Pre-School 3-4 Year olds

3 year olds karate

Some children need to start out slow. That's fine! They won't be “slowing down the team” or holding anyone back.

Others are ready to rock out and go fast on Day 1. That”s fine, too. They won’t have to wait for anyone to “catch up”.

Three to four year olds love physical activities and anything involving play. They have a rich imagination and strong desire to be more independent.

We have discovered that many children at this younger age, can have a hard time with ‘structure’ in group settings such as those commonly found in the average Martial Arts club.

The solution to this issue, we have found, is to provide them with their own programme, that targets their stage of development in a manner that keeps them entertained while, at the same time, building skills that set them up for success.

We have found that a structured programme, introducing pre-school based training in martial arts, has proven to be very successful, and feel that youngsters, and parents, benefit hugely from the classes we provide.



“My son and I have joined and we couldn’t be happier. I never expected to enjoy so much and feel so motivated about it but to my surprise I love it as it keeps getting better and better. I am so grateful to them for giving me the opportunity to join them and meeting great people. Thank you very much Miss Dee Hunter for the hard work you do for us.”
Carmen R Sanchez

By understanding the stages of development of a three to four year olds, we are able to train children in eight, age –specific skills, that make up the Pre- school SMABasic’s programme. These eight skills are:

1 Kicking
2 Punching
3 Blocking
4 Crawling
5 Hopping
6 Rolling
7 Running
8 Catching

1 Co-ordination
2 Focus
3 Concentration
4 Motivation
5 Self discipline
6 Self Control
7 Fitness for life
8 Fun and happiness


How does it work ?

We cover one of the above skills per class (in order). During each class we run a warm-up, deliver our Character Development topic chat, we run through age specific learning exercises building the skill; and then we have your child demonstrate the skill to earn their skill-stripe.

Children must earn all 8 skills stripes in order to graduate to the next coloured belt level. Once your child has earned their next belt they will continue to run through all 8 skills earning their stripes with more challenging curriculum exercises
(still specific to their ages and development) as they advance to each rank.

They graduate to the SMABasics programme after they have successfully completed all 9 belt ranks of the pre- school SMA-Basic’s programme.

Here is a quick example of what a beginner student must demonstrate for a“kicking” skill:
Kicking:Front kicking in the air on alternate legs. They must be able to execute ten kicks in a row, alternating legs in order to pass.


At SMA we take martial arts training for youngsters to a whole new level!

We use early elements of traditional martial arts curriculums to build skills that are appropriate for three to four 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 that Pre-school SMABasic’s will equip your child with skills they will utilise in every area of their life for the rest of their lives.

What a great start.
So call us today to find out more on: 0191 4476944
*NB: Only apply if your serious about your child’s development (we are not a play group)

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