Open Letter to Parents
When I was a child, I really wanted to train martial arts. It embodied everything I sought as a small person in this great big world - confidence, skills, strength, and the ability to equalize the playing field when I was bullied regularly in the neighborhood, at home and school. Often outmatched by someone's size, the methods and art of self-defense offered hope for my small, and weary heart.
Unfortunately, there were no martial arts schools for 10’s of miles in our vicinity. I never had the chance to undertake this endeavor, for it to help me in my trials and tribulations. Thus, I had to wait until I was an adult before experiencing martial arts and how powerful it can enable us as individuals.
If I wanted these things as a child, I am sure there are children out there today that want the same things. As I became an instructor myself, I followed the trends and examples of other kids martial arts programs across the nation when fashioning my own kids training. I did this for years, but I was never satisfied with the results, or sticking with the status quo.
I asked myself the following questions, when I looked around at kids martial arts classes all over the nation, and what I was doing myself -
Why are kids playing dodgeball, tag, and chased with pool noodles in martial arts classes?
Why aren't children learning real skills that can empower them? Help them get stronger, build character, gain confidence, and develop positive self-worth?
Are we as instructors providing a real service to the youth in our communities, or just offering after school care with costumes?"
I realized that these concepts and approaches were highly flawed. It certainly was not what attracted me to martial arts as a child. So I set out to change this. I modeled my classes more in line with what you would find in wrestling, judo, jiu-jitsu, and other martial arts that focus on empowering kids, rather than entertaining them.
Now…my classes have structure, respect, and discipline, as always, but not because these are cool industry catchphrases for parents to sign their kids up for my classes. Rather because these are necessary tenets to build a framework for a safe training environment when doing martial arts. An environment where real skills are being taught. With the mutual respect and self-control to keep one another safe while learning to protect ourselves, and grow stronger.
I treat kids with respect, and entrust them with powerful knowledge. I appreciate how intelligent they are even at a young age, and encourage them to use this. My classes have guided lessons, and instructor assistance. Because I believe, they should have the freedom to express themselves, create, and help one another grow. My students are provided time to work with one another solving problems, and learning from their mistakes. The older, or more experienced kids, help the newer and younger students. Thereby increasing their own understanding, and gaining responsibility themselves.
If this sounds like a good environment, and what you would like your child to be involved in, then I am happy to have them among the ranks of my academy and look forward to meeting you.
Kids Classes Keywords
Freedom of Expression
Sessions run September through end of June. No kids classes during July/August. See our Camp Schedule.
Kids Mantis Boxing
Hook and Grapple like a Mantis! Awesome martial art that covers how to punch, and kick; and grapple just like the amazing Praying Mantis. Train with pads, heavy bags, and friends/partners to gain Mantis Boxing skills.
Kids Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Swim like a shark! The ground is your ocean. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu has fun and amazing techniques that can change our life and make us strong inside and out. Sweeps, submissions, takedowns, galore.