Discipline - Focus - Leadership Skills

What is Kids Kung Fu?

Kids Kung Fu is based on the 2000-year-old art of Chinese Kung Fu that was modernized to fit today’s busy lifestyles. 99% of our Parents bring their children to the Academy for the Discipline, Focus, and exercise. They might have concerns about their child’s discipline at home and in school. Their grades might be suffering because of the lack of focus. Or maybe they just spend too much time playing videos games and never really get any exercise. And even if they watch just 1 hour of TV, they are more likely to be overweight. Parents of Ancient China sent their children to the Shaolin Monastery for academics because the Monks were the doctors and educators of the time. The first tools that the monks taught the children were Discipline, Concentration, and Leadership. We use these same tools today.

The 4 Steps for Your Child's Success

Intellectual Development

1. Focusing the Eyes – This is probably one of the hardest things for a child to do and one of the most important. In fact, 55% of learning comes from what you see. That’s why YouTube is so popular. It’s easier to see how something is done rather than read about it. For example, if you have a computer and want to learn something about that computer, it is easier to watch a video and you can grasp the information quickly. How often does your child look around and act as if they are not paying attention to you? We start your child on Focusing the Eyes on day 1 in their very first class.

2) Focusing the Mind – How do we focus the mind? Simple! Listening skills. Listening skills require three things: Getting Prepared to Listen, Stop Talking and Avoid Distractions. 37% of your learning comes from good listening skills. How many times have you asked someone about how to do learn to do something? Could be anything like fixing a car or repairing something in your home. How do we prepare your child for listening?

3) Focusing the Body – The body is the most distracting of all to listening. How often do you see your child fidgeting? This is very annoying… especially when you’re trying to get your child to listen to you. By using the Postures and several other Kung Fu techniques, we teach your child to still their body to pay attention. This is a very important part of getting prepared to listen. When the body is fidgeting, the mind is not paying attention and therefore not learning or hearing anything that is said.

Emotional Development

Your child will learn the 4 rules of discipline that lead to self-discipline. The three rules of concentration teach your child to stay focused and that shows them how to keep their emotions in check. Your child will also improve their self-esteem through confidence-boosting techniques and learn that there is no such thing as failure only results. Then we teach your child how to turn those results into actions for success.

There is only one way to build self-confidence and that is to experience success, and then being continually challenged to overcome more substantial obstacles. Our school’s belt system is one of the unique ways Kung Fu is able to help your child build self-confidence. Being recognized for your advancement with a new belt color makes it easy to track their progress. It also challenges them to expand and perfect their skills, including their physical and emotional development.

Social Development

Social Development involves everything from simple courtesies such as “Yes Sir,” “Please,” and “Thank you” to developing what we call Leadership Skills. Social Development involves everything from simple courtesies such as “Yes Sir,” “Please,” and “Thank you” to developing what we call Leadership Skills. Leadership skills involve 7 areas of development: Lead by Example, Decisions based on Knowledge, Ask for Help and Advice, Find the Win/Win in every situation, Stay Organized and Focused, Having Achievable Goals, and Show Respect to Others.

Physical Skills

Punching, Kicking and Blocking is all part of keeping your child fit and active. You’ll get them away from video games and interact with other kids and develop responsibility. Unlike other playgrounds our playground your child will play hard. They’ll have fun interacting with other kids and because of the modern training equipment; they’ll never get bored in the Playground. Things like soccer or gymnastics, for example, are positive fun activities, but outside of the soccer field or the gymnasium, they don’t provide your child with anything lasting. The training your child will receive here does exactly the opposite.

