My nephew Joshua (six) has been a student of Little Ninjas (Edinburgh) for several months now. Previous attempts to introduce him to other forms of martial arts programmes such as judo had failed, as Joshua was unable to settle.
In this short period since starting Joshua has shown excellent progression, and Marcus gained his trust from the beginning. He has really came out of his shell in group settings, he has formed new friendships, his self confidence, concentration, co-ordination, focus, as well as his ability to pay attention and listen continue to improve with each lesson.
Marcus is a fantastic instructor; he displays an impressive knowledge of training and coaching children, and makes it fun whilst ensuring respect and discipline at the same time. The lessons are well paced and structured ensuring progression and continuity. Revisiting the ninja disciplines at different levels through grading encourages goal setting at achievable levels for all children.
The whole ethos of the Little Ninjas programme is child centred with learning and teaching of the skills and disciplines taking place through a series of fun games, drills and play, which for children of this age is the most effective and highest level of learning.
Joshua is emerging as a confident and motivated student, and through the Little Ninjas community he is becoming a ‘little leader’, learning a set of values, morals and skills for life. Joshua has also benefited from the fitness and discipline, but most of all he is having fun!
I would highly recommend Little Ninjas as an excellent foundation and stepping stone for young children entering the world of martial arts.
Thank you Marcus
We discovered Little Ninja’s quite by accident at the end of August 2010. My 5 year old had expressed an interest in Martial Arts and I was looking for after school activities to try to positively channel some of the excess energy he had. Little Ninja’s suited perfectly as it allowed us time to get across town after school, as well as demonstrating valuable skills required in everyday life but in Martial Arts format.
Freddy is excitable and energetic and needed some focus and discipline in his life. Little Ninja’s is the perfect outlet for his excess energy and offers a sound and subtle grounding in the 8 Ninja skills which are based on everyday life skills. The class has a similar format every week but the games and exercises vary slightly to maintain the children’s interest. These exercises are either individual or team based and involve running, disciplined kicking and punching exercises and respectful consultation between student and teacher.Freddy loves his Ninja class and we are working with his instructor to add some discipline into his life. Marcus is very welcoming and the format is not complicated. You are offered the first 2 weeks free of charge to see how your child settles and to see if they enjoy the class. If after this period they do not then there is no obligation to continue. However, based on my experience, this would be an unlikely scenario! Early days yet, but thanks for doing a great job so far! Freddy has shown changes and is much more likely to listen to a full instruction and carry it through to completion than he was, even 4 months ago
My husband has a black belt in Karate so it was important for us to find the right class. We've found Little Ninja's to be a great stepping stone for martial arts and my Son especially loves the physical fitness and balance aspects to the classes.
The instructors are both firm and fair with respect and discipline being core to the teaching. The balance of fun and learning in this class is fantastic and my Son is excited every Tuesday as its his 'little ninja's day'