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Julio Cesar Luna reviewed Jeff Speakman's Kenpo 5.0 Riverside
5
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The best of the best the Master of American Kenpo

Anna Finlay reviewed Jeff Speakman's Kenpo 5.0 Riverside
5
via Facebook

My older son has been coming here for a little over 18 months and I have seen him grow more and more confident. He has competed in 3 tournaments already and placed every time.

What I love is the attention the instructor gives to every single kid, and the passion Mr. Grilli has with Kenpo resonates. He has a knack with explaining the art of kenpo no matter the age group- he doesn't just teach how to attack and defend...... but what they're defending against and WHY. It's one thing to see the techniques and forms executed beautifully (these kids look badass), it's another thing to learn the meaning behind every attack/move. It makes it all much more thoughtful and technical.

My younger son has just started Little Dragons and he is loving it!!! When he works on his forms, he just exudes confidence. And he has a lot of fun doing it!

Their favorite part is actually sparring. YES, they actually make contact, box, kick, put each other on submission, apply their techniques on their peers and not just hit the air. But the fights are disciplined and they learn to respect each other's skill sets.

We cannot recommend this school highly enough!!!

AJ-Heather Adams reviewed Jeff Speakman's Kenpo 5.0 Riverside
5
via Facebook

Mr. Grilli instructs for the pure love of the art. Kenpo 5.0 is one of a very few systems that is willing to evolve to remain practical, effective and relevant to today's environment. When I am able to continue training JSK Riverside is my only pick!

Danelle Cinquemani-Bell reviewed Jeff Speakman's Kenpo 5.0 Riverside
5
via Facebook

Both my boys have been in karate here for 2+ years now and I have been in the kickboxing class since 2017. At first it was a struggle getting into a new workout routine but I kept coming back because I loved the class, the instructor and the people. In 10/2018, I decided to change my eating ways along with increasing my workouts and have lost 40 pounds and have muscles I have never seen before!!!! Everyday is different, no workout is the same. In addition to punching and kicking the bag you also get weight training, cardio, and so much more. Every time feels like a full body workout. The instructor is the best, well trained and helps you meet and exceed your goals. The class is fun and inspiring and has a family vibe you won’t find anywhere else. Everyone supports and cheers each other on and if you put in the work you will get the results. Don’t be afraid to try them out today. You will not be disappointed!!!

Don Barnes reviewed Jeff Speakman's Kenpo 5.0 Riverside
5
via Facebook

great place for young people to learn and grow through their own hard work

Heidi Merino reviewed Jeff Speakman's Kenpo 5.0 Riverside
5
via Facebook

I love this place. The instructors are amazing!. I love how Mr. Grilli is strict with the kids and at the same time encourages them and praises them when they are doing good. He doesn't sugar coat things. He is teaching them how life really is. Not only are they learning karate and how to defend themselves but he is also teaching them discipline, respect, how to focus and many more great attributes that will help them throughout life. My daughters love it here and I can already see changes in them in the 4 months we have been here. So happy I found this place and totally recommend it to anybody looking.

Jason Bates reviewed Jeff Speakman's Kenpo 5.0 Riverside
5
via Facebook

This martial arts studio is run by enthusiastic people who LOVE what they do! The best part is there is something to do for all family members! Cardio...check! Kids classes...check! Adult classes...check! They have something for everyone. And if you want to get away for some alone time with your significant other without the kids , check out their Parents Night Out events! Every event has a different theme! How AWESOME is that!?!

Lilia E Mayhan reviewed Jeff Speakman's Kenpo 5.0 Riverside
5
via Facebook

Great workout family that keep you motivated!

Luchie King-daso reviewed Jeff Speakman's Kenpo 5.0 Riverside
5
via Facebook

my kids has been going here for 3yrs!!! they love it so much, i recommend this to my friends and family and to other people, we are like family here! the instructor makes it clear for them and kids just want to learn more, my kids became more confident and i know they can defend themselves!

Kim Gutierrez reviewed Jeff Speakman's Kenpo 5.0 Riverside
5
via Facebook

In this world today we need to be more vigilant of our surroundings from those who have no regard for others. We can only teach our children so much in the way of defending themselves. Jeff Speakman's 5.0 is a great place to take your children (adults too) to learn self defense. Stop on by the studio and take a peak to see what it's all about.

Maria Mariscal reviewed Jeff Speakman's Kenpo 5.0 Riverside
5
via Facebook

after trying different studies and parks and recreational I finally found Jeff Spoakman's Kempo. I like Mr. Grillis approach to teaching life skills... because kids learn more than how to defend themselves. I highly recommend it!

Robyn Garcia reviewed Jeff Speakman's Kenpo 5.0 Riverside
5
via Facebook

We searched many schools and chose Mr Grili. He is an amazing instructor. He introduced my daughter to martial arts and started training her at 4 yrs old. We did not realize the positive impact Mr Grili would have in her life. The morals character integrity and respect are only a few of the many things he reinforced in her life. The discipline was amazing and he really Loves his students. He trains his students to not only be the best in martial arts but to be the best person they can be. Unfortunately we had to move out of the area a year ago. I still tell people what an amazing instructor and person he is and how his school is like one big family. If you are looking for a well rounded martial arts school for your child teen or yourself, you need to try his school. You won't regret it and it doesn't matter how many other schools you try (we did the same) I am confident you will end up with Mr Grili.

Rodrigo Fernandez Inza reviewed Jeff Speakman's Kenpo 5.0 Riverside
5
via Facebook

This School is runned by dedicated and talented Martial Artists. First class instructors, friendly environment, and awesome facilities. If you have the opportunity to train in Riverside you have to be sure that you are very lucky to be in a World class School.

