This review is for the Kids Program. I’m grateful for the positive experience that Soja’s kung fu children’s program has given to a special child in my life.
Billy is a neighbor boy whom I tutor and have taken under my wing. He first visited this school at age 5; he is almost 7 now. When we started, I really wanted Billy to be in martial arts classes for three reasons:
He has an overabundance of energy which needs to be funneled into something constructive.
He has an innate talent for martial arts, which needed to be put to better use than beating up on his littler brother.
I was hoping it would help him work out his confusion with the violence his family lets him see on tv every day and that he sees in his community.
My intuition was right on that these classes would be just what Billy needed. It provides him some structure for his free time. After only a couple weeks of classes, I noticed that the amount of physical fighting in his daily life had decreased dramatically. I’m talking about both play-fighting and angry-fighting. I’m not sure if the result was due to the teachers instructing him to not fight outside of kung fu class, or if it’s because he’s been able to funnel his energy and talents more productively, but, whatever it was, it was working!
I believe the vibe that the teachers emit determine the outcomes of the skills you learn. Do your skills attract more safety and wellness into your life, or do they attract more conflict? I would describe the vibe of this school as “harmony and peaceful order”, which contrasts with the “we’re tough fighters” vibe I’ve felt while visiting other martial arts schools.
The children’s head teacher, Rich, is great with kids. I’m impressed with the positive and grounded learning environment he creates, and especially with how the activities are structured and presented so that the skill-building is disguised as play. The balls that they balance on aren’t just balls, they’re “dragon eggs”. Peter, the owner of the space, has been great to work with, too – responsive to emails and any concerns I’ve had.
Billy loves his kung fu classes and every day he counts the days until his next class. I highly recommend. – Yelp.com 5.0 star rating 6/5/2012