Hey folks! Have you ever thought about enrolling your child in a martial arts class? Or maybe your child him/herself has expressed an interest? Perhaps you don't live close to any centers that offer such courses or you're afraid your child would end up not liking it and you would be out that money? Whatever the reason, I have an awesome new online martial arts program to share with you that is just for kids!
Sheng Chi Kung Fu offers in person classes for adults, seniors, and children alike in a couple of locations in California. However, due to many requests over the years, the folks at Sheng Chi started offering online classes for adults 1 1/2 years ago. (The best part? Their beginning series is completely FREE! You can find out more on that HERE.) Now that they have an idea of what works best for an online course, they are offering their children's courses online as well!
Unlike many other popular martial art forms nowadays, Sheng Chi Kung Fu's primary focus is on self-defense, not sparring and competitions. Children will also learn respect (for him/herself and others), self-discipline, coordination, and much more. For these reasons, I think more parents and children should give kung fu a try. I really think it would help children be able to focus better, treat others as they would like to be treated, and maybe even have less behavioral problems, to name a few.
I was able to review the beginning Martial Arts for Kids course through Udemy.com. While Myka is still young for it, of course, I fully plan on utilizing this when she is older. This course would be good for children age 5 and older. For younger kids, I would definitely watch or join in with the video as your child does it as well in case they need extra help or have questions that may not be answered by the instructor. (Although most of the time they are.) I think kids will especially be able to relate to these videos because they were recorded from the in-person children's classes!
The course is broken up into several sections, which I liked, which included "Salutes and Formalities", "Basic Stances", and even some demonstrations! The Student Handbook is included as well which is great because it gives some more background information on kung fu, faqs, and explains some of the terms used and their origin, such as the instructors' different titles.
Two of my favorite features of these videos is that everything is broken down into parts before putting it altogether to make for easier learning and everything is repeated multiple times. I think we can all agree that (most of the time) repetition makes it easier to remember things. I've also always been a "learn by doing" type of learner, so I think following along with the videos will really help children remember what they're learning!
I also like that, because this course is online and in video format, you can do it and complete it at your own pace. Not that learning kung fu is a race, but if you are having trouble with a particular set of moves you can always go back and replay the video and practice practice. ;) Or, if something comes up in the middle of a session, you can always pause it and come back later.
For more information, be sure to check out Sheng Chi Kung Fu's website HERE, stay up to date with them on Facebook HERE, or follow them on Twitter HERE or HERE. Also, be sure to take advantage of the generous offer the folks at Sheng Chi Kung Fu are offering. You can get a 50% discount on the Martial Arts for Kids course by clicking HERE and entering your email where directed!
Now, if I still haven't convinced you to give kung fu a try, maybe this will: One lucky Mixed Bag Mama reader will receive a free Martial Arts for Kids course of their own! Simply enter the Giveaway Tools form below. (Email is the only required entry, but remember that the more entries you have, the greater your chances of winning!) Good luck!
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