Muay Thai Kickboxing, for the Children of NYC! Ok, Still for the Adults, Too! Everyone!

I’ve had this news in the works for a while but it’s all in action now so I can finally officially promote it here.  I’ve been given the chance to organize and run a new Muay Thai Kickboxing program here in Brooklyn, at Area Yoga.   I’m really looking forward to this for a few reasons. First, I’ve designed a children’s kickboxing program because what child does not want to hit and kick stuff?  Second, I’ll be starting a class for girls ages 12 and up.  I’m hoping I can make a difference in defining a positive body image to girls of this age.  Third, I’ll be teaching adult classes still – but will have a new base of people already going to yoga to try to recruit to come and kick me in the ribs.  Yay!

 

I’m starting with five classes per week.  I have to admit that I’m the very most excited about teaching Roan and his friends.  For a long time, they’ve been on the sidelines as their mothers have dragged them to my adult class.  Now they get their own wraps, gloves and there is nothing more adorable than a child in kickboxing gear.  Trust me.

 

Though most of my readers are not going to commute from the state they live in to Brooklyn once per week to make the class, a few are nearby and fewer still own private jets (you know who you are).  Here’s a quick overview and schedule:

 

Ages 5 – 7 years old, Monday 3:30 – 4:15 

 

A class designed to channel the primal urge to kick, punch, jump, and yell, “Hiiiiiiiii-Yaaaaaaah!!!” This class will focus on hand-eye coordination through jump rope, punching drills, kicking exercises, bag work and teacher-student sparring. We will also address appropriate use of these techniques, as well as role-playing peaceful conflict resolution. 




 

Ages 8 – 11 years old, Wednesday 3:30 – 4:15 



This class uncovers the bad-to-the-bone superhero waiting to kickbox their way to fitness. Focusing on hand-eye coordination with jump rope, punching and kicking drills, in addition to focus mits and bag work, each child will have the opportunity to increase their cardiac strength and endurance. As with all classes, appropriate use of Muay Thai techniques will be stressed, as well as peaceful conflict resolution. 




 

Ages 12+ (Girls)

Wednesday 4:20 – 5:05 

This class is designed to increase confidence in the pre-teen, tween and teenage girl. Coordination through jump rope, punching and kicking drills, bag work and light student/teacher sparring will bring new meaning to the phrase, “You hit like a girl.”

 

Adult classes are on Mondays and Thursdays, at 10:45 AM.  No pre-registration is required for them.


You can register and pay for children’s classes here. (Click on the “class schedule/workshops” tab, and then again on the “workshops” tab.) Classes begin on Monday April 27, 2009 and run for ten weeks.  You can leave questions in the comments section and I’m happy to answer them – or you can email me at the link on the sidebar.  For more information on my Muay Thai bio, you can check me out here. 

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22 responses to “Muay Thai Kickboxing, for the Children of NYC! Ok, Still for the Adults, Too! Everyone!

  1. That sounds like such a blast. I have a six Year old daughter who would really like not to be told to “stop it!” when she’s knocking her little sister around. This just might be the answer. Channel it.

  2. Exciting news–good luck and have fun!

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    [Update 04/17/2009: Beginning April 27th, I will be teaching at Area instead of Mission. I still love Mission though. Just had to put that out there. I will be teaching children’s classes in addition to the adult’s classes. Lots and lots of information here] When I lived in Utah I was bored. So I let my fingers do the walking in the yellow pages and …

  4. I think I’d be scared to let my kid take kickboxing lessons. I’m afraid he’d use them on me. Though I do like that you’re including some instruction on “peaceful conflict resolution”. Good foresight. Good luck. If I lived in NY I would go myself.

  5. Wish I lived in NYC, Congrats!

  6. Actually, I DO think that’s the answer. When Roan gets punchy in the literal sense, I just put up my hands and let him do drills on them. He tires out pretty quickly and the punching stops. “Channel it” may be my next tattoo.

  7. Thanks Donna – And the luck? Thinking I’ll really need it. The aim that children have isn’t so good. Hopefully at least most of their kicks and punches land on the pads. I expect bruises.

  8. I actually considered doing parent/child combo classes so they could learn together. I just couldn’t figure out how to control both age groups. Parents seem to become a weird lot when they’re in a class with their kid. Anyway….wish you were here too!

  9. And where is your class for grandmothers?Tell me you are not discriminating by age!

  10. Well here’s the thing. How do I say this….have you seen the Grandmothers who are from Brooklyn? THEY should actually be training me…..

  11. So jealous! Congrats! I’ve been kickboxing for 4 years and I LOVE it! Wish I was in NYC so I could take my boyfriend’s son. How cool 🙂

  12. are you still doing the 9:30 m and th. at the other place. I was hoping to go on Monday early. I need to kick start that bikini belly.

  13. Nice to hear from another kickboxer. There is something great about working it out on a heavy bag, no? Maybe you should start teaching your own kids classes where you are….?

  14. I know the 10:45 time seems late to me too – but it’s the slot I’ve been given. Maybe you should call the owner and talk to her…rumor has it you have sway with her. I’ll only be teaching at Area now – make it happen Lynn!

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