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Robert Hjelmgren reviewed WhirlWin Martial Arts
5
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Excellent place to grow and learn no matter what age you are. An amazing environment to be in. It is so supportive and friendly.

Heather Welch reviewed WhirlWin Martial Arts
5
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The kids had so much fun! Thank you so much for the wonderful birthday party! The kids were all smiles, from the 6 year old to the 14 year old! William will definitely remember his 8th birthday with a big smile!

Arthur Wdowiak reviewed WhirlWin Martial Arts
5
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As an investigator for the Federal Government, I feel confident to defend myself on a day-to-day basis due to the lessons and skills that I have learned at WhirlWin Martial Arts. Mr. Larkin and Mr. Marino teach American Kenpo in a smart, energetic, but also practical way that forces you to be able to adapt to almost limitless real-world situations that you may encounter. The instructors do a great work broadening your perspective on self-defense and improving your ability to spontaneously react to a variety of threats. And while learning, I sweat and improve my fitness, which is a nice plus. I like what I learn, the teachers, the other students, and I definitely recommend giving them a try.

Glitzy Diego reviewed WhirlWin Martial Arts
5
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My niece just had a birthday party there and she loved it! Mr. Larkin is soo good with the kids and taugh them really good lessons and karate!!!! I would definetly recommend this katate class!!!

Brian Tipton reviewed WhirlWin Martial Arts
5
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After sitting on the sideline and watching how much fun Aiden was having, I decided I wanted to be a part of the action. One Saturday morning I strolled in, tentative about the physicality of the class, how I would be percieved and not sure what steps were next. However, several prior conversations with Mr Larkin had me somewhat at ease. I had always wanted to join a martial art but never found the "me" time for it. What I found is that class is a HUGE part of my weekly routine. I look forward to classes each week and my Kenpo family help me de-stress and settle myself for what I have going on each week, which is a lot with college courses, FT Management work in the retail sector & 5 kids. The class was VERY welcoming and in a very short amount of time I felt as I had known those in my class for several years. Aiden and I have definitely spread the word about Mr Larkin and Mr Marino and have had several friends and relatives decide to become a part of the family, AND we will continue to do so! Thanks again Mr.Larkin and Mr.Marino for what you all do daily!

Ana Karen reviewed WhirlWin Martial Arts
5
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This is a great place. My son loves the classes and Mr Marino works wonderful with all kids. Still a process but being in Whirlwin has helped my son in his behavior. I highly recommend Whirlwin Martial Arts.

Laura Gonzalez Coloccia reviewed WhirlWin Martial Arts
5
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My shy six-year old daughter attended a buddy class with her cousin and immediately felt at home. Mr. Larkin and Benjamin are amazing teachers that elicit strength and confidence from students in a supportive manner. I attended the class with my daughter thinking she would watch from the sidelines, and just two weeks later, she is not only fully participating, but volunteering to demonstrate moves and using her outside voice ever so powerfully! From the perspective of parent and school psychologist, I am very impressed with the quality of teaching taking place, as well as student outcomes! It’s amazing to see the students grow from week-to-week and their confidence bloom. I can’t wait to see what the future holds for my future blackbelt!

Jay Vazquez reviewed WhirlWin Martial Arts
5
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This is the best thing I've ever done for my kids. they have both come a long way. and the teachers both rock. Mr. Larkin and Mr. Marino are the best my kids ever have. There hearts and mind are set to success and to be a winner. To be a black belt excellent.

Nancy Pirie Morris reviewed WhirlWin Martial Arts
5
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My son is a student at WhirlWin Martial Arts and he absolutely loves it! Mr. Larkin is an extremely talented instructor and is FANTASTIC with the young children. My son who is normally very shy around new people, felt very comfortable and Mr. Larkin did a great job of making him feel right at home with encouraging words and personal recognition. Mr. Larkin teaches respectfulness, leadership, and confidence all while making each class fun and exciting to the children! My son looks forward to his classes each week. It has helped him learn to engage with new people and has increased his overall confidence. I highly recommend WhirlWin Martial Arts.

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Fun and fitness for the whole family!

Turn your family time into a workout that everyone will enjoy.

It can be difficult to find activities that your entire family will enjoy, especially if your kids aren’t close to the same age. Family martial arts classes are designed to be suitable for all ages and abilities.

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Are you dealing with

Any of these troubles?

