Kids don’t really go along with the whole concept of “children should be seen, not heard”. They want to participate, contribute and to be accepted. However, it’s not always a kid friendly world, even places that claim to be focused on children’s wellbeing, places like their School and their extra curricular activities, all want your kids to be quiet, to not ask questions, and not make waves. Even most Martial Arts schools operate from this well meaning (but REALLY flawed) mentality.
Instead, we’ll treat your child like they matter, like they’re worthy of respect. We don’t treat them like adults or let them run free, but we do things like give them useful information and then the opportunity to make their own choices and decisions based on that information (so that when they succeed they know it was THEIR success, and if they fail, they’ll be able to take responsibility for their mistakes and try again).
We Give Respect To Get Respect
This kind of “Guided Respect” helps to show your child how THEY should treat OTHERS. If kids are always getting yelled at, told their ideas aren’t important and not allowed to make decisions for themselves…. why would we expect them to treat other people any differently?
Our point is, we know deep down that every child is a really cool, really important person, and we’ll help empower them so that they believe it too. Over time, your child will learn to move through their lives with a level of confidence that will inspire others.
We Look For The Good, And Then We Make It Even Better
Our Martial Arts Classes take your child’s natural disposition into account. Instead of working to “fix” them (to change who they are), we can work WITH their natural physical and emotional energy, enhancing their strengths and working to shore up their weaknesses.
Now, of course, kids need Rules, Structure and Boundaries but we enforce these necessities with kind, assertive leadership exercised in a fun, high energy environment (so that kids are really excited to be here).
If we want children to be compassionate, polite, patient and calm, we have to set the example by treating them that way!
We Bring Out Their Best
So yes, we have rules (and they’re important). Our Classes are far from your average run-around-screaming, Instructor-pulling-his-hair-out, free-for-all kid’s activity. You’ll immediately see your child enveloped in a culture of excellence, a place where we expect the best out of our Students. This actually makes it EASIER for your child to reach the kind of goals we all want.
When they step onto the mat they’ll be surrounded by other children who are on the same path of excellence, and that’s more helpful than you can imagine.
Your Child Will Strive For Excellence
A super high energy, exciting Class where your child will pay attention, follow the rules and try their best? Sounds too good to be true?! A kid’s “natural” state is to seek out fun, so if we get them to that state, it becomes EASY to instil life changing Character Development Skills that they’ll take with them off the mats and apply to the rest of their lives.
Your Children Will Become More Focused, Confident and Disciplined, and They’ll Love Every Second of It!
Our STORM Team are a very, very special group of dedicated Instructors and Assistant Instructors at Zen Dan Kwan School of Martial Arts. They are dedicated to Martial Arts and Personal Excellence. STORM stands for Special Team of Role Models and our STORM Team members live up to this standard every day, in and out […]
The Student Awards Night is one of the biggest events in our School Calendar. The 2015 Event took place on Friday 27th November 2015 at 5:30PM. The Annual Student Awards Ceremony is a wonderful event where our best Students are recognised for their year of hard work and outstanding results. The Award Ceremony featured awards for our STAR Super Achievers, […]
“The Martial Arts are ultimately about self-knowledge. The purpose of a punch or a kick is not to knock the hell out of the guy in front of you, but to knock the hell out of your own ego, your own fears and your own hang-ups.” – Bruce Lee
Shopping around to see which Martial Arts programme and which Martial Arts School is best for you is an important step. Anyone can claim anything over the telephone or just as easily write anything on a website. It is therefore, highly recommended that you go into the School and try the Class for yourself.
I am often asked by friends who know my Martial Arts background what they should pay for their children’s lessons, or indeed for their own. Recently one of my best friends, called me, outraged that the School he had just visited wanted what he considered to be too much money to teach his son.
To him I gave this response……. Continue reading What Are Martial Arts Lessons Worth?