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.