Does Your 7-11-Year-Old Need a Challenge?

The Core SKILLZ program builds physical agility, control, and resilience to help kids excel.

Seven to nine-year-old kids are intellectually curious and starting to mature emotionally – but they also may struggle with appropriate behavior and physical control. Our Core SKILLZ program is especially designed to help them learn martial arts in line with their overall development.

A Few Words From The Sensei

From Paul Manili

I’m Paul Manili, Chief Instructor here at Villari's Self Defense Centers.

As a martial arts instructor with extensive experience training kids, there is nothing better than seeing them grow firsthand.

But more important than the martial arts skills they learn… is the personal skills they develop and carry for life.

Because martial arts is so much more than just kicking and punching, and getting the next colorful belt.

It’s about developing confidence, discipline, character, focus and respect.

With every class we teach, your kids are growing in mind, body and character.

That’s because martial arts provides instant positive feedback. Through learning to focus on the core moves, they develop discipline and respect. They can instantly see and feel a difference, making them destined to build confidence, self-awareness and self-respect.

And of course it’s a ton of FUN!

That’s why I love teaching martial arts to kids in this community, and why I know your kids are going to LOVE training.

So please have a look below to find out exactly how your kids can benefit from our fun martial arts classes.


Paul Manili, Chief Instructor
Paul Manili, Chief Instructor


They tattle on others without accepting responsibility for their own actions

They have a hard time coping with losses and setbacks and may not demonstrate good sportsmanship

They don’t remember what you or their teachers tell them and struggle with paying attention




Kids between the ages of seven and nine have done a lot of maturing, but that doesn’t mean that your job as a parent is any easier than it was before – it’s just different. Your child might have attained some degree of emotional control but still have a hard time reacting appropriately when disappointed or upset. Likewise, they might not be willing to accept blame when they do something wrong, and yet be very quick to point the finger at others and tattle.

Since kids this age tend to be intellectually very curious, it’s important to engage them on their level and provide them with continual challenges to keep them interested in what they’re doing. Martial arts instruction is ideal because of its structure of ongoing learning and measurable achievements.

Our Core SKILLZ program works with kids to teach them how to accept responsibility for their actions, to manage negative emotions, and to pay attention to instructions and advice from their instructors. Our program teaches kids agility, courage, flexibility, and persistence in a way that allows them to build confidence. These skills translate from our martial arts studio to school – and to your home.



Older kids have better control than young ones, but they still may struggle with precision and accuracy.

The Core SKILLZ program builds on earlier martial arts training to help kids gain control of their bodies and build strength while improving their balance.



Kids are easily distracted and may have difficult focusing on tasks and situations.

We teach kids to tune out distractions and focus on one thing at a time – something that’s increasingly challenging in today’s electronic world.



Kids develop persistence and the determination to see their goals through to the end.

When they’re learning a new skill, kids may be afraid or give up easily instead of risking failure.

Core SKILLZ students learn to conquer their fears and persist even when they feel like giving up on a particular challenge or assignment.



Students learn how to disagree politely and to resolve disputes respectfully.

Many kids struggle with learning how to express disagreement without being rude or angry.

Our Core SKILLZ program teaches kids to speak up without disrupting others, and to figure out ways to resolve their challenges within the confines of the program’s structure.


Will the Core SKILLZ curriculum give my child a longer attention span?

Yes. Kids in the Core SKILLZ program must pay attention to instructors and memorize moves if they wish to advance.

My child isn’t a good sport. Will they learn how handle defeat in the Core SKILLZ program?

Yes. It’s normal for kids to experience setbacks when they study martial arts. Some moves may require repeated effort to master, and the process teaches kids to handle disappointment and failure.

Will the Core SKILLZ program help my child be braver in the face of adversity?

Yes. One of the Core "SKILLZ" we teach is courage, which requires kids to dodge targets. While the targets won’t hurt them, they show kids that they can face opposition and still succeed.

I’m exhausted by my child’s relentless tattling and fighting with their siblings. What can the Core SKILLZ program do to help?

The Core Skillz program teaches kids that they must be accountable for their own behavior and actions. Accountability is essential our martial arts school and it’s a key life skill that kids will take home with them when the class is over.

My child is bright but struggles to retain information they learn in school, and I’m worried about how they’ll deal with increased academic demands. Can the SKILLZ program help?

Our Core SKILLZ program helps kids to build focus and improve their memorization skills. Each of the skills we teach requires kids to remember what the instructors have told them and – in some cases – to memorize a series of moves. When kids learn how to memorize information, they can use that skill anywhere they need to use it – including in the classroom.

My child lacks physical agility and struggles to retain control of their body. Will this program help?

Yes. Kids at this age still have some issues with fine motor skills, and we know that they’ll have trouble with some of the moves we teach at first. Our goal is to help them gain control and build strength and agility.

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More Benefits

Improves balance and core strength by requiring kids to hold poses

Teaches the value of persistence by teaching kids how to keep trying even when they don’t get the result they want

Allows kids to express their opinions in a non-disruptive and respectful way

Encourages kids to embrace the value of personal responsibility and accountability

Builds concentration by requiring kids to memorize sequences of moves

Kids learn the importance of respecting others and allowing them to speak without interruption

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