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Anyone have recent experience with the kids martial arts classes at Destiny
Arts? All the posts are from 2002 or earlier. Thanks.
Destiny Arts Center is fantastic. My daughter's been going
there for 7 years. She's done more dance than martial arts but
their martial arts program is excellent. The youth get the
skills, but also the support of an incredible community whose
focus is on non-violence and empowerment for youth. I can't
say enough positive things about Destiny.
Re: Fun martial arts class for a 4-year-old (Oct 2002)
I highly recommend Destiny Arts Center on San Pablo
Avenue. My four year old daughter is having a great time in
the Teddy Bears class. They practice basics like Horse and
Forward stances with punches and kicks; rules of self
defense; safety practices like stop drop and roll; and
respecting personal boundries. The best part of each class
for my daughter is practicing calming down. Sensei leads
the kids in really rambuncious games like tag and the class
is really fun for me and little sister to watch. I wish I'd had
Teddy Bears and I think most kids would benefit from going.
I've been to several performances by the older Destiny Arts
students and they blew my socks off! The kids Write, Act,
Dance Hip Hop, Demonstrate Kung Fu ...
If you're still unsure, feel free to contact me directly.
Or go to http://www.destinyarts.org
Re: Dance class for 16-year-old novice (Aug 2002)
I highly recommend the dance program at Destiny Arts in North Oakland
on San Pablo Ave. My daughter and two friends took dance there and
loved it. It is body positive and very culturally diverse. I suggest
your daughter sit in on a class or two to see if she likes it. Here's
Destiny Arts Center is on the boderline of Berkeley and Oakland. You can
visit their website at www.destinyarts.org. They are a wonderful center
that started out with martial arts and has expanded to include youth
leadership, outreach program, dance performance and social activism.
practice the martial art of Kajukenbo, an electic discipline that combines
karate, jujitsu, kenpo and Chinese boxing. It is worth visiting when
considering placement of your child into a martials arts program. The
school was established by Sigung Coleen Gragen, who also established one
the largest women-led martial arts school in the West Coast. Destiny Arts
Center is located at 5688 San Pablo, Oakland, California 94608. Phone:
I highly recommend Destiny Arts Center on San Pablo Av in Oakland near
the Golden Gate branch of the Oakland Public Library. Address: 5688
San Pablo Av. phone: 510 597-1619. My daughter enjoyed the program
immensely until she left the area. She still has friends at Berkeley
High who attend classes there and have for the past 3 years.
My child goes to Destiny Arts on San Pablo, which offers classes MW
4:30 - 5:30 which I think are Hip-Hop, not that I'd know. Also,
there is a dance studio on 8th Street (used to be Studio J (I think)
that offers classes.
I highly recommend Destiny Arts Center at 5688 San Pablo Ave. in
Oakland. My son and daughter take classes there and just love it. The
classes are really fun and do teach "real" dance. The instructors are
very good and truly enjoy working with the children. All kinds of kids
participate - everyone is welcome, no matter what your family looks
like, what your back ground is, or what type of body you have. It feels
like a big family, and the students are all welcoming and respectful of
one other. They offer several classes for teens. Call 597-1619 for
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