I want a program for my children but I don't want them to be afraid. Do the programs at your facility help kids that might be a little bit afraid about the subject?
Yes! All children's programs are hands-on activity-based sessions that are fun to learn. The environment is meant to keep kids engaged and having fun as they learn about these very important topics. All children are guided through the drills and are coached through the drills that they may be nervous about. It is a very positive and uplifting learning environment with multi-sensory learning modules.
My child has special needs, can he still participate?
Yes. Discuss with us your concerns and we can let you know the best fit for your child. All children deserve to feel safe and develop these important life skills. No child will be turned away but between parent and coach, we can find a program that best fits their needs.
My child is a bully. I am looking for a program that will help him stop this behavior. Do you have anything that can help us?
Yes. The children's programs address bullying from all perspectives and the kids develop a good understanding on how to not be a bully, and what to do if they are the victim of this kind of behavior.
I am in need of financial assistance but my child really needs a program like this. Is there a scholarship program available?
If you contact us and let us know your concerns we can work with some of our donor to help make sure your child gets the training they need to better themselves. No child will be turned away.
Do your instructors undergo a background check?
Yes, instructors undergo background checks and are CPR and AED certified.
Are these martial arts programs?
The personal safety programs offered are not martial arts programs. Fighting Spirit operates within the Midwest Tae Kwon Do building, which allows for large matted space and room to move freely and safely. Each program is an effective, practical approach to self defense that anyone can learn at any age. All programs are self-esteem building programs that help develop confidence and options for safety. All programs are based on EMPOWERMENT!!!
What is learned in class?
Each class, for kids or adults, teaches decision making processes and role playing exercises along with verbal and physical skill sets for true understanding and development of life skills. The program emphasizes repetition to develop non-cognitive memory and completes with practical simulation in a heightened state of adrenaline. This means students are able to make decisions and use their self defense skills on a padded ‘attacker’ with full force and impact.
Do I have to be in good physical shape?
NO! Personal safety and self defense can be learned by everyone. You do not have to be in great physical shape to take the class. We will help you recognize your own strengths in the class and capitalize on them. You do not need prior self defense or martial arts experience of any kind.
I am handicapped and have special needs. Can I still take the class?
We encourage all women and children to take the safety sessions offered at Fighting Spirit. We will show you the strengths that lie within you regardless of special needs. We have run programs with those in wheel chairs and others with their leader dog due to blindness. All individuals deserve quality self defense training.
I am a survivor of assault. I worry that taking a program like this may be too emotional for me. Should I still take it?
If you are a recent survivor of sexual assault, we encourage you to wait about 12 weeks before taking the safety session. We can provide you with information about services available to you to help you cope with what has happened to you if you have not already received help. After the healing process has begun and you are ready to take the session, we want you to know that you will be surrounded by a very positive and supportive group during this program. You will be in an environment like no other, supported and encouraged all the way. It will be a life-changing and positive experience for you. If you choose to train privately, we can also accommodate this until you feel group instruction is right for you.
I am a senior citizen and worry I can't keep the pace of a class. Is there a program for me?
YES. Some seniors take the 10 hour Women's Program and some wait for open enrollment when we run a class specific for seniors. We address the ways in which you can create power differently and you will walk out feeling a peace of mind that is crucial to feeling safe.
Can men take the class?
radKIDS Personal Empowerment Safety Education is open to both young boys and girls. Each class has an even mix and the 5-7 year old group and the 8-12 year old group work well together in this environment. The Girls-R-Pearls Safety Workshop and the Women’s Program are for females students only. Men are welcome to attend any speaking engagement and seminar offered through Fighting Spirit. PTH- Protect the House is a progam designed for teenage boys. We do not offer programs for adult men at this time but can offer referrals if you are interested.
Why should I take the class more than one time?
Taking the programs over again can increase confidence in your skill sets and enhance your proficiency. The more that you practice verbalizing, the easier it will be for you to yell or set boundaries when you need to. The more you repeat the physical skills, the more accurate you will become should you need them. For the kids as well as the adults, the more often you discuss and address safety, the more aware you become and the easier it is to implement safety as a way of life. Another reason to repeat the courses is because they are fun! They are taught in an environment where learning is maximized because you are surrounded by your peers. This also keeps you active in safety training and looking forward to developing the life skills we need to stay safe. We do many things to maintain safety in our lives; we change the oil in our cars, we change the batteries in our smoke detectors. Maintenance is the key to feeling safe over time. Maintaining your safety training will help take the fear away and keep you feeling empowered and capable.
Speaking Engagements & Corporate Presentations
We would like a presentation for our entire personnel of both men and women. Can this be scheduled?
Yes! All corporate programs and speaking engagements can include both men and women as participants. There is a great deal of valuable information and knowledge that can be shared with everyone at these events.
How do we schedule a presentation?
Contact us via the website and we will work together to find a time and location that is best for everyone.