for Kids!

Age 7+

Cultivating Focus / Strength / Balance

Growing Teamwork / Discipline / Mindfulness

Kids will learn important skills as they progress and earn new sashes!

Little Dragons

Age 3-6

"Start a fun lifetime adventure in Martial Arts!"

Kids Kung Fu Instructors

Collin Lieberman
Head Instructor
Jake Seegers
Assistant Instructor
Laura Thomas
Assistant Instructor
Shad Ryan
Assistant Instructor
Izzy Herold
Kids Helper
Samantha Lo Piccolo
Kids Helper

What happens in a Kung Fu class?

  • We always start with engaging warm-ups!

    • We tap into the imagination

    • We cultivate body awareness & balance.

    • We teach vital stretches and movements, based on a blend of modern exercise science and ancient Kung Fu conditioning.

  • We learn and get stronger, with physical "Kung Fu" fitness!
    Kung Fu develops strong bodies!  Every class includes a physical workout, called Kung Fu Fitness.  This includes familiar exercises like push-ups & sit-ups, plus some less familiar ones based on cutting edge strength & conditioning resources.  The fitness requirements become progressively more difficult as students advance through the ranks, and our instructors provide support for each step of the way.  We offer positive reinforcement and expert coaching to ensure that each student learns proper technique, safeguarding their growing joints and muscles.

Age 7+

  • We Do Stance Training!
    This is one of the hidden gems of Kung Fu.  Not only does stance training make for exceptionally strong and balanced legs, it also tempers the mind - instilling patience and relaxed focus under stress.  These are valuable attributes that we all need later in life!

  • We play Kung Fu Games! 
    Games captivate our spirit while ensuring that students are excited to be in class and motivated to come back for more.  All of our Kung Fu games are fun, enriching, and teach valuable lessons beneath their surface.

Personal Achievement

  • Students will Earn Sashes

All students feel a sense of joy and satisfaction after earning their next sash color and unlocking new material in the curriculum.  We help them to clearly see the path that they are on, leading towards a black sash after years of patient learning and focused effort. 


  • Marking the Progress between Sashes
    We use a tried and true system to help our students stay on track.  Before giving them their Kung Fu binder & home practice journal, we schedule a family meeting with the head instructor to make a realistic practice plan.  We also have a"Star" earning system that marks the path between sashes!

A Word from the head instructor

"There are many activities, sports, and hobbies competing for the time and attention of families today (it seems like more than when I was growing up!).

There is one important element of Kung Fu training however, that deserves special consideration - every class at Centerline builds positive relationships!

Students will spark lifelong friendships in our school - Kung Fu training forms special bonds that often last through adulthood (a rare thing, in my experience).  Every child is on the same team here!  Plus, our instructors make use each class as an opportunity to guide our community's kids towards health, balance, and happiness."


- Sifu Collin, Head Instructor

What we do in Little Dragons Class...

Age 3-6

  • Engaging Warm-ups!
    Using imagination to cultivate body awareness & balance and having fun!


  • Learning to Listen, while Learning Kung Fu!
    We show our Little Dragon Students how to listen and learn in a classroom setting.  They will see how to respect boundaries and how to set boundaries for their own comfort and wellbeing, all while keeping a sense of play and wonder!


  • The Best Instructors!
    The class is led by the professional instructors having years of Kung Fu Experience, and a Kung Fu helper (an exceptional Kung Fu student from our Kids Kung Fu Program). 
    Our small student to instructor ratio ensures that every Little Dragon will receive lots of personal coaching & guidance!


  • Games!
    Little Dragons will play games that are fun, enriching, and teach valuable lessons.


  • Colored Bracelets To Track Achievement!
    Little Dragons earn colored bracelets as a visible reminder of their progress through the program.  In between bracelets, they will earn colored stripes for demonstrating attributes such as patience, bravery, focus, and respect during class.


  • Building a Strong Foundation For Kids Kung Fu!
    Little Dragons are on their way to becoming future Kids Kung Fu Students. 
    Our preschool program lays the foundation of technique, focus and respect (for self & others) that will empower these students to excel in our Kids Kung Fu Program once they graduate.

Ready to try martial arts?  Here are a few words from the head instructor to help you get started...

Try a few classes.  

If this isn't a great fit for you and your child, I'll gladly refund you in full.  Like so many other families, I'm confident that you and your child will love it here.  Come in and find out for yourself. 

The best that can happen is we start your child down a path to mastery of a timeless art. For so many, Kung Fu has led to a healthy body, mind, and a lifetime of personal growth.



