"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 the all of the benefits that martial arts classes have to offer, for either you or your child.
My name is Kevin Kawada and I, along with my wife Renee, my daughter Kaitlyn and my son Isaac are the owners of the Las Vegas Kung Fu Academy.
We have been teaching since March of 2004 when we moved to Las Vegas from Hawaii.
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.
When I was a teenager, I started training in the martial arts. At that time in my life, I personally wasn't looking for any of the benefits that training had to offer. I just thought it was the coolest thing in the world to be able to actually learn this stuff.
It wasn't until I started started to progress that I became aware of all of the benefits, that martial arts classes had to offer.
The improvement in my life that I gained from learning these life skills, far exceeded any benefits that the physical skills like kicking and punching ever gave me.
Skills like focus and concentration, confidence, and self discipline became a huge part of my personality. In other words, as I went to more and more classes, my life began to change.
I found that in every aspect of my life I was using the warrior mindset and applying the lessons of martial arts to everyday encounters with people. I found that I began to surround myself with like minded individuals and I began to spend less time with people who were content with being lazy, undisciplined and irresponsible.
I wasn't using any physical technique at all, (as in fighting) but, I started to see everyday experiences as lessons I began to approach problems in my life the same way I approached my training.
I realized that the styles like Wing Chun, Karate, Muay Thai, Escrima, Arnis, Kali, Chinese Kung Fu,and Jeet Kune Do are not just ways of fighting, but rather they are ways or paths to learning about yourself.
I found that the same perseverance that I had to have in order to learn a form (kata) was the same type of perseverance that I needed to write a college essay. I found that mental toughness required for sparring helped me get through stressful times in my life.
I took what was taught in class and APPLIED it to life outside of the academy. If the lessons of martial arts cannot improve you as a person, instruction really has little value in today's modern society.To me, martial arts is really a way of life.
Training in the martial arts is a never ending quest for improvement. If you can commit yourself to the time and effort it takes to really learn and immerse yourself, then training can be by far the most wonderful, life changing, activity that you could ever hope to do. If you master the skills required of a style, you will in essence have mastered yourself.
My life has been transformed by martial arts, and I hope that it can do something similar for you.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
Question: Is it possible to observe one of your classes?
Answer: You can definitely observe a class. Call us at 702-336-1095 to schedule an appointment first. We offer a free trial class if you would like to actually participate in a class instead of just observing.
Question: What do I need to bring to my first trial lesson?
Answer: The best thing to wear to a trial class are workout clothes, like shorts and a t-shirt. Don't forget to bring a water bottle and flip flops.
Question: Do you have classes for adults or is this just for kids?
Answer: Yes we do. Our martial arts classes for adults are held 6 days a week and are approximately an hour and half long. You can checkout our class schedule here: https://www.lvshaolin.com/schedule/
Question: I want to start up in martial arts but I think I might bee too old and out of shape. Are martial arts classes really for me?
Answer: You're never too old to start.
First, when you become a student here, we will help you to get in shape. Our expectations are that you just try your best and work to your level. If you can't do all of the different exercises, that's o.k.
Everyone who comes here, starts at different levels of both fitness and coordination.
Over the years we have become experts at running classes where everyone, both advanced and beginners, walk away feeling like they got something out of it. Martial arts are about your own personal journey and your own personal gains.
Question: When is a good time to get started with martial arts training?
Answer: Martial arts classes are on-going and you can start at anytime. It's not like college where everyone starts the class at the same time.
Question: How often should I come to class? Will I really progress at once a week? Or do I need to attend everyday?
Answer: Progress is possible at once a week but realistically, if you want to see real gains you are going to have to commit some substantial time and effort in to your training. You don't have to come everyday, but the more you can attend the better.
If you can find the time to practice at home on your days off you will start to see progress much quicker than if you were to just limit your training to class times.
Question: Do I need my own gear?
Answer: You do not need any gear or equipment to enroll in a trial program at our school. We have everything that you will need right here at our facility. If you decide to enroll in one of our longer programs, then you should invest in your own personal gear and equipment.
Question: Are there any other fees associated with enrolling?
Answer: Yes, there are some other fees that you pay in addition to the monthly tuition. Twice a year you will take a belt exam or test. This is when you earn a different color belt as you progress in learning the martial arts. Belt testing fees are $55 per student. Other than this there are no hidden costs to enrolling a the Kung Fu Academy
Question: How much does your program cost per month?
Answer: We are one of the only schools in Las Vegas that will publish their actual prices for classes online. This is because we are not ashamed of what we charge. We know the quality of our instruction and what it is worth. You can check out the prices for our classes here: https://www.lvshaolin.com/prices/
Question: Will I get injured training in your classes?
