Can toddlers really learn martial arts?
"The Untold Truth About Teaching Kids Ages 3 - 4 Years Old Martial Arts."
Classes for your child will be AGE SPECIFIC. We understand that younger students have a shorter attention span.
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A log time ago, people would ask us "What's the youngest age you can take in as a student?" Almost always we would reply with "At least 5 years old."
However, since then, we have turned around. We have a completely different outlook on teaching toddlers. Our opinion now is that children ages 3-4 can definitely learn The basics of martial arts. You just have to make sure your expectations are in line with their capabilities.
We recognize that your toddler has very different developmental needs than older kids.
When we first started teaching this age group we failed terribly. We were trying to teach the class as if the children were 4-9 years old, which was a big mistake. It took us a while but through trial and error we began to see some success. We had to tweak our curriculum and we had to tweak the time frames we would use in class.
The key to instructing your child at this young age is breaking the classes into smaller sections.
So a 40 minute class is actual 4 ten minute classes strung together. Teaching in this way ensures that classes are fun and will hold the interest of a 3 year old.
Your child will never get bored because we do something called disguise repetition. What that means is that there are many ways of practicing the same thing. The blocks and punches practiced in the air during warm up can also be practiced on the heavy bag during the second section of class.
Over time we refined this program until we know exactly what to teach and how to teach it to your child. It was quite the challenge but now the Little dragons martial arts program is a great success.
"What To Expect When You Enroll Your Child Into The Martial Arts Classes For Toddlers"
The same movements can be practiced against a live opponent during the obstacle course.
This technique allows your child to grasp every component of class. Their confidence increases each time something new is learned.
Your child will develop their hand-eye coordination, balance, reaction, and motor skills.
Our school's philosophy in instructing your child is that praise, encouragement, and positive reinforcement are the only things that really work.
"What To Expect When You Enroll Your Child"
For children at a young age we like to work on their coordination skills.
In the martial arts classes for toddlers we use a lot of the punching mitts and work on a set pattern of various punches or blocks.
"Some of the things your child will learn in martial arts classes for toddlers are:"
Your child will push their bodies: All martial artists know that a strong body will serve them well for years to come.
Your child will push their bodies: All martial artists know that a strong body will serve them well for years to come.
Your child will learn social skills: Every class starts off with the four things required for a polite greeting: Eye contact, a firm handshake, a smile, and an introduction
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 (fully potty trained). 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.
This is what people are saying about our school:
"After the trial class, I was hooked and immediately enrolled my son for a regular program."
"This is the best program to enroll your 3 - 4 yrs old child. I was looking for a school because I wanted to start my child early in martial arts. I came across Las Vegas Kung Fu Academy's website and I was excited! I saw a kids program on their website called, "Little Dragons Program Ages 3 - 4". I quickly gave the school a call. I left a message and Instructor Renee immediately called me back. She gave me the details of the class and offered my son to try a class.
After the trial class, I was hooked and immediately enrolled my son for a regular program. Instructor Renee and her son Isaac are incredible! They both are very good with children and truly care about their progress. I'm always impressed on how they are able to keep the attention of the kids in class. By the end of class, the kids have memorized the moves and are able to do a basic kicking and punching combination!
Las Vegas Kung Fu Academy definitely has a friendly and family atmosphere that is very welcoming to both new and existing students. All of the instructors are always smiling and greeting the children everytime they come to class. Thank you Instructor Kevin, Renee, and Isaac for making it a great and positive place for kids to train!"
"All of the instructors are excellent with the children. "
"I love this studio! I would recommend the Las Vegas Kung Fu Academy to anyone interested in martial arts. All of the instructors are excellent with the children.
When I first enrolled my daughter, she was very shy. She was a bit reluctant to even walk on the mats. I tried to encourage her but, she would not budge. Instructor Renee saw what was going on and she approached us. The way Instructor Renee interacted with her was just amazing. She kneeled down onto one knee and spoke to her with a kind and soft voice. Instructor Renee said, "I know it can be scary trying something like this. But, I think you'll have a lot of fun. Do you want to stand by me? I can be your partner in class?". Instructor Renee kindly offered to hold my daughter's hand. That did the trick! She went onto the mats and did her first class. Ever since then, she is always excited and happy to come to class. Thank you Instructor Renee!