Judo is one the best martial arts for children because it develops their balance and mental toughness.
Judo is one of the best sports that kids today can get into. The practice of Judo will extend and influence your child’s outlook on life. Judo is a competitive martial art, the objective in Judo is to off balance your opponent and execute a throw or take-down. Because it is a competitive sport it teaches self control and good sportsmanship. The difference between studying a grappling art like Judo compared to participating in a team sport is that although both activities will get your child physically active, Judo emphasizes both the physical and mental development of your child. 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.
Control vs 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.
Fred and Lavie Raymond
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,
Joe and Lisa Banes
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,"