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WHY SHOULD YOU ENROLL YOUR CHILD IN MARTIAL ARTS?

Besides the obvious self-defense skills martial arts teach, the most important reason to invest in a martial arts program is that an awesome program like ours at Judo America San Diego can cure many of issues that plague today’s “entitlement” and “entertainment” generation.  This is what your investment in Judo gets you:

•  You pay so your child can be on the mat instead of in front of a screen.
•  You pay so your child doesn’t become a victim of fear, bullies, apathy, sloppy work ethics, poor fitness, and health.
•  You pay for those days when your child comes home from school, too “tired” to go to practice, but goes anyway.
•  You pay so your child perseveres in the face of disappointment: falling seven times and getting up eight times.
•  You pay so your child climbs through, around, and over obstacles to accomplish goals.
•  You pay so your child learns there are no “safe spaces” in the real world.
•  You pay so your child learns it takes hours and hours of hard work and practice to become successful, and that success doesn’t come overnight.
•  You pay so your child becomes self-reliant, but also becomes a good teammate.
•  You pay so your child develops lifelong core values and leadership qualities.

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Mom & Dad,

WE UNDERSTAND HOW MANY CHALLENGES YOU FACE AS A PARENT,
RAISING A CHILD IN THE MODERN WORLD.

Teaching children to know right from wrong is one of the toughest challenges parents have to face.

You want your child to have the tools to succeed in life, but protecting them from peer pressure, bullying and internet predators can make any parent feel overwhelmed with anxiety and stress.

The good news is that at Judo America San Diego in San Diego, our kids martial arts program is the perfect companion to help you raise a strong, confident leader, teaching confidence, focus & self-defense skills.

Parenting should not have to be a stressful task you face alone!

Let Judo America San Diego help you equip your child for success in the real world.

Judo TEACHES LIFE SKILLS

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Positive Mental Attitude

goal setting skills

High Goal-Setting

self-confidence

Respect & Self-Confidence

Judo America San Diego Is Your Partner in Parenting

We teach the same values you teach at home, in a positive, safe & fun environment.

The foundation of our kids martial arts curriculum is the education and development of life skills.  Our core values are courage, integrity, and perseverance.  When coupled with the development of a strong work ethic, initiative, and command presence, our kids are prepared to be better citizens, and leaders.

Learn in a Safe & Fun environment

The most important piece of equipment in any Judo club is the landing surface or mat. While other clubs operate out of recreation centers, public schools or YMCAs on mats unsuitable for the safe practice of Judo, Judo America continues its tradition of offering permanent, safe training facilities to its students.

We use only the safest landing surface possible: Olympic mats on a spring-loaded platform. We use pliable tires, not foam blocks with little give. This makes learning Judo safer and more enjoyable.

We also use thick gymnastics crash pads while teaching you how to throw and how to land.

Why Judo?

Judo is the original mixed martial art.  It’s a complete grappling art with standing techniques (throws and takedowns) as well as ground grappling techniques (pins, chokes, armbars.)

Participants progress at their own speed.  There are no bench warmers, so everyone is on the mat as full participants.  There is no Ninja Turtles or Power Rangers nonsense, and no Hollywood theatrics.

Judo is good for people with learning and physical disabilities.  It requires no adaptation for the visually impaired making it the premier sport for the blind. Judo’s physical and technical demands result in the development of athletic abilities that are foundational for other sports.

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WHAT MAKES Judo America San Diego DIFFERENT FROM OTHER
KARATE & TAEKWONDO SCHOOLS?

We focus on the personal development aspect of martial arts, not just self-defense moves.

Our instructors are all professionally trained and qualified to teach Judo.

Our facility is always clean and features a viewing area for parents, as well as matted floors throughout.

PARENTS, DID YOU KNOW...

prevent bullying

1 OUT OF 4 KIDS

is a victim of bullying

resist drugs

42.5% OF TEENS

in the U.S. try drugs

education

25% OF H.S. STUDENTS

fail to graduate on time

DO NOT LET YOUR CHILD BECOME A STATISTIC.

