Is your child prepared if they were to get physically assaulted when you are not around?
Self defense classes for kids
Situational Awareness First
The first skill we teach your child is situational awareness. Being aware of your surroundings is essential for your child's safety. Often time kids today are so caught up in checking their phones that they can possibly be victimized because they were simply not aware that a threat was approaching.
If they had just paid attention to what was going on around them they may have been able to nip the threat in the bud, before anything serious happened.
After all, the easiest self-defense technique of all is to first not put yourself in a dangerous situation.
Verbal Self-Defense Second
The second thing we teach your child in a self-defense class is verbal self-defense. Most bullying starts with verbal aggression, so it is essential that your child not only learn how to defend themselves physically but also how to defend themselves verbally.
One example of this is something we call the “crazy monkey defense”. It goes like this: when someone uses aggressive language toward your child but hasn’t quite gotten physical, then they can look at them as if they were some sort of crazy monkey jumping around. The look of bewilderment on their face is important. They then say “Why would you say something like that?”
This puts social pressure on the bully. Everyone around witnessing this happen now wonders that same thing, “What is wrong with this person? Why are they being a bully?”
This kind of verbal technique is always the first line of defense for your child.
However, you must keep in mind that verbal self-defense is only as good as the physical skills needed to back up the threat.
Physical Defense Is Always Last
If your child does not have the ability to actually defend themselves in a fight then everything they say to the bully does not carry any weight. On the other hand, if your child knows their stuff, they have done some hard sparring and wrestling over the course of the last year, then ANYTHING they say carries weight and will be taken seriously.
Remember, bullies, are often looking for easy victims. 99% of them do not want to get in a fight, they just want to dominate weaker kids through their own aggressive behavior and threats.
If you were to imagine what kind of attacks your child might encounter everyone would have a different opinion on what is the most common types of attacks.
I believe that the headlock is probably the one we all think of the most when we think of bullying.
The best martial art to deal with this type of attack is Judo
Using Judo your child can successfully defend against all types of grabs and holds. Essentially this is what Judo was designed for. We work on these kinds of escapes from holds pretty often in class. These escape techniques are taught first before we teach your child more serious techniques like striking the eyes, throat, and groin.
However, there are situations that may require a more serious type of self-defense. In these cases, counter techniques that target the eyes, throat, and groin may be warranted.
For example, if your child is being assaulted by multiple people at once, then it is entirely justified to strike the attacker's eyes in order to get away and stay safe.
These types of techniques are not “fair” but can be needed if the situation calls for it. We teach these devastating techniques early on in the program, to ensure that your child can stay safe.
Classes at our school
I know I may sound a bit serious when talking about self-defense for kids, but I do think it is important for you as a parent to know that your child is being taught practical techniques and strategies that will keep them safe in case anything happens. You want to make sure that your child returns home to you every day, unharmed.
That being said, kids are kids, and the main thing that they want to do when they do any activity is to have fun. Martial arts classes here at our academy are no different.
You see, if classes here are not fun your child will not want to come back. Then the entire point of learning self-defense would have been lost.
So, as the instructor, it is my responsibility to make sure that classes are BOTH fun and disciplined. The way we present the information to kids is very different from the way we would present the same information to adults.
Kids need to work with other kids, they need to switch training partners often in every class, and make new friends daily in every class. This is what keeps kids wanting to come back every week.
If we can keep them consistent in class, for a few years, I promise you they will be able to successfully defend themselves in any situation.
Different Kinds OF Self Defense Styles
Most people who just want their kids to learn just one style usually don't mesh well with the culture here. We always emphasize that all styles have limitations. Keep an open mind.
We've tried to answer any question you might have but if we've missed something you can always call us at 702-336-1095.
Answer: We accept kids as young as 4 years old for the kid's class. However, children mature at different speeds. Some children might be ready at 4 while others might need to wait a little longer. We do have a class specifically for kids ages 3-4 called the Tiny Tots that might be more appropriate.
Answer: Yes, of course. You and your child are 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.
Answer: 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.
Answer:You can checkout our class schedule here: https://www.lvshaolin.com/schedule/
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. However, Some kids like the class so much they are here daily. Check out the class schedule here: https://www.lvshaolin.com/schedule/
Answer: You can check out the prices for our classes here: https://www.lvshaolin.com/prices/
Answer: Our program is on-going. In other words, you can start at anytime.
Answer: Of course! Enrolling in martial arts will help your child with coordination, flexibility, agility, and strength. The whole point is to get them to be athletic.
Answer: Yes, we highly recommend you practicing with your child at home. In fact, coming here is similar to taking your child to piano lessons. Would you have your child go to piano lessons, then not have them practice at home? How will your child remember what they've learned? One thing's for sure, home practice is the best way to retain and perfect what they have learned in class.
And best of all…
Home practice doesn't need to be an hour. In fact, 10-15 minutes of home practice per day is sufficient.
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 kids doing partner drills, animal warm-ups, and practicing with a pair of punching/kicking mitts. Classes are always a blast.
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.
Answer: Absolutely. Kids who are shy or has low self-esteem often come out of their shells. the point is, we teach kids how to be confident in many different ways. In truth, your child'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 child is not an easy task, but we've done it time and time again.
Answer: Usually, if your child is enrolled in a trial program, they can borrow our equipment. However, if you are going to stick with it, after the trial program is done, then you should get your own equipment. Good news! Everything you need can be purchased here at our martial arts studio.
Answer: Yes, belt testing fees are $55 per student. Usually, belt testing is held twice a year in April and October.
Answer: Martial arts classes at our school is a safe activity. However, martial arts (like any other sport) has 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. Most situations that can cause injuries can be eliminated with a culture of safety.
We remind the kids to practice self-control when executing a punch or kick. Because of the emphasis on self-control, our kid's classes are safe and fun. From the beginning to the end of the class, the instructors are always keeping an eye on everything that goes on. 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.
Here’s what people are saying about our school.
Las Vegas Kung Fu Academy is a school that helps children become independent, responsible, structured, and disciplined, overall a well-rounded person.
My children have learned so much since being at this school. At the studio, they are now around kids with a common goal to be the best they can be, and I love having my kids at this academy. We have tried other places and they were all about money. At the Las Vegas Kung Fu Academy, it’s not that way at all. They really care about how the student is progressing. My kids love going to the Las Vegas Kung Fu Academy. The instructors and students are awesome and the atmosphere is so positive.
Our entire family joined the Kung Fu Academy a decade ago.
It has been tremendously helpful for our physical and mental health. I really believe that my daughter's personal success is attributable in large part to the role this school played in her late youth and early adulthood. We have nothing but the highest regard, both personal and professional, for Instructors Kevin and Isaac and it is clear other students and families feel the same.