A FEW WORDS
FROM MICHAEL ACOSTA
I’m Michael Acosta, Owner/Head Instructor here at Focus Mixed Martial Arts.
As a martial arts instructor with extensive experience training kids, there is nothing better than seeing them grow firsthand.
But more important than the martial arts skills they learn… is the personal skills they develop and carry for life.
Because martial arts is so much more than just kicking and punching, and getting the next colorful belt.
It’s about developing confidence, discipline, character, focus and respect.
With every class we teach, your kids are growing in mind, body and character.
That’s because martial arts provides instant positive feedback. Through learning to focus on the core moves, they develop discipline and respect. They can instantly see and feel a difference, making them destined to build confidence, self-awareness and self-respect.
And of course it’s a ton of FUN!
That’s why I love teaching martial arts to kids in this community, and why I know your kids are going to LOVE training.
So please have a look below to find out exactly how your kids can benefit from our fun martial arts classes.
NEED A FUN, ACTION-PACKED, EDUCATIONAL ACTIVITY FOR YOUR CHILD?
Martial Arts Gives Kids Skills, Friends & Fun
YOU HAVE A CHILD!
DO THEY NEED A LOT OF HELP
WE KNOW - PARENTING IS A REAL CHALLENGE!
(So head over to the Adult MMA page right after this, okay? You need this as much as they do.)
How do you balance their amazing natural inquisitiveness and high energy physical development
with the self-control, focus, and good listening skills they need for school and life? It’s an ongoing
process, and martial arts classes offer a positive outlet and supportive instructors to empower
Our tailored curriculum meets kids at their current developmental level, establishing a clear set of
goals and rewards. They have fun, get prizes, and make friends while they’re learning, so they
retain the lessons long beyond the class.
LITTLE IMPROVEMENTS EVERY CLASS!
A regular martial arts practice is ideal for young children. It gives them a positive outlet for their
energy, and teaches them about respect, discipline, and other core skills that go beyond the dojo.
They learn to set and achieve small goals, process positive correction and apply feedback, and
earn the status and rewards that come from a good work ethic.
MARTIAL ARTS BUILDS COORDINATION, CONFIDENCE & SELF-CONTROL
Martial artists learn quickly that every movement is intentional. Our young students learn to use
controlled movements through a variety of warmups, traditional forms, technical drills, and target
games with partners.
They practice hand-eye coordination and learn how to use their body’s capabilities in focused
ways. They’ll probably spill your coffee anyway, but they’ll have an active foundation in physical
agency and coordination.
YOUNG MARTIAL ARTISTS LEARN TO FOCUS
Getting kids to pay attention can be an impossible task. Our martial arts classes are designed to
teach kids to focus on easily-achievable tasks that create a foundation of confidence when more
complex challenges emerge.
That same focus and confidence they use at the dojo applies at home and at school – as a martial
artist, our responsibility is the same no matter where we are. And regardless of their performance
at school, all kids need a place to be high achievers.
YOUNG MARTIAL ARTISTS LEARN TO DEAL WITH FAILURE
No one likes the feeling of failing, but failure is a critical part of the journey to mastery. Martial
arts students learn to achieve until they fail, and to persist in the face of failures, no matter what.
They learn that it’s ok to be frustrated when they don’t get what they want, and to use that energy
to work towards achievement.
Our action-packed, high energy classes help kids manage stress and anxiety by allowing them to
burn it off in a safe and positive environment.
YOUNG MARTIAL ARTISTS LEARN GOOD SPORTSMANSHIP
Everyone wants to feel like a winner, no matter what the score is at the end. Martial arts teaches
kids to accept defeat gracefully and move on to the next match. Our students learn that losing is
As martial artists, young kids learn that they are on their own journey, at their own pace, but
they’ll walk the road with friends and mentors cheering them on the whole way!
CHILDHOOD ATTITUDES TOWARD FITNESS TAKE ROOT EARLY
The lessons your child learns now about physical fitness may very well follow them into adulthood.
Martial arts instruction teaches kids about their bodies. They learn to push themselves and pursue fitness goals.
