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Get Your Kids Active at Tallahassee’s Train. Fight. Win.

Many parents unfamiliar with martial arts may balk at the idea of their children participating in the activity. Common concerns among such parents are that martial arts are dangerous and might make children aggressive and more likely to get into fights. Some moms and dads also worry that the training might be too vigorous and that the discipline needed to learn and practice martial arts is too demanding of their sensitive kids.

However, parents who have enrolled their children in the Spartan Youth Program at Tallahassee’s Train. Fight. Win. (TFW) mixed martial arts studio will tend to refute such notions. They will tell you that their children have accrued numerous benefits from the program and that their kids say the classes are super fun.


Open to children ages seven-12, TFW’s Spartan Youth Program provides training in three different martial arts while developing fitness, discipline, self-confidence, and self-defense skills. The program takes an anti-bullying approach by teaching children how to respond to bullying without fighting. It also gives them the skills and ability to successfully defend themselves if necessary. Coaches also teach safety and self-defense skills promoted by the Tallahassee Police Department and radKids program. It emphasizes situational awareness and awareness of potential dangers posed by strangers.

With a mix of boxing, kickboxing, and jiu-jitsu, students learn the importance of fitness and health. The kids also develop self-confidence by mastering martial arts skills. This growing self-confidence tends to manifest itself in other elements of the child’s life, such as other sports, education, and social interactions.


While martial arts training noticeably helps children develop their physical fitness, it also enhances mental fitness beyond the inherent boost in self-confidence. In learning boxing, kickboxing, and jiu-jitsu, children develop coordination and concentration skills while learning to perform complicated techniques correctly. Mastering many of these techniques requires self-discipline and can help teach children how to set and meet goals.

These martial arts disciplines also help develop problem-solving skills. Training teaches kids to focus on correct body movements and to pay attention to how their actions work against opponents. This dedicated focus eventually becomes almost unconscious through practice. This skill can lend itself to other elements of the child’s life when they are faced with potential challenges that require a quick response.

Discipline and respect are integral to the program, with children learning that it takes discipline to achieve their goals and that everyone deserves respect. Clear communications are also stressed, with students encouraged to ask questions and positively interact with their classmates as needed.

All combined, the program might sound like a lot of work, but it also incorporates fun in its classes by adding a mix of games and gymnastics to the training. By adding fun to the equation, our coaches ensure the kids enjoy their time at TFW and are more willing to stick to the program’s training regimen.


Kickboxing is a broad-based term that covers several martial arts that rely on kicking and punching to overcome an opponent. Karate, Muay Thai, Kun Khmer, Savate, and numerous other martial arts incorporate kickboxing. Kickboxing is also recognized as an effective self-defense regimen and for its ability to significantly develop all elements of a person’s physical fitness.

As a martial art, boxing is focused on striking with the fists and arms while relying on footwork to maneuver around one’s opponent effectively. While boxing develops all elements of physical fitness like kickboxing, training is especially recognized for its cardio and strength training.

Jiu-jitsu is a popular martial art and self-defense regimen that is generally more associated with wrestling, grappling, submission, and takedown moves than kicking or striking. That said, jiu-jitsu can incorporate kicking and striking and puts significant emphasis on defending against them. As with other martial arts, jiu-jitsu training builds physical fitness and enhances mental clarity.


If your child is seven years or older, they are ready to boost their fitness and build self-confidence at the Spartan Youth Program at Tallahassee’s Train. Fight. Win. If you would like to learn more about the benefits of our youth program, TFW co-owners Sky and Alissa Rudloe would be glad to speak to you personally. You can reach them by contacting us Today at (850) 727-8421.