In Motion was formed as a one-man operation in 1997 by David Hannan to help fast track children’s movement and learning and INSPIRE children of all ages to find a lifelong love for movement and sports via imagination and participation. I started the company because I wanted every child to receive the benefits of gymnastics without having to go through the structural antiquated method the way the sport is still taught. The aim was to take the traditional sport of gymnastics, (which was once seen as an elite sport for only certain body types) and totally transform it into a completely new program that not only incorporates other elements of fitness and ball sports but most importantly made it accessible to all.
The program started slowly in the backyards of houses all over Melbourne and before too long the tide began to turn and a new generation of kids are being inspired to get off the couch and get moving … and love doing it. The next decade saw kids from all over rushing to join our classes as we run the program from Wesley College’s gymnastics facility in Prahran. Soon we were overflowing, so in 2011 due to demand for a premium service, more classes and an extension to the program the company found a permanent home in Port Melbourne and opened up a full-time purpose built facility. The aim was to build a new facility, the likes of which the community had never seen before, with the studio and program invoking the spirit of adventure and the art of movement.
The program was designed to fast track kids learning in an adventurous way that helps motor skills and self confidence. The success of the program is in expanding kid’s horizons and helping them find their Huckleberry Finn spirit of self discovery through adventure. The program packs ADVENTURE, ENTHUSIASM and SELF CONFIDENCE together and teaches it with PASSION and EXUBERANCE. We sell SMILES for a living … and it’s contagious … here … have one on us!
At Kids in Motion, we are not concerned with being the biggest studio or the business with the most franchises, we simply want to be the best at what we do!
We are however committed to the following values and these drive everything we do.
The values we hold dear are:
1: We teach your child to never be discouraged! …
The philosophy of our gym is …
“It is not what happens that is success or failure but what it does to the heart of a child. No child is defeated unless they are discouraged.” Bruce Lee
The emphasis on learning from your mistakes, having patience and clarity to problem-solving and developing resilience in every student is paramount to our success.
2: We aim to encourage all of our kids to be participants in life – NOT spectators …
Our motto is ‘Imagination-Participation’… and BOTH play an integral part in learning. Brain scans show that action and imagination are products of the same motor program in the brain. In some cases, the faster you can imagine something, the faster you can do it. But it is also where imagination leads that excites us as teachers. Imagination leads to creativity and play, and research shows that for children this is directly linked to motivation, determination, and persistence. The other key word is participation. Encouraging kids to have a ‘get up and give it a go’ attitude to sport not only helps socially but also builds self-worth and confidence.
3: We commit to personalising our service.
We keep our classes small and personalised to maximise time and physical productivity for your child. Given the choice … we choose (every time) to maximise student learning and class productivity over filling our classes or studio to the hilt to maximise profit. Precision and Excellence in learning and teaching are at the core of what we do … and in order to achieve this, Care and Time is taken to not only practice the ‘Art of Teaching‘ but to also improve our skills as teachers, so that your children will ultimately benefit.
To see exactly what we do in both our KIDS and ADULTS program, check out our amazing videos … you won’t believe your eyes.
So book now for a free trial or book a term class. We look forward to seeing you in the studio sometime soon.