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Grasshoppers Karate Program

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A new karate program for Preschool aged kids! (ages 3-5)


The Grasshoppers program was developed by Sensei Scott Sellers and Amber Smith-Dulin at USSD San Anselmo to address some unintended results of martial arts training for pre-school aged kids.  Using kicks and punches in training has proven to be an excellent way to develop motor skills and improve fitness, but also can increase “play fighting” in the home or at school.   The Grasshoppers program aims to keep the benefits of martial arts training while eliminating the focus on kicking and punching at a simulated “attacker.”  We use balloons, soft pads, cones, bubble wrap, balls, and other objects to keep students interested and engaged in the lesson of the day.  


Purpose:  Improve basic motor and listening skills of pre-school aged children by using fundamental aspects of martial arts training.


Objective: To use games and fun drills to teach the 8 basic skills of the Grasshopper Program-each of these skills will be the topic of the weekly class



  1. Focus-helps with aim, listening, reaction

  2. Teamwork-helps with social interaction, sharing, communicating, learning responsibility

  3. Control-helps with making good decisions, handling a pet or younger sibling, build confidence

  4. Balance-helps with challenging physical activities like bike riding, can help with posture

  5. Memory-helps cognitive ability

  6. Discipline-helps with associating positive feelings about doing the right thing, cleaning up after themselves, etc.

  7. Fitness-helps develop healthy habits, direct energy, and get strong

  8. Coordination-helps learn left and right, avoid injuries, build confidence


Call or email to reserve your spot.  485-1316

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