Equip them with the tools to succeed in the real world with kids martial arts.

Our students regularly go on to join Ivy schools and become community leaders. The values they learn during their martial arts journey are the same you teach at home and last a lifetime. Judo America is the only club in the county to have developed an Olympic athlete.

3 WAYS OUR KIDS Judo CLASSES
HELP YOUR CHILD REACH THEIR POTENTIAL:

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TEAMWORK & SOCIAL SKILLS

Social interaction teaches kids how to effectively work as part of a team.

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PHYSICAL FITNESS

Martial arts helps improve coordination and is an excellent form of exercise.

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BUILD HEALTHY HABITS

Building healthy habits early on can help prevent obesity and diabetes later in life.

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AT Judo America San Diego, IT IS OUR MISSION TO HELP YOU RAISE A CONFIDENT,
FOCUSED LEADER WITH THE LIFE-TRANSFORMING EXPERIENCE THAT IS JUDO.

Learn Goal-Setting Skills

Belt testing provides an excellent exercise for kids in learning how to set and achieve goals. Their self-esteem will continue to rise with each accomplishment as they watch their hard work pay off.

Improve Focus
and Self-Control

Complex physical activities such as martial arts have proven to strengthen the brain’s neural networks, helping kids improve their focus and self-control. This can be especially beneficial for kids with ADD/ADHD.

A Strong Sense of Respect

The traditional nature of martial arts teaches kids respect in their classes, whether they are taking a bow or waiting patiently for the next set of instructions. This sense of respect also helps kids improve their grades, while improving their listening skills at home and in school.

What Other Parents Are Saying:

I have two boys, age 5 and 7, that I wanted to enroll in martial arts. I didn't want them to learn to punch or kick, which is emphasized in karate and taekwondo or perform locks and chokes, which is taught in jujitsu. That led us to judo, also known as the "gentle way". I was awed by the throws that seem to be executed with minimal effort. Coach Lafon is an excellent coach because he teaches the kids techniques with drills that are fun and engaging. The kids have so much fun that they don't realize they are mastering important judo skills. Coach also incorporates life values and skills into practice.  For example, he talked about the importance of recognizing fallen veterans prior to  Memorial Day and had one of the students read parts of the Constitution prior to the Fourth of July holiday.  I feel he cares about the kids more than just as judo players.    

Eddie H.

San Diego

My son is in the kids class here at Judo America. If you truly want to learn this great art this is the place.  Lafon is a fantastic coach. His passion for Judo really shows in his training. He will work with you to make sure you understand and execute the technique properly.  I appreciate such dedication. I drive all the way from Encinitas to train with Lafon (6th Dan)  because he is the best Judo coach around! I highly recommend learning Judo here!

Marlo P.

Encinitas

Frequently Asked Questions

Judo America San Diego accepts students from approximately age four and up. The director of coaching will decide whether a child is old enough to start.

New students may join at any time of the month since we don’t have sessions that start at a specific time. We operate on a month-to-month basis. We have no contracts or registration fees. Joining is as simple as filling out the registration form, being sized for a uniform and paying your monthly training fee.

Our martial arts classes' primary goal is to make sure our students have fun in a playful, safe environment. Come and see a class for yourself - the kids have a blast and our instructors do too.

No, our classes are a good mix of boys and girls of all fitness levels. Beginners train alongside some of the more experienced kids, helping each other out in a fun team environment.

Children are required to compete but adults are not. For children, competition is a huge part of a child’s character development, which is why we require children to compete. It’s also a requirement for rank promotion. In general, students who compete advance more quickly than students who don’t compete.

Yes and no. Girls and boys will train together and compete against each other within the confines of our class but are usually not allowed to compete against boys in sanctioned tournaments. However, in many informal events, girls with parent or coach approval may compete against boys.

Judo competition is based on weight divisions and skill levels- usually novice, advanced, and master for athletes over 30.

  

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