Crouching Tiger, Hidden Martial Arts Skills

Disclaimer: I had heard of the Crouching Tigers Martial Arts program before. 
Em {my spunky 4yo} took a few of their classes at daycare and returned home to practice her ninja skills on her brother.  While that part didn't go over well, my intrigue with the program was planted early.
This blog post is overdue. Like LONG overdue. 
You know the phrase 'life got in the way'? 
Well it did. In a lovely but big way! From running one of the city's largest consignment sales to a kiddo at home on a two-week fall break {um, Indianapolis Public Schools, can we chat?!}, life just happened. And my post about this incredible martial arts course we took back in September didn't. Bugger.
Fast forwardI find myself on the phone with Crouching Tigers founder and owner, Olivia Roney Spahn whose passion for bringing martial arts to the younger set is evident with every word that rolls off her tongue:

"Crouching Tigers offers regular classes but incorporate fitness andstorytelling. That's why our partnership with the Indianapolis Public Library just made sense. We mix it up through traditional martial arts, general awareness, lessons that instill confidence in all our students and games."
As the second oldest of 7 kids, Olivia has pulled some hilarious and heart-warming stories from her own busy childhood and transformed them into the lessons behind Crouching Tigers. It was a combo of her passion + these stories that drove us to check out a trial Crouching Tigers was hosting at the Indianapolis Public Library Pike Branch location. {It also didn't hurt that Sensei Steve was a natural with kids.} 

Throughout the demo class, my future ninja:
  • Got basic instruction in X blocks, guard positions, kicks and punches
  • Learned how to count in Japanese
  • Received gentle reminders on what it means to be polite
  • Engaged with the friendly and exceptionally kind staff of Crouching Tigers
  • Heard stories about a character named Recycling Ben who 'recycles' the mean words he hears rather than internalizes them {important lesson for instilling confidence and strength in kids!}
  • Played fun games that captured her attention

What the class was NOT about:
  • A rigid, super-structured martial arts course for kids looking to become the next Daniel-son
  • Pushing kids to the limits of their fitness
  • Impersonal instruction in a dictator-type format

Em was engaged, interested and in looking around the room, the majority of the kids {minus the boy hellbent on checking out the book selection table} were too. She's hooked.

While the Crouching Tigers partnership with the Indianapolis Public Library ends on 11/10, their FREE public demo classes are available year-round at a variety of venues around the city.

Bargain? Yes. Worth it? Absolutely.  

Crouching Tigers operates programs at 6 public locations around the city and there is one near you. Classes are also offered at a number of local daycare and preschools. First class is free and then increase to $45/4-week course.  Visit them online for details or find them on Facebook.
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A Michigan native and die-hard Wolverines fan, Jeanine is an Indy transplant. After time spent in the marketing business she is now living the dream with a fabulous job that allows her to spend time with her two adorable kids. In her free time Jeanine feeds a small Anthropologie addiction, strikes a pose like a true yogi and is the Digital Editor of Indy's Child Parenting Magazine. Follow Jeanine on Twitter @themomista.

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