SMA KiDZ 7-9 year Classes

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“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

Seven to nine-year old’s 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 foundation skills, and although they are highly intelligent, they struggle to keep up with students ages 10 and up. The solution we found is to provide them with their own programme 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. With that said a structured programme introducing foundation skill-based training in Martial Arts has proven to be very successful.

By understanding the stages of development of a seven to nine year olds, we are able to train children in eight, age –specific skills, that make up the SMAKIDZ programme.

These eight skills are:
1 AGILITY
2 TECHNIQUE
3 COURAGE
4 FLEXIBILITY
5 INTENSITY
6 PERSEVERANCE:
7 SPEED
8 CONCENTRATION

Benefits:
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 SMAKIDZ 10-14 programme after they have successfully completed all 9 belt ranks of the SMAKIDZ programme.

Here is a quick example of what a beginner student must demonstrate for a “Agility” skill:
Switching feet and kicking the pad with their front leg. They must be able to switch feet and kick a pad with their front leg ten times in a row, without making a mistake or looking sloppy, in order to pass.

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

We use foundation elements of traditional martial arts curriculums to build skills that are appropriate for seven to nine 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 SMAKIDZ programme will equip your child with skills they will utilise in every area of their life for the rest of their lives.

Feedback

“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

Class Feedback

“Hello,
My name is Sara and I am a child Psychotherapist. I work with children and adolescents who have experienced trauma. As a mother of a young boy of 6, I am very aware of how challenging childhood can be, but I am also aware of the fun childhood can bring, not least of all, the after school clubs that children can join.

My son began to talk more and more about different activities that his friends were doing after school, and it was then that a family friend spoke about how much his daughter loved the Karate club that she was a member of.

So I spoke with my son and asked if he would like to go along to see if he liked it, he said yes, and was really excited to go knowing his Hannah (family friend’s daughter) went there.

I contacted SOLO martial arts and went along to speak with one of the trainers, to find out a bit more.

I was really surprised but also encouraged by SOLO martial arts ethos, which includes following a ‘child focussed developmental program’, meaning that each child trains within their developmental ability.

The foundation of learning about Respect, Team Work, Focus and many other life skills encouraged me in my son’s decision to go along and have a go.

My son has been a member of SOLO martial arts for just over a year, and in that time he has made many friends of both his own age, younger and older. He has also had the experience of belt testing, and different summer camps.

What I have seen, as a Psychotherapist, has been truly inspirational.
I have seen a dedicated team of professionals who make the experience of Karate, accessible to children of all abilities. Through their nurturing, support, and encouragement I have seen children who, under different circumstances, would not have achieved what they have:
The little boy who spent months sitting on the stairs terrified to go onto the mat with the other children, who, through the wonderfully mindful female trainer, and the children in his group, eventually joined in and has since passed three belt tests.

The six-year-old boy who was really shy when he joined at the same time as my son, who was encouraged, supported and given such positive reinforcement by the trainers, now has so much confidence as he shouts out his Karate commands, and has passed all his belt tests to date.

These, and many other moments like them, give me confidence to say that I couldn’t recommend SOLO martial arts more.

I can recommend SOLO to any Mother or Father who is thinking about an after school activity for their child, that will not only teach them many valuable life lessons, make new friends, and feel supported, but also offer them a chance to achieve high levels of fitness, stamina and success in Karate as a sport if they so desire.
Warmest regards
Sara”

Sara and Son.

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Great feedback from parents and children!