At Singapore Ninjutsu, we pride ourselves on the fact that we have a maximum of 10 kids in any class. Any bigger than that and our classes would start to resemble a childcare facility or playgroup more than a martial arts school.
Having 20 or even 30 kids in a class, as many dojos do, means there is very limited amount of instruction per student and almost no individual attention given to any student.
Children might enjoy running around and playing in such a group but kids are also natural learners and what they enjoy even more is learning new skills and watching themselves getting better from week to week and month to month. That kind of improvement just cannot happen in a very large group.
Every child is unique. Some are extroverted, some are shy, some are bold, some are cautious, some learn quickly, while others may take a bit longer to get the hang of something, etc. In large classes, instruction cannot be customized to your child’s unique character and needs. In small classes like ours, we do exactly that all the time.
There are many things to consider when choosing a martial arts school for your child. The style, teacher, syllabus, location are all important factors but if you are series about your child’s learning, small class sizes ought to be right near the top of your list.