For Parents looking for more than just self defense for their kids... our kids Judo classes are open to all levels.
Judo is one the best martial arts for children because it develops their balance, control mental toughness and teamwork.
Not many people today are aware of how effective of a martial art Judo can be…
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Judo is one of the best martial arts for children. Kids in martial arts frequently learn how to punch and kick in their classes. However, in many of the self defense situations that your kids will face in their life, the most frequent type of attack is going to be where the bully tries to tackle them to the ground.
Why is this? In my opinion it is because most kids do not know how to punch and when they fight they do what is most instinctual, which is to grapple.
This is where the Japanese art of Judo come into play. Judo is an excellent self defense art to use against someone rushing at you.
Learning to grapple is important, if you want your child to be prepared in a self defense situation.
"Our Kids Judo Class Training Gives Your Child Balance"
A whole lot of fitness classes focus on brute strength, but in Judo, balance is your secret weapon.
Actually, balance is required in all forms of martial arts, but in judo it is essential and it is the first thing taught to beginner students.
Judo will also give your child an opportunity to test their skills against a resisting opponent.
Free practice, also known as Randori is a wrestling match between students. Both kids are trying their best to throw and not be thrown. There is a winner and a loser.
When martial arts becomes competitive, I see it as an opportunity to teach all of the life skills that martial arts is supposed to teach.
"Your child will learn that control beats brute strength"
Judo in known as the gentle art. The principles of throwing a person in Judo is that all of the throws require that your child be in the correct position in order to throw.
The use of brute force will not make the throw work. It is only through the precise execution of the technique that it will work.
"Each throw in Judo requires balance, coordination and timing. In fact 100% of the throws in Judo will actually not work in a competitive situation without the correct timing."
When your child learns this concept, that is when they begin to learn how to use the opponents movement and direction against them. What this all means is that although their is a strength and size are factors in winning a match, those are not the ONLY factors that will ultimately get the throw.
Instead a smaller Judo player can and will throw a larger and physically stronger opponent by using their intelligence, timing, reflexes and experience.
In other words, the more observant and focused the judo student is, the more they will begin to win regardless of their size or strength.
The mental part of training therefore is the most important factor in any Judo match. .
Your child will realize that having control over his own mind is of the utmost importance. The more that they focus and concentrate the more successful they will be at Judo.
Your child will learn the benefit of being completely present in the moment
"Your child will become mentally tough through competition"
Judo is a competitive martial art, the objective in Judo is to off balance your opponent and execute a throw or take-down. When martial arts becomes competitive, I see it as an opportunity to teach all of the life skills that martial arts is supposed to teach.
Because Judo is a competitive sport, there is a winner and a loser every-time you step into a match. Judo teaches you to win with humility and lose with grace.
Everyone reacts differently to winning and losing. The right way to look at the competitive aspect of Judo is to know that every loss is a chance to learn. It should teach you that the more you stick with it the more you start to win.
Losing is motivation as well. Losing a match, is some potent fuel for training harder the next time you step on to the mats.
They have to be able to get up after a fall and try again. This type of fortitude and perseverance is invaluable in today’s society.
Judo in particular depends upon practice with a partner. It is almost impossible to practice Judo without actually lifting another person off the mat.This partner work is what makes Judo very teamwork oriented while at the same time also be about the skill of the individual.
Your child learns that when throwing a person the objective is not to drive their opponents head into the mat but rather to have them land safely on their back. Judo emphasizes both consideration and respect for your opponent.
"Some of the things your child will learn in kids Judo class 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!
Do you have a dedicated Judo class for kids?
Answer: No, we teach Judo to kids (4yrs and up) in the kids class where we also teach punching and kicking. If you want your child to just learn Judo this is probably not the right school for you.
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, kick, or throw. 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.
"Instructor Kevin was very patient and always made sure he was never discouraged."
"My son joined Las Vegas Kung Fu Academy in March 2017. He had no martial arts experience. When my son first started learning judo, he did not know how to do any rolls properly. He was also afraid to fall. In the beginning, he'd complain about the warm-up part of class. However, Instructor Kevin was very patient and always made sure he was never discouraged. Instructor Kevin would remind the children that if they stuck with it, the breakfall and rolling part of their warm-up will become easier.
After a year, his skills has improved. Yes, the warm-ups (rolls and breakfalls) are no longer a problem for my child. He is also more confident when falling.
I like the atmosphere at the Las Vegas Kung Fu Academy. It is a positive one and they are really great at teaching children."
"I am always impressed with the teaching skills of the instructors. "
"My husband and I were looking for a martial arts school for our son. We searched the web and came across the Las Vegas Kung Fu Academy's website. We liked what we read and decided to take the next step. We called and made an appointment for our son to try a class. Instructor Kevin & Instructor Renee are very nice and welcoming. After the trial class, my son wanted to come back.
My son likes the judo class and enjoys the "randori" part of class. I am always impressed with the teaching skills of the instructors. Their ability to teach the Judo throws to the kids are amazing. My son really enjoys coming to class. He is always smiling and eager to learn the next throw/technique taught in class. We are happy to be a part of this school."
"There are no words to explain how much we appreciate you."
Kevin, I really don't think you realize what you've done for us, especially Kalei
There are no words to explain how much we appreciate you. You have helped Kalei come out of his shell. You've taught him well. Kalei is a evidence and reflection of what you can produce. I know deep down what you've taught him so far will continue on and hold a true reflection on his growth in kung fu. This is ditto for Renee too. God Bless,
"Words really cannot express how truly grateful we are. "
Dear Sifu Kevin and Simu Renee,
Since the middle of June, I've watched as Aaron began his journey of learning the martial arts. I've observed the energy, excitement and determination being ignited and transferred by the two of you. Words really cannot express how truly grateful we are to you for being such a special part of both Aaron and Jaron's lives. We as teachers can appreciate the heart that you put into our boys. Here is a little remembrance for you from our boys. With Aloha,"
Joe & Lisa Banes