If you’re looking for an engaging way to get the kids in your life active, Headkicks may have exactly what you’re looking for.
The Kids Kickboxing and Judo and Jiu Jitsu classes offered at the gym not only focus on fitness and motor coordination, but discipline, manners and life skills.
Jamie Fleming is a local mom, who enrolled her 4-year-old daughter, Hikari Fleming, into kickboxing classes to get her active and increase her confidence.
Fleming said, “When Hikari first started the class the older students had to stand behind her and move her arms and legs because she was so shy and introverted. Now she does demonstrations and she is an active participant in the class.”
In the Kickboxing Class, students are doing things like learning how to jump rope, hit the bags, do footwork, go through ladder drills, and obstacle courses, all while getting one on one training from the coaches.
The Jiu Jitsu program is more hands on and focused on self-defense.
Phillips said, “In Jiu Jitsu class we’re teaching them how to react if somebody pushes them down or grabs them and tries to throw them to the ground. It’s definitely more of a hands-on class with a focus on self-defense.”
At the beginning of each class, Phillips takes the time to engage with students to teach a quick lesson in Mini Manners to the younger students and Life Skills to older students.
Topics change every week, and younger students review concepts like saying “ma’am, sir, please and thank you,” while older students focus on lessons in integrity and courage, perseverance.
“I believe martial arts needs to go beyond the mat,” said Phillips. “We want to partner with parents on the home front, because nowadays there are so many influences and not all of them are good. I try to take five minutes to utilize the influence I have with these kids to spur them in a positive direction.”
For Fleming, the class offers her daughter a way to learn a sport and increase her socialization.
“The coaches have all been doing a really good job with her, and she has gained an amazing amount of confidence,” said Fleming. “She not around kids her own age a lot, so this was an amazing way to give her the socialization she needed. Kickboxing offers a lot, it’s a great way to exercise, expend energy, increase balance and coordination and it teaches self-defense.”
Upon registration, there is a four-week trial period, during which kids can come and try as many Kickboxing, Judo, and Jiu Jitsu classes as they would like.
This gives them the opportunity to decide which class they like best before committing to the one they want to pursue.
Phillips said, “A lot of girls are more naturally flexible so they like the Kickboxing Class, and a lot of boys grew up wrestling so they like the Judo and Jiu Jitsu class. It’s fun to see the personality of the kids come out while they decide what they like.”
In addition to its regular Kickboxing and Judo and Jiu Jitsu classes, the studio is set to launch a Home School Group class on Friday mornings at 10 a.m. starting March 10, and currently hosts a Dreams Fitness martial arts class for kids with special needs on Friday nights at 4 p.m.
For more information about Headkicks, visit headkicks.com or call 855-KIC-KFIT.