Phone:
432-664-6762
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432-214-6525
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Matthews Martial Arts
818 Maple Ave
Odessa, TX 79761
PROGRAMS 2018-02-13T15:06:44+00:00

PROGRAMS

Dragons

(Ages 3-5)

Top Ten Things Your Little Dragon Will Learn in This Program

  • FOCUS

  • DISCIPLINE

  • GOAL-SETTING & ACHIEVEMENT

  • LIFE SKILLS

  • GOOD MANNERS

  • FRIENDSHIP

  • CLASSROOM ETIQUETTE

  • LISTENING TO & FOLLOWING DIRECTIONS

  • CONFIDENCE!

  • AND OF COURSE, MARTIAL ARTS!

For many young children, age 3-4 is when they will start to participate in their very first sport. At this age their main concerns will be learning to play nicely with others, behave well in a group setting, focus and pay attention, and work out their excess energy in a positive, structured, fun atmosphere. Martial arts practice provides all these and more with a fun but strongly structured class that incorporates plenty of physical activity to improve important characteristics like fitness, balance, and coordination, while providing a constructive outlet for their boundless energy. Little Dragons learn together how to stay on task even in a group, how to wait their turn nicely, and how to speak up when spoken to. Meanwhile, in their martial arts training the will learn how to perform basic techniques and face age-appropriate challenges that will help them learn to set goals, work toward them, and succeed! Fun games with small prizes foster a sense of friendly competition and learning to win and lose graciously. As they practice they will progress through Little Dragon belt ranks all the way to their Little Dragon Black Belt. The confidence, social skills, and physical abilities they gain during their training will go with them for their entire lives setting them up right for whatever life brings their way.

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Big Dragons

(Ages 5-7)

Top Ten Things Your Big Dragon Will Learn in This Program

  • FOCUS & DISCIPLINE

  • CONSEQUENCES TO ACTIONS

  • GOAL-SETTING & ACHIEVEMENT

  • LIFE SKILLS & SAFETY SKILLS

  • COURTESY AND RESPECT

  • BASIC SPARRING

  • TEAMWORK AND SOCIAL SKILLS

  • LISTENING & FOLLOWING DIRECTIONS

  • MEMORY AND MENTAL ACUITY

  • SIMPLE, BEGINNER MARITAL ARTS THAT WILL LEAD THEM TO THE NEXT LEVEL!

Whether it’s their first experience with martial arts, or they’ve graduated from the Little Dragon program, Big Dragons is a fantastic program that builds upon the skills young children learned in their 3 & 4 year-old class while still being suitable for beginner martial artist. In the Big Dragon program, students are given an expanded curriculum with new challenges and their own belt rank system, which helps teach them to set goals and achieve them! Students will work to improve their balance, coordination and strength, perform techniques properly, and begin to sharpen their mental acuity with short combinations the will memorize as part of their training. As they progress through the Big Dragon ranks children will start to practice partner drills, learning to stay on task while playing with a friend. They will begin their sparring training, safely learning the basics of sport karate fighting under the watchful eyes of our experienced instructors. Students will be consistently challenged as they are asked to learn and perform increasingly difficult combinations and techniques, all eventually preparing them to jump into our full self-defense program. Through our expert system of reward and discipline, students will learn that their actions will lead to positive or negative consequences. Everything they learn will build them into strong, confident, capable young children, ready to take on the world!

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Kajukenbo Kids

(Ages 7-12)

Top Ten Things Your Kajukenbo Kids Will Learn in This Program

  • SIMPLE, EFFECTIVE SELF-DEFENSE

  • PHYSICAL FITNESS & ENDURANCE

  • GOAL SETTING & ACHIEVEMENT

  • COMMITMENT & PERSEVERANCE

  • OVERCOMING OPPOSITION

  • PHYSICAL, MENTAL & EMOTIONAL TOUGHNESS

  • BULLY DEFENSE & CONFLICT RESOLUTION

  • BUILDING FRIENDSHIPS!

  • WEAPONS, JIU JITSU, SPARRING AND MORE!

  • AWESOME MARTIAL ARTS SKILLS

While martial arts is a great activity for building physical and mental fitness at any age, the lessons learned in the dojo are especially valuable during the ages 7 to 12, when children begin to face tougher obstacles, emotional changes, and social pressures. As they progress through the ranks and take on more complicated techniques, they will learn the value of hard work and perseverance. Workouts and sparring will give them a constructive outlet for natural stress and aggression as well as building physical fitness and endurance. Classes are broken down by experience level to ensure that beginner students are not intimidated by working with more experienced ones, and advanced students are continually challenged by level-appropriate curriculum. Facing and overcoming increasingly difficult challenges will build their self-esteem, giving them the strength to reject peer pressure, to stand up for themselves, and to face new challenges without fear.

7 to 12 is a crucial age when children are just learning to spread their wings. It is also a time when bullying may truly begin to affect their lives, and can have serious long-term effects as they grow. Unfortunately, physically defending themselves can often land children in even more trouble, without solving the problem. Our most successful program takes direct aim at preparing our students to deal with these types of situations with three decisive, NON-VIOLENT steps: Developing unbreakable self-esteem, learning to speak assertively, and a specific, step-by-step process of what to do. Physical self-defense is always there in case they need it, but learning to resolve conflict effectively and without resorting to violence is their first goal.

