxing gym. Rather, the kickboxing class is a combination of all the martial arts that we do here.
What makes this class unique is that we take techniques from Kali, Escrima, Arnis, Muay Thai, Silat, Wing Chun, Shaolin And Boxing to create unique combinations. Next, we put on the punch mitts and work with partners.
Partner work using pads and gloves is a terrific workout. The best thing about it is the contact you feel every time you hit the pads. Hitting pads is an absolute game-changer when trying to relieve the stress of the day.
How Martial Arts Training Turned A Young Juvenile Delinquent Into A Martial Arts School Owner
Dear Future Student,
The very fact that you are reading this tells me a lot about you. It tells me that you want to improve yourself or that you want to have the very best for your child.
I would like to help you achieve your PERSONAL goals in the martial arts. I would like to help you get all of the benefits that martial arts classes have to offer.
My name is Kevin Kawada and I, along with my wife Renee, and my son Isaac are the owners of the Las Vegas Kung Fu Academy.
We moved from Hawaii to Las Vegas in March of 2004. We have been teaching ever since.
Since that time, we have worked very hard to provide the Las Vegas and Henderson, Nevada areas with the best martial arts instruction and self-improvement training possible.
I started training in martial arts as a teenager.
At that time in my life, I was getting into a LOT of trouble. I was hanging out with the wrong crowd.
But wait, it didn't stop there..
Unfortunately, I was staying out late without calling. Basically, I was a juvenile delinquent. In truth, I was my parent's worst nightmare come true..
Astonishing, isn't it?
Suffice to say I owe my parents a BIG apology!
Anyway, training had so many benefits to offer, but at this time in my life, I wasn't actively looking for them.
Honestly, I just thought it was the coolest thing in the world to be able to actually learn this stuff. However, it was only after a few months of training that I became aware of all of the benefits that training in martial arts had to offer.
Benefits like increased focus and concentration, confidence, and self-discipline became a huge part of my life.
In other words, as I went to more and more classes, my life began to change.
Surprisingly, I began to apply the lessons of martial arts to my everyday life. Indeed, I found that I began to surround myself with like-minded individuals. Simultaneously, I began to spend less time with people who were content with being lazy, undisciplined and irresponsible.
Fortunately, I learned that the perseverance required to master a form (kata) was the same type of perseverance needed to write a college essay. I found that the mental toughness required for sparring helped me get through stressful times in my life. I learned that the self-discipline needed to get proficient with fighting was the same self-discipline required for finishing that work project on time.
Consequently, I began to approach problems in my life, in the same way I approached my training.
But you know what else? I realized that martial arts styles like Wing Chun, Karate, Muay Thai, Escrima, Arnis, Kali, Judo, Chinese Kung Fu, and Jeet Kune Do are not just ways of fighting, but rather they are ways or paths to learning about yourself.
You’re going to love this…
Best of all, I APPLIED what I was taught in martial arts classes to my life outside of the academy.
If the lessons of martial arts cannot improve you as a person, then what is the point? Martial arts instruction has little value in today's modern society, unless it can change you. The bottom line is, martial arts is really a way of life.
Training in martial arts is a never-ending quest for improvement. Training can be the most wonderful, life-changing, an activity that you experience.
In the end,, if you have what it takes to master the skills required of a style, you will, in essence, have mastered yourself.
It all comes down to this...
My life has been transformed by martial arts. I hope that it can do something similar for you. Better yet, if you are looking for top-notch martial arts instruction in Las Vegas or Henderson, NV, we would like for you to come in and check us out. you won't regret it!
Kevin and Renee Kawada
Martial Arts Adult Class F.A.Q.s
Question: Can I come in and either observe or try a class?
Answer: Yes, of course. You are welcome to observe or try a class. However, please contact us to schedule an appointment to come in. The trial class is free.
Question: What do I wear for my trial lesson?
Answer: Adult classes are 90 minutes. Also, you can check out our class schedule here:
Question: When are the classes for adults?
Answer: Adult classes are 90 minutes. Also, you can check out our class schedule here: https://www.lvshaolin.com/schedule/
Question: What if I'm not in shape for martial arts classes?
Answer: You're never too old to start martial arts. indeed, we have students of all ages and at different fitness levels. Don't worry about not being in shape. Enrolling in martial arts will help you get in shape. Here at our school, you work at your own pace and set your own goals. in short, we are here to help you in reaching your own personal goals.
Question: Can I enroll in martial arts classes even if I have no experience and not very athletic?
Answer: Of course! You don't need to have any experience to start. Eventually, you will improve and soon you will feel very comfortable in class.
Question: When can I enroll?
Answer: Our program is on-going. in addition, you can start at any time.
Question: How often should I attend classes?
Answer: Everyone's schedule is different. Most people come twice a week. However, some students love our classes so much, they come every day.
Question: How much do the martial arts classes cost?