Collin Lieberman

Head Instructor and Kung Fu Program Director

Centerline Fitness & Martial Arts

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Kids Kung Fu Testimonials

Hi Collin,

I just wanted to tell you how much Forrest loves taking kung fu with you. He wanted to try on his uniform when we got home after maple fest. He also just went through white sash and what he knows for yellow sash because he wanted to.

His friends are doing T-ball soon, which conflicts with kung fu times. I asked if he wanted to do T-ball and put kung fu on hold and he said no, he loves martial arts and he wants to go all the way to black sash.

Thank you so much. It is so fun to see him so excited and dedicated to something...

-Margaret, Kung Fu Parent

- A video testimonial from Rebecca, a Kids Kung Fu Parent

"Sifu Collin is the best teacher!  Kung Fu is fun and I like learning new moves and earning new sashes."


-Griffin, Kung Fu Student

"My daughter has been in the Little Dragons for over a month now. This class is not only a blast, but it has taught her that hard work and practice pay off - these kids really need to prove themselves before moving up to the next level. In addition, she has to cheer on her classmates, even if a friend advances before she does. Kudos to Centerline for teaching life skills to these kids."


-Eva Oxford

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. "What are the benefits of practicing martial arts at an early age?"

Martial Arts training has countless benefits.  It's never too late to start, but it's usually preferred to start

at a young age.  A few reasons for this include:

  • Martial Arts classes improve focus and listening skills, which are important skills to cultivate early in a child's development.

  • Establishing flexibility and balance in the body at a young age makes it more likely to stick with you later in life

  • Cultivating body awareness unlocks a child's natural athletic talents at a younger age

  • Kung Fu classes establish healthy social skills, and a supportive environment for children to overcome their fears while growing stronger.

Q. "Does the martial arts training make my child aggressive to others?"

To the contrary, martial arts training typically promotes less aggressive behavior and decreases the chances that a child will get involved with fighting or bullying. Some reasons for this include:

  • Our students learn self-control and respect for others in every class

  • Our classes provide a healthy outlet for pent up energy and frustrations

  • Kung Fu seeks to build a sense of self-worth while shrinking the ego - students are less likely to feel a need to "prove themselves" by fighting

Q. "What kind of gear I need to purchase for my kid to start?"

Compared to many sports (and even some other martial arts schools), Kung Fu has very few expenses beyond the monthly membership cost. 

  • Students are given a "Kung Fu" T-shirt when they sign up, which is the required uniform until earning a White Sash.  

  • After white sash, students will be given a full uniform (which is covered by the cost of enrollment).  

  • Students are also given a binder for notes and track their progress (also covered with the cost of enrollment).  

  • The average family spends no more than $100 per year in test fees

  • The initial enrollment cost is also well under $100.

Beyond this, there is no equipment required for training until after the first year, after which students will begin sparring.  Parents will then need to purchase sparring gear for their child, and this typically costs less than $100.

Q. "Will there be any risk of serious injury?"

We believe that Kung Fu is one of the safest activities your child can be involved in.  We have had suffered NO serious injuries in our years of kid's classes in Ithaca, and even minor injuries are extremely rare.  This can be attributed to the culture of safe, yet effective training at Centerline Martial Arts.  We always emphasize the following in our classes:

  • Respect for the safety and personal space of others in the class

  • Mindful movement - students learn to push themselves to be stronger without hurting themselves

  • Joint Health - muscle burn is a part of getting stronger, but joint pain is not.  We teach this to our students at a young age!

  • Train for a decade from now - Although our Kids Kung Fu students are gifted with young and resilient bodies, they are learning valuable warm-up routines, stretches, strengthening and mobility exercise (based on modern sports science) that will save keep their bodies healthy later in life.

  • Progressive Sparring Program - Sparring is the practice of "play fighting" with safety equipment, and this can carry a higher risk of injury in some schools.  At Centerline Martial Arts, students learn how to spar gradually and safely with careful instructor guidance.  It is always approached as a valuable learning exercise between two students, rather than a way to test oneself against another.

Q. "How many kids per instructor?"

Most classes have between 12-20 students, with two or three instructors.  Our teacher to student ratio is optimal for having a fun atmosphere for kids while maximizing learning!



335 Elmira Road,
Ithaca, NY 14850

(Entrance Around Back Next to Spicy Asian)

Tel. 607-277-5425



335 Elmira Road

Ithaca, NY 14850


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