Kaizen Youth Martial Arts students are featured in these Image Galleries. They demonstrate the combination of having fun while learning valuable skills.
Having fun is a key motivator to inspiring students, maintaining their attention, and keeping them motivated.
Most importantly though, youth students focus more on the application and use of skills, beyond simply learning how to do them. We develop muscle memory and the instinct to adapt, improvise, and overcome.
Similar to my Wildcats, Youth students utilize a belt ranking system and have a more formally structured environment to not only develop their fighting and defensive skills, but also their discipline, character, and confidence.
Classes are high energy and I enjoy having fun with them, however we maintain focus, discipline, and respect at all times. I expect students to always train at their highest level to achieve success.
The ability to fight does not come from Rank, Style, or Title.
It comes from your own passion to train, aspire, overcome fear, and discover your way.
Only then, will you unleash your own Art of Combat.
It may seem difficult at first...
But everything is difficult at first.
It's the Journey which shapes us...
Not the Destination
I will teach you to fight... and have discussions on peace.
How do I reconcile the two?
It is better to be a Warrior in a Garden... Than a Gardener in a War.
Kaizen Youth Classes: I still maintain a sense of formality in my youth classes. Respect towards others and discipline of the body and mind are essential in a students development.
Our belt system is not about status, but rather focused on accomplishment and progress. Students reply with "Yes Sir, or No Sir", and they learn to lead by example.
For advanced students, they have the opportunity to become "Assistants" in class, to further develop their skills and motivate beginner students.
Beginner students learn fundamental skills from stances, striking, kicking, blocking, and evasions. They also apply basic self-defense concepts and Stick training.
Intermediate students begin focusing on the application and use of the skills they've previously learned to perform.
Sparring begins along with tactical knife training and more aggressive takedowns.
Advanced students focus primarily on their ability to adapt, improvise, and overcome. Their main goal is application and ownership of their skills and to discover their signature fighting style.