Upstander Origins

Upstander Origins


For more than 25 years, Richard Alonzo has dedicated his life to empowering individuals through martial arts.  He’s inspired thousands of kids via after school enrichment classes and at various martial arts schools.  He started teaching  while in college, working with at-risk youths at inner city schools in East Oakland, CA before returning to L.A. where he taught kids in Watts.

After Child Development classes enhanced his ability to work with younger kids, he set out to develop a method of introducing kids as young as 3.5 years old to martial arts.  He came up with the Wee Kick Program, a fun, age-appropriate introduction to martial arts for kids in Pre-K and Kindergarten that helps with motor skills, balance, strength and flexibility through martial arts.

Mindful meditation promotes awareness and empathy, but also brings compassion and an appreciation for diversity. Role play in verbal and non-verbal assertiveness teaches kids about the importance of setting and respecting boundaries. Finally, emotional & physical resilience is gained through martial arts training, to not only build self-esteem, but to give kids a broader sense of community.  Adding a healthy dose of laughter, love and fun allows these Life Skills to take root and grow into a resistance to bullying & peer pressure.

Homeschooled Families looking to satisfy their child’s

Physical Education Requirement should also know that Alonzo Martial Arts is the exclusive martial arts vendor for Sky Mountain Charter School!

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