Studying martial arts sets kids up for good health and a healthy body image that they’ll keep throughout their lives
OBESITY LEADS TO HEALTH PROBLEMS AND LOW SELF-ESTEEM
Martial arts Instruction provides two essential elements for weight loss: cardiovascular activity and core and muscle toning.
We work with kids who need to lose weight by providing them with achievable goals.
Our focus on self-discipline helps kids understand that what they do affects their bodies, and helps them to lose weight and get in shape.
NOTHING IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN EDUCATION
Childhood education lays the groundwork for your child’s success later in life. Without learning, their goals and aspirations may slip away.
If your child is having difficulties in school, then studying martial arts may help them. By providing kids with a natural outlet for their energy – and helping them achieve clarity in our school – martial arts leads the way to better grades.
MARTIAL ARTS HELPS KIDS OVERCOME DISAPPOINTMENT
It’s common for a kid who performs poorly in class to start thinking that they’re not capable of doing better. Disappointments can dampen enthusiasm for learning.
In our martial arts school, kids learn how to take hits – and they carry the ability to do so in the classroom, where they can cope with setbacks and learn that hard work can help them more forward.
The persistence and discipline that kids learn in martial arts classes is something that applies directly to their education.
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MARTIAL ARTS PROVIDES KIDS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS WITH STRUCTURE
When a child has special needs, they struggle with certain things that other kids might find easy. In our martial arts school, they learn in a structured environment that emphasizes self-respect.
All children need exercise but it can sometimes be hard for kids with special needs to keep up on the playing field.
Martial arts instruction focuses on competing with yourself – something that allows kids with special needs to excel on their own terms.
YOUR CHILD CAN ACHIEVE THEIR DREAMS
Kids who have motor difficulties learn coordination and build core strength at a level that suits their individual needs and capabilities.
Martial arts help kids get familiar with their bodies and their mental and physical capabilities in a safe and encouraging environment.
In our school, everyone is equal, and that helps kids with special needs feel that they belong to a welcoming and friendly community.
KIDS DON’T GET LABELED IN MARTIAL ARTS
One of the most damaging things that can happen to kids in school is that they get labeled: the fat kid, the clumsy kid, and so on. In our school, they’re all just martial arts kids!
Kids learn to trust themselves and their abilities. As a result, their confidence soars.
Physical self-confidence leads to intellectual and emotional self-esteem, and martial arts can help kids carry themselves with a deep-seated sense of confidence and authority.
STUDENTS LEARN TO FOCUS ON WHAT’S IMPORTANT
Martial arts training puts a strong emphasis on the importance of focus, and that carries over to home and the classroom, as well as the playground and beyond.
Through repetition and memorization, kids learn that they need to focus to excel in our martial arts school. They learn the mental discipline to avoid distractions and pursue their goals.
Today’s kids often have difficulty with paying attention, but martial arts training helps keep their eyes on the prize.
REAL PEOPLE SAY NICE THINGS ABOUT US!
Here’s one from a parent:
Yup. Young martial artists learn the importance of emotional control, respect for others, and for
boundaries. These lessons will help them in the classroom, too.
Yes! Our classes are designed to teach kids in a collaborative setting, with an emphasis on taking
turns, cooperation, and teamwork.
Definitely. Martial arts is a mindfulness practice at heart. Our students must focus to succeed in
drills, forms, and partner games. Once they do it at the dojo, they’ll do the same at school.
For sure. Our kids martial arts classes focus on hand-eye coordination, self-control, and overall
physical fitness. As kids learn to focus and follow instructions, they learn how to control their
bodies and gain coordination.
It’s common for young kids to become easily frustrated with complex tasks or extended attention.
Using fun games and positive reinforcement, kids learn to try, fail, and try again. We teach them
that practice is the most important thing – and that persistence is rewarded through our belt
Young kids are constantly testing their boundaries, and that includes saying and doing things
designed to provoke a reaction from adults. At the dojo, students must respect the boundaries
that are put in place by instructors for their own safety, and consequences are clear and
immediate when they don’t. Our instructors will partner with you to ensure that your child is
performing in the same way at home.