Martial arts training gives teens a productive and safe way to build self-confidence, channel stress and aggression, improve physical fitness, and develop healthy friendships.  At Redwood Dojo, the formal martial arts structure allows students to focus on practicing and improving without worrying about the pressures they face in their daily lives.  They have fun while exercising, learning self-defense skills, increasing self-confidence, developing control, and cultivating respect.

These skills are invaluable for teens in today’s high-pressure and fast-pace world.  In class, students relax, clear their minds, and focus on developing physical skills.  Outside the dojo, a calm mind and self-confidence can help students deal with many challenges.

Cuong Nhu Redwood Dojo has offered martial arts training since 1992. Classes are taught by chief instructor Lara Tribe-Jones and founder Didi Goodman.  “Sensei Lara” began training at Redwood Dojo more than 25 years ago when she was eight years old.  She is now a third degree black belt and shares her life-long passion for martial arts and for teaching with students of all ages.  A former Oakland Middle School math teacher, she holds a Masters’ in Education and a California Teaching Credential.  “Sensei Didi” has been practicing martial arts for more than forty years, and teaching kids for more than thirty. She is the author of The Kids’ Karate Workbook: A Take-Home Training Guide for Young Martial Artists, from North Atlantic/Blue Snake Books.

Teens train alongside adults at Redwood Dojo.

Teens at Redwood Dojo have the opportunity to train in a rigorous class with their peers as well as adult students.  Teen/Adult Class meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6 to 7:30* pm. Members of this class are also encouraged to attend Saturday morning outdoor class, from 9:30 to 10:30 am.

Beginning students age 13 and up should plan to attend this class. Beginners age 11 and 12 may also be eligible to attend, with the instructor’s permission. Students who have reached green belt level in the advanced kids class may be permitted to attend this class at a younger age. If you are not sure which class you should attend, feel free to speak to the instructor. All students attending the Teen/Adult class should have sufficient maturity and focus to be able to train alongside adults.

*Younger students, and those who need to attend to homework during the school year, may bow out of class at 7 p.m. (Be sure to tell the instructor before class that you are planning to leave early.) However, serious teen students should plan to stay the full time as often as possible.