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.
"This is why Kali, Escrima, Arnis kids classes is great in building children's hand & eye coordination"...
The real value of weapons training is the empty hand coordination that it imparts to the student.
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"Useful self defense?"
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"
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 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?
"The value of weapons training"
The real value of weapons training 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, working with sticks 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.
"Some of the things your child will learn in Kali, Escrima, Arnis kids classes are:"
Here's the story:
When I was a teenager, I started training in the martial arts. 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..
I was staying out late without calling. I was basically a juvenile delinquent. I was a parent's worst nightmare.
Astonishing, isn't it?
Suffice to say I owe my parents a BIG apology!
Anyway, I personally wasn't looking for any of the benefits that the martial arts 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 to progress in the martial arts that I became aware of all of the benefits that martial arts classes had to offer.
My name is Kevin Kawada and my wife’s name is Renee Kawada.
The positive impact that martial arts training had on my life was remarkable.
Because of this, we decided to open our own martial arts school in March of 2004, and made a promise to improve the lives of all our students. We want students to get fit and build up their self confidence the life transforming experience that is martial arts.
We have 2 children. Our daughter is 22 years old and is a Black belt. Her name is Kaitlyn Kawada and she trains at the school daily. Our son is just 14 years old and trains in all of the classes as well.
All of our students get very personalized martial arts instruction and one on one attention. The atmosphere at our martial arts school is both fun AND work oriented.
Please come in and see our school in person! We would love to have you as our next student!
Question: What's the youngest age for kids?
Answer: We accept kids as young as 3 years old. Children develop at different speeds. Some children might be ready at 3 years old while others might need to wait until they are 4 years old.
Question: Can we come in and either observe or try a class?
Answer: Yes, of course. Your child is welcome to observe or try a class. Please contact us to schedule an appointment to come in. The trial class is free.
Question: What does my child wear for the trial lesson?
Answer: Wear comfortable clothing. Wearing flip-flops or sandals are the easiest. Our students are not allowed to have footwear on when training on our mats. However, when they do step off our mats footwear is required. We do recommend you bringing a water bottle.
Question: When are the kids classes?
Answer:You can checkout our class schedule here: https://www.lvshaolin.com/schedule/
Question: How often should my child attend class?
Answer: As much as possible! We do understand that everyone's schedule is different. At the Las Vegas Kung Fu Acadmey, our programs and class schedules are designed to accommodate the needs of today's families. Because, no two families are alike, we offer 4 programs to choose from. You are able to choose attending classes once a week, twice a week, 4 times a week, or unlimited. The choice is up to you.
Question: How much does class cost?
Answer: You can check out the prices for our classes here: https://www.lvshaolin.com/prices/
Question: When can I enroll my child?
Answer: Students are accepted throughout the year. Our program is on-going and you can start at anytime.
Question: Can I enroll my child in martial arts even if they are not very athletic?
Answer: Of course! Enrolling in martial arts will help your child with coordination, flexibility, agility, and strength. Each day your child attends class they will have the opportunity to improve and develop these important qualities. However, children who already have these qualities will grow them even more!
Question: How do I know that my child will stay interested?
Answer: There are 4 main factors to keep your child interested in martial arts.
1)We have a rotating curriculum that we go through. Every week the students are learning various disciplines - boxing, weapons, self defense, grappling. Our curriculum is designed to give students new material to learn that will excite and motivate them through every step.
2)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 a child is promoted to the next belt it excites the child. They are very proud of what they've accomplished and receiving their new belt. With a new belt comes new expectations.
3)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. Kids that are inconsistent with their attendance will lose interest and eventually drop out.
4)Parents commitment to their child's training. 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, we do ask the children if they've been practicing at home. It's like taking piano lessons. Would you have your child go to the lesson, then not have them practice at home? How will your child remember what they've learned? Home practice is the best way to retain and perfect what they have learned in class. Home practice doesn't need to be long. In fact, 10-15 minutes of home practice per day is sufficient.
Question: Will martial arts make my children more violent?
Answer: At the Las Vegas Kung Fu Academy, children are taught that martial arts are not to be used in anger or madness, but rather to defend themselves in dangerous situations. We try to help an aggressive child develop self control, and a shy child develop confidence. We remind the kids to use common sense and avoid conflict with non-aggressive solutions. However, if a child is in an aggressive situation that can’t be resolved peacefully, he or she will at least have the basic martial arts skills to defend themselves.
Question: Can my child get hurt doing martial arts?
Answer: Martial arts is actually a safe activity. However, martial arts (like any other sport) has its 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. Because of the way our classes are taught, most situations that can cause injuries are eliminated. We remind the kids to practice self control when executing a punch or kick. Because of the emphasis on self control, our kids classes are safe and fun. 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. From the beginning to the end of the class, the instructors are always keeping an eye on everything that goes on.
Question: Is martial arts fun?
Answer: Yes, it's fun! Our martial arts classes will be the most fun you child can have in one hour. If you watch one of our classes, you will see how our instructors are skilled in taking a basic move and turning it into something fun and challenging. At our school, we camouflage what would normally be seen as hard work (like exercise) 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. Our classes are always a blast. Martial arts are inspiring and life changing, from the mental to the physical. What could be more fun that?
Question: Are the martial arts good for little girls, young teenage girls, and women?
Answer: Yes, it is! Martial arts are not just for boys. We have a good mix of girls and boys in our martial arts classes! Some people think that the boys are much more coordinated and a quick learner. We must throw all stereotypes out the window. Girls are just as coordination, capable, mentally tough, and strong individuals.
Do children's confidence and self-esteem improve with martial arts?
Answer: Absolutely. Kids who are shy or has low self-esteem often come out of their shells. We teach kids how to be confident in many different ways. In our martial arts school, children's confidence increases with each belt promotion, or each time they answer a question correctly, or when an instructor gives them a praise for executing a move correctly. 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 gear?
Answer: If your child is enrolled in a trial program, they are able to borrow our equipment. However, when enrolling in our regular program students are required to have their own equipment gears. Equipment are purchased here at our martial arts studio.
Question: Are there any testing fees?
Answer: Yes, testing fees are $55 per student. Testing are held twice a year in April and October. Black Belt testing fee is $100.
"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