If martial arts is something you’ve thought about signing your child up for, look no further!
Judo is one of the most exciting and thrilling fitness sports for a child. It’s one of the most fun activities for kids! It’s a safe way to train and develop skills as well as stay in shape. We welcome children at all levels, we love little kickers! What are the benefits to martial arts and judo? Read below to find out!
BENEFITS TO COMBAT FITNESS
Whether your child has been training in martial arts since they were very young or if they’re just getting into it, the benefits are the same:
- Increase self-confidence and self-awareness
- Instills the importance of respect and discipline (more specifically self-discipline)
- Helps clear the mind
- Helps dispense excess energy through physical fitness
- Helps with focus and concentration abilities
- Increases muscle-awareness
- Can be very therapeutic
- Learn core techniques of self-defense
- Training from a world class athlete, certified black belt and expert teacher
- Worry-free pick-up from school (check availability)
- Keeps the kids busy before dinner
There are of course countless other benefits to martial art classes as well! Mainly, we want to ensure your child is immersed in a rich fitness experience where they feel comfortable to express themselves in healthy ways. If your child has previously done gymnastics and loved it, this could be a totally new way for them to use the skills they’ve learned and mastered!
DEVELOP YOUR KARATE KID SKILLS!
If your child is bouncing off the walls with excitement, this could be just the outlet for them. What better way to develop their skills? There are so many after-school programs available, but there aren’t any that are more fun than our martial art classes! In addition to the general benefits of physical fitness, there are also many skills that can be developed and mastered through the sport of judo.
There are many different skills which can be mastered at different levels of training. It is through a lot of training that your child will be able to really harness the confidence in themselves that they need in order to be successful and pursue their dreams. Did you know that judo uses not only the physical body but also requires mastery of the mind and emotions? In our classes, we teach different techniques such as grappling, throwing, hold downs, arm locks, chokes and striking. These are all movements that are taught with the utmost attention to safety. Other skills your child will be able to develop are: flexibility, speed, agility, harnessing power, coordination and strength. It’s really an entire cardiovascular activity! Your child will develop their core balance! From pee wee to youth to teens, we offer a class for every age group!
HISTORY OF JUDO
The practice of judo as a sport was originally developed in Japan over one thousand years ago. The sport is characterized by three specific details: jujuitsu, mixed with wrestling blended with strong mental discipline. This is why it is a great activity for kids. Practiced by the samurai of Japan, the sport used to involve the use of bow and arrows and swords (don’t worry, it doesn’t in the classes we teach!). This sport has seen much popularity in North America through the introduction of it into the Olympics. Today, this sport is exciting, invigorating and great fun for anyone who tries it. Young or old, this sport is for everyone. If you’re looking to sign up yourself as well, we offer adult classes!
AFTER-SCHOOL PROGRAMS: JUDO CLASSES
Beginning in September 2017, your child will be able to take judo classes as an after-school program! It will be offered Monday to Friday 2:30 pm to 6 pm and there will be after-school pickups to designated schools in surrounding areas. These areas include: Central Park, Carlington, Westboro, Island Park and Parkwood Hills). If you would like your school on the list, give us a call and we can coordinate it. Schools with the most participants will be considered first. We will have more details available soon.
ABOUT THE COACH: TINA TAK
Did you know Tina Takahashi holds an Ontario’s teachers certificate on top of being a certified 6th degree black belt? Tina has many years’ experience working with children and helping them develop their skills. She has many years’ experience as an elementary and high school substitute teacher before she decided to pursue her passion and open up her own centre and offer martial art classes! In addition to this experience, Tina has done many speaking engagements, demonstrations and teachings in after-school programs all over Ontario. She’s even instructed the Prime Minister’s children (whose father, Pierre Trudeau is a judoka!). Check out some fun facts below:
- Tina won Canada’s first gold medal at the World Judo Competition
- Tina is Canada’s first ever women’s Olympic coach
- Tina is in Canada’s Judo Hall of Fame
- Tina not only taught Prime Minister Trudeau’s children but also Prime MInister Mulroney’s
Still have questions? Feel free to give us a call or fill out our contact form. We would be happy to answer any you may have!
Why not let your child release their inner sumo wrestler and sign them up today! All experience levels welcome!
SCHEDULE – KIDS JUDO / KARATE
|Tue||5:20pm – 6:05pm (4-7 yrs)|
|Tue||6:10pm – 7:10pm (8yr+)|
|Wed||6:10pm – 7:10pm (6-9 yrs)|
|Thu||5:40pm – 6:25pm (8yr+ white/ yel str)|
|Thu||6:30pm – 7:30pm (8yr+ yellow+)|
|Sat||11:00am – 12:00pm (8-12 yrs)|
|Sat||12:05pm – 12:50pm (6-9 yrs)|
|Sat||12:55pm – 1:35pm (4-6 yrs)|
OTTAWA MARTIAL ARTS & FITNESS CLASSES
Tina Takahashi Martial Arts & Fitness aims to provide the highest quality instruction not only for athletes that have high aspirations but also for beginners that may not hold Olympic type dreams. All levels of experience are most welcome with appropriate programs custom made to suit any fitness or skill level.
TINA TAKAHASHI'S HIGHLIGHTS
- CANADA’S 1ST GOLD MEDAL AT WORLD JUDO COMPETITION
- CANADA’S 1ST WOMEN’S OLYMPIC COACH
- CANADA’S SPORT FEDERATION CERTIFICATE OF RECOGNITION FOR PIONEERING WOMEN’S COMPETITIVE JUDO
- CANADA’S JUDO SPORTS HALL OF FAME, JUDO ONTARIO, OTTAWA AND NEPEAN SPORTS HALL OF FAME MEMBER
- CANADA’S JUDO INSTRUCTOR FOR PRIME MINISTER MULRONEY & PRIME MINISTER TRUDEAU’S CHILDREN