Childrens activites in Halifax

Little Dragons halifax (3-4)

Looking for Childrens activities in Halifax to help your little one burn off excess energy?

Have you been looking for activities for children in Halifax for your 3 or 4 your old child but either you can’t find pre school activity for children as young as your child or the activity is mostly focused on free play?

While it is good that children get plenty of free play, it is also great to start attending activities that have a little structure. The NHS currently suggests that pre school aged children should aim for 3 hours of physical activity a day with at least one hour being of ‘moderate-to-vigorous’ intensity. 

Studies that show that the development of FUNdamental Movement Skills (FMS) can start from the age of 3 years old and doing so can increases the chances that your child will still be taking part in sport into their teenage years. Movement skills are the physical foundation of our programme and serve as a great pre school activity for children.

Looking for a childrens activities in Halifax to burn some energy?
Pre school activities can help shy children develop confidence

does your child get shy and anxious at the thought of taking on new challenges?

When it comes to trying new pre school children’s activities, with people they don’t know, in a different place, young children may be a little reluctant to join in straight away. Does your son or daughter sometimes tell you they can’t do a new activity before they have even tried?

A child’s belief that they are capable of achieving what you are asking them to do is the first step in them achieving it. The children that think their intelligence and abilities are fixed are said to have a fixed mindset. A growth mindset is a belief that with effort, abilities and intelligence can be improved.

Research has shown that developing a growth mindset can help reduce stress, build intrinsic motivation, realign challenges as opportunities, improve confidence dealing with uncertainty and enhance self-esteem

Is your child confident but gets easily distracted and lacks focus?

Is your child easily distracted and struggle to focus on the task at hand? Have they discovered the link between their actions and their outcomes yet?

In the famous marshmallow test run by psychologist Walter Mischel decades ago, studies examined what tactics children would implement to resist eating one marshmallow so they could receive a second after a set period of time.

In following up on the research decades later, Mischel found that those that were more able to delayed gratification had a higher sense of self-worth, lower levels of drug and alcohol abuse, lower levels of obesity, they pursued their goals more effectively, had higher levels of education and enjoyed better quality close relationships.

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Child playing games on a mobile device

have you been looking at different ways to build your child's social skills?

Is your 3 or 4 year old full of energy but is lacks opportunities to meet other children? When you introduce your child to a new social group, do they struggle to communicate easily?

73% of children have been online by the age of two and one in ten children own a mobile device before the age of five. While mobile devices and tablets can be a useful tool in improving learning experiences, they can also be anti-social when used too in excess.

Social connection is important for well being and an important reason why children enjoy physical activity. While many young children usually start new physical activities due to the motivation of their parents, the main reason they continue to take part is the friendships they develop.

looking for an activity that won't break the bank that puts your child's development first?

Do the activities you look at for your young children require you to sign up for a term or purchase expensive uniforms or equipment before they have even taken part in a trial session?

Over time sport and physical activities have become more professionalized and many clubs continue to raise the financial barrier to entry. While most parents will expect some additional costs to start a new activity, what they don’t want is additional costs that are added after they sign up.

It is important for all clubs to make a profit (even the not for profit clubs) so they can pay their bills and reinvest in their service and facilities. While most parents don’t mind paying for a quality service, what they want to avoid is paying a large amount for unqualified coaches delivering poor programmes.

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Little Dragons Halifax student showing agility running in between cones

Development for life

Age specific martial arts through Little Dragons Halifax

Our Little Dragon martial arts programme has been in operation since 2008 and is based on the MAPLE system (Martial Arts Physical Literacy Engine) developed by coach Phill Payne. This system provides a framework for designing fun sessions that are socially, physically and psychologically appropriate for your child’s age and stage of development.

After leaving the world of computer networking and security in 2008 to focus on coaching martial arts for a living, After looking for a way to take his coaching to the next level, he noticed that most martial arts instructors taught their children’s classes the same way as their adult classes. He knew there must be a better way but just didn’t know where to look to find answers.

After failing to find any local coaching courses, he studies to become a qualified Personal Trainer. Within a year of finishing the level 3 PT course, he found a BSc in Sports Coaching and eventually also attended an MSc in Sport Coaching too. The MAPLE system is the result of 10 years of development and over £40,000 invested into improving his coaching skills.

Often in the martial arts sector, students are eligible to coach others after passing a black belt test based on their ability to perform the martial art, not coach it. Within an industry with very little regulation, the Warrior Factory Halifax programme is a little different.