Answer: Presently, you can check out the prices for our classes here: https://www.lvshaolin.com/prices/
Question: Will I get hurt training in martial arts classes?
Answer: Martial arts (like any other sport) has its various risks and dangers. However, we always try our best to prevent injuries. In addition, we always promote a culture of safety at our school. This helps keep students from getting injured.
Question: Do I need my own equipment?
Answer: Usually, if you are enrolled in a trial program, you can borrow our equipment. However, if you are going to stick with it, after the trial program is done, then you should get your own equipment. Good news! Everything you need can be purchased here at our martial arts studio.
Question: Are there any testing fees?
Answer: Yes, testing fees are $55 per student. Usually, belt tests are held twice a year in April and October.
Martial Arts Kids F.A.Q.s
Question: What's the youngest age for kids?
Answer: We accept kids as young as 4 years old for the kid's class. However, children mature at different speeds. Some children might be ready at 4 while others might need to wait a little longer. We do have a class specifically for kids ages 3-4 called the Tiny Tots that might be more appropriate.
Question: Can we come in and either observe or try a kids class?
Answer: Yes, of course. You and your child are welcome to observe or even try a class. Please contact us at 702-336-1095 to schedule an appointment to come in. The trial class is free.
Question: What should my child wear for the trial lesson?
wer: Wear comfortable clothing. Wearing flip-flops or sandals are the easiest. Students cannot footwear on our mats. In addition, Students cannot be barefoot off the mats. Also, bring along a water bottle.
Question: When are the kids class?
Answer:You can checkout our class schedule here: https://www.lvshaolin.com/schedule/
Question: How often should my child attend martial arts class?
Answer: As much as possible! And here’s some great news for you: we designed our class schedule to accommodate the needs of today's families. Most families come twice a week. However, Some kids like the class so much they are here daily. Check out the class schedule here: https://www.lvshaolin.com/schedule/
Question: What's the cost of martial arts classes at your school?
Answer: You can check out the prices for our classes here: https://www.lvshaolin.com/prices/
Question: When can I enroll my child in class?
Answer: Our program is on-going. In other words, you can start at anytime.
Question: Can I enroll my child in classes even if they are not very athletic?
Answer: Of course! Enrolling in martial arts will help your child with coordination, flexibility, agility, and strength. The whole point is to get them to be athletic.
Question: How do I know that my child will stay interested?
Every parent I know wants to find some activity for their child that they will be passionate about. You want your child to be asking you to come to class every week. Also. we know you are looking at many different martial arts schools for your child. You are trying to find somewhere that will be a great fit, as far as location, pricing, and quality.
However, you should also know, we (the instructors) screen applicants to find great students for our academy. We are looking for the right students.
Now, tell me...
Are You And Your Child The Right Students For Our Academy?
Let me be a bit more specific…
We are not looking for any kind of short term student here. Short term students are difficult to teach. They don’t practice at home and don’t even know if they are going to attend next week’s class.
Uncommitted kids in class, brings down the energy of our classes
Look, we pride ourselves on being straightforward with our students 100% of the time. Honestly, there is no way martial arts training will give your child any of the benefits that martial arts have to offer, if both you and they, are not committed to the process..
As you probably know, your child will only start to gain benefits like discipline, respect, self-confidence, focus, and concentration with hard work and dedication.
Our Core Beliefs
One of our core beliefs is that you (the parents) should the ultimate decision-maker not the child. Over the years I have seen many parents allow their child to quit martial arts. These parents know deep down inside, that training is beneficial for their kids.
Let me give you an example, these same parents insist that their child does not get to choose whether or not to brush their teeth at night. Also, they say their children cannot choose to eat ice cream for dinner. In contrast, their kids DO get to choose whether they should go to martial arts class today or not.
Let me ask you a question, would you let your child quit school because they didn’t feel like going? Then why should they quit martial arts, because they didn’t feel like going? In our opinion, martial arts training is equally important to the development of your child as going to school is.
Look, we know that all parents desperately want to find something that their kids will be passionate about. The truth of the matter is that all kids (and even adults) go through periods when they feel more motivated, and when they feel less motivated.
The point is, you should expect these periods of low motivation and you should look forward to it happening. Why? Because these events are what we call “teachable moments”.
Truth is, if your child is allowed to quit at the first sign of feeling less motivated, how will they ever learn the lesson of perseverance?
The key question you need to ask yourself is “What kind of instructor do I want for my child?”
Honestly, do you want an instructor whose core belief is that martial arts will benefit your child in hundreds of ways, and make a deep impact on the rest of their life? Or do you want an instructor whose core belief is that martial arts training is just another activity?
However, That Being Said, There Are 4 Main Ways We Keep Kids Interested.
- 1First, we have a rotating curriculum that we go through. In fact, every week the students are learning various disciplines - boxing, weapons, self-defense, grappling. Your child will learn new material that will excite and motivate them through every step.
