Know a kid who wants to be a ninja? Centerville center offers classes

Gymnastics, martial arts and strength training rolled into one. It must be Ninja Class.

Kids are Tops Sports Center in Centerville recently rolled out its Ninja Kids classes for aspiring ninjas as young as 4 and up to 12 years old.

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“We’ve been thinking about it for a long time, but finally decided to venture into the ninja zone,” Kids are Tops owner Dawn Ditmer said with a smile. “It combines the athleticism of gymnastics and strength training with the discipline of martial arts and is also a lot of fun.”

Scaling a rope climbing wall and swinging across the rings is only part of the class curriculum as participants also practice their forms and participate in strength training exercises. A rock-climbing wall will be added soon.

“You really get to do a little bit of everything,” Ditmer said.

Ninja 101

The co-ed Ninja Kid classes are designed for a variety of ages and skill levels.

Pre-ninja classes are for 4-5 year-olds, while those 6 and older are in the ninja class.

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All ninjas start out in the red level and progress through blue and, finally, black as they pass various skill tests. Ninjas wear a color-coded wristband that corresponds with their level: red - beginner, blue – intermediate and black – advanced.

The ninjas have a skill of the week that they learn and utilize during their forms, obstacle and climbing practice. On week five, there is a mission day during which time ninjas test their skills and attempt to level up.

There are currently seven ninja and two pre-ninja one-hour classes offered each week at Kids are Tops.

Ninja skills

With colder temperatures and shorter days, parents may be looking for ways to help their young warriors burn off some energy and ninja class is ideal for that. But the classes are designed to provide much more than a good night’s sleep for the kids and parents, alike.

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Ninjas will enhance their flexibility, increase their tumbling strength and improve their ability to maneuver around obstacles. But, beyond the physical benefits, the martial arts component also helps increase discipline. Overall confidence will also likely get a boost.

“Some parents really want to see improved discipline and kids want to have fun,” Ditmer said. “This class offers both.”

Classes begin with a warm-up, followed by forms, obstacles, climbing and strength training. The last 15 minutes of the one-hour class is dedicated to running the course – a highlight for the kids.

For more information or to set up a free trial class, call Kids are Tops at 937-435-7626.

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