Kids' Kung-fu Classes
Would you like your child to:
- Develop self-discipline?
- Gain more confidence?
- Learn how to stand up to bullies?
- Concentrate better at school?
- Adopt a more positive attitude?
- Mature into a well-rounded, responsible individual?
If you answered “yes” to any of the above, then Kung Fu Schools can help!
The ABC’s of Life
Learning a martial art is one of the best ways for a child to develop their confidence and character. The dedication and discipline required to master kung fu will instil in your child the ABC’s of life: Attitude, Behaviour and Character. These traits are essential for success not just at home and in school, but in life. Learning these traits early will help your child develop into a mature, well-rounded and responsible individual.
We constantly receive feedback from delighted parents, citing a range of improvements they have noticed in their child since picking up kung fu:
- Improved self-confidence
- Raised self-esteem
- Higher grades and better school reports
- Better behaviour
- Improved focus and concentration
- Greater respect for others
- Improved attitude and a more positive approach to challenges
- Transferable leadership and teamwork skills
- An overall sense of wellbeing
- Improved fitness, coordination and flexibility
- Raised awareness of anti-bullying strategies
- Effective self-defence
- A greater sense of responsibility: a willingness to help around the house!
And the best thing about it all? The kids love their kung fu!
Equal Emphases on Mind, Body and Spirit
Since 2004, Kung Fu Schools have been teaching authentic kung fu to adults and children from our fulltime premises in South Croydon. Our focus on the ancient teachings of Chinese kung fu: the cultivation of the mind and spirit as well as the body, helps our students achieve more than just improved fitness.
At Kung Fu Schools, we emphasise the development of the positive qualities inherent in true martial artists like Bruce Lee and Jackie Chan:
- Indomitable spirit
A Unique Approach to Teaching
All martial arts schools can teach your child how to kick and punch, but our main focus is on the inner teachings of kung fu: the development of sound mind, body and spirit. Our classes provide so much more than just the skills required to cope with physical threats. We believe that the biggest challenge facing a child is not an external threat, like the local bully, but internal. Very often, a child’s own self-doubt, fear and lack of confidence could prevent him or her from achieving their full potential.
At Kung Fu Schools, we work on a system of positive rewards, recognising a child’s achievements and encouraging them to aim ever higher. By nurturing their sense of self, we get the children to recognise their own strengths, boosting their self-confidence and morale. We have seen painfully shy pupils progress dramatically, to the point of performing in public demonstrations in front of a crowd of hundreds of people!
Our class structure forms a strong foundation of discipline and mutual respect. The upbeat and exciting lessons with our focus on fun keeps the students engaged and eager for more. With our traditional belt ranking system, students learn to set achievable goals, and to appreciate the importance of perseverance and hard work in the journey towards their black belt.
Apart from teaching real self-defence techniques, our lessons instil in students important life lessons that will stay with them through their lives. They will learn courtesy and respect, patience and tolerance towards others. They will learn to have the willpower to say “no” to unhealthy peer pressure. Above all else, they will learn that they are capable of achieving anything with firm self-belief and a can-do attitude.
“If you follow the noble path, anything is possible”
Other issues we constantly revisit include:
- The importance of literacy and the benefits of reading
- Cultivating good personal hygiene
- Learning responsibility through helping out round the house—very popular with the parents!
Frequently Asked Questions by Parents
Q: Will learning a martial art help my child stand up to bullies?
Most definitely! Bullies are opportunistic predators: they go for easy targets, victims they sense will not put up a fight. Children with a lack of self-confidence and self-esteem are prime targets for bullies. At the Kung Fu Schools, not only will we teach your child essential self-defence, we will show them how to spot threats and to avoid conflicts. More importantly, we will nurture their self-belief and show them how to conquer their inner fears. When your child walks tall and proud and exudes confidence, it will make them a less attractive target to bullies.
Q: Will teaching my child fighting skills result in overly aggressive behaviour?
Far from it. Learning to defend yourself will not make you a bully. Because we constantly emphasise the importance of personal cultivation and self-improvement over fighting skills, our students are taught from the start that with great power comes great responsibility, and that they should never use their kung fu skills except in self-defence. The use of physical force should always ever be used as a last resort.
Q: My child has special needs. Can you help?
Our lessons are designed to be inclusive, and we have students with a variety of special needs, including autism, ADHD, dyslexia, as well as visual and hearing impairments. Martial arts is one of the best ways to engage these children, to help focus their energies, and to give them a great sense of wellbeing and achievement.
Q: My child has tried all sorts of activities but gets bored easily. How would kung fu be any different?
We understand the child’s mind set, and appreciate that they can have short attention spans. The most common reasons why a child may quit an activity are:
- They get discouraged when they find it hard to pick up
- On the flip side, they have a natural knack for the activity, but lessons are not challenging enough to maintain their interest
- They fail to gain recognition for their achievements, either from the instructor or their parents
- They do not get the encouragement required from the instructor or parents
- A negative experience with a classmate, resulting in a need to avoid the issue
Our programme of instruction is based on a system of positive reinforcement. We make sure each child receives lots of positive feedback, praise and encouragement. Our upbeat classes and small instructor to student ratio keep the students engaged, and our instructors endeavour to maintain a positive, friendly relationship with each student.
Q: Will you send my child to tournaments and championships?
Kung fu is first and foremost a martial art for self-defence, not a sport. Your child’s personal development is more important, not their placing in a competition or the number of trophies they win. We encourage all our students to participate fully in every class, and we constantly remind our students of our two main rules: to always try your best, and to always have fun!
Learning at the Kung Fu Schools
Kung Fu Schools is a fully-equipped, fulltime school with all the necessary facilities to deliver our comprehensive martial arts curriculum in a spacious and safe environment. All our instructors are trained to teach children, are fully CRB checked and insured for added peace of mind.
Our location inside a business park in South Croydon means that there are ample free parking spaces available, and that children are far from the hustle and bustle of busy main roads. Our accessibility means that our students come from all parts of south London and Surrey. Parents are welcome to watch the lessons from the sidelines, to see how exactly we engage, enthuse and drive the students.
Our carefully developed martial arts programme teaches Wing Chun King Fu, a traditional martial art form that traces its roots hundreds of years back to the Shaolin Temple in China. We perform regular progress checks to ensure that your child is learning and retaining what we teach them, and it is our aim to guide every one of our students to their coveted black belt.
Give Your Child the Best Possible Start in Life with a Free Trial
We would love to offer your child 4 free lessons in a 30 day period, to come and try out our lessons. Should you have any questions, we would be happy to hear from you!