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 of Martial Arts
- Increase self-confidence and self-awareness
- Instills the importance of respect and discipline
- Helps clear the mind
- Healthy lifestyle
- Weight loss
- Total body workout
- Helps dispense excess energy through physical fitness
- Helps with focus and concentration abilities
- Increases muscle-awareness
- Can be very therapeutic
- Trained by world class athletes, certified black belts and expert teachers
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 Taekwondo and Hapkido.
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 Taekwondo and Hapkido 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 TAEKWONDO
Taekwondo is a korean martial art that originated in the 1940s. Although it is considered a ‘newer’ martial art, the techniques used to develop it are ancient. The artists that created taekwondo blended key elements from karate and Chinese and Korean martial arts. This sport is deeply rooted in traditional practices. Since its introduction to the Olympics in 1988, it has become popularized in North American culture. Many martial arts centres choose to honour the traditions of this sport to this day.
If you’re wondering what sets taekwondo apart from other martial art sports its that it is characterized by speed and agility. Those who practice it today excel due to these skills. Immerse yourself in this rich culture and take part in one of our classes today!
WHAT TO EXPECT IN A MARTIAL ARTS CLASS
Joining a martial arts class for the first time can be a bit intimidating, especially if you’ve never done it before! No need to worry, at our facility we are open and accept all skill levels. So don’t be shy to sign up!
In all martial art sports, there is traditional garb to wear. We think it really enhances the experience and helps you feel comfortabel to move in all of the different stances and positions. Did you know that in taekwondo specifically there are rankings in the belt colours? Your first belt will be white, but as you move up the rankings and as you develop your skills, you will have many different ones of all colours of the rainbow!
Rankings vary from centre to centre, and from region to region, however most have between 8 to 12 ranks. Don’t worry, if you have any questions, feel comfortable to get in touch with us so we can clarify! The goal for each class is to develop or refine their martial arts skills all while enjoying the combat-fitness aspects of it. You can expect this activity to clear your mind and help your body reach new levels of intensity then relaxation. This really improves the feeling of overall wellness in the body.
ABOUT THE COACH: Tina Takahashi
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.
Tina has many years’ experience as an elementary and high school substitute teacher before she decided to pursue her passion and open up her own dojo 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:
- Canada’s first gold medal at the World Judo Competition
- Canada’s first ever women’s Olympic coach
- 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!
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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