Not only do the Warrior Factory venues use a research-based children’s programme (Little Dragons Halifax), but many of the coaches hold a degree in either sports coaching or early years development. Matching highly qualified coaches with a research-based programme enables us to provide a safe, fun and developmentally appropriate environment for your child to grow and thrive.

What happens in our............

children's Little dragons martial arts classes

Martial Arts techniques

In our Little Dragons Halifax programme the children learn various basic Taekwondo techniques. This includes hand kicks, strikes, stances and blocks.

Movement Skills

We integrate FUNdamental Movement Skills into fun games to help the students build the skills required to support all physical activities.

Pre School Skills

Our Little Dragons Halifax programme for also includes helping them learn the skills that will give them a head start by the time they start school.

Social Skills

Social skills are a priority for this programme. The things we take for granted like taking turns, listening and respecting personal space will be developed, just like the other important life skills.

Physical Fitness

Physical fitness for young children focuses on locomotion, stabilisation, coordination and strength. These are all delivered in a developmentally appropriate way for these Little Dragons.

Cognitive Development

The aim of this programme is is to build a love for martial arts and physical activity while helping them develop confidence, self control and a growth mindset.

What do our customers think?

Warrior Factory Martial Arts Academy Halifax
4.9
Based on 51 reviews
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Mandeep Kaur Khela
Mandeep Kaur Khela
12:40 21 Apr 24
My daughter was 3 when she started in the Dragons version and will be aiming for her black belt next! 🥋 I have seen her grow in so many ways as a result of the personalised, professional attention to each student. My youngest daughter has progressed through to the 3rd belt and now I’ve joined them on that journey! Coming out of my comfort zone was hard at first but the classes are geared towards all levels and having family classes means we can train together 💗.

We have gone through some challenging personal circumstances and the sensitivity and compassion shown by the team has been very much appreciated 🙏🏽. The sense of achievement spurs you on and for that time in the class you become immersed in the experience of doing something for yourself and improving your mental and physical health which is critical. 💪🏽🧠❤️I highly encourage you trying this out and you won’t be disappointed bringing that form of discipline and learning into your life. ☺️
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Rachel Hill
Rachel Hill
20:51 20 Feb 24
My son started at Warrior Factory 18 months ago, he loves attending every session. He has made lots of new friends including staff, built his confidence, skills and discipline.

I highly recommend to anyone who comes accross this review/ website to try for yourself or your children. One of the best parts is, you get a free class or two, to see how you settle in.

All staff are very polite, professional highly skilled and very interactive with all ages. The rooms are always filled with happiness, you are always very welcomed, staff always take a great interest in you and your child.

Whenever I’ve had to reschedule for whatever reason, a simple email and staff have accommodated for my son.

10 STAR ALL ROUND!!!!
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Lucia Bowes
Lucia Bowes
18:18 19 Feb 24
My 2 girls started in July 2023, they absolutely love coming to Taekwondo. The eldest has gained so much confidence. The instructors are brilliant, very knowledgable and the kids love them. There is a real friendly family feel to the club, you are always greeted with a friendly smile and a warm welcome. I would highly recommend the Warrior Factory to any parents wanted their child to learn a martial art, skills, discipline and gain self confidence that will stand them in good stead for life. They offer 2 free taster sessions so you have nothing to lose and all ages are welcome.read more
Carol Shackleton
Carol Shackleton
16:17 18 Jan 24
I love warrior factory. my 2 grandsons love it . We have been coming here almost a year now . Ronan does Teakwondo twice a week and loves it . The staff , trainers are all helpful supportive easy to talk too . It a good place to learn and make friends get all the extra energy out their systems xxread more
Jim Tkd
Jim Tkd
17:35 10 Jan 24
I love Warrior Factory and have been going for quite a few years now. I say its one of the best things I’ve done. The people both students and instructors are great. It’s very welcoming, supportive, family friendly and has fun social events. It can be challenging but it’s worth it so I encourage anyone of any ability to have a go.read more
Jade Rachel Beesley
Jade Rachel Beesley
15:03 10 Jan 24
My 2 boys started the classes 6 months ago, It’s really helped with their confidence & they love it!

The lessons are always fun but in structured way to learn new skills.

The instructions are amazing and make sure the boys come out having a great time.

