Ninja Kids - 9 & 10
Eight to ten-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 11 and up. Ninja Kids Martial Arts® 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.
Physical - Ninja Kids work individually as well as together to learn essential martial arts skills and self defence. The activities focus on conditioning of the body and the mind. Body Conditioning – Essential Self Defence – Focus on Details.
Cognitive - Learning martial arts involves developing muscle memory, combined with the proper distancing, speed, power, and flow. For that, the mind needs to be fully focused. Problem Solving – Fluid Movements – Multi-step Directions.
Social - Martial 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. Part of the training focuses on helping each other. Team Work – Respect & Discipline – Self Regulation.
Ninja Kids 8+ - How they Learn
With the emphasis on essential martial arts and self defence, Ninja Kids in this group learn how to stay focused while performing exercises for a prolonged period of time. The aim is to help children understand how to move naturally. Besides basic blocks, kicks, punches, and stances, Ninja Kids work on formal kata, as well as foundational jujutsu: locks, pins, throws. For that, basic fall breaking and rolling skills are practiced almost every lesson.
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!