Your son will never fight anyone with a stick or sword, but we don't train Kali, Escrima, Arnis Kids to be able to defend against a weapon attack.
" This is why Kali, Escrima, Arnis kids classes is great in building children's hand & eye coordination "
The real value of Kali, Escrima, Arnis Kids class is the empty hand coordination that it imparts to your child.
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Kali, Escrima, Arnis Kids
The other day, a parent of one of our students came up to us asking about our recommendation on what class his son should attend.
We started to tell him about the Kali, Escrima, Arnis Kids classes when he interrupted us and said "I don't really want him taking that class because I would rather he learn something practical.
This is totally understandable.
Filipino Martial Arts -Kali, Escrima, Arnis Kids Class
If you have not had any experience with the Filipino martial arts sometimes called Escrima, Arnis or Kali, you might think that it is a worthless skill to be proficient with weaponry in today's society.
After all, no one is ever going to attack you with a sword, right?
I replied to the father of our student "Your son will never fight anyone with a stick or sword, but we don't train in weapons to be able to defend against a weapon attack.
So why train in kids with weapons?
3 Years Of Incremental Progress
Seeing your progress in martial arts is like seeing your kids grow. You don't realize how much they have grown until you look back on some old video footage.
Here we have my daughter Kaitlyn who as you can see was a beginner in Kali, Escrima, Arnis kids class way back in 2011.
You can then see her 3 years later.
Consistency Is Key In Kali, Escrima, Arnis Kids
Since 2011, my daughter Kaitlyn has been training CONSISTENTLY every Friday and Saturday in Serrada Cabales Escrima Class at our school called the Las Vegas Kung Fu Academy. In case you missed it, the main word in that sentence is consistently
So often students quit before having made any progress in Kali, Escrima, Arnis kids class. Or sometimes they deceive themselves into thinking I got my first belt, now I can quit. It is only through rigorous and ongoing training that people see the benefits in their lives. Gaining benefits like self-discipline, flexibility, and focus is part of gaining skill in martial arts. You gain these things incrementally over time. If you just improve 1% per day you are well above average and on your way to becoming a phenomenal martial artist.
This particular drill from Kali, Escrima, Arnis Kids class is called Lock and Block. It uses defenses vs. the (Espada y Daga) or stick and knife attacks. The fluidity and striking ability came with many repetitions and is now part of her overall style.
The Value Of Kali, Escrima, Arnis Kids Class
The real value of Kali, Escrima, Arnis kids class is the empty hand coordination that it imparts to the student.
When children are forced to hold sticks in their hands and strike with the correct rhythm, timing and distancing it forces them to have high levels of hand-eye coordination.
In addition to all of these benefits, Kali, Escrima, Arnis Kids class also develops their overall arm strength. It is the equivalent of shadowboxing with 1lbs. weights wrapped around your child's wrists.
When they start in boxing or kung fu I've noticed that the kids who have done weapon work have twice the hand speed of other kids. In fact, I myself noticed a dramatic increase in my own hand speed when I started working with weapons.
If you are interested in having your child learn to be highly coordinated, the Kali, Escrima, Arnis kids classes you have been searching for.
Did We Mention That Kali, Escrima, Arnis Kids Class Is Fun?
Some Of The Things Your Child Will Learn In Kali, Escrima, Arnis Kids Classes Are:
Here's the story:
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, at this time, I wasn't actively looking for the benefits that the martial arts had to offer.
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.
My name is Kevin Kawada and my wife’s name is Renee Kawada. Martial arts training had a remarkable positive impact on my life.
Because of this, we decided to open our own martial arts school in March of 2004. At that time we made a promise to improve the lives of all our students. Truly, we want you to experience the life-transforming experience that is martial arts.
Please come in and see our school in person! We would love to have you as our next student!
Question: Do the kids in Kali, Escrima, Arnis kids classes train with knives?
Answer: No. Knife techniques are not appropriate for this age group. However, keep in mind that they are learning knife techniques unintentionally. What do I mean by this? All sword fighting techniques are identical to knife techniques. The motions are the same.
Question: Is Kali, Escrima, Arnis kids class a separate class on the schedule?
Answer: No. We run this class in the beginner kids class.
Question: What does my child need to come to Kali, Escrima, Arnis kids classes?
Answer: For the trial program, you don't need any equipment. You can borrow our equipment. Eventually, your child will need: a padded sword, two rattan sticks and headgear. You can purchase all items at our school.
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 Eskrima 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 Eskrima classes?
Answer:You can checkout our class schedule here: https://www.lvshaolin.com/schedule/
Question: How often should my child attend the Eskrima 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 Eskrima class 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 the Eskrima class?
Answer: Our program is on-going. In other words, you can start at anytime.
Question: Can I enroll my child in Eskrima class 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 Eskrima class training 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 Eskrima 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: Is your Eskrima class 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: Is the Eskrima class 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 in the Eskrima class?
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.
What People Are Saying About Our School
"The changes in her life have been nothing but positive."
Thank you for your help with Ani.
The changes in her life have been nothing but positive. In the beginning, we weren't too sure whether she would like it or not. Well since then, she has developed such a passion for the art of kung fu, that she looks forward to it every training session. Not to mention that she can't stop talking about it as well. She has also mentioned that one day she hopes to be like Lucy Liu. Thank you so much for everything the two of you have done for her The honor is ours... "
Jeff & Vanessa Quenga
"I have never felt safe leaving my child anywhere but with the Kawada's, there's never a question. "
To: The Kung Fu Academy,
He has learned a wonderful new sport and something he will cherish with love, passion, and dedication for a lifetime. I always would worry, as a typical mother does, if my son were to come against danger how would he defend himself?!
He has learned more in 7 months than I have learned in a lifetime. He loves that it's simply not just martial arts or Kung Fu, there's more to it than that. I could go on and on about the skills forever! I can't wait for him to teach me. How wonderful! BUT.. even more than this we gained a family and friends.
I have never felt safe leaving my child anywhere but with the Kawada's, there's never a question. I am so sorry we had to move but if and when we ever reside, here again, I know where my son will be.
Thank you from the bottom of our hearts!
Rob, Tawney, & Sammy Hawke-Bernard