Martial arts training isn’t just for boys! Young girls benefit enormously as well. Learning to physically defend themselves gives a huge boost to girls’ confidence and courage as they grow, and the simple, effective, defense-oriented skills they learn with equip them with a variety of skills for dealing with a variety of real-life situations such as being grabbed by the wrist or hair, pushed or bear-hugged, etc. Building strong self-esteem and learning to uphold personal boundaries with confident, assertive communication is a skill that will keep them safe throughout their entire lives. And with classes are that are filled with as many girls as boys, new students never have to worry about “being the only girl in class.”

In addition to their self-defense training, students will be introduced to other aspects of martial arts, such as jiu jitsu and performance weapons. These extracurriculars keep things interesting and provide even more fun variety for students to experiment with as they progress through their journey to Black Belt. Performance Weapons offer a chance to practice something specialized and all their own, exciting to show their friends and family, and even to compete with. Basic weapons training will be part of their training program, with optional workshops offered for more in-depth learning. Jiu jitsu is another favorite extra, with ground defense built into our curriculum and more intensive grappling training offered in workshops and extra classes. For students who want to add trophies along wi

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Kajukenbo Teens

(Ages 13-17)

Top Ten Things  Teens Will Learn in This Program

  • BULLY-DEFENSE & CONFLICT RESOLUTION STRATEGIES

  • SIMPLE, SCHOOL-APPROPRIATE SELF DEFENSE

  • ALTERNATIVE OPTION TO IN-SCHOOL P.E. & ATHLETICS

  • HIGHER CONFIDENCE & SELF-RESPECT

  • BETTER PHYSICAL FITNESS & FLEXIBILITY

  • GOAL-SETTING & PERSEVERANCE TO ACHIEVE!

  • MAKE FRIENDS & BUILD SOCIAL SKILLS

  • POSITIVE ENVIRONMENT & ROLE MODELS

  • CONSTRUCTIVE OUTLET FOR STRESS & ENERGY

  • SUCCESS IN A COMPETITIVE SPORT, ALSO EXCELLENT CROSS TRAINING SPORT!

One of the most difficult stages is life is the teen years from 13 to 17. Young people are suddenly dealing with overwhelming physical changes, plus enormous social pressures, both positive and negative. All these layers and layers of stress can be crushing to growing teens – add in the incredibly difficult social waters of junior high and high school, and it’s no wonder why these years are so miserable for so many young people. Teens face potentially life-altering decisions every day, often without help or guidance. The physical, mental, and even social, benefits of martial arts training can be hugely helpful for teens navigating this treacherous time in their lives. The physical training gives them a constructive outlet for all the stress, out-of-control emotions, and aggression they are naturally feeling.  Students seeking a higher level of physical fitness reach their goals through workouts that emphasize strength and endurance. Young people struggling with peer pressure or bullying find the self-esteem and confidence, built into them through their own hard work and overcoming obstacles. They will find a place where they are surrounded by other students just like themselves, all working together to improve in a positive environment. Instructors and student leaders are always nearby to help and provide great role models for struggling students.  Whether it’s building the self-esteem to turn back negative influences, learning the confidence and self-defense skill needed to let them speak out confidently, or just finding a safe social outlet to make friends, martial arts training can change the direction of a young teen’s life

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Kajukenbo Adults

(Ages 18 & Up)

Top Ten Things You Will Learn in This Program

  • SIMPLE, EFFECTIVE SELF-DEFENSE

  • GREAT STRESS RELIEF

  • IMPROVED FLEXIBILITY

  • ALL LEVELS OF COMPETITION

  • EXCITING, CHALLENGING GOALS

  • SAFE, POSITIVE LEARNING ATMOSPHERE

  • GREAT WORKOUTS!

  • HIGHER SELF-CONFIDENCE

  • FUN PLACE TO SOCIALIZE WITH OTHER ADULTS

  • EARN THAT BLACK BELT

Too often when people think of martial arts they think of after-school activities for children. Much to contrary, adults stand to gain as much from consistent martial arts training as anyone. Whether the goal is increasing your physical fitness, learning effective self-defense, getting into competition, or just a fun activity to practice together with the family (or as a little “me time” away from the family!) martial arts offered something for everyone. Get fit while learning to protect yourself, build lasting friendships with other adult martial artists, practice valuable fighting skills with adrenaline pumping sparring sessions, and grow life habits that can change your future. And with classes that are divided by experience levels, adult students never need to worry about being embarrassed or being pushed into too much too quick. Our expert instructors always maintain a “safety-first” approach, meaning new lessons will be taught in easy-to-follow chunks that ensure students avoid injury. You’ll leave every class smiling, sweating, and hungry for the next lesson.

Many adult men see martial arts training as something they have always wanted to do, but have never started for various reasons. Time/schedule constraints, fear of injury, or concerns about training alongside children or being too out of shape may all have held them back. Our adult program is specifically tailored to addressing these concerns many adults have, providing a fun, exciting training atmosphere that is both safe and challenging. With classes that are divided by skill level and age, adults will find a place where they can work out, get fit, learn great self-defense, and push their own training as far as they want to go!

One of the groups who can benefit from martial arts training possibly more than any other is teen girls and women. In addition to the many challenges that all teens and adults face in their lives, ladies every day face very real added risks of assault by larger, stronger attackers. Simple, Realistic self-defense is not only important, but could be life-saving. Practicing self-defense techniques with other students helps to develop a real-life self-defense mindset that can keep them safe. And of course, classes provide a fun, engaging workout that keeps students so busy they don’t even realize they’re sweating. The positive, social atmosphere is a great place to leave the troubles and worries of the day behind and just focus on doing something for yourself. With plenty of female instructors and blackbelts around to provide guidance, there’s nothing to fear and everything to gain!

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