Lil’ Dragonz (ages 5-6)
Here’s an overview for the stages of development of children ages 5 and 6:
Physically- they typically do not know how to apply their muscles so they fall often when their body is in constant motion. Also, they have a basic foundation for
We expect them to initially struggle with multiple kicks beyond five reps. We also expect them to initially have
The goals for our program are to get them to perform high repetitions of kicks without putting their foot down, and also perform static, active, and dynamic exercises for
Intellectually- they typically have a hard time retaining beyond three commands. They also have a hard time distinguishing between their left and right.
We expect them to initially get confused when we ask them to do more than three things at one time. We also initially expect them to have a hard time distinguishing between their left and right when following multiple-commands.
Emotionally – they typically focus on things that make them happy. They also have slow brakes when they are excited.
We expect them to initially lose focus and shut down when they are not happy. We also expect them to lose control when they are over-excited.
Socially- they love to play with
We expect them to initially show weak sportsmanship when they participate in a competition.
The goals for our program are to help them build good teamwork such as no cheating; don’t get angry when they lose
By understanding the stages of development of 5 and 6-year olds, we were able to select 8 age-appropriate skills that make up the Lil Dragonz Program:
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
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:
1. FOCUS – Punching and kicking a pad that is thrown by an instructor standing one-step away from their side. They must be able to punch, and kick, a pad four times in a row in order to pass.
2. TEAMWORK – Holding a kicking target for their partner while their partner does ten kicks. They must be loud while counting their partner’s kicks and hold the target tightly in order to pass.
3. CONTROL – Stopping their body at attention position after running forward when an instructor says “stop.” They must be at attention in less than three steps after the instructor says stop in order to pass.
4. MEMORY – Demonstrating the three
5. BALANCE – Executing five front kicks without putting their foot down in between each rep. They must show full execution and retraction while keeping their knee chambered at belt level or higher in order to pass.
6. DISCIPLINE – Demonstrating how to properly sit, take a knee, kneel on both knees, and stand at attention without moving. They must hold each position for no less than five seconds.
7. FITNESS – 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.
8. Coordination – Performing left and right-hand punching combinations on the mitts. They must hit the mitt with proper technique and also with the proper hand five times in a row in order to pass.
As you can see we take Martial Arts training to a whole new level! We use basic elements of traditional Martial Arts curriculums to build skills that are appropriate for 5 and 6-year olds. This means that your child will learn and grow at a pace that is not too easy, nor too challenging. The best part is the Lil Dragonz program will equip your child with skills that they will utilize in every area of their life!
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