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Our Age-Specific Martial Arts Programs

18-24 Months Old

General characteristics and challenges:

  • at this age skill development moves very fast
  • brains are growing rapidly, language is blooming, and motor skills are advancing
  • social and emotional skills enable them to interact with more people
  • our solution is to provide a fun and exciting program that is just right for both the child and their guardian

Physically

  • very active but not much control of their movements
  • expect them to stumble on most activities
  • expect them to have little control of their gross and fine motor skills
  • goal is to perform basic exercises and activities with control such as stepping & jumping without falling

Intellectually

  • thinking skills are all across the board and hard for them to anticipate what’s coming
    next
  • expect them to lose focus often during class, and quickly become distracted
  • goal is to get them to focus on the task at hand with minimal distractions

Emotionally

  • their feelings are very strong but they are still not at the stage to recognize why
  • show a wide range of strong emotions that are not quickly controllable
  • expect them to throw temper tantrums when they don’t get their way and run around uncontrollably if they get too excited

Socially

  • language development has a big influence on their social development
  • will imitate others, but will quickly fight for personal space when they feel too crowded
  • goal is to help them interact positively by sharing and showing respect to the
    other people in class

3-4 Years Old

General characteristics and challenges:

  • love physical activity and anything involving play
  • have a rich imagination and strong desire to be less dependent on their usual caregivers
  • many at this age have a hard time with structure in a group environment
  • our solution is to provide them with their own program that keeps them entertained while at the same time building skills

Physically

  • generally have poor hand-eye-coordination
  • expect them to drop their arms when punching and fall when kicking or jumping
  • expect them to have no concept of spatial awareness
  • will drop things thrown to them and bump into people and obstacles

Intellectually

  • have a limited vocabulary therefore learning is limited to visual and kinesthetic activities
  • initially lose focus when activities are over-complicated
  • possibly struggle with commands that have more than two instructions

Emotionally

  • have strong preferences and fears therefore they will act out of bounds when their emotions get out of control
  • expect them to run off the mat when they have anxiety
  • possibly shut down when something either scares them or doesn’t go their way

Socially

  • generally they are very self-centered
  • limited vocabulary means typical form of communication is mainly physical
  • expect them to mimic each other, such as falling when their classmate falls

5-6 Years Old

General characteristics and challenges:

  • typically the most enthusiastic group of students in the Academy
  • love creativity and problem solving, which makes them ideal students in the Martial Arts
  • while enthusiastic and progressive in following tasks, still do not have the basic skills necessary to keep up with children aged 7 and up
  • our solution is to provide a program that is adapted to their social and intellectual curiosity while at the same time building skills that set them up for success

Physically

  • typically do not know how to apply their muscles so they fall often when their body is in constant motion
  • have a basic foundation for leg, arm, core, and abdominal development, but they still lack a lot of strength
  • expect them to initially struggle with multiple kicks beyond five repetitions and to initially have sloppy technique when exercising

Intellectually

  • typically have a hard time retaining beyond three commands
  • expect them to initially get confused when we ask them to do more than three things at one time
  • expect them to have a hard time distinguishing between their left and right when following multiple-commands

Emotionally

  • typically focus on things that make them happy
  • also have slow brakes when they are excited
  • expect them to initially lose focus and shut down when they are not happy
  • also expect them to lose control when they are over-excited

Socially

  • love to play with others, but are typically very competitive
  • expect them to initially show weak sportsmanship when they participate in a competitive activity

7-9 Years Old

General characteristics and challenges:

  • some consider this to be the “golden age” of childhood
  • most 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
  • typically most still lack core skills, and although intelligent, they struggle to keep up with students ages 10 and up
  • our solution is focused on their adventurous attitude and youthful nature while at the same time building skills that set them up for success

Physically

  • typically have weak fine motor skills therefore proficient technique is not yet a reality
  • still tend to stumble when their body is in motion therefore advanced movement is still a little sloppy
  • expect them to initially struggle with superb technique in their blocks, strikes, kicks, and stances
  • also expect them to initially look sloppy when jumping, spinning, switching feet, etc.

Intellectually

  • most are bright, but they typically have a hard time concentrating during distractions
  • expect them to initially lose focus if there are other, more “interesting” things going on around them
  • also expect them to forget simple commands mainly because they try to “over-think”

Emotionally

  • most are adequately stable and love challenges
  • will typically show excessive fear when they over-process something
  • expect them to have emotional stability for the most part on normal days
  • also expect them to initially show excessive fear when put on the spot

Socially

  • most love to interact with others, especially adults
  • they typically don’t like when something is unfair and will be determined to point it out and be heard
  • expect them to initially interrupt a lesson when they think something is wrong
  • also expect them to show great determination when trying to get their point across

10-14 Years Old

General characteristics and challenges:

  • ten to fourteen-year olds are the smartest students in the school – just ask them…
  • most are physically competent and can excel in most physical challenges that are presented to them
  • unfortunately, they are so focused on what is socially acceptable that they have a hard time keeping themselves emotionally driven to the task at hand
  • our solution is a program 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

Physically

  • typically have great technique and agility, but they can be lazy which leads to sloppiness
  • expect them to initially be sloppy on things that are easy physically
  • our goal is to get them to understand their potential if they pay attention to the intricate details

Intellectually

  • they are rather smart and have been encouraged to ask questions
  • their critical thinking skills are refined, but their decision-making skills are typically the exact opposite
  • expect them to initially make choices that are easy as compared to applying thought and effort

Emotionally

  • they are typically all over the emotional spectrum
  • expect their efforts to be based on what they think is cool
  • our goal is to help them apply intrinsic motivation and realize their true potential

Socially

  • they care about what their peers think
  • if something is cool, then they will put more effort into it
  • expect them to initially hold back, as a defense mechanism, if they are uncomfortable