Ninja Kids - 3 & 4
Three and 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. Ninja Kids Martial Arts® provides three and four-year olds with their own program that targets the stage of development that adapts to their social and intellectual curiosity while at the same time building fine and gross motor skills, focus, attention, and perseverance. This structured program introducing Early skill-based training in Martial Arts has proven to be very successful.
Ninja Kids 3 & 4 has a unique structure as it is a Parent - Toddler program. Working together learning new skills not only strengthens the bond between parent and child, it also provides the parent essential insight in what kind of skills they can work on with their child at home.
Physical - Activities focusing on gross motor skills as well as fine motor skills are the core of the program for Ninja Kids 3 & 4. Most of the exercises include activities that help Ninja Kids develop balance and coordination.
Cognitive - Attention, focus and decision making are essential skills that Ninja Kids work on. Every training session includes activities that allow participants to work on problem solving, hand-eye coordination, as well as visual and auditory processing skills.
Social - MMartial Arts training in general helps participants develop social skills by working together. Ninja Kids Martial Arts helps kids respect each other as well as their instructors. A large part of the trainings focuses on shared control.
Ninja Kids 3 & 4 - How they Learn
With the emphasis on physical, cognitive, and social development, Ninja Kids in the group for 4+ work less on Martial Arts and more on global development. Nevertheless, kids are introduced to basic blocks, kicks, punches, and stances. Since these children are quite young, parents are required to stay during the training and often help their own child in performing activities that are challenging for some children. Besides working together in a comforting setting, such also further develops the parent-child relationship.
Ninja Kids - Dynamic Martial Arts
Since Ninja Kids work on their global development and not just on Martial Arts, our training is often referred to as Dynamic Martial Arts. There is nothing wrong with traditional martial arts. However, the way children learn these days differs so much from the way traditional martial arts are taught. Training them differently creates much more buy-in, enjoyment and success!