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Upper Westside No Longer Offers Open Play. We Have Expanded Our 3+ Formal Movement Program Instead.

Kids' Martial Arts

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3-Year-Olds Martial Arts Classes

Ages 3 – 4 years

Taught by Upper Westside owner Lara Jones, M.Ed. and Martial Artist of 20 years, this 25-minute weekly class combines direct instruction, fun organized games, and challenge courses. Children aged 3-4 are challenged to further explore formal movements in a manner that sparks their imagination and self-control. Fitness materials/props, and basic class protocol are used as tools to help them explore basic body mechanics in depth. Goals include moving towards greater independence, learning how to focus throughout the class session, physical competence, increased confidence, learning how to work with an instructor, interacting peacefully alongside peers, and understanding/accepting challenge. Students participate in clean-up prior to the close of class (promotes ownership, and the life-skill of “Organization”).

Class size is limited to 5 participants per session.

***Caretakers remain on other side of mats/half-wall, or may leave the gym entirely while class is in session. The needs of each individual student vary; some children excel when their families or caretakers stay on to watch class, while others are better able to focus when left on their own to attend class

4-Year-Olds Martial Arts Classes

Ages 4 – 5 years

Taught by Upper Westside owner Lara Jones, M.Ed. and Martial Artist of 20 years, this 30-minute weekly class combines direct instruction, fun organized games, and challenge courses. Children aged 4-5 are challenged to further explore formal movements in a manner that sparks their imagination and self-control. Fitness materials/props, and basic class protocol are used as tools to help them explore basic body mechanics in depth. Goals include moving towards greater independence, learning how to focus throughout the class session, physical competence, increased confidence, learning how to work with an instructor, interacting peacefully alongside peers, and understanding/accepting challenge.

Class size is limited to 6 participants per session.

***Caretakers remain on other side of mats/half-wall, or may leave the gym entirely while class is in session. The needs of each individual student vary; some children excel when their families or caretakers stay on to watch class, while others are better able to focus when left on their own to attend class.

5-Year-Olds Martial Arts Classes

Ages 5 – 6 years

Taught by Upper Westside owner Lara Jones, M.Ed. and Martial Artist of 20 years, this 30-minute weekly class combines direct instruction with challenging physical drills taught through creative formal games, and focused thematic content. Children aged 5-6 learn how to follow class protocol, demonstrate self control, and achieve a basic level of competency This allows students to appreciate the work that they do, and take pride in their accomplishments. Specific goals include moving towards sustained independence, focus, physical competence, confidence, willingness to work with an instructor, partnering with peers, and tackling/embracing personal challenge.

The curriculum centers on practical Martial Arts stances, safety drills (protecting one’s head, learning how to fall and roll safely, and striking soft objects safely), basic calisthenics, like squats, sit ups, jumping jacks, lunges and push ups – are explored in depth, to encourage excellent form and a lifetime of safe, injury-reducing body mechanics.

***Caretakers remain on other side of mats/half-wall, or may leave the gym entirely while class is in session. The needs of each individual student vary; some children excel when their families or caretakers stay on to watch class, while others are better able to focus when left on their own to attend class.

Special Notes about Kids’ Martial Arts Classes

You may e-mail ahead to inquire after openings in the 3’s, 4’s, and 5’s classes. If there’s room, you will be invited to come in and give one class a try for free prior to signing up for regular classes: info@upperwestsideplaygym.com

Class size is limited to 6 participants per session.

Our Family Discount for all additional family members [child or adult] in any of our movement programs [upstairs or down] is $25 a month.

Upper Westside uses third-party billing service and billing agreements, not contracts. Students may cancel at any time. Students train for one month up front prior to being charged tuition. If families give 30 days notice, we can make sure that there is no overcharge. Without 30 days notice, we can still sometimes get the agreement cancelled without an extra month charge. It is the guardian’s responsibility to let us know if they want to cancel or hold an account. The best method is to email Lara directly at westsideakf@gmail.com

Students may make up missed classes (within four week’s time) with prior arrangement, if there is room in the chosen other section within their age group. Families must schedule make-up classes in advance.

To either cancel/hold and account, or schedule make-up classes, please email Lara at info@upperwestsideplaygym.com

Further reading on the broader Kid’s Martial Arts program in conjunction with the Westside Academy of Kung Fu [located downstairs from Upper Westside] can be found here: http://www.westsideakf.com/kung-fu/kids/

Baby Sign Language (ASL)

Upper Westside Does Not Currently Offers ASL Classes. We Will Resume ASL Classes At Our New Location, Once It Opens In The Fall Of 2018.

(ASL)

Explore basic signs through song, games, conversation, and shared resources. Classes are informal, fun, and work to engage students of various ages and language levels. All ages and backgrounds welcome. Meets weekly (every Tuesday and Thursday) from 10-10:30am during Baby/Toddler Open Play, with social time afterwards. Baby Open Play precedes the ASL classes each week from 9-10am, and is a great opportunity to extend class time in a lower energy environment, dedicated strictly to those ages 0-24 months.

Fees and Facilities

Kids Martial Arts Monthly Class Fees

$75 / once a week

$90 / twice a week

$95  / six-week series

Second sibling and beyond, and/or adults in family enjoys a $25 family discount with any of our movement programs: Martial Arts/Self Defense, BJJ, CrossFit, Boxing, Systema, Arnis.

 Facilities and Guidelines

Our gym is scaled and designed to accommodate the developmental needs of younger children.
  • Any children over the age of 5 who enter will be asked to please engage in a seated, self-directed activity in the kitchen or gallery area.
  • Quality programming for ages 5+ is offered at our downstairs location with the Southwest Portland Martial Arts.
  • Caregivers must supervise their children at all times. Remain mindful of any potential choking hazards.
  • Refrain from bringing nuts into the play gym at all times, and wash hands before or as you come in if there is any question of your having recently eaten any.
  • Do not hesitate to e-mail us with any questions: info@upperwestsideplaygym.com

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