This class is specifically designed for children ages 3½ – 5 years. The emphasis is on developing the physical and social skills necessary to be part of a group and to safely learn martial arts. The mental and physical discipline they develop in class will serve them throughout their lives.

The class focuses on building social skills: listening, increasing focus, turn taking, communication skills, body awareness. In addition, kids will develop physical skills: punching, kicking, rolling, jumping. Every child is different, but all students are encouraged to do the best they can to reach their individual potential. With all our groups we want the experience to be a positive one. For children entering this group, we have them try out a class to determine if they are developmentally ready to be part of this group.

Reasons to enroll your child in a Martial Arts Program:

  • Confidence and self-esteem
  • Discipline and good manners
  • Improve ability to listen, focus and concentrate
  • Improve physical strength, flexibility and coordination
  • Have fun while learning and exercising



Karen Gutterman

Karen started her training in Kung Fu in the year 2000. She holds the rank of 2nd degree black belt. She currently teaches both the adult and children’s Kung Fu programs.

Lemberg Center for Early Childhood Education – Explorer Head Teacher

Karen was a summer program director and a head teacher at the Lemberg Children’s Center at Brandeis University from September 1997 until 2011. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education from the University of Connecticut, Storrs and has her Master’s degree in Early Intervention from Wheelock College.

Karen’s primary focus in her teaching was helping children develop their social/emotional skills. Through hands on experience as well as in workshops, she trained the college students in Early Childhood Education. In addition, Karen consulted with families helping in the areas of parenting, special education, as well as conflict management.

ACT Parenting Program Facilitator and Special Education Consultant

Currently Karen continues to consult in the Early Childhood Program in the areas of Special Education programming and teacher development. She has given seminars at NAEYC, National Conventions, Cambridge Childcare Resource Center, as well as for the ACT Parent’s Raising Safe Kids Program. Karen also facilitates parenting programs in the Parent’s Raising Safe Kids Program.

Jennifer Ferguson

Jen has studied Kung Fu at the school for a number of years, and has two children in
classes here. She assists Instructor Karen with the 3½ – 5 year old class, as well as managing the school’s administrative needs.


3 classes to choose from:

Wed      10:20 – 10:55 am

Fri         12:45 – 1:20 pm

Fri         1:30 – 2:05 pm

Session         Dates                 Cost

Session #1    Sept 6 – Nov 3    $220

Session #2*    Nov 9 – Mar 3    $365

Session #3**  Mar 9 – Jun 16   $365

*No classes Thanksgiving break (11/22-11/24), winter break (12/24-1/2), Or February vacation week (2/21-2/23).
**No classes April vacation week (4/18-4/20).

If you are interested or have any questions, please contact Jennifer at or 617.591.9656