It’s no secret. If you talk to any of our instructors, we will tell you straight up: the Little Leaders karate class is our favorite. Hands down.
The Little Leaders program is our martial arts class for ages 2-4 years old, and prepares kids for our family martial arts classes. You take the lesson with your child, hold striking pads and targets, you are the self defense partner for grab techniques, and you encourage all the exercises by doing them as well.
Because most martial arts schools don’t start kids until ages 4 or 5, we receive some common questions about these classes. Check them out!
Isn’t My Child Too Young for Karate? Not at all. Other martial arts schools will tell you 2-4 years is too young, not based on any science, but based on the simple reason that it’s challenging to teach a 2-4 year old child the same way you teach a 7 year old.
We have learned that if you put a parent with the child so they are comfortable, make sure the class is designed for that age, and change the structure of the lesson so it’s geared towards them, your kiddo will flourish and do an amazing job!
Can my 3 Year Old Actually Learn Karate? They can and they do. We teach our classes on an 8 week cycle, and our Little Leader classes are modeled after the same psychology used in children’s educational videos. They take class once per week, and it’s the same curriculum taught in each class week after week for 8 weeks. This way, they learn, they have fun, and we can develop a strong skill set before we move on to the next rotation of curriculum.
Karate It Isn’t Good for their Bodies, Right? Wrong. Karate is great for their bodies. And your little daredevil is already spinning, flopping, jumping, galloping, and attempting to twist on her head with no arm support. Tell the truth… you know we are right.
Our martial arts classes gives these kids an outlet to move their bodies in a way that is safe and healthy, making them stronger and more flexible. All the things we know are good for them.
Will My Child Become Aggressive? We hear this concern regularly regarding martial arts in general, not just for our toddler karate classes. After decades of teaching, this is the LEAST of our concerns as instructors… because we know how rare it is.
We teach children when to use martial arts. Strangers. Bad guys. Kids also get used to our space, and associate their new karate moves with our physical location. They know when to use it and when not to.
The easiest way to find out if our martial arts classes for kids makes sense is to take advantage of our free, 30 day guest pass! Grab a voucher on this page, and schedule your first free class today!