Thirteen to sixteen-year old’s 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. With that said a structured program introducing extreme skill-based training in Martial Arts has proven to be very successful.
Here’s an overview of the stages of development of children ages 13 to 16:
PHYSICALLY: they typically have great technique and agility, but they can be lazy which leads to sloppiness.
We expect them to initially be sloppy on things that are easy physically.
The goal for our program is to get them to understand their potential if they pay attention to the intricate details. We normally bypass the basics elements of physical development and jump right into the complicated details.
INTELLECTUALLY: they are extremely smart. Their critical thinking skills are top-notch, but their decision making skills are typically the exact opposite, and that is why most adults treat them like a child.
We expect them to initially make choices that are easy as compared to applying thought and effort.
The goal for our program is to get them to see the bigger picture and apply their intellect.
EMOTIONALLY: thanks to science, they are typically all over the emotional spectrum. This is more prominent in boys than girls.
We expect their efforts to be based on what they think is cool.
The goal for our program is to help them apply intrinsic motivation and realize their true potential. Our goal is to also help them improve their decision making skills with drills that challenge their reaction time.
SOCIALLY: they care about what their peers think. If something is cool, then they will put more effort into it.
We expect them to initially hold back if they are uncomfortable as a defense mechanism.
The goal for our program is to help them excel at everything they do, especially in front of a crowd.
THE SKILLZ METHOD:
By understanding the stages of development of 13 to 16-year old’s, we were able to select 8 age-appropriate skills that make up our Teens Karate Program:
- DEXTERITY – skill and grace in physical movement.
- REACTION – an action in response to some influence.
- VERSATILITY – capable of transitioning through various patterns of combinations.
- MOMENTUM – maximizing force and speed in movement.
- PRECISION – to arrive at an accurate estimate.
- INSTINCT – to make good judgements quickly and effectively.
- STRENGTH – the quality or state of being strong, powerful, and forceful.
- VISION – to put things in a positive perspective.
HOW THE TEENS KARATE PROGRAM WORKS:
We cover one of the above skills per class (in order.)
During each class we run a warm-up; deliver a mat chat about the skill; run two or three skill-building drills; and then we have them demonstrate the skill to earn their skill-stripe. They must earn all 8 skill-stripes in order to graduate to the next belt level. Once they earn their next belt they will continue to run through all 8 skills earning their skill-stripes with more challenging curriculum as they advance to each rank. They graduate to the adult program and begin to work towards their 1st Degree Black Belt after they have successfully completed all 8 belt ranks of the Teens Karate program.
Here is an example of what a white belt must demonstrate for each of the 8 skills above in order to earn their next belt:
DEXTERITY – Demonstrate beginner techniques from memory. They must show the proper chambers and ending position for all of the moves in order to pass.
REACTION – Demonstrating basic push defenses. They must apply the proper defensive techniques within three seconds, four times in a row in order to pass.
VERSATILITY – Performing combinations 1 – 8 of the white belt kata. They must perform each move with proper chambers and execution in order to pass.
MOMENTUM – Demonstrating the three types of jump front kicks. They must show proper technique in each of the kicks, five times in a row in order to pass.
PRECISION – Board break with a hand technique. They must break a board with their hand in three shots or less in order to pass.
INSTINCT – Performing the first sparring combination on focus mitts. They must hit the mitts with proper technique, speed, and power, three times in a row in order to pass.
STRENGTH – Holding each static leg, arm, abdominal, and core exercise. They must not lose technique or else they have to start over. They must hold each exercise for no less than ten seconds in order to pass.
VISION – Writing a short passage on the definition and a personal meaning behind courage. They must provide the correct answer while speaking confidently in order to pass.
As you can see we take Martial Arts training to a whole new level!
We use extreme elements of our traditional martial arts curriculum to build skills that are appropriate for 13 to 16-year old’s. This means that your child will learn and grow at a pace that is not too easy, nor too challenging. The best part is our Teens Karate program will equip your child with skills that they will utilize in every area of their life!
HOW TO GET STARTED:
Continue below to complete our pre-evaluation application and schedule your first visit.
HURRY! Space is limited in each class – so new enrollment is subject to availability.