Martial arts for kids

Jerry: Kramer, you're fighting children?! 
Kramer: We're all at the same skill level, Jerry. 
Jerry: He's nine years old! You don't need karate, you can just wring his neck!
- Seinfeld

Mat writes:

I'm looking for a Judo or Karate class for my kids locally. I'm in Crofton Park. They're young. My daughter is 6 and my boy is 4, 5 in September, so I appreciate they may be too small to start classes right now but when they're ready I'd like to get them involved. I was surprised at the lack of classes that come up on Google. Does anyone know of any locally that they could recommend?

18 comments:

Goldcat said...

Have you tried Netmums or Mumsnet? I know of one in Catford/Downham on Monday evenings, google Goldsmiths Community Centre and look at the calendar on the home page or the Judo page in What's On.

Anonymous said...

Judo and karate are quite different forms of martial art. Judo tends to be defensive (soft) and karate hard.

If you would prefer a soft form then how about Jujitsu. It's a very disciplined form of self defence. And practised locally:

http://shuho.co.uk/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=4&Itemid=6

Anonymous said...

Hi, I usually go for a swim to the wawelenght center in Giffin Street, Deptford and see lots of kids hanging around in kimonos. I remember seeing lots of fliers advertising martial arts classes too.

Hope this helps

Mario

Drunken Master said...

they're not too young so don't worry about that. Jujitsu is a good one to learn from a self defence pov. Karate flatters to deceive as a form of self defence unless you are quite advanced. All them are good for self confidence and fitness though.

Anonymous said...

Iv just found out about this club. Looks good so shall be attending my first class next week.

http://www.newcrossmartialarts.net/Contact-Us.html

Neo said...

I know Mung Fu

Tamsin said...

Andrei, who runs the Capoira class in the Telegraph Hill Centre on Friday evenings at 7pm is starting one up specifically for children on Thursday from 4.30.

Link to the Hill forum entry here

I would recommend it - very nice chap. And multi-talented. Search for Pitangas Carving for amazingly artistic things that can be done with fruit and vegetables.

Brockley Nick said...

@Neo - congrats, that is only the second funny "mung" joke ever made on this site. 0.00002% success rate.

Anonymous said...

Who made you the king of deciding what's funny and what isn't?

Faux Berry said...

His site. Don't like it get lost.

mg said...

If it's like this I would love to watch the matches
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5L4P1icOtOI&feature=youtube_gdata_player

Master Po said...

Vengeance is a water vessel with a hole. It carries nothing but the promise of emptiness.

D said...

mg - that video is surely what the internet was invented for. Just awesome!

Anonymous said...

Albany Deptford

Transpontine said...

Check out if if Errol Williams is still doing Tae Kwon Do, he's a very good teacher for kids.

Used to do classes at Barnes Wallis (New Cross) and Honor Oak Community Centre:
http://www.ewtaekwondo.co.uk/TrainingSessions.html

His contact details are on that site.

Anonymous said...

My kids did Tai Kwon Do with Martins - olympian and fantastic - at Harris in Peckham. He's teaching lots more classes now as well. Can't recommend him highly enough http://www.bestleg.com/index.html

Unknown said...

Recommend Jujitsu at the Ackroyd Community Centre. My son has been going for two years and encourages all abilities.
http://shuho.co.uk/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=4&Itemid=2

Tim said...

Hi, sorry only just seen this post. I work for the British Judo Association, the national governing body for Judo within the UK. I can recommend a couple of clubs - Northbrook Judo Club in Lewisham - www.northbrookjudo.co.uk or New Cross Judo Club - http://newcrossjudo.onsport.com. Northbrook JC are better set up for juniors and are based in Lewisham & Mottingham. For more information about judo take a look at www.britishjudo.org.uk or contact myself, Tim Edwards, I am the local development officer working with the local clubs on tim.edwards@britishjudo.org.uk

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