Kung Fu for Kids is an instructional program that teaches children the basics of traditional Kung Fu in a fun and exciting way. It starts with a simple, follow-along workout that introduces calisthenics and the basic stances, blocks, punches and kicks of the YMAA kids curriculum. It ends with a short cool-down routine to help children improve their balance, breathing, and mental focus.
This video features Ben Warner, who has been a children's instructor since 2001, and several students of varying levels from the YMAA Boston class. Nicholas Yang, the President of YMAA, makes corrections while students demonstrate.
Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming makes a cameo appearance explaining the meaning of the Shaolin sun-and-moon greeting.
A detail section is also included with more advanced students demonstrating the techniques in greater detail for refined study.
Later sections offer Training Tips for older students, parents, and teachers, including:
- Safety precautions to follow when practicing Kung Fu. - Benefits and purpose of Kung Fu training for Kids. - Appropriate time and place to use what has been learned.
The discipline and focus achieved through training Kung Fu extends to many other aspects of everyday activities in life, including academics, sports, music, and literature.
SPECIAL FEATURES: Easy follow-along workout - Cartoon Segways starring Shing (star) - Interviews with Teachers and Parents About the Benefits of Kung Fu for Kids
As an instructor of the YMAA children s program, Ben Warner has found several keys to classroom success - a solid foundation of basics; understanding the age and maturity of his students; realistic expectations of behavior and performance; high-energy activities; and parental involvement. In his conversations with parents, Ben has learned that one of the main reasons they enroll their children in martial arts is the hope to develop their child s focus and discipline. Quality martial arts will always emphasize the development of the mind and spirit as much as the body. --Dan DeLomba, editor YMAA News