If you want to facilitate your child’s mental development, exercise and other physical recreation comes highly recommended. One of the sports I have been looking at recently is martial arts classes.
I contacted Rumen Wushu to enquire about martial arts classes for Gavin. Unfortunately, Mr Tan no longer teaches. Mr Tan’s classes were focused on the gentle/soft arts which is intended more for developing internal strength. It also involved Qigong. For a child, Mr Tan said that swimming was a good alternative for Qigong. He also quoted Bruce Lee saying “Yoga is swimming without water” so I guess yoga for kids is another good option to consider if martial arts classes aren’t working out. If I’m not mistaken, yoga for kids seems to be quite popular these days. I know that Gavin has done some yoga at Kinderland as he demonstrated the “tree pose” for me one afternoon after school.
Mr Tan also suggested Taekwondo as a good introduction to martial arts for children. His recommendation was to try Mr Low Taekwondo classes at the Royal Lake Club because Mr Low emphasises on forms which is not so dangerous. I honestly don’t know what that means, but it sounds good to me. According to Mr Tan, Mr Low does offer external classes so you don’t have to do them at the Lake Club.
Finally, sounding like a true martial arts sifu, Mr Tan said, “Internal arts are practised for fighting, but the secret is not to use it. Then why train it? It is like Mount Everest – why do men climb it? ‘To conquer themselves’ – Sir Edmund Hillary.” I’m not sure if Gavin would be able to appreciate that right now, but it certainly is worth considering.
If Yoga for kids sounds interesting, you can choose one of two options – look for classes or get resources to teach the basics at home. The latter might be a good option if you want to gauge how interested your child will be to take classes before committing to a course.
Here’s what I found on local yoga classes for children:
- For children 4-11 years old
- They only have one class a week scheduled for kids and it’s on Saturday at 4pm.
- Location: near Dataran Prima/Tropicana
- Contact: 016-2027417
- Location: Jalan Telawi 3, Bangsar
- Contact: 03-22823866
- For children 4 years and above
- RM250 for 12 lessons
- Location: Lucky Garden, Bangsar
- Contact: 03-20952520
- Location: Solaris, Mont Kiara
- Contact: 03-62030112
- Location: 58-2 Jalan Telawi, Bangsar Baru, 59100 Kuala Lumpur
- Contact: 012-215 2149 / 03-22835105 (Parveen Nair)
If you want to try Yoga for kids at home, there are plenty of resources you can use at home:
- Yoga Kids DVDs
- Yoga for Kids on Youtube
- Angel Bear Yoga
- If you have the Nintendo Wii at home, you can let your child try out the yoga program
- More Yoga for Kids Resources