What Our Members Have to Say

  • Stacy
    Stacy - Master R. Hello! My daughters, Farah and Fiona, are really enjoying their classes. Mr. Lauffenburger is respectful and commands their respect and attention. Fiona asked me after her last class “How long can I take Kung Fu?” I said “As long as you want! Until you’re as good as Mr. L!” And she said “I want to take Kung Fu until I am BETTER than Mr. L!” She is LOVING the structure and sense of accomplishment. We live 30 minutes away and still manage to come 3 times a week. Thank you!
  • Rich Wilson
    Rich Wilson - Master R. “Low self-esteem and lack of interest in general was causing my son, Michael, problems that as a parent, seriously worried me. All this changed after taking Kung Fu classes at Rothrock’s Kung Fu & Tai Chi Studio. He has a good overall feeling about himself and his grades skyrocketed.” -Rich Wilson
  • Alyssa
    Alyssa - Both children attend the academy in the Southside. I am very thankful for the teachers and their patience when it comes to my children. I can see a change in their behavior already. At first, I was concerned about adding an additional expense to our household, but I truly feel that every dollar I have spent has been well worth it. I have no complaints at all. I just wish they had the shoes that fit my younger son, but I know he will grow into the smallest size.

What is the schedule for Classes?
We have a variety of class times to suit everyone's needs. We will cover the regular class schedule when you come in for your Trial Course. The Trial Course are one-on-one sessions and can be scheduled at any time convenient for you and your child.

How do you work with children in classes?
Children classes develop 4 skills: social, intellectual, physical, and emotional.  Each one of these skills are essential in your child’s development to becoming a leader in life. The classes are broken down into these 4 areas through the physical techniques, leadership, respect for others in the class, and daily chats.

How long have you been in business?
Since 1972. Master Rothrock started training in 1968 in Karate. Later, he was introduced to the ancient arts of Kung Fu & Tai Chi... and has been training for over 50 years. His teacher Grandmaster Leung Shum is retired and Master Rothrock still travels to New York to visit with him. He is one of only 5 disciples in the United States that have Mastered both Eagle Claw Kung Fu System and Yang and Wu Tai Chi.

What does professional instructors mean?
A professional instructor is someone that has chosen to make their career as a Kung Fu & Tai Chi instructor. That's their full-time occupation and have 10 to 30 years of experience. That means that they are specifically trained to teach and take pride in helping you achieve your goals. Many schools use part-time help or volunteers, who are not specifically trained to teach martial arts.

What Can my child expect on the first visit?
You'll be greeted by my friendly staff, who will give you a tour of the Academy. We will then explain to your child and yourself what we expect from them in the first class. In the first class, we will focus your child to pay attention and develop their listening skills. As well as, learning basic respect on addressing others.

Am I or my Child going to get hurt?
No!  We have a safe and modern training environment. It's not like what you might have seen in the movies. In over 40 years, we never had anyone get hurt from the training program.

Will my child become aggressive?
It's amazing how often we might hear parents state that. In every case, the reverse is true. Kung Fu does not make children more violent, it makes them less violent. By practicing martial arts, children become more confident. Therefore, they are less likely to become a target for bullying. On top of that, as a child develops a stronger self-image, he or she is less likely to feel the need to prove him or herself.

What does the 3 rules of concentration mean?
Concentration is the ability to focus on a task. You’ve probably heard of the wondering mind.  This is where someone starts something and a few minutes later they forget and move on to something else. What a lot of people don’t realize is that there are 3 areas that need to be developed (we are not born with concentration): the eyes, the body, and the mind.

Are Classes Separated by Age?
Yes. All our classes are separated by level and age. Every age group has its own needs. Children need help with discipline and concentration. Your child will not be in class with adults where they would feel intimidated or out of place. They’ll be with other kids and having fun.

Are there testing fees?
No. We have no hidden testing fees or association fees.

How many times a week can I bring my child in for class?
You can bring your child in as often as you want.  However, we recommend for Beginners to start with two 30-minute classes a week.

What is the Cost of the Classes?
We offer a variety of options based on your child’s needs. That's why we recommend a Trial Course first to get started. Not only does it provide you with an easy way for your child to try the classes, but also allows us to look at your child’s discipline, focus and maturity. Then based on our 50 years of experience we can make some specific recommendations. To get the most up-to-date prices, we suggest you visit the Academy.

How can I or my Child get started?
You can get started with one of our Trial Programs. That is the best option for most beginners.