For Garland, TX parents with children struggling with self-confidence, Becerra Judo Club might be the answer. Technically a 501(c)3, the facility teaches judo both as a form of self-defense and as a sport.
With six classically trained teachers, children in the program learn based on the fundamental principles of judo: the principle of maximum efficient use of mind and body, and the principle of perfecting one's self and mutual welfare and benefit. Together, these principles help students harness their physical energy to maximize their body's potential and protect themselves from harm.
"The benefits of judo to children of both sexes are great," Bert Becerra, owner of the facility, says. "They learn self-confidence, teamwork and respect for their team-mates and teachers. They also learn techniques that can be used in self defense situations."
Classes are one hour to one hour and 45 minutes, and students are active the whole time. With most of his students coming from low-income families, classes are an opportunity for the students to be free from lifestyle pressures while giving them control over their bodies and the advantage in confrontations. Becerra is proud to have a team that consistently takes first place in juniors competition divisions.
Becerra Judo Club accepts donations, which help to keep the facility running. Classes are for children aged four through 12 and adults 13 and older. Contact the Becerra Judo Club for more information.
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