Youth Self Defense & Martial Arts Classes In SW Portland

YOUTH CLASSES AGES 7 TO 12

MORE THAN JUST "SELF-DEFENSE"

MORE THAN JUST "SELF-DEFENSE"
MARTIAL ARTS INSTILLS FUNDAMENTAL LIFE SKILLS

Nothing is more important to a parent than the safety of their child. Every day throughout the country, thousands of parents enroll their children in martial arts schools. Safety and protection are the most obvious reasons, but most parents don’t realize that enrolling their child at Portland Academy of Self Defense would be one of the best decisions they could ever make. Why? Because the study of our martial art style, Hapkido, is about far more than just "learning self‑defense."

While self‑defense is important, our children’s classes are designed specifically to instill confidence, discipline, and respect through positive coaching, tons of encouragement, and a powerful mentoring relationship between your child and their instructor.

In our classes, your child will develop fundamental life skills including self‑confidence and self‑esteem, well ahead of their peers. Psychological studies have shown that the positive benefits provided by martial arts, and specifically the style of martial arts we teach here at Portland Academy of Self Defense, relate directly to a child’s ability to deal effectively with real life situations. Improved coordination, memory, attention spans and self-control are just a few of the recognized benefits.

Your child will learn to make positive choices, avoid conflict, show respect towards others, and inspire those around them through their positive example. Our classes truly lay the groundwork for your child’s future success in life.

CHAMPIONS ARE ALWAYS VICTORS - NEVER VICTIMS

CHAMPIONS ARE ALWAYS VICTORS - NEVER VICTIMS
THE MOST IMPORTANT LESSON IN MARTIAL ARTS...

Many parents worry that enrolling their child in a martial arts school will encourage them to be aggressive. Nothing could be further from the truth. The fact is, children who know how to defend themselves usually never have to! The most important martial arts lesson your child will learn is how NOT to fight. This may seem counter-intuitive, but hear me out...

In our children’s classes, your child will learn the importance of being responsible for their behavior, and learn how to defuse conflicts before they become physical, even when provoked by others. We teach children to find their "inner voice", and stand up for themselves with confidence. As a result your child will know how to avoid intimidating or provocative situations because they will know they can defend themselves if they need to. This knowledge is more “powerful" than any bully or troublemaker they may face.

Finally, the self defense techniques we teach are extremely effective, and your child is taught that they only use their training as a last resort, to protect themselves (never for "showing off" or attention.) In the event your child is forced to defend themselves, they will know how to do so with the least amount of force necessary to protect themselves, without injuring others. Often all that is required is a confident attitude, and strongly asserted phrase like, "STOP, I AM NOT GOING TO FIGHT. I DO NOT WANT TO HURT YOU!" to completely end the conflict.

HEALTHY, HAPPY & FIT KIDS!

HEALTHY, HAPPY & FIT KIDS!
MARTIAL ARTS IMPROVE THE BODY, MIND & SPIRIT

It's no secret that America’s children are suffering from epidemic levels of obesity. Too much time spent in front of electronic devices, poor dietary choices, and a lack of physical activity are all factors. Plus, many parents just don't have the time to spend doing healthy activities with their children.

The good news is there is a solution. Enrolling your child in Portland Academy of Self Defense ensures that they will get fun, functional and intensive workouts on a regular basis. Every class includes generous exercise regimens designed to get your child into the best shape of their life.

And parents, did you know that healthy kids are smarter kids? Again, studies have shown that fitness activities like the martial arts are a key component in improved academic success.1.Our classes will increase your child’s level of concentration and improve their memory, which leads to better grades. It also will strengthen your child’s heart, reduce obesity and improve their endurance. We want your child prepared to face life’s challenges, and to succeed in whatever endeavor they choose to pursue.

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Why Do Our Youth Self‑Defense Classes Soar Above The Rest?
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Faithfully serving the entire Portland region.

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Fully matted state of the art facilities.

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Convenient time schedule.

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Safe, fun and affordable!

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Classes based on age and skill level.