I would highly recommend the classes.
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Anthony Debnam
Anthony Debnam
14:18 10 Jan 24
My son started with the dragons when he was 6 and has worked his way all up to back belt. He inspired me to join him and I’ve never looked back. The staff and trainers are professional, supportive and most of all fun! Everyone is welcome regardless of age or ability and we love it!read more
Jennifer Lukic
Jennifer Lukic
20:41 30 Aug 23
My boys absolutely love coming to Warrior Dragons, they are always met with a warm welcome and everything is so well organised. My eldest is usually shy and takes a while to warm to new places but that has never been a problem at warrior dragons which is a true testament to all the staff 😊 highly recommend for your little ones!read more
Kim Nast
Kim Nast
16:39 29 Aug 23
My 3 boys attend the taekwondo classes, beginner and intermediate levels. It’s really helped with their confidence, listening and concentration. The lessons have structure, discipline and fun all together. It’s great exercise too and the boys really enjoy coming. I would highly recommend the classes.read more
Zain G Din
Zain G Din
00:06 25 Jul 23
RESPONSIBILITY
Leaders Must Own Everything In Their World. There Is No One Else To Blame.

Children visiting your centre has caused me nearly £5k of criminal damage Saturday 22june the parents said they would take responsibility Donna & Jordan but now failing too. Teach the kids how to treat others property with respect. I also reported to the receptionist at the centre who failed to get me a call back from the owner.read more
Leah Wagg
Leah Wagg
15:15 27 Apr 23
Both my boys are Dragons at Halifax. They love the classes and are excited to attend every week. The classes are fun, affordable, great excercise and the coaches have such patience and enthusiasm. My littlest’s listening and behaviour has improved so much since he started and they can channel their rough and tumble energy into safe drills at home with the practice pad. It’s such a welcoming, family friendly and generous sporting facility with charity events, parties and holiday clubs throughout the year too.read more
Monika Niemiec
Monika Niemiec
09:06 16 Sep 22
We’ve been with Warrior Factory Halifax for years and I can’t recommend the guys over there enough!! They offer a wide range of physical activity based on Martial Arts, lessons have a great structure and discipline but maintain fun. The sessions help to build a strength, confidence, concentration and listening skills. The staff is excellent and passionate about their work and they will tailor any exercise to everyone’s ability to achieve an amazing progress. The atmosphere here is fantastic and family friendly. I can highly recommend this place and have a go with one of the tester sessions!read more
Ben Devereux
Ben Devereux
16:12 15 Jun 22
Our son and daughter have been going to classes at the Warrior Factory since they were 3 years old and both absolutely love it. I’ve even started taking classes myself recently – better late than never! Can’t recommend the guys there enough.
Sarah Jones
Sarah Jones
08:29 23 Apr 22
The dragons class has been great for our 4 year old. He’s been going for 6 months and it’s helped develop his concentration and listening skills and he really enjoys the fun games and physical activities. Staff are great in keeping it interesting and accessible for all the girls and boys who take part.read more
Sophie Sutton
Sophie Sutton
19:50 12 Apr 22
My son really enjoys his classes at Warrior Factory and I think he’s been well supported in moving up through belts. Whenever I have questions or need help with something the team are quick to answer and I’d 100% recommend Warrior Factory to anyone because it’s such a friendly environment.read more
Vikkie Pawson
Vikkie Pawson
20:52 06 Apr 22
My little boy started in dragons a few years ago. He started off very shy and with little self confidence. Jess and the entire team have worked miracles, they have gone above and beyond to make him feel safe and secure, it took lots of time for him to settle in but he was always met with a smiling face and lots of patience! The difference in him now is amazing you wouldn’t believe he’s the same little boy. He now runs in through the door and bursts into conversation with anyone who will listen, he’s learnt that it’s ok to make mistakes and that you just try again, he is now so much more confident in himself and really enjoys going each week.
Honestly can’t reccomend enough!
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Claire Logan
Claire Logan
15:42 30 Mar 22
My son George has been attending Warrior Factory for four years and he absolutely loves it. The staff are friendly, encouraging and knowledgeable. I’ve seen his confidence improve loads since joining. Can’t recommend enough to anyone thinking of sending their children 🙂read more
Christy Marie Midgley
Christy Marie Midgley
13:49 30 Mar 22
Our son has been going here for over a year now. The team are fantastic with him. Not only has he gone from strength to strength with his martial arts it’s also boosted his confidence and helped with his focus and discipline.
Couldn’t ask for more!read more
Katie Louise Marsh
Katie Louise Marsh
20:19 25 Jan 22
Two of my children attend Warrior Factory Halifax. They both enjoy their specific lessons, with one being a beginner having joined recently and one at an intermediate level who has been a member for the past couple of years. Both find each session engaging and fun. They look forward to each session, with each lesson having a fantastic structure and discipline but maintaining fun They have kind and passionate coaches who work brilliantly with each child, they have instilled great confidence, resilience and strength in my children. I would highly recommend sending your child to one of the taster sessions to find out if it is for them.read more
Helen Cousen
Helen Cousen
14:37 19 Jan 22
As members for over 5 years, we would highly recommend Warrior Factory to anyone looking for martial arts training. Coaches are always encouraging and provide a fund and friendly training environment.