You’re struggling to find something to do with your kids that appeals to you, too.

Your kids spend too much time inside and not enough outside getting exercise.

You worry that your kids lack self-esteem and want to improve your self-esteem, too.

A lot of parents struggle to find family-friendly activities to do with their children.

Try something new with your family!

They also worry that their kids don’t understand the importance of exercise and wonder if that’s because as parents, they don’t make time to work out in their own lives.

There aren’t many workouts that can be shared by adults and children. Cheering from the sidelines isn’t the same as doing something together.

Results and growth with every class!

Family martial arts classes offer families a way to spend quality time together and get their exercise, too. Everyone in the family learns at an appropriate level, but you’ll be learning the same basic skills. That means you can cheer one another on while also burning calories, relieving stress, and learning valuable lessons that apply to all areas of life.

Make Exercise a Family Priority

When you have a busy life that includes children, it can be hard to make time in your schedule for working out. Yet, as a parent, you know that the example you set is something that will influence your kids throughout their lives.

Family martial arts classes offer you the opportunity to kill two birds with stone. By attending classes with your kids, you’ll be showing them that you value fitness and exercise.

At the same time, you’ll be giving your kids a chance to let loose and have some fun. They won’t even be thinking about the fact that they’re exercising – and before you know it, exercise will be a habit for them and you.

Age-Appropriate Fun for Kids and Adults Alike

If your kids are even a few years apart in age, it can be impossible to find something they all want to do. Even choosing a movie or television show to watch requires boatloads of patience and diplomacy. Yet, family time is important.

One of the biggest benefits of studying the martial arts as a family is that it’s fun for everybody, kids and adults alike. Kicking, punching, and breaking boards are enjoyable activities at any age.

You might think of martial arts as an individual pursuit, but families who take classes together cheer each other on. The memories you build in class will last a lifetime!

Learning Discipline and Self-Control Can Help the Whole Family

Sometimes, getting your kids to play together can be a battle. The constant bickering is enough to wear any parent down.

At the same time, you may struggle with discipline and self-control in your life too. Studying the martial arts is great for your body, but it’s also good for your brain. As you work out, you and your kids will learn the five tenets of martial arts: courtesy, integrity, perseverance, self-control, and indomitable spirit.

While you might learn about perseverance and self-control on the mat, the lessons don’t end there. Your kids will bring what they learn to school with them, you’ll bring it to work, and the entire family will bring it home.

Kids and Parents Improve Their Self-Esteem

Self-esteem plays an important role in how we move through life. A child who has good self-esteem is likely to perform well in school, to form healthy relationships, and to be successful in life.

Of course, a parent’s self-esteem has a direct impact on their kids. One of the most important benefits of studying the martial arts is that it teaches people of all ages to rely on themselves and their abilities.

The whole family can benefit from learning about self-reliance and confidence. Once you know your own worth – and your kids know theirs – the whole family will have a newfound positivity that will strengthen your relationships.

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FAQs

Will taking martial arts with me teach my kids that it’s okay to hit me at home?

No. In our classes, we emphasize courtesy and self-control. Kids learn that kicking and punching are appropriate in class, but we also make sure that they know that physical violence is not the right choice for conflict resolution.

I’m not in great shape. Can I still take martial arts classes with my family?

Yes! Our classes are perfect for people who haven’t been working out as well as people who have. We hire instructors who can work with you to help you build the exercise habit for your entire family regardless of what your current fitness level is.

Can studying the martial arts help my kids learn to defend themselves?

Absolutely. In fact, martial arts moves are ideal for self-defense because they teach kids (and adults) to leverage their opponent’s body weight to defend themselves.

Can studying martial arts as a family help my kids get along better?

Yes. Families who take martial arts classes together get a chance to spend quality time as a family unit. They learn to respect one another’s abilities, persevere when things don’t go their way, and value their family members.

Are family martial arts classes appropriate for kids or parents with physical disabilities?

Yes. Our instructors can modify their instruction to suit students of every ability level. If you have concerns about a specific disability or challenge, just let us know and we’ll be happy to help out.

More Benefits

Family martial arts classes are a great way for parents and kids to manage stress and anxiety.

Martial arts moves can help anybody learn how to defend themselves if the need arises.

Studying the martial arts can improve your physical coordination – something that’s especially important for young children.

Kids who study the martial arts are less likely to be involved in bullying than kids who don’t.

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