Answer: Martial arts (like any other sport) has its various risks and dangers. However, that being said, It is our responsibility to keep you both safe and productive. We make sure that all sparring drills are done with the right safety measures in place, and even more importantly with the right culture in place.
We make sure that the culture at our academy is that everyone of your classmates is there to help you become a better martial artist and not there to compete against you and try to dominate a sparring match. Anyone who exhibits macho or aggressive behavior is usually excluded from participating. This culture of safety first is very important to us.
Question: Question: When are the kids martial arts classes held?
Answer: Classes for kids are held 6 days a week We have classes for your child at 4 pm, 5pm and 6 pm, Monday through Friday and on Saturdays in the morning. Check out the schedule for kids martial arts classes here: https://www.lvshaolin.com/schedule/
Question: Do have to sign up my child for a long term program at you school? I am afraid that they might quit and we would still have pay?
Answer: Yes you do.
We know you are looking at many different martial arts school for your child. You are trying to find somewhere that will be a great fit, as far as location, pricing and quality.
But you should also know that we (the instructors) are also trying to screen a lot of people to find great students for our academy. We are looking for the right students.
We are definitely not looking for any kind of short term students 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 weeks class.
Having kids in class that are not committed brings down the energy of our classes as a whole. If you don't know if your child is going to stick with it, you should not enroll here.
Look, we pride ourselves on being straightforward with our students 100% of the time and honestly, there is no way martial arts training will give your child any of benefits that martial arts have to offer, if both you and they, are not committed to the process. It's only through hard work and dedication that your child will start to gain benefits like, discipline, respect, self confidence, focus and concentration.
One of our core beliefs at this school is that you (the parents) should the ultimate boss or decision maker not the child. Over the years I have seen many parents allow their child quit martial arts, even though they know deep down inside, that training is beneficial for them, just because they want to be friends with their child.
These same parents insist that their child does not get to choose whether or not to brush their teeth at night, nor do they get to choose to eat ice cream for dinner, but they do get to choose whether they should to 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. But the truth of the matter is that all kids (and even adults) go through periods when they feel more motivated, and when they fell less motivated.
These periods of less motivation should be expected and you should look forward to it happening. Why? Because these events are what we call "teachable moments".
If kids are allowed to quit at the first sign of feeling less motivated, how will they ever learn the lesson of perseverance?
The question you need to ask yourself after reading this is "What kind of instructor do I want for my child?"
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?
Question: I am afraid my child will start hitting other children. Will martial arts training make my children more violent?
Answer: As you can imagine, if your child is already hitting other children, we are definitely NOT interested in teaching them to hit harder and with more accuracy.
Over the years we have encountered this problem frequently, and we have had major success in the past in changing this type of behavior.
Let me tell you how...
The first way we address the issue is to build a close relationship with your child.
This relationship is what allows us to have some influence over your child. If your child has a real fear disappointing us (their instructors), then they will think about their actions before hitting others. This fear of disappointing us is a one of the best incentives to stop the behavior.
The second way we address the issue, is to call them out in class and in front of their peer group about their behavior.
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.
The third and 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. Sparring is when the kids put on protective equipment and actually defend themselves against another child who is trying to hit them. Your child will get to experience what it is like to get hit. This is an invaluable experience that is necessary for learning real empathy.
As your child learns more techniques and improves in skill, they start to realise that they could actually hurt another person, and the hitting will stop.
Of course, when you child comes to class, the will be reminded almost daily that martial arts techniques are only to be used for self defense and a last resort.
It takes time to actually change children. Martial arts training can give you real results if you are willing to put in the time and effort it takes.
Question: Are your martial arts classes fun?
Answer: Yes. Classes are both fun and disciplined.
There are 3 thing that make class fun for kids.
Firstly, fun is contagious, if the instructor is having fun while teaching, the kids will have fun learning. All of the instructors at our academy are genuinely fun people in general, and this is why each and every class is both fun and enjoyable.
Secondly, fun classes are classes where are where your child has some kind of challenge presented to them that they need to overcome. If there is no challenge, and the skill is not hard to accomplish, then class will basically be boring.
Thirdly, a fun class is where your child gets to train alongside their friends. Your child wants to go to school everyday because that is where all their friends go. In our classes we foster an environment where your child will make lasting friendships that can last a lifetime.
Martial arts classes for children need to be fun but also disciplined at the same time. It is fine line that the instructors have to walk to make sure that the kids are actually learning real self defense, but at the same time presenting the knowledge in such a way that the kids want to learn.