It's no wonder that so many parents today actively seek out positive, physical experiences for their children; the benefits are obvious in almost every area of life. In fact, a 2012 research team data review suggested "a significant positive relationship between physical activity and academic performance." From sports of all kinds, to gymnastics or dance, the options are abundant. So why martial arts? More specifically, why martial arts at ShaoLin Center?
Here, the physical or martial arts component of the Youth Program is only what exists on the surface. The real intent has little to do with kicking or punching... those are the tools we use for conditioning and exercise. The more important, and lasting, lessons are found within WuDe, or martial virtue: learning to do what is right. Helping young ones understand how to become one with themselves so they can become one with others, and ultimately with all things, will help us all become stronger within the family known as humankind.
Tigers & Dragons
(Ages 5 – 8)
Offered in weeks-long sessions, this preliminary training class builds fundamental skills through movement, games, activities, and storytelling. Children learn discipline, fitness, and responsibility through the Five Animal styles of traditional Chinese Kung Fu. Student-to-teacher ratio is kept small for greater individualized attention.
WINTER SESSION: January 15 to April 29, 2020
Wednesday 5:00 to 5:45 pm
Young Scholar Warriors
(Ages 9 & Up)
Unlike Tiny Tigers or Dragons Elite, the Young Scholar Warriors class is ongoing, and gives participants the opportunity to train in a variety of traditional Chinese empty-hand, weapons and combat sets. Parents are welcome to join the group, as well. Led by SiFu Kleppe, additional instructors are also present to provide as much one-on-one interaction as possible.
Monday 6 to 7pm
Wednesday 6 to 7 pm