- 2Second, every April and October we host belt testing. Belt testing is something that pushes the kids to stick with it and remain motivated. Each time your child is promoted to the next belt, they get very excited. They are very proud of what they've accomplished and received their new belt. With a new belt comes new expectations.
- 3Third, consistency with their attendance. It is important for kids to be consistent with their training on a weekly basis. Kids that are consistent will continue to progress and see an improvement in their martial arts skills. So that is why kids that are inconsistent with their attendance will lose interest and eventually drop out.
- 4Finally, parents commitment to their child's training. In the end, as long as parents remain committed to their child's weekly martial arts schedule, the child will be able to progress and reach their life goal of obtaining a Black Belt. Throughout the years, we realized that kids don't quit martial arts training, parents do.
Question: Should I practice with my child at home?
Answer: Yes, we highly recommend you practicing with your child at home. In fact, coming here is similar to taking your child to piano lessons. Would you have your child go to piano lessons, then not have them practice at home? How will your child remember what they've learned? One thing's for sure, home practice is the best way to retain and perfect what they have learned in class.
And best of all…
Home practice doesn't need to be an hour. In fact, 10-15 minutes of home practice per day is sufficient.
Question: I am afraid my child will start hitting other children. Will martial arts make my children more violent?
Answer: If your child is already hitting others, we are definitely NOT interested in teaching your child to hit harder or with more accuracy. So you’ll be glad to know, we have encountered this problem frequently over the years we have been teaching. The result? We have had major success in the past in changing this type of behavior.
Let me tell you how...
How We Address The issue
First, we address the issue by building a close relationship with your child.
Let’s face it…This relationship is what allows us to have some influence on your child.
So Hang On While I Explain...
Your child will start to think about their actions before hitting others only if they have a real fear of disappointing the instructors. OK, let me repeat that…This fear of disappointing us is one of the best incentives to stop the behavior. Of course, if they don't care what we think then we cannot help them.
Secondly, we address the issue is calling them out in class.
No one likes to be in the spotlight but, if your child is hitting others, they need to feel some negative social pressure from their friends in class. As you already know, peer pressure is 10 times more powerful than receiving guidance from an authority figure. We do this in front of their peer group to try and change their behavior.
Finally, the best way for your child to learn not to hit others is through learning empathy for others.
Your child will participate in a martial arts drill called sparring. When kids don protective equipment and actually defend themselves against another child who is trying to hit them, it is called sparring. Consequently, your child will get to experience what it is like to get hit.
Let me explain...
Getting hit is an invaluable experience that is necessary for learning real empathy. Truly, as your child learns more techniques and improves in skill, they start to realize that they could actually hurt another person. Unless they are a sociopath, the hitting stops.
Of course, we remind students daily that martial arts techniques are only to be used for self-defense. Ultimately, It takes some time to actually change your child. Martial arts training can give you real results if you are willing to put in the time and effort.
Question: Can my child get hurt in the martial arts for toddlers class?
Answer: Martial arts classes at our school is a safe activity. However, martial arts (like any other sport) has various risks and dangers. We always try to be safe and do what we can to prevent injuries. Kids in football or soccer are more prone to having injuries than a child enrolled in martial arts. Most situations that can cause injuries can be eliminated with a culture of safety.
We remind the kids to practice self-control when executing a punch or kick. Because of the emphasis on self-control, our kid's classes are safe and fun. From the beginning to the end of the class, the instructors are always keeping an eye on everything that goes on. Of course, like in any contact sport, occasional bumps and bruises are possible, but we work our hardest to make sure that they are very rare.
Question: Are your classes fun for kids?
Answer: of course! Our instructors are skilled in taking basic movements and turning them into fun and challenging drills. In fact, what would normally be seen as hard work (like exercise) can be camouflaged into something fun and playful. For example, we have kids doing partner drills, animal warm-ups, and practicing with a pair of punching/kicking mitts. Classes are always a blast.
Question: Are the martial arts good for little girls?
Answer: Yes, it is! Reality is, martial arts classes are not just for boys. We have a good mix of girls and boys in our martial arts classes! Surprisingly, some people think that boys are much more coordinated and faster learners. The truth is, girls are just as coordinated, capable, and mentally tough as any boy.
Question: Will my child's confidence and self-esteem improve by taking these classes?
Answer: Absolutely. Kids who are shy or has low self-esteem often come out of their shells. the point is, we teach kids how to be confident in many different ways. In truth, your child's confidence increases with each belt promotion, or each time they answer a question correctly, or when an instructor gives them a praise. Obviously, instilling confidence in a child is not an easy task, but we've done it time and time again.
Question: Does my child need their own equipment?
Answer: Usually, if your child is enrolled in a trial program, they can borrow our equipment. However, if you are going to stick with it, after the trial program is done, then you should get your own equipment. Good news! Everything you need can be purchased here at our martial arts studio.
Question: Are there any other fees?
Answer: Yes, belt testing fees are $55 per student. Usually, belt testing is held twice a year in April and October.