I am posting here as well as the coop part of the boards to open this up to everyone.
I am hoping to get together a class for home schoolers this school year. I have found an instructor, Ish Calleros, that I think is fantastic. The method he teaches is Kung Fu San Soo. He teaches in a traditional class method, teaching general techniques and doing conditioning. But what sets him apart is that from square-one, he starts teaching self defense in a very practical way. There is still an advancement component and belt tests. There is the potential to become a black belt, etc. But I am super excited about the fact that he teaches a practical way to use what you are learning. And it goes beyond that. He talks throughout his classes about things like how to walk and present yourself to avoid being a victim. He emphases empowerment and self confidence. And he does all this in a fun, interactive environment that kids love. He incorporates games and the kids will have to opportunity to practice self defense techniques on the instructors as well as each other in a safe way.
I took my college age daughter to him to check him out for women's self defense lessons and he taught her three techniques for getting out of life-threatening situations in less than an hour. And these are things that my 110lb daughter can do against a 200+lb man! Of course, the thing is to practice these kind of things over and over so that you can do them in a stressful situation without thinking. I told him that every girl should learn those techniques.
Now I want to emphasize that because of the self defense nature of his teaching, you need to be clear that this is not a class for the faint-hearted. He speaks plainly and bluntly and will teach the children that if they are ever in a bad situation that should do things like gouge eyes, hit windpipes, kick groins, etc. He will, of course, emphasize that the techniques they learn are never to be used in anger, or lightly. But if you have concerns about the temperament of your child, you might want to think about it. But this class is ideal for children that have experienced bullying, that need to improve their self-esteem, that you want to feel confident that they would know what to do if ever in a situation like we hear about on the news.
He has some information and a short video on his website that I would encourage you to watch. I know that he would also be fine with you going to either observe or participate in one class for free to see if you like the way he teaches. The kid's classes are at 6:25 pm. Mon and Wed are the slightly older kids 9 and up and Tue and Thur are the little guys under 9. You might give him a call if you want to go check it out, or you could probably just show up. Here is the site: http://www.sansooabq.com/Home_Page.php
So NOW for what is willing to do for us!!! He will teach a class for us TWICE A WEEK for $55/child/month. This a killer deal!!! It includes the uniform. He asks in return for a semester commitment. So what that means is this: We pay $55/ month for 3.5 months for the Fall semester. Classes would run from September through mid-December, but because of holidays, we have a total of 28 classes.
Then for Spring there would be s similar set up Jan through April. People could choose to continue in the Spring if they wanted (hopefully most would) or they could just do Fall. And maybe more people would want to join in the Spring.
Ages for the class would be 5 and up. If we get enough interest, we could look at dividing into 2 classes kind of along the lines that he does his classes. But if not then we would all be together.
So right now, I would like to get an idea of the interest level to see if we can get a class together. Ish is very flexible and accommodating. I am thinking that maybe Mondays and Wednesdays at either 1:30 or 2:00 would be good. Since it is impossible to accommodate everybody's schedule, I would like to hear input on this but I am mostly concerned about conflicts with pre-existing co-op classes or activities or other organized home school activities rather than individual conflicts. If there are other times that people would like to suggest, I am willing to listen. I feel strongly about not doing mornings as a lot of us reserve that time for actual studies. And Thursdays obviously conflict with park day. I am willing to consider Fridays but would really like to avoid that as a lot of field trips, etc are planned on those days.
So in a nutshell:
Kung Fu San Soo
2100 Juan Tabo NE ~ near corner of Juan Tabo and Menaul
M & W 1:30pm
$55/month/child for 3.5 months
ages 5 and up
So if you are interested, please reply to this thread with the ages of the children interested and thoughts on times/days. Please feel free to ask questions!