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Kung Fu for Kids YMAA age 7-12 exercise workout

4.6 out of 5 stars 39 customer reviews

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A fun workout for kids of all ages, with training tips for students, parents, and teachers.

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


It takes a combination of talent, patience and understanding to get children to enjoy working hard and Ben Warner has all of these traits in abundance. His ability to inspire children of all ages, from all different backgrounds, to want to push themselves to new levels is unlike any I've seen. --Mathea Levine , Children's book author, I'm Lucy

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

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  • Actors: Ben Warner, Nicholas Yang
  • Directors: David Silver
  • Format: Multiple Formats, HiFi Sound, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    Not Rated
  • Studio: YMAA Publication Center
  • DVD Release Date: December 1, 2009
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002UZDI3Y
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #52,371 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By Eric Parsons on June 6, 2010
This video really has two distinct parts. The first 30-40 minutes of the DVD works quite well by itself as a fun kids' program that is something of a combination between an exercise video and the type of live action show that you might find on Nick Jr. or PBS. The host, Ben Warner, has a fun-loving, kid-friendly attitude, a quality required in any good children's show host. Plus, the program is fast-paced, exciting, and even has animated breaks between sections featuring a Kung Fu Star that performs the techniques to be practiced next, a feature that's sure to be a hit with the younger set. The instructor also brings in some moral and ethical lessons to help lead children down the path to better behavior, and at the end of this first portion of the video, they even focus on the kids, giving each of them the chance to be in front of the camera and talk about what they like best about Kung Fu. This is a segment that would not be out of place on any episode of Sesame Street. Honestly, I could easily see the first part of this video as a template for an ongoing television series designed to get kids moving.

After this first portion, the video then goes back through the techniques, using two of the more advanced students to demonstrate, and discusses each of them in more detail. This is a nice opportunity for older viewers to learn more about the techniques and how to perform them properly. Finally, the video ends with a series of testimonials from instructors and parents that describe how martial arts training can lead to positive development in children. Presumably, this was done to convince wary parents that practicing Kung Fu will not turn their children into bullies. However, I have to say that this is probably the weakest portion of the video, as it seems to go on for too long.
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I just finished watching "Kung Fu for Kids: A Fun Workout for Kids with Training Tips for Students, Parents, and Teachers" with Nicholas Yang and Ben Warner. It's a good program aimed at kids, and I did find that it gave me some ideas for when I teach younger students as well. I believe there are many positive things training in martial arts can provide youth, so I applaud all efforts to help younger people remain focused on positive activities, especially martial arts.

The Training Workout portion of the DVD is a follow along with the DVD workout led by Warner. Warner does not "teach" the movements in this section, he just has the viewer follow along in this training workout section. Nicholas Yang moves around and assists the students as Warner continues leading the group. The Detail Section provides guidance on how to perform the movements included in the workout portion.

The DVD begins with the Training Workout that includes a short introduction by Warner explaining the meaning of Kung Fu, and that he will be teaching Long Fist Kung Fu on this program. There are then some safety measures to follow. Then Warner leads a group of eight kids in a simple warm up that kids can follow along with.

Next comes the run and jump where Warner leads the group with jogging in place and a series of hops and other movements and exercises to get the blood circulating. Kids will probably have fun with this jumping as well as the animal movements. These two warm up sections end around the 14-minute mark of the DVD.

Next, Warner leads the group with stance training. The group quickly goes through nine stances, performing each several times before going to the next. At this point, you are almost 21 minutes into the DVD.
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- It is just the right blend of martial art training as well as personal growth for my 5 yr old daughter.
- She looks forward to doing this every day.
- It has increased her energy, stamina, and consequently yielded improved eating habits.
- I only wish that there were a squeal that I can look forward to as her skill level improves and she grows. The Kung Fu academies in our area are not sensitive to kids school hours. So this DVD is an awesome supplement.
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This lively, fun program is designed to introduce children to the basic exercise and movements that form the foundation of Kung Fu (and martial arts) training. On first viewing I was excited about the prospect of having fun with my nieces and nephews while introducing them to a sound physical regimen based on the ancient principals of Kung Fu. Soon though, I realized that this program was also valuable for adults like me, who'd enjoy "back to basics" martial arts foundation training through a traditional kung fu work-out.

The first part of the program is a typical YMAA kid's training work-out conducted by YMAA children's instructor Ben Warner and a charming and energetic group of youngsters. The work-out begins with stretching, warm-up exercises and running and jumping. In the sections that follow, basic kung fu stances, punches, blocks and kicks are introduced and drilled. The training work-out concludes with breathing techniques and sitting meditation designed to calm the body and mind after exercise. A well rounded training, indeed!

The second part of the program places more emphasis on the individual stances, punches, blocks and kicks with detailed demonstrations by Ben Warner and two young and talented YMAA students. By practicing along with these sections, children - and adults - have the opportunity to practice and learn each movement more thoroughly.

The training sections are followed by parent's and YMAA instructor's testimonials as to the benefits of kung fu training for children. The program ends with a "slide show" of funny out-takes which highlight the laughter, fun and joy experienced by the children and instructors during production of this DVD. YMAA has done a fine job with "Kung Fu for Kids" - a fun, upbeat kung fu training program for kids - and adults - of all ages.
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