Learning Martial Arts (and more!) at Budo Full-Range Martial Arts in Voorhees, NJ
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For various reasons, I’ve been wanting to get my boys involved in martial arts for quite some time now. Living in South Jersey, there are many options for martial arts schools in the area, but, after looking through numerous Facebook South Jersey mom groups, it was pretty apparent that one school was being recommended the most: Budo Full-Range Martial Arts in Voorhees, NJ. After checking out their website, I signed both boys up for a trial set of classes and scheduled their first class to be held in just a few days! We were all nervous, but excited. Fear and excitement of the unknown I guess? Little Dude has always been all about good guys/bad guys and loves the excitement of a “battle” in a show or movie. Big Dude does NOT like confrontation or fighting of any kind at all (can’t blame him!) and was worried that martial arts would be like a real life episode of Power Rangers. I was worried about typical mom stuff – I didn’t want them getting hurt or hurting others somehow – but still excited to see how they’d do with a new experience.
So, in true Elizabeth fashion, we showed up early for our first orientation class – I was worried there could be traffic and we’d be late, but, luckily, we had no issues! The boys walked in and were immediately greeted by one of the coaches. The boys still seemed cautious, but the friendly welcome certainly seemed to calm all of our nerves. After taking off their shoes and socks, the boys followed the coach into the classroom while I sat down to learn about the program with another coach. As the boys were running around, practicing kicks and punches (I’m willing to bet there’s a more technical term for this!), and generally following directions (!!), I learned about the various options for classes and answered questions about the goals we had in mind for the boys and what we were hoping to accomplish with martial arts. It was explained to me that Budo did not “just” provide instruction in martial arts, but that the coaches focused on the kids as a whole. They would be invested in the WHOLE child and not just their martial arts instruction (or, as Little Dude would say: “ninja skills”). That sounded pretty good to me, but, being the good spouse that I am, I needed to talk it all over with The Mister before officially signing up. Since I had previously signed up for a 6-week trial of classes, the boys were then given their first martial arts uniforms (they came with the set of classes), were shown their white belts, and each given a piece of paper to bring home. On that piece of paper, the boys were to write down 10 good deeds they’d completed. Once those 10 good deeds were done, they would bring back that piece of paper and would have earned their white belts. Raise your hand if you love that Budo has the children earn their white belts instead of just giving them!
That night, The Mister and I decided to sign both boys up for 2 classes a week. There are multiple class levels at Budo: Little Ninjas (ages 4-6), Kids (ages 7-12), and Teen & Adult MMA, and their class schedule would allow us to have the boys in back-to-back classes twice a week, making it super convenient for us to plan our after-school activities.
Since then, the boys have earned their white belts and have been LOVING their classes. I know it’s only been about a month, but I can honestly say I see a difference in both of them. Little Dude is now determined to make his “ninja skills” the best they can be and will literally drop on the floor anywhere (I am SO serious) to do some pushups so he can “make his legs stronger for kicking.” His focus has increased and (knock on wood) he’s been listening and following directions much better than before starting Budo. Big Dude is learning that knowing how to do martial arts properly is not a bad or negative thing (remember, he does not like physical fighting) and that it can be fun and a great way to exercise while learning how to protect himself.
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How confident are your kids? After looking through local Facebook mom groups (I'm in a ton – if you don't see me in yours, let me know so I join! ?), it was clear that @kidslovemma Budo Full Range Martial Arts in @voorheestwp was one of the most recommended. I knew Little Dude would enjoy it – he's all about fighting and good guys/bad guys, but I wanted him to learn how to positively funnel all that energy and enthusiasm. I wasn't so sure that Big Dude would like it, but I wanted him to learn how to properly defend himself and increase self-confidence. About a month ago, the boys went for their first class at Budo and we signed them up for classes the next day. I know a month isn't very long, but I'm already seeing positive changes in both of them – increased self-confidence, better listening skills (always a work in progress), and a better understanding of martial arts and, as Little Dude would say "how to be a ninja" because Budo teaches the WHOLE child and not "just" martial arts. If you're in South Jersey and you're looking for an activity for your kids, I totally recommend Budo. Appropriate for both boys and girls, I'm pretty sure your kids will enjoy it and YOU'LL love seeing how much they grow as well ?? Let them know South Jersey Family sent you! #budo #martialarts #mixedmartialarts #southjersey #ninjas #selfconfidence #njkids #southjerseyadventures #voorheesnj #cherryhillnj #marltonnj #njblogger #njbloggers #njmom #southjerseymoms #jerseymom #newjersey #mmalife #eastcoast #eastcoastblogger #medfordnj #camdencountynj #njbusiness #confident #confidentkids #strongkids #mommyblogger #njfamily #cherryhillmall #thingstodoinnj
In addition to learning martial arts, the boys now have mentors to look up to. They’ve formed relationships with their coaches and they have become important parts of their lives (yes, I know it’s only been about a month, but still!). They’ll have conversations with each other to discuss which coach is their current favorite, what they can do to “increase their skills,” and what joke they want to share with the coach before their next class. It’s really cute and heartwarming. Also, just in case you were wondering, Budo Coaches are apparently on the same level as Santa Claus. You know how, if the kids are doing something they shouldn’t, you may say “Should I let Santa know about this?” Then, the behavior will stop and they’re magically on their best behavior again? Well, I can replace “Santa” with “Coach” and still have the same results! Too funny/cute/awesome, right?! No, I do not take advantage of this power, but it’s pretty neat to see Budo Coaches having the same behavioral impact as Santa!
I can’t wait to see how much the boys’ skills improve over this next year. If you’re interested in having your child(ren) try out Budo Full-Range Martial Arts, sign them up for a few classes and let them know that South Jersey Family sent you! Who knows, our kids may even end up taking classes at the same times!
Budo Full-Range Martial Arts is located at 476 Centennial Blvd suite 3, Voorhees Township, NJ 08043
Call Budo Full-Range Martial Arts at (856) 435-8110
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Open to the Public: Celebrate the 17th Anniversary of Budo Full-Range Martial Arts at their party on Sunday, September 15 from 1-4pm! (Click for details!)