About The Kind Ninja
The Kind Ninja was founded by Taekwondo master, Alyssa Forgach in 2015. A martial arts practitioner since 1995, Alyssa knew that she wanted to teach kids martial arts as her career. She has over 20 years of teaching experience with young children, specializing in ages 3-7. The Kind Ninja has taught over a thousand children at local schools and rec centers in the Charlotte, NC area. Master Alyssa holds a 4th degree black belt in Taekwondo and purple belt in Brazilian Jiujitsu.
The curriculum offers a unique and innovative hybrid training of both striking (taekwondo & boxing) and grappling (Brazilian jiujitsu). Alyssa realized that learning only stand up martial arts like taekwondo wouldn't be enough for true self-defense and therefore added a BJJ curriculum into the Park Dojo black belt plan. The BJJ curriculum was co-created and approved by 2019 black belt World Champion, Professor Marlon Loor Vera. Our goal is for students to graduate from Park Dojo and move on to more serious training in BJJ or stand up martial arts, of which they can continue for a lifetime.
In 2020, Kind Ninja pivoted into PARK DOJO after the pandemic hit our community and the schools closed. Park Dojo brings martial arts to local parks and neighborhoods. For the past two years, Park Dojo has gathered in backyards, neighborhood playgrounds and public lawns to teach the magnificent skills and benefits of martial arts. Families gather on their picnic blankets, younger siblings run around the grass, and our warriors learn character and self-defense skills that will last a lifetime.
Our online zoom classes offer a non-contact and cold weather option for both our Park Dojo students AND children all over the US. Students can attend two classes per week to learn the basics of taekwondo and Brazilian Jiujitsu. Online classes are offered to students age 5-12. Students will still earn belts and can receive them in the mail.
The GIRLDEFENSE CLUB was designed specifically for girls! The club focuses on empowerment, fitness, a positive social environment and self-defense. The club includes weekly self-defense techniques that can be practiced at home with a family member or friend, a positive (monitored) social forum for the warrior girls to ask questions and share good news, rewards for community action and empowering life lessons that can be applied to all areas of life. GDC is open to girls age 6-12. To enroll for this club, click here.
Park Dojo Summer Camp runs from June-August and is the best camp in Charlotte! Open to kids ages 5-11yrs, we provide free play, water play, daily martial arts and a positive, safe environment. Day Camp runs 9-2:30pm and extended care is offered 2:30-5:30pm, Monday-Friday. Our camp enrollment will begin in January,