About Gym Wizards

GYM WIZARDS, the educational leader in teaching the FUNdamental TUMBLING gymnastics skills to children, is an official member of the South African Gymnastics Federation, the Western cape Gymnastics Association and is a CATHSETTA  ACCREDITED Training Provider.

Our scientific six step tumble system has reached over 30 000 children in more than 25 schools in the Western Cape – truly making us “where children get the confidence for life”.

Since 1998 we have been serving communities, parents and children with the finest quality recreational fitness, tumbling and gym training.

We ensure that  every child receives the individual attention that maximizes their development.

We are committed to top quality gymnastics lessons that give children the skills and confidence to face the many challenges of life with robust joy.

We know the importance of “healthy bodies-healthy minds” in developing children and therefore communication and cutting edge teaching methods are imperative in our gym schools.

Each and every child is important to us- and we pride ourselves on the relationships of trust that we foster between teachers and their gymnasts.
Whether low muscle toned or highly talented, we are committed to developing, supporting and bringing out each child’s inner champion! 

Gym Wizards Mission Statement

Our gym exists to further the happiness, education, and health of our clients and to inspire and care for each student who comes through our doors.

  Our teaching philosophy drives our mission…

“To teach tumbling gymnastics movement in a fun, safe environment, and enrich each child’s self-confidence”

Tania Williams – Founder Gym Wizards Tania started as a young gymnast, went onto gain Springbok colours (National Champion in 1984) and later, after graduating with Honours in Psychology, became National Coach for the SA Gymnastics Team.

  • She has worked intensively with Russian gymnastics methodologists and child, educational and sportpsychologists, occupational therapists, physiotherapists and injury rehabilitation specialists.
  • She was appointed National Coach in 1990, a position she held until 1999. In this capacity she attended numerous international events including the 1998 Commonwealth Games, 1998 Moscow Youth Olympics and the 1999 World Championships in China.
  • She has developed 10 Springbok gymnasts including the 1999 Junior and Senior African Champions and hundreds of Western Province Team Gymnasts.
  • She headed the Cape College Gymnastics Club from 1990 to 1997.
  • Tania created and has managed Gym Wizards since 1998.

Other highlights:

  • Tania was the first South African coach to study in the former USSR. She was invited by Byelorussian Gymnastic Federation and Olympic Committee to attend gymnastic schools for study purposes.
  • She created and implemented the Gymnastics Talent Identification Programme nationwide in 1996- to identify gymnasts among previous disadvantaged children – the first of its kind in SA.
  • Tania was the first South African gymnastics coach to implement “Russian” style training for the South African gymnastic team, which in turn led to the transformation of training in South Africa.
  • She served on the SAGF Woman’s Technical Committee 1997/8 as the National High Performance Coordinator.
  • She served as the Head Coach for the Western Cape Sports Academy in 1997/98.
  • Since 1998 Tania has trained and mentored gymnastic coaches, teachers and trainers of all levels. Many have gone on to become National Coaches, Western Province Coaches, club owners and recreational/educational gymnastic specialists.

Gymnastics for kids

WHAT WE DO AT GYM WIZARDS

We educate children, parents, school teachers and recreational coaches through a robust educational system as well as providing cutting edge pedagogical methods to make preparing your child for the challenges of life- easier, more effective and fun.

Gymnastics classes for kids has been proven to boost self esteem in children by helping them overcome fear, gain performance skills, develop a healthy self image and gain social confidence. Besides that, it’s fun, healthy and stimulates cognitive development- specifically for reading and maths!

  • The focus is to give the children basic floor, acrobatic, dance and jumping skills that form the ABC’s of gymnastics, tumbling, trampoline, acrobatics, stunt work, ice skating, cheerleading, dancing, sports aerobics, circus acrobatics and stage performance.
  • The Six Step Tumble System is designed to radically develop overall strength, flexibility, speed, co-ordination, stamina and posture training as a physical and psychological basis for increased participation and success in all sports. We have dancers, rugby players, hip-hop artists, swimmers, horse riders, soccer and tennis players, martial artists- and more, benefiting immensely from our specialised conditioning training.
  • Gym Wizards unique approach to teaching children these special skills also results in enhanced social and emotional intelligence.

HOW WE DO THAT?

It’s a combination of the following approaches blended together in a tried and tested formula:

  • Application of timeless pedagogical principles (pedagogy is the science of teaching children according to developmental stage/age). Your child learns step by step, each step building on the last.
  • Child Centred communication with children (acknowledging feelings and setting boundaries)
  • Humanistic method of solving difficult behaviours/emotions (shyness, fear, anxiety, ADHD, ADD, low self image, low muscle tone, obesity)
  • Personal connection and care enhances self confidence through a trust based teacher-child relationship.
  • Regular assessments, awards and display opportunities
  • Open communication with parents
  • Learner paced teaching
  • Facilitation of peer learning and support – Co-operation, effort and kindness is encouraged and rewarded.
  • Programmes for all abilities- everyone can do it!
  • Scientific  lesson planning makes lessons fun, safe and disciplined
  • Large doses of love and nurturing

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