Martial arts schools that are qualified to teach classes for kids ages 3-4 are few and far between. Martial arts classes for toddlers should focus more on developing self-confidence, and listening skills rather than combative ability.
If you can find a school where the instructors are great with kids this age you have found a gem!
A long 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 Secret? Break Up Class Into Sections
The key to instructing your toddler 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 toddler will never get bored in our martial arts for toddlers class 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 the class.
Over time we refined this program until we know exactly what to teach and how to teach it to your toddler. It was quite the challenge but now the Little dragons martial arts program is a great success.
What To Expect When You Enroll Your Toddler 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 toddler to grasp every component of the class. Their confidence increases each time something new is learned.
Your toddler will develop their hand-eye coordination, balance, reaction, and motor skills.
Our school's philosophy in instructing your toddler is that praise, encouragement, and positive reinforcement are the only things that really work.
What To Expect When You Enroll Your Toddler In Our Martial Arts For Toddlers Class
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.
One Of The Most Fun Parts Of Martial Arts For Toddlers Class Is Learning Tumbling
The type of workout your toddler gets from tumbling can give them a foundation for life long fitness.
When they learn how to be fit as children they are more likely to remain fit as adults. As they get older they will remember that they can get a really good workout without having to lift weights or do cardio on the elliptical.
Second, the tumbling class gives your toddler flexibility.
Stretching is basically boring for toddlers. They just have to sit there and endure uncomfortable positions. But if you incorporate stretching into movement, the exercises become much more fun
Thirdly, being in a tumbling class teaches listening skills. We give your toddler a routine that they have to memorize and in doing so, we force them to have to pay attention to. They must become good listeners in order to do the sequence in order.
Lastly, the tumbling class gives your toddler a great sense of balance and spatial awareness.
Balance is not just about learning to stand on one foot. There are actually many different types of balancing that humans need to master in order to be physically coordinated.
Tumbling will build all of these different types of balance skills in your toddler.
Some Of The Things Your Toddler Will Learn In Martial Arts Classes For Toddlers 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!
Martial Arts For Toddlers Class F.A.Q.
Question: What's the youngest age for toddlers?
Answer: We accept toddlers as young as 3 years old for the kid's class. However, children mature at different speeds. Some toddlers might be ready at 3 while others might need to wait a little longer.
Question: Can we come in and either observe or try a martial arts for toddlers class?
Answer: Yes, of course. You and your toddlerare 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 toddler 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 martial arts for toddlers class?
Answer:You can checkout our class schedule here: https://www.lvshaolin.com/schedule/
Question: How often should my toddlerattend martial arts for toddlers 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. Check out the class schedule here: https://www.lvshaolin.com/schedule/
Question: What's the cost of martial arts for toddlers 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 martial arts for toddlers class?
Answer: Our program is on-going. In other words, you can start at anytime.
Question: Can I enroll my toddler even if they are not very athletic?
Answer: Of course! Enrolling in martial arts will help your toddler with coordination, flexibility, agility, and strength. The whole point is to get them to be athletic.
Question:Is your toddlers class fun?
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 toddlers doing partner drills, animal warm-ups, and practicing with a pair of punching/kicking mitts. Classes are always a blast.
Question: Are the martial arts for toddlers 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 toddler's confidence and self-esteem improve in the martial arts for toddlers class?
Answer: Absolutely. toddlers who are shy or has low self-esteem often come out of their shells. the point is, we teach toddlers how to be confident in many different ways. In truth, your toddler'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 toddler is not an easy task, but we've done it time and time again.
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.
This Is What People Are Saying About Our Martial Arts For Toddlers Class:
"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 toddler. I was looking for a school because I wanted to start my child early in martial arts. I quickly gave the school a call. After leaving a message, 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 by how they are able to keep the attention of the toddlers in class. By the end of class, the toddlers 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 every time they come to class. Thank you, Instructor Kevin, Renee, and Isaac for making it a great and positive place for kids to train!"
"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!