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Sensei Casey Pedro
Homegrown judoka, Sensei Casey grew up on the mats of Pedro’s Judo Center. Daughter of 4x Olympian, 2x Olympic Bronze Medalist, and World Champion Jimmy Pedro, Sensei Casey has been involved in the sport of judo throughout her entire life. As a young competitor, Sensei Casey traveled with her family to training camps and competitions. Although the Olympic Games were not one of her ultimate goals, she found her own path while always maintaining a strong involvement with judo.
Graduating from Bentley University with an undergraduate degree in Health Psychology, Sensei Casey recognized the value of judo on young individuals. She understood the strong connection between the sport of judo and physical / mental wellbeing. Her passion for health and martial arts came together as she founded the Tiny Tigers Parent & Toddler Judo Program at Pedro’s Judo Center.
Sensei Casey currently works full time for Fuji Sports as a custom gear expert. She also manages, teaches, develops, and expands the Parent & Toddler Judo Program alongside Sensei Kelita Stevens.
Fun Fact: Sensei Casey went to the Atlanta 1996 Olympic Games as a newborn and witnessed her father Jimmy Pedro win his first Olympic bronze medal. You could call her his “lucky charm”!
Sensei Kelita Stevens
Raised just outside of Toronto, Canada, Sensei Kelita followed her Olympic dream. She traveled the world to train and earned her spot on two Olympic teams (London 2012 & Rio 2016). Currently, Sensei Kelita is qualified for her third Olympic Games (Tokyo 2021) but due to COVID-19, she awaits competing for gold in the following year.
This is Sensei Kelita’s third and final Olympic Games. After Tokyo 2021, she plans on starting a family and keeping her involvement in the sport of judo. This is where the toddler program came into play. COVID-19 brought Sensei Kelita and Sensei Casey together on this journey of inspiring the next generation through the Tiny Tigers Parent & Toddler Judo Program at Pedro’s Judo Center.
Fun Fact: Sensei Kelita is a bulldog fanatic and has two of her own, Trapper and Snow. Follow their instagram accounts! @wrinklytrapperandsnow
Does Your 2-4 Year Old
They are shy and may have difficulty approaching other kids – or sharing in a play situation.
They don’t pay attention to their surroundings and may end up being unintentionally destructive as a result.
They lack control and can’t stay in one place long enough to eat a meal or watch a movie.
PARENTING CAN FEEL LIKE RUNNING A MARATHON
It’s exhausting, and it’s not uncommon for parents to feel frustrated as they try to get their young children to behave, sit still, and be aware of what’s going on around them. Getting them to participate in any group activity can be difficult at best, particularly when the activity doesn’t take their natural inclinations and developmental needs.
The key to helping kids at this age gain control is to teach them basic skills while entertaining them. With calm and steady guidance, they can learn to understand basic martial arts skills – and acceptable martial arts school behavior – and have fun, too!
YOUR CHILD WILL GROW WITH EVERY CLASS!
Parent & Toddler Judo at Pedro's Judo Center gives young children the basic skills and discipline they need to succeed. While they learn simple martial arts moves such as falling, tumbling, throwing, crawling, and jumping, they also grasp valuable lessons about social conduct. Over time, Parent & Toddler students learn how to control their movements, follow directions, and interact with students and teachers.
MARTIAL ARTS BUILDS COORDINATION AND CONTROL
Students learn to be aware of themselves, others, and their surroundings, and to control their movements accordingly.
By learning basic martial arts moves, they build muscle coordination and become increasingly aware of spatial awareness.
FOCUS AND ATTENTION SKILLS
Kids learn how to pay attention to verbal commands when they are given, and to avoid tuning out when something seems complicated.
By learning how to focus and ignore distractions, kids learn how to follow verbal instructions – and to remember them without needing reminders.
MARTIAL ARTS TRAINING ENCOURAGES PERSEVERANCE
Kids learn how to manage anxiety and negative feelings, and not to give up when they are frustrated or upset.
Parent & Toddler Martial Arts includes training to help kids learn the value of persistence as they pursue achievable goals in a supportive setting.
RESPECT IS THE CORNERSTONE OF MARTIAL ARTS TRAINING
Parent & Toddler Judo classes underscore the importance of self-respect and respect for others in social and classroom settings.
In our martial arts school, kids learn that all classmates are to be treated with respect and be supportive and encouraging as their classmates pursue their goals.
Sansei Casey is patient, consistent and encouraging. Both of my boys have enjoyed their first 8 weeks. It literally took their goal sticker chart to encourage my 2 yr old to become potty trained. My oldest is now more independent and helpful around the kitchen. We can’t wait to continue seeing them grow in Judo.
I would absolutely recommend Pedro's Judo Center, we have had such a great experience and look forward to many more years of fun. This has been a great way for my four year old son to improve so many areas like focus and self-control all while being physically active and having fun.
I think my favorite part of this program is that they make this so much more than the classes that you attend at the dojo each week. They make such an effort to involve the entire family, we love the in house tournaments, promotion nights, kids movie nights, and much more. The other mom's and I even got to join in the class with them this morning in honor of Mother's Day for a pink belt, I'm not sure which one of us had more fun!
My daughter has been doing judo here since she was four years old. Pedro's fosters a sense of confidence, respect and community in their students. We are so happy with them!
I would absolutely recommend Pedro's Judo Center to anyone that wants a positive, self-empowering experience for their own child.
Great atmosphere for both adults and children. My son is always excited for his next judo class and enjoys attending the studio and participating in class.
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Yes, it can. We help children learn the importance of emotional control and respect for others. These are lessons that will help them in the classroom, too.
Yes. Even though studying martial arts is an individual pursuit, we teach kids to learn in a collaborative environment with an emphasis on sharing, cooperation, and teamwork.
Yes. Part of martial arts training is teaching kids to be mindful of themselves and their surroundings. They must focus to succeed in class, and once they learn to do it, they’ll be able to do the same thing at school.
Martial arts instruction focuses on hand-eye coordination, control, and strength. As kids learn basic moves and then advance, they learn how to control their bodies and movements.
Yes. It’s common for students to require more than one attempt to earn a new belt. We teach them that trying is the most important thing – and that persistence pays off.
Respect is at the core of everything we do in the dojo. Kids who study martial arts must respect their instructors and fellow students, and we find that they learn to respect parents, teachers, caregivers, and siblings at the same time.
Kids learn how to listen respectfully to others without interruptions.
Our students learn the value of discipline as they pursue clearly-defined goals.
Martial arts instruction teaches kids how to accept defeat and learn from their mistakes.
Martial arts helps kids build core strength, balance, and physical coordination.
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