can be learned, relearned, or remembered from teaching children.
They are as much our teachers as we are theirs. If you free yourself
of your own indoctrination, you will quickly realize that their
state of being is one of fluid, natural, and receptive acceptance
of the universe. The common martial art's philosophy of fluid yielding
and movement is living and well represented in children already.
As guides we need only to protect and preserve this wellspring and
assist them in transferring it smoothly into adulthood. If done
correctly, they will mature with the courage and responsibility
to successfully pass along what they themselves never lost; their
sense of adventure, wonder, and the joy to explore beyond the limits
of current modalities of thought.
“Play is the only way the highest
intelligence of humankind can unfold.”- Joseph Chilton
Children have a natural confidence from the moment they are
born. They explore, improvise, and innovate with anything
at their disposal. Unfortunately in many cases, this source
of light is conditioned erroneously, and eventually they cease
to be the gifted learners they were born to be.
seen as play and discipline is simply the rules of the game."
We do not train children, we assist them to develop to their full
2. We do not condition them to
respond predictably through rote technique, we provide the conditions
for them to evolve and create dynamic means by which to achieve
3. We do not use a win or lose
paradigm. We use incremental and progressively increasing challenges
in complexity, intensity, and unpredictability to provide the child
with positive feedback and "errorless learning."
4. We are not there to think for
them. We are there to reinforce an environment conducive to the
stability and maintenance of independence, freedom, and creativity.
ODMA's and Budokan's
own Christian Perez takes Gold at the USJI Junior National
Olympics in Indiana!
Christian is already a phenomenal grappler at the age of
six and uses the best of Judo and BJJ to keep his opponent's
guessing. If only they could see his boxing skills!