PARENTS READ ME
AFTER JUST A FEW WEEKS OF CAPOEIRA, THIS IS WHAT HAPPENS...
Clear Focus - In capoeira, we have kids do one thing at a time. For younger kids, and kids with severe ADD or ADHD, they may only do one thing for 30 seconds – but for that 30 seconds that's all they focus on. Eventually we increase the amount of time for them to focus on an exercise or activity. Before you know it, they focus on their homework, chores, conversations and anything else they put their mind to.
Determined to Succeed – In capoeira your child sets goals, and accomplishes them. The more and more s/he does this – the more ambitious s/he becomes. Eventually s/he learns to set higher goals – and s/he learns to go after them with everything s/he's got. S/he learns that fulfillment and respect are earned through completing challenges. Because of this, kids who go through martial arts are much more likely to succeed later in life as well.
Paying Attention – In capoeira we teach kids to have respect and to look people in the eyes when they're being spoken to. We teach them that this is how you show people you're listening, and paying attention.
Self-Respect – When it comes to bullies, kids in capoeira and other martial arts don't back down. They have the confidence to look a bully in the eyes, and stand their ground. Most confrontations can be talked through. Occasionally, however, words aren't enough. For either situation your child will be prepared. No one will be able to hurt him, or take anything away from him.
Weight loss – Capoeira increases energy, alertness, and overall happiness. It is an amazing form of exercise. And if your child happens to be overweight – capoeira will help him get down to a healthy weight. This reduces risk for many health problems that can occur now, and later on in life.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQS)
“Will martial arts make my kid violent?”
Absolutely not! We teach kids self-defense as a tool for personal growth and development. We don't teach kids how to kick so they can go down the street and beat up the neighbor's kid. Kids learn to treat others as they want to be treated. They learn to respect all living things – from their parents to pets.
“What if my child's not athletic? Will s/he have a hard time?”
Often children who don't find success in team sports come to capoeira and they love it! Capoeira allows the child to go at their own pace, plus it gives them a tool for self-expression. Team sports can actually harm the self-esteem of children who aren't very athletic. When they don't perform well, the other kids can be pretty nasty. And this can leave some serious scars on their self-esteem. With capoeira, they can't let anyone down. Everyone goes at their own pace. Some kids learn quicker than others – but the children who advance quickly are not valued more than the kids who advance slowly. Everyone is greatly encouraged – regardless of his or her athletic level.
“Will my child learn a talent that they can be proud of?”
Yes absolutely! Many children find pride in being able to do “cool” things like dancing, juggling, singing, playing an instrument, etc. Many kids enter talent shows or do other performances, and show off their capoeira skills. The crowd is blown away every time! There's simply something fascinating and exciting about watching martial arts. And your child will take great pride in his abilities.
“What age is appropriate for martial arts?”
We have programs for kids who are 3 years old all the way to teenagers. And we even have programs for adults. So to be honest – every age is appropriate. No child is too young or too old. We have a class that fits just right.
“Will my child get hurt?”
I've had children come to my program for years without ever obtaining a single injury. This is actually the case with most children. As in any sport, there have been some injuries but the injuries were no different than those which kids who play baseball and other sports get. Our instructors pay attention to detail when it comes to safety. For our preschool program we used padded floor mats. We teach safety when using any type of gear.
“Will my child have fun? Will s/he want to stick with the program?”
When parents take their kids to appointments – normally the parent has to run around and do everything in their power to get their children to the appointment on time. “Hurry up!” they shout, “We'll be late!” But with capoeira, something fascinating happens - Often the children are the ones yelling these things! They don't want to be late, and they never want to miss a class. Some parents use capoeira as an incentive to get chores done. If the kids are good, do their chores, and do their homework – they get capoeira as a reward. Your child will have a ton of fun. He'll be laughing and smiling throughout the entire class. Capoeira will become a part of his/her life as if it was always there.
“Is martial arts just for boys? Or can my girl take martial arts too?”
Girls love capoeira just as much, and get the same fulfillment out of it as boys do. Girls are just as tough as boys. Many are even tougher! So you don't have to worry about your little girl getting hurt, or feeling scared because she'll be practicing with boys. In fact, the boys may even be the ones who are scared.