Ninja Kids growing in popularity in La Ronge

A passion for Japanese martial arts is what drove Ninja Kids sensei Chris de Feijter to develop a large children’s program during the last several years.

Hosted Mondays at Pre-Cam Community School, Ninja Kids started in 2014 after de Feijter said local parents urged him to start a club for young people in La Ronge. At the time, de Feijter taught only adults but he was convinced to offer his classes to minors and the program grew ever since. At an average session, he noted between 30-50 kids attend before they’re split up in different age groups.

“I teach [Nihon Jūjutsu] the way it’s taught in Japan, so very strict and formal focusing on keeping the tradition alive,” de Feijter said. “Many schools have a discipline system going on as is run in the army. That’s really not how traditional martial arts are taught. Those are taught in more of a friendly environment where people help each other and grow skills together.”

Children as young as three are encouraged to join Ninja Kids, although the youngest students require a parents to assist them through the sessions. At 14 years old, de Feijter said students can start training with the adults every Friday. At that age, members are also allowed to start training in Meifu Shinkage Ryu (MSR) which originates in the warrior arts of the samurai.

“The MSR program is taught twice per month and it’s not at Pre-Cam, it’s at another location,” he said. “It involves the use of weapons and I don’t really want that to be visibly open.”

De Feijter said he studied martial arts for 35 years and noted it’s especially beneficial for children. It teaches them how to focus, regulate themselves and enhance their emotional, physical and social well-being.

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Source: https://larongenow.com/article/516615/ninja-kids-growing-popularity-la-ronge

2018-2019 School Year

What's coming to Ninja Kids in 2018 - 2019

Some have already asked about our training for school year 2018 - 2019, therefore, we might as well provide some information about the learning opportunities! Next year will be another exciting school year fully filled with developmentally-based martial arts training. Each group will specifically focus on the needs of the age-group.

Like always, we reflect on our programs and make small adjustments as needed to further enhance the program for our members. For school year 2018 - 2019, we will make a few of these adjustments, to accommodate the large group of kids who are currently in their 2nd, 3rd, or even 4th year of learning with us.

The following groups will be established:

  • Ninja Kids 3 - 5: Parent - Toddler & Pre-schooler program, teaching pre-martial art skills.
  • Ninja Kids 6 - 7: Early Martial Arts Skills program, combining very basic skills from Karate, Taijutsu, and Jujutsu.
  • Ninja Kids 8 - 10: Foundational Martial Arts introducing kids to structured traditional Japanese martial arts training: Karate & Jujutsu combined.
  • Teen Jujutsu 11+: An exclusive program in Canada, following the Suigetsujuku Martial Arts Organization in Japan, teaching real Japanese Jujutsu including kicks, punches, blocks, locks, throws, as well as techniques for self-defense. Members who transition into this program trade in their Ninja Kids belt during the first exam to start following the Teen and adult system.
  • Teen Jujutsu 12+: Start preparing for our regular adult Jujutsu program for kids 14 and older.

All programs include Junan Taiso, a Japanese version of Yoga as streatching exercises for warmup and cool-down.

All sessions will be on the Monday evening at Pre-Cam School Gym.

Refreshed Website

Today we launched our refreshed website, updating some essential information. Some of the links have changed. You can find most in the menu. A few feature is the opportunity to leave a review about our Ninja Kids Martial Arts program.

Ninja Kids Uniform & Belt Care

NINJA KIDS UNIFORM & BELT CARE

Care instructions for Ninja Kids Uniform

  1. Wash in cold water (Hand wash or in the machine).
  2. Do not use Bleach. A stain remover may be used to remove dirty spots
  3. Hang dry only, NEVER dry a Ninja Kids uniform in a laundry dryer.

Care Instructions for Ninja Kids Belt

  1. Wash in cold water, hand wash ONLY.
  2. Dry naturally, NEVER dry a Ninja Kids belt in a laundry dryer.
  3. Stretch belt a bit while it is still wet to reshape it.

How to tie a Ninja Kids Belt

Quite a few ways exist to tie a Ninja Kids belt. The video below shows two popular ways. Our favourite is the twice wrap around, as it keeps the belt from crossing in the back. Please take a look at the video below to see two examples of how to tie a belt.