Nick Cerio’s Kenpo of Millbury offers martial arts training to children, teens, and adults. Our mission is to develop Self Assured, Confident, and Respectful students one child at a time! When a child achieves these attributes, it will help them to flourish in all areas of life as well as assist them in becoming COMPLETELY bully-proof! Our students are NOT targets!
At our school, we use the martial arts to not only learn self defense and stay in shape. Students are taught our "five principles of conduct:" effort, etiquette, character, sincerity, and self control. With these principles, aim to use the martial arts as a vehicle to helping our students become better people.
Professor Nick Cerio (1936-1998) is regarded by many as one of the most influential kenpo martial artists of all time and is credited for developing and expanding kenpo karate in New England. His system combines the practical self-defense most notably associated with kenpo, and brings in elements of other arts including Shotakan karate and Jui-Jitsu. Our master instructor, Shihan Steve Dwyer, continues to strive for the save level of excellence that Professor sought with his system for so many years.
“When our son first began karate at the age of 4 almost 3 years ago, we never expected his passion to grow this rapidly. He looks forward to his class twice a week and speaks so highly of his Shihan, Steve. It’s important for young children to have a leader that is strong in his skill and at the same time still provide a fun environment for learning while enforcing respect for not just the instructor, but everyone around them. We truly love and appreciate all that this family has provided us and look forward to a lasting relationship.”
-Frequently Asked Questions-
1) How often do we need to come to class and when are your classes?
Our programs fit into almost any schedule (remember, ALL of the families that already take classes with us are super busy too!). We have students who are successful in our program at only one day a week, and we have students who love classes so much that they beg their parents to bring them every time we’re open. If you have questions about the schedule (it may not be obvious which class is appropriate for your child), contact us.
2) My child needs help controlling his/her actions. Will learning martial arts make it worse?
Actually, no. I know it seems counterintuitive, but the reality is that because our Martial Arts students like the physical portion of our classes (the kicking, punching, blocking, pushups and everything else) SO much, they’re willing to listen and apply the Character Development portions (patience, control, thinking before acting, etc). It really does work. Our students don’t WANT to use their Martial Arts moves outside of the class, because they don’t want to disappoint us as instructors. You really have to see it to believe it.
3) Can we try it before we sign up?
We always start with a Trial Program. It’s really important not only for you to be able to make sure our program will be beneficial, but for us to be sure we can appropriately meet your goals as parents. We’ll be teaching life lessons, challenging limiting beliefs, and setting short & long terms goals, so it’s important that our values are congruent before we begin that life changing journey. However, because this introductory time is so important, we limit the number of new students during each trial period. So if you want a space, please be sure to sign up for one! If there are no spaces, we’ll put you on the waiting list.
4) How do you teach character development in your classes?
Just like our physical curriculum works to improve your child’s fitness, flexibility and strength, our Character Development curriculum improves your child’s Life Skills. We have a curriculum that rotates through really important subjects like Respect, Discipline, Focus, Patience, Acceptance, Kindness, Compassion and more. It’s really cool, and all of our instructors feel lucky everyday to be able to pass these skills on to a younger generation.
5) Will my child get hurt? Is it safe?
Safety is always our number one priority. Although you risk injury any time you choose to get out of bed, in our experience, we see far fewer injuries in our classes than in other kids activities (baseball, softball, football, etc). It’s actually frustrating, because we occasionally get calls from parents that their child can’t come to class because they hurt themselves in a different activity.
6) My child is painfully shy, I feel like there is no way he/she will start something like this.
We see that day in and day out, and honestly, it can certainly be a challenge for all parties involved. But like I said, we see it day in and day out, and *It’s our job* to help your child learn to overcome their fears. In other activities, shyness and hesitation is a real crutch; the coach or teacher is often frustrated, and the shy child holds the class back. But because of our focus on the individual, it doesn’t hurt our class at all. When your child starts to trust that we’re going to help her regardless of whether she’s shy or brave, she’ll open up and it’ll start a chain reaction of confidence building that’ll drop your jaw. We know because…we do it every day!
1) Do I need to be in shape to start adult karate, cardio kickboxing, or fight club?
No! We will always encourage everyone to live an active lifestyle, but if you haven’t exercised in years, our classes will still be something you can do. Once you’ve attended numerous classes and start to get really good at them and getting closer to your goals, you’ll be able to increase the intensity and keep building from there. Before you know it, you’ll be looking and feeling fantastic!
2) Can I try an adult fitness/karate class before signing up?
Yes and no. Some of our trial programs offer enrollment in a six week course, others offer a free class or two. Check the program page for the class in which you’re interested to see the Trial offer. For our After School Martial Arts Pick Up Program, we are unable to offer a trial, but we do offer a free tour of our facility before you enroll your child.
3) How often should I attend class?
As much as you’d like! We see the most success with at least 2 classes per week. We do have membership options with unlimited class attendance; many members are here 3-5 days a week! That’s not necessary, but the more you attend, the better your results!