Sports and Exercise – Alternatives for Martial Arts Classes

If you want to facilitate your child’s mental development, exercise and other physical recreation comes highly recommended.  One of the sports I have been looking at recently is martial arts classes.

I contacted Rumen Wushu to enquire about martial arts classes for Gavin.  Unfortunately, Mr Tan no longer teaches.  Mr Tan’s classes were focused on the gentle/soft arts which is intended more for developing internal strength.  It also involved Qigong.  For a child, Mr Tan said that swimming was a good alternative for Qigong.  He also quoted Bruce Lee saying “Yoga is swimming without water” so I guess yoga for kids is another good option to consider if martial arts classes aren’t working out.  If I’m not mistaken, yoga for kids seems to be quite popular these days.  I know that Gavin has done some yoga at Kinderland as he demonstrated the “tree pose” for me one afternoon after school.

Mr Tan also suggested Taekwondo as a good introduction to martial arts for children.  His recommendation was to try Mr Low Taekwondo classes at the Royal Lake Club because Mr Low emphasises on forms which is not so dangerous.  I honestly don’t know what that means, but it sounds good to me.  According to Mr Tan, Mr Low does offer external classes so you don’t have to do them at the Lake Club.

Finally, sounding like a true martial arts sifu, Mr Tan said, “Internal arts are practised for fighting, but the secret is not to use it.  Then why train it? It is like Mount Everest – why do men climb it?  ‘To conquer themselves’ – Sir Edmund Hillary.”  I’m not sure if Gavin would be able to appreciate that right now, but it certainly is worth considering.

If Yoga for kids sounds interesting, you can choose one of two options – look for classes or get resources to teach the basics at home.  The latter might be a good option if you want to gauge how interested your child will be to take classes before committing to a course.

Here’s what I found on local yoga classes for children:

Surya Yoga

  • For children 4-11 years old
  • They only have one class a week scheduled for kids and it’s on Saturday at 4pm.
  • Location: near Dataran Prima/Tropicana
  • Contact: 016-2027417

Yoga2Health

Purple Yogis

  • For children 4 years and above
  • RM250 for 12 lessons
  • Location: Lucky Garden, Bangsar
  • Contact: 03-20952520

Cocoon – Yoga Playground

Swarupa Yoga

  • Location: 58-2 Jalan Telawi, Bangsar Baru, 59100 Kuala Lumpur
  • Contact: 012-215 2149 / 03-22835105 (Parveen Nair)

If you want to try Yoga for kids at home, there are plenty of resources you can use at home:

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EmeTZGr_R5Q

Published by Shen-Li

SHEN-LI LEE is the author of “Brainchild: Secrets to Unlocking Your Child’s Potential”. She is also the founder of Figur8.net (a website on parenting, education, child development) and RightBrainChild.com (a website on Right Brain Education, cognitive development, and maximising potentials). In her spare time, she blogs on Forty, Fit & Fed, and Back to Basics.

6 thoughts on “Sports and Exercise – Alternatives for Martial Arts Classes

  1. Hi Shen,

    This is Rachel, the rock climber 🙂 Happened to chance upon your blog post.

    I’m also a practicing yogi and can attest to the benefits of it. And I am delighted to see that Surya Yoga and Purple Yogis are listed here. I happen to know the owners of both practice.

    I’ve observed the Children Yoga class being taught at Surya before (during their anniversary workshops last year). The teachers basically played games which involved yoga poses. It’s worthwhile to speak to Jo, the studio owner if anyone is interested to send their kids there. She’s a dedicated teacher and also mommy to a toddler.

    As for Purple Yogis, I’m not sure whether Shobie (the owner) is conducting anymore children classes as I last heard that she has closed down her studio. Shobie is also a very dedicated and lovely teacher.

    Here is a link to some articles from the Yoga Journal on yoga for kids: http://www.yogajournal.com/lifestyle/210. You can also buy outdated copies of the magazine at a much cheaper price (RM10 per copy) from one of those outdated mag sellers. Yoga Journal is my favourite yoga resource.

    As for learning yoga from DVDs/youtube/books, I do not recommend them unless the parent(s) is already a practicing yogi, has done so for a number of years and confident about asana adjustments and benefits. The asanas (postures) may do more harm than good if not done properly.

    Hope this helps.

    Cheers 🙂

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    1. Thanks Rachel. I did show Gavin a few Yoga DVDs but it didn’t grab him. He just wasn’t interested. Maybe the environment isn’t right. Anyway, I may consider taking him for a trial class (now that he is open to the idea) to see how he takes it. He seems to be more willing to try things without me around as a crutch.

      So Surya Yoga is still doing classes for children? Maybe try there…

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  2. When you go for Fly Kidz, they do a bit of Pilates there. There is a rolling like a ball, superman, etc…..of course, they dont call it Pilates! 🙂

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    1. Yeah, we did that with Gareth. That and the balancing beam was about all he would let us do with him. The rest of the time he ran around and did as he pleased.

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