Is Your 12-15-Year-Old Ready for a Challenge?

The Extreme SKILLZ program helps kids maximize their physical and intellectual capabilities in a stable and nurturing environment.

Kids between the ages of 12 and 15 are capable of great things – but they need the right tools and encouragement to accomplish them. It’s normal for kids at this age to be tempted by taking the easy way out of challenges, but we work with them to help them reach their full physical and intellectual potential.

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 always seem to take the easy way out when presented with anything difficult

They make poor choices and tend not to think things through

They put their friends and social obligations ahead of their family




Parenting kids in their pre-teen and early teenage years is its own special challenge. Kids at this age have huge potential, but an equally huge tendency to get mired down in laziness and posturing for their friends. It can be frustrating for parents to watch their kids waste their abilities – and parents are often anxious for a way to get their kids moving in a positive direction. When kids resist parental involvement and give their friends more consideration than their families, it can be distressing for parents.

The key to getting through to kids at this age is to hold their feet to the fire when it comes to putting in the necessary work to achieve their goals. They need firm instruction and regular goals to keep them on track.

Our Extreme SKILLZ program is specifically designed to help kids between the ages of 10 and 14 to achieve their physical, intellectual, emotional, and social goals. We teach kids physical dexterity, versatility, and precision while also helping them to trust their instincts and build their strength.



Kids learn the importance of doing things well.

At this age, kids may be prone to take the easy way out of challenges.

Our Extreme SKILLZ program teaches them to value precision and to pay attention to details instead of settling for a sloppy solution to their problems



We give kids the tools to make smart decisions

Preteens and teens sometimes make poor decisions because they lack the judgment to see the big picture.

Extreme SKILLZ classes teach kids to make smarter decisions by showing them the dangers of jumping to conclusions.



Students learn to evaluate their motives and pay attention to their emotions

Kids sometimes react without thinking about their motivations.

In the Extreme SKILLZ program, students learn to understand their true emotional motivation and to understand the difference between a good motivation and a bad one.



We teach kids not to worry what others think of them.

Peer pressure plays a big role as kids get older, and they sometimes struggle with worrying about what others think.

We teach kids to care less about what other people think of them and more about what they think of themselves.


My child is more worried about being cool than about doing the right thing. Can this program help?

Yes. It’s common for kids at this age to be heavily influenced by their peers and to avoid doing anything that might be seen as uncool. We help them see the importance of behaving appropriately regardless of what other people think.

My child doesn’t listen to a thing I say but takes advice from their friends all the time. Can you help?

Yes. Kids at this age love to challenge their parents and rebel. It’s part of growing up, but it can certainly be frustrating for parents. We emphasize the importance of respect and loyalty to family as one of our core values.

I know my child could excel physically, but they don’t seem to have any interest in putting in the work necessary to do so. How can your program help?

The Extreme SKILLZ program is designed to reward precision and persistence. Kids must commit to learning good form and being able to perform to a certain standard if they want to succeed – and those are skills that can carry over to the playing field, as well.

I feel like I just can’t get through to my child on any level because all they do is contradict me. What can the Extreme SKILLZ program do to help?

Respect and honor are core tenets in any martial arts school. The Extreme SKILLZ program teaches kids to be respectful to instructors – and by extension, to their parents and teachers. We make sure they understand that who they are outside of the studio reflects on them inside the studio.

My child is shy and reluctant to do anything in front of an audience. I’m worried about what this means for the future – can these classes make them more confident?

Yes. All our testing happens in front of an audience of the students’ peers and instructors. They learn that they only thing they control is their performance and not to worry about what other people think.

Can the Extreme SKILLZ program help my child rise to challenges instead of running from them?

Yes. In our program, it’s common for kids to be frustrated as they try to learn new skills. Over time, they realize that avoiding challenges doesn’t help them – and that facing them helps to build confidence and self-reliance.

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More Benefits

Kids learn to withstand peer pressure and do what they think is right.

Students see the value of finesse and precision as these things are required to advance in class

Shows students how to work through alternatives and make smart, informed decisions

Teaches kids the meaning of courage and how to apply it in their personal lives

Kids learn the value of hard work and why taking the lazy way out is not acceptable

Teaches kids to carry themselves with strength and confidence

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