Building self esteem and the ability to realize what consequences are tend to be helpful things to learn. Martial arts classes focus on these things, as well as respect for self and others, and a healthy mind and body. Not surprisingly, these very same virtues go a long way toward success in learning. Can your child benefit from this? Check out the classes below.
Kids Club Martial Arts
8280 Folsom Blvd., Suite B & C
Sacramento, CA 95826
(916) 386-1927
www.kidsclubmartialarts.com

Confidence, self-control and physical fitness are at the top of the list at Kids Club. Its motto, at the top of the website, says “Welcome to Kids Club Martial Arts, where lives are changed with every kick.” Taught by Master Franco Parchamento, Taekwando for the little ones is not only a lot of fun, but has a more serious side. The children are learning, to put it simply, to be good people. Kids Club Martial Arts offers an after-school care program that provides a study hall for children to concentrate on their school work. Through Taekwando, students from seven through 12 learn how to keenly focus their energies, a great skill to have in school.

Zen Martial Arts Center
4623 T St.
Sacramento, CA 95819
(916) 678-0565
www.zenmartial.com

How about karate for your young ones? This dojo has a wonderful reputation for teaching young children the beauty of karate. The center considers itself an “…integral part of the village that help parents instill valuable character traits, beliefs, and habits in their children.” All of this comes from learning the art of karate. The center partners with parents to ensure that the children are doing well at school as well as the dojo. Zen Martial Arts Center strives to bring balance, strength and knowledge to its students.

Matsumoto’s House Of Martial Arts
4551 Gateway Park Blvd.
Sacramento, CA 95835
(916) 285-9135
www.matsumotoshouse.com

A little self-defense knowledge goes a long way towards building self esteem. A lot of it multiplies the self esteem effect. Paul Matsumoto runs Matsumoto’s and is proud of the children who have been helped while learning martial arts here. Children learn how to more fully focus on learning, how to channel their energy for self improvement and how to apply themselves to learning. That’s a good list of positives to be proud of. Parents are part of the program. Throw in a ton of fun, and it just gets better.

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Tokon Martial Arts
4381 Gateway Park Blvd., Suite 520
Sacramento, CA 95834
(916) 835-7717
www.tokonsacramento.com

Marcus and Christina Hinschberger are both fourth degree black belts in karate, and are the owners of Tokon. Their philosophy with children encompasses the whole child. The result is a healthy and fit child that is focused and capable in karate, learning and life. The Athletic Kids Academy is where your child will learn. A full-day summer camp for children is available, generally with four sessions.

Robinson’s Taekwando
11009 Olson Drive
Rancho Cordova, CA 95670
(916) 638-5411
www.robinsonstkd.com

For the last 40 years, Clint Robinson has been teaching Taekwando in and around Sacramento. His dojo has a robust children’s and family program. The children’s program will help children to develop balance, physical fitness, a positive outlook and better social skills. With those attributes, and others, in place, children have a much better avenue for success in school. Enroll the whole family and enjoy the benefits of learning and working together. Everyone in the family gains better physical and mental fitness. It’s a pretty good package.

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Charles Ferris is a freelance writer who has lived in the Sierra, halfway between Sacramento and Lake Tahoe, for the last 41 years. In 2010 he retired from teaching after 36 years . He and his wife hike, kayak, cross country ski, snow shoe, ride mountain bikes and road bikes, year round. His work can be found at Examiner.com.

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