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 at Redwood Dojo have the opportunity to train in a rigorous class with their peers as well as adult students. The Teen/Adult class is open to teens (and some pre-teens ages 11 or 12) with sufficient maturity and focus to be able to train alongside adults. If you are not sure which class you should attend, to speak to the instructor.