Kid's Martial Arts
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Three to four year olds love physical activity and anything involving play! They have a rich imagination and strong desire to be less dependent on their usual caregivers.
The problem we discovered is that many children this age have a hard time with structure in a group environment like what is commonly found in most Martial Arts schools.
The solution we found is to provide them with their own program that targets their stage of development in a manner that keeps them entertained while at the same time building skills that set them up for success!
This age group typically has low tone and poor hand-eye-coordination.
We expect them initially to drop their arms when punching and fall when kicking or jumping.
We also expect them to have no concept of spatial awareness, therefore they will drop things that are thrown to them and bump into people and obstacles often.
The goal for our program is to get them to punch without dropping their arms, kick without falling, jump without falling and catch objects thrown from various directions and distances.
Vocabulary is often limited therefore learning is normally isolated to visual and kinesthetic activities.
We expect them to initially lose focus when activities are over-complicated. We also expect them to struggle with commands that have more than two instructions.
The goal for our program is to get them to follow verbal commands with no visual demonstration. Also, our goal is for them to remember rules and commands without being reminded.
Strong preferences and fears can get the best of children ages 3-4 years old. They will normally act out of bounds when their emotions get out of control.
We expect them to run off the mat when they have anxiety. We also expect them to shut down when something either scares them or doesn't go their way.
The goal for our program is to help them follow directions and persevere through an activity even if they are initially emotional.
They are typically very self-centered. Also, due to their limited vocabulary their common form of communication is mainly physical.
We expect them to mock each other, such as falling when their classmate falls. We also expect them to crash into things when they are excited.
The goals for our program are to help them build good social skills such as spatial awareness, not interrupting when others are talking and taking turns properly.
Five and six-year olds are the most enthusiastic students! They love creativity and problem solving which makes them ideal students in the Martial Arts.
The problem we discovered is they are so progressive in following tasks, some teachers tend to treat them like their older peers. This is a problem because they still do not have the basic skills necessary to keep up with children ages seven and up.
The solution we found is to provide them with their own program that targets their stage of development in a manner that adapts to their social and intellectual curiosity while at the same time building skills that set them up for success.
Seven to nine-year olds are what most people consider "the golden age." They are proficient in their vocabulary and problem-solving skills, yet they are not at the age where they want complete independence from adults. This makes the teacher-student relationship stronger than ever!
The problem we discovered is they still lack core skills and although they are highly intelligent, they struggle to keep up with students ages ten and up.
The solution we found is to provide them with their own program that targets their stage of development in a manner that adapts to their adventurous attitude and youthful nature while at the same time building skills that set them up for success.
They typically do not know how to apply their muscles so they fall often when their body is in constant motion. Also, they have a basic foundation for leg, arm, core and abdominal development, but they still lack a lot of strength.
We expect them to initially struggle with multiple kicks beyond five repetitions. We also expect them to initially have sloppy technique when exercising.
The goals for our program are to get them to perform high repetitions of kicks without putting their foot down and also perform static, active and dynamic exercises for beyond ten reps with good technique.
Retention beyond three commands can be a challenge. Also, distinguishing between their left and right can also be difficult.
We expect them to initially get confused when we ask them to do more than three things at one time. We also initially expect them to have a hard time distinguishing between their left and right when following multiple commands.
The goal for our program is to get them to retain three or more commands at once and beyond. We will also help them learn how to perform various left and right combinations.
Their focus falls on things that make them happy. They also have slow brakes when they are excited!
We expect them to initially lose focus and shut down when they are not happy. We also expect them to lose control when they are over-excited.
The goal for our program is to help them focus even when it's hard to do so. We will also help them control their body and their power, especially when they are excited.
Children of this age group usually love to play with others, but are typically very competitive.
We expect them to initially show weak sportsmanship when they participate in a competition.
The goals for our program are to help them build good teamwork such as no cheating, not getting angry when they lose and not bragging when they win.
Ten to fourteen-year olds are the smartest students in the school! Yes, they are smarter than most adults! They are also physically competent and can excel in most physical challenges that are presented to them.
The problem we discovered is they are so focused on what is socially acceptable that they have a hard time keeping themselves emotionally driven to the task at hand.
The solution we found is to provide them with their own program that targets their stage of development in a manner that nurtures their social and emotional instability while at the same time building skills that set them up for success.
They typically have weak fine motor skills therefore proficient technique is not quite there yet. Also, they still tend to stumble when their body is in motion therefore advanced movement is still a little sloppy.
We expect them to initially struggle with great technique in their blocks, strikes, kicks and stances. We also expect them to initially look sloppy when jumping, spinning, switching feet, etc.
The goal for our program is to get them to perform technical blocks, strikes, kicks and stances while applying power. Also, our goal is to get them to apply speed to motion without looking sloppy.
Children of this age group are extremely bright but they typically have a hard time concentrating when distracted.
We expect them to initially lose focus if there are other, more "interesting" things going on around them. We also expect them to forget simple commands mainly because they try to "over-think."
The goal for our program is to get them to concentrate on the task at hand despite other distractions. Our goal is to also get them to retain simple information without trying to put excessive thought into it.
They are wonderfully stable and love challenge. However, they will typically show excessive fear when they over-process something.
We expect them to have emotional stability for the most part on normal days. We also expect them to initially show excessive fear when put on the spot.
The goal for our program is to help them persevere through challenges, especially when they initially feel like giving up. We will also help them face their fears.
They love interacting with others, especially adults! However, they typically don't like when something is unfair and will be determined to point it out and be heard.
We expect them to initially interrupt us when they think something is wrong. We also expect them to show great determination when trying to get their point across.
The goals for our program are to help them know how to address problems and challenges properly without interfering on the overall flow of the class.