The training rooms are custom-made for martial arts and maintained by the WF team so no mucky sweaty sports hall floor to use after a 5-a-side match.

The team love what they do and it shows in the quality tuition in class.
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Helen Jeff
Helen Jeff
17:59 30 Nov 21
Our 6 year old has been going here a few years and really enjoys it. Fitness through fun and games in a structured way, building confidence and skills in a well equipped venue and with friendly expert instructors. Would definitely recommend to other families.read more
Rachel Philippa Strafford
Rachel Philippa Strafford
22:41 16 Nov 21
‘Excellent staff and family friendly. Our eldest has been going 9 years now – we signed her up to build her confidence and she’s loved every minute of it. So much so her younger sister (and now dad) have joined up!’
Since this review I have also joined I’m not going to lie I was terrified before my 1st session but had no reason to be! The staff were incredibly welcoming and I have not looked back. I’m not the fittest person or the most flexible but that doesn’t matter. Techniques are adapted where needed and I have great fun in each session. 2 years on and I wish I’d joined earlier!read more
Brian Roberts
Brian Roberts
16:45 10 May 18
David Watters
David Watters
11:41 07 Oct 17
Lucy Armitage
Lucy Armitage
18:06 24 Jul 17
Amazing teaching my son has gained confidence and coordination. The staff are kind and friendly.
Richard Ingram
Richard Ingram
20:20 03 Jul 17
Deb Duke
Deb Duke
19:56 03 Jul 17
Parminder Singh Aujla
Parminder Singh Aujla
16:41 22 Feb 17
Amy Lg Pl
Amy Lg Pl
19:11 10 Dec 16
Claire Cantrill
Claire Cantrill
16:31 06 Oct 16
My daughter has been coming a few weeks now and really loves it! She’s a little clingy in other classes she goes to but really gets stuck in here, the teachers are great ��
Craig Anthony
Craig Anthony
07:40 03 Aug 16
Christian Bloom
Christian Bloom
14:18 03 Jul 16
Great people and focused training, they also have some great competition fighters as well for people wanting to go to the next level.
Seema Howard
Seema Howard
19:31 26 Jun 16
Julie M Bauer
Julie M Bauer
18:27 23 May 16
My children love it and have been attending for over 2.5 years. The teachers are fantastic with everyone and are very polite and friendly. Would recommend this club to any one.
Stuart Wider
Stuart Wider
16:28 15 Mar 16
Family friendly club. Great Instructors. It’s lovely that the whole family can be together in the same class for a very reasonable price.

Quite a relaxed feel to the place when compared with other Martial Arts clubs that I have attended (at least in the class I attend), so if anyone is at all intimidated by attending a martial arts class then don’t be, Warrior Factory is a great place to be for you. Mums and Dads… this is not just for the kids… you can get into it too at the same time 🙂

The only thing I think that would improve the in-class experience is for the Instructors to just be a wee bit more assertive with class etiquette when some of the more exuberant class members are a bit cheeky, mess about a bit or talk over the instructor. My family and I really want to be able to hear every valuable bit of information that the instructors tells us, and concentrate on every technique as its all so good and interesting 🙂

Keep up the good work and thanks guys!
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Sasha Struthers
Sasha Struthers
20:20 05 Oct 15
First started with my little boy coming to the dragons class and now the whole family love to come! It been lovely to see my once shy little lad grow into a confident boy who’s not afraid to show off his new moves to the entire school!
Daniel Smith
Daniel Smith
22:40 12 Aug 15
Bradlee Paul
Bradlee Paul
20:23 17 Mar 15
Jessica Darling
Jessica Darling
14:07 30 Nov 14
Mosy Tkd
Mosy Tkd
23:23 13 Sep 14
Alison Hirst
Alison Hirst
06:14 21 Jun 14
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Lil Dragon jumping for the belt she is being awarded belt at the Halifax Warrior Factory