The thing that makes our classes more dynamic than most is that we understand childhood development and have been able to use a curriculum that takes advantage of this understanding!
Here are just a few benefits of Age-Specific martial arts and what they mean for your ninja!
Specifically Targeted Instruction
This means that we are able to teach with techniques that are specifically meant to develop physical, intellectual, emotional, and social skill sets. The fact that we are able to individually target each of these areas means that they will develop faster as well! Also, we will be able to more effectively coach a child that is struggling in any particular area.
Everyone has heard of “selective hearing”. Many adults have heard this phrase when they were growing up! We now know that your comprehension of verbal instructions is affected by your stage of development. This allows us to better communicate the instructions for our drills to our 3yr olds by getting on their level and using an appropriate amount of words per sentence, as well as, using the proper diction for their age. This knowledge also allows us to better handle “meltdowns” or to motivate our teens!
For many years in the martial arts (and still today), many instructors taught their classes as though all age groups are physically, intellectually, emotionally, and socially equal (or close to it). Thus, their expectations of each child were very similar. We now know that this couldn’t be farther from the truth. This means that our instructors are able to adjust their expectations of each child because we know that each student is unique. Then we can move forward and set attainable goals that will allow each child to become a better version of themselves.
Our karate program here at KUMA has been designed with each child, and the brain in mind! Our goal is to use the best in science and psychology to help each child discover what it takes to become the best version of themselves!