When it comes to after school activities many parents are overwhelmed with the enormous selection they have. Beside arts or music, there are of course sports and, especially, martial arts. Modern martial arts sometimes lack a clear foundation of value. On the other hand, traditional martial arts which are using traditional and modern methods of training working on the connection of body, mind and spirit. If your child is hyperactive, martial arts can be a good way to get him or her tired and more relaxed.
In Kung Fu children learn to earn and show respect, to the instructor, to their classmates and to themselves. The moment a child comes into a school or training hall, she or he bows. At Immortal Dragon, every class starts with a bow to all the masters of our lineage and to the instructor. In classes, there will be always lessons about how to act respectful with each other. At the end, respect is one of the main and basic elements of traditional martial arts such as Kung Fu. Another aspect of the respect is them to learn to listen carefully to their instructor or Sifu before doing an exercise; a point where kids sometimes have problems with.
Training martial arts is not easy. Kung Fu can help your child to develop and improve her or his ability to concentrate on a task and see it through to its conclusion. All the discipline children learn during class regarding exercises, behaviour and manners will reflect on other areas of life.
Learning Shaolin Kung Fu teaches your children also how to defend themselves. To learn how to defend yourself can be an empowering feeling for your child and makes her or him stronger for the obstacles in life. At the same time, students at Immortal Dragon learn to have a constant awareness of their surroundings, something which definitely helps to identify dangerous situations.
At Immortal Dragon Vancouver, we are also focussed on teaching team-work and its importance. For that reason, we have exercises where your children work together to achieve something. We combine that with what I call healthy competition, where kids get pushed to give all they can, but at the same time cheer their classmates to win. That is something, Shaolin Kung Fu can achieve easily since the individual progress cannot be compared to others. Although the cheering can help, to achieve more.
Obviously, children stay fit doing martial arts. Our warmups consist in jumping jacks, push-ups, sit-ups, stretching and much more. The exercises done in Kung Fu are challenging and developing muscles and tendons and push the cardiovascular system. Our Kung Fu system helps your children to develop strength, flexibility, speed, condition and much more. Above all, Kung Fu can be the foundation of a healthy lifestyle for your children, rather focused on sport and fitness then on playing videogames.
The more a kid trains Kung Fu, the more confident she or he gets. It is something we can observe over a period of time and I am always happy to watch that process. It is also very awarding for the children to learn a new technique or getting a new belt. They can earn the confidence that they worked hard to achieve something –that is the basic meaning of the Kung Fu.
Not just the kicks, punches and forms get your kid focused, but we also implement small meditation exercises which help to develop a wider range of concentration. Besides the kids will be away from any device for at least the time of the class. We find that, the longer they are with us, the less they use devices and play more. Also, Kung Fu generally sees its forms as a moving meditation.
Our school incorporates compassion as one of the basic values we are standing for. This said, we have the concept of compassion to all living beings in our mission. Compassion here means having respect for others, especially elder people or people in need. It also means to be aware of your surroundings and help others, when possible.
This list can be way longer. You see, Kung Fu at Immortal Dragon can help your children in their development and personal growth. Besides its martial components it actually helps to control emotions, gives a vehicle to let out stress or anger in a healthy way and can give them a fun time playing with their friends. We combine our kids’ classes with basic Kung Fu exercises and games, taking in count the attention level they have, but also improving them. During the kids’ classes, you will see a lot of smiles, hear laughs and cheering, because at the end children learn the most and the best, when they have a good time.