Beginning the Little Dragon's journey
A month ago we made the decision to try out the Little Dragons program at Patenaude Martial Arts Orleans. It's been smiles and thumbs up from our child ever since.
The owner, Sifu Stéphane, knows his business and his passion to teach is palpable. He brings a positive and fun energy for very young kids to achieve fitness and focus every time. His instructors also show genuine interest in teaching the kids which is heart-warming for us, as parents.
After an energetic, warm-up, Sifu usually has a brief discussion with the kids concerning martial arts values like respect, persistance, controlling emotions, then it's off to learn the art's particular skills, which may include kicks, punches and defense skills.
For us, it's the respect our child is building on, whether from bowing, or TRYING to stand still and waiting for the next command, that is an important benefit. We know that with our collaboration it will carry over into school and at home.
As for the fitness aspect, we can already see some improvement in our child's muscle control to punch and kick more properly and safely. Young kids are often like spaghetti when moving their bodies, at least our child is, and seeing the changes is so encouraging.
As the old proverb goes ´It takes a village to raise a child.´ Family, friends, teachers, doctors...and sometimes, a Sifu.