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Does Your Child Need A Supportive, Educational, and Fun Activity?

Learning Martial Arts Teaches Young Kids Life Skills While They Have Fun

Young children are curious and active – and they sometimes have difficulty learning to control their bodies and their behavior. They crave structure and thrive in an environment that’s supportive, educational, and fun.

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Does your young child

struggle with these things?

They struggle to maintain control of their movements and may be unintentionally destructive.

They find it difficult to focus on a task or to see it through to the end.

They have a hard time sharing their belongings and getting along with other kids.

Parenting young children is a real challenge.

You must balance their natural inquisitiveness and high energy with trying to teach them the basic skills they need for school and life.

Discipline, sharing, and self-control are all things they need to learn to be successful.

The ideal setting is one that’s got some structure but works with kids at their current developmental level. If they have fun while they’re learning, they’ll be more likely to retain those lessons and learn the skills they need.

Results and growth with every class!

Studying martial arts is ideal for young children. It provides them with an outlet for their energy. But, it also teaches them about respect, discipline, and other core values that will go with them beyond the dojo. Junior martial arts classes teach kids to control their movements and behavior, and they’ll learn social skills and interaction at the same time.

Studying Martial Arts Builds Physical Coordination and Control

Young children who learn martial arts find out quickly that each movement must be intentional. They learn to control their movements to the best of their ability.

They also practice hand-eye coordination and learn about their bodies. That means they’ll be less likely to be unintentionally destructive.

Young Martial Arts Students Learn How to Focus

Getting young kids to pay attention can feel like an impossible task. The structure of our martial arts classes shows kids the importance of focus and teaches them by having them apply it to easily-achievable tasks.

The focus they learn in the dojo is something they’ll take home – and into the classroom. That’s why kids who study martial arts tend to be good students, too.

Martial Arts Helps Kids Learn to Deal with Frustration

Martial arts instruction requires students to pursue goals to earn new belts. Young kids can easily become frustrated when they don’t get what they want, but studying martial arts helps them learn the power of persistence.

The physical activity in our classes also helps kids manage stress and anxiety by allowing them to burn it off in a safe and constructive way.

Kids Who Study Martial Arts Learn Good Sportsmanship

Losing is not anybody’s idea of fun, but we all need to learn how to accept a defeat gracefully and move on. We teach students that losing is part of life – and it’s what you do after you lose that tells people who you are.

Even though martial arts is an individual sport, we cultivate an environment of supportive teamwork where students root for one another.

My older son has been coming here for a little over 18 months and I have seen him grow more and more confident. He has competed in 3 tournaments already and placed every time.

What I love is the attention the instructor gives to every single kid, and the passion Mr. Grilli has with Kenpo resonates. He has a knack with explaining the art of kenpo no matter the age group- he doesn't just teach how to attack and defend...... but what they're defending against and WHY. It's one thing to see the techniques and forms executed beautifully (these kids look badass), it's another thing to learn the meaning behind every attack/move. It makes it all much more thoughtful and technical.

My younger son has just started Little Dragons and he is loving it!!! When he works on his forms, he just exudes confidence. And he has a lot of fun doing it!

Their favorite part is actually sparring. YES, they actually make contact, box, kick, put each other on submission, apply their techniques on their peers and not just hit the air. But the fights are disciplined and they learn to respect each other's skill sets.

We cannot recommend this school highly enough!!!

Anna Finlay

great place for young people to learn and grow through their own hard work

Don Barnes

I love this place. The instructors are amazing!. I love how Mr. Grilli is strict with the kids and at the same time encourages them and praises them when they are doing good. He doesn't sugar coat things. He is teaching them how life really is. Not only are they learning karate and how to defend themselves but he is also teaching them discipline, respect, how to focus and many more great attributes that will help them throughout life. My daughters love it here and I can already see changes in them in the 4 months we have been here. So happy I found this place and totally recommend it to anybody looking.

Heidi Merino
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FAQs

My child still has temper tantrums and I’m worried about how they’ll behave in school. Can studying martial arts help?

Yes, it can. We help children learn the importance of emotional control and respect for others. These are lessons that will help them in the classroom, too.

Will studying martial arts help my child learn how to interact with others and share?

Yes. Even though studying martial arts is an individual pursuit, we teach kids to learn in a collaborative environment with an emphasis on sharing, cooperation, and teamwork.

My child zones out in class and misses important instructions. Can taking martial arts classes help them do a better job of focusing?

Yes. Part of martial arts training is teaching kids to be mindful of themselves and their surroundings. They must focus to succeed in class, and once they learn to do it, they’ll be able to do the same thing at school.

My child is out of control physically, and can be very destructive. How will studying martial arts help?

Martial arts instruction focuses on hand-eye coordination, control, and strength. As kids learn basic moves and then advance, they learn how to control their bodies and movements.

My child gives up easily when frustrated. I want them to learn persistence. Can your classes help?

Yes. It’s common for students to require more than one attempt to earn a new belt. We teach them that trying is the most important thing – and that persistence pays off.

My child is disrespectful to me and to other caregivers. How can studying martial arts change that?

Respect is at the core of everything we do in the dojo. Kids who study martial arts must respect their instructors and fellow students, and we find that they learn to respect parents, teachers, caregivers, and siblings at the same time.

More Benefits

Kids learn how to listen respectfully to others without interruptions.

Our students learn the value of discipline as they pursue clearly-defined goals.

Martial arts instruction teaches kids how to accept defeat and learn from their mistakes.

Martial arts helps kids build core strength, balance, and physical coordination.

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