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Self-Defense Workshops in Santa Cruz for Kids and Teens.

Sign Up for Teens Self-Defense Workshop on March 26, 2022, 12:30 - 2:30 at The Tannery, Studio 111 Ages

Children's Programs have been replaced with Youth Self-Defense Workshops

Benefits of Children’s Self-Defense

Your child is treated with respect

  • Your child will learn skills appropriate for her/his age group
  • Your child’s skill level will increase, regardless of what they “know” or “don’t know”
  • Empowerment will feel very good to your child
  • She/he will be able to stand up to bullies Self-confidence will be the biggest benefit for most children
  • Your child will know how to be safe when you aren't around
  • Your child will learn the difference between respect for loved ones, and when respect is not appropriate
  • Your child will learn about the inappropriate behavior of others
  • You will get peace of mind
  • In only TWO Hours!

These Success-Based Workshops will Give Your Child Confidence for Success in Life’s Daily Challenges with Age-Appropriate Skills & Knowledge.

Hello to All Moms, Dads and Caregivers~

It's been 36 years since the start of teaching Children how to empower themselves. It is time to phase in Children's Self-Defense Workshops and phase out the Martial Arts Program. A challenging decision...but a good one.

Workable safety solutions for your child will give you peace of mind

Our children face challenges on a daily basis, no matter how big or small. What is truly the most important thing in life you’d like for your child? Whatever that is for you, know that with an inner strength and physical know-how, your child will be able to conquer any challenge. You probably want many things for your child (or children) as we do for ours, and many of those involve achievement and success of some sort or another.

You love them dearly, and they are very precious to you. And we know you are concerned about many things, including their safety. And what about self-confidence? Doesn’t every parent want confident children—children who can hold their own and stand up to bullies… or a child who can speak up about an abusive adult?… or a child who can go up on stage and do an outstanding performance… or give a speech with self-confidence evident in her/his voice and mannerisms?… or get an A on the next report card?

You can send your child out into the world armed with skills necessary for succeeding at whatever challenges may come their way. At the very least they will have the confidence to tackle it and give it their best shot. And isn’t positive character development a goal for all parents?

Bully Breakers Program~

If your group or school would like this anti-bully training, contact me! They will learn how to make decisions based on their own ideas, words, actions, feelings, needs and thoughts, instead of others’ thoughts, ideas, actions, words, needs and desires. When a child “follows” all the time, they are giving someone else their power. When they choose to make their own decisions amongst their peers, they are becoming leaders. Understanding how this dynamic works is not as important for a child as is knowing how to make it happen.

We all want strong, confident, and happy children, with an able-to-do-anything attitude. It takes time to change behavioral patterns. Bully Breakers will give them a huge head start.

Children matter to us, as they matter to you. Too often I have seen children feeling powerless, not knowing what to say or what to do to hold onto their power. They simply have not been trained.

For short-term solutions, the Bully Breakers Program will give children a head start into finding their power.

Feel free to contact us for more information about your child and his/her situation.


Clara E Minor
Master Instructor/Trainer
MANOLAMA Martial Arts & Self-Defense