If you're looking for martial arts classes for your child, likely, you're looking for more than kicking and punching ability. Probably more than physical exercise or even self-defense.
There are a whole host of benefits that children realize when they learn martial arts.
We've found these are best accomplished in an age-appropriate environment. Yes, you can mix a wide range of kids into a single martial arts class. It's convenient, but is it the right thing to do?
The way a 4-year-old learns and engages with the material is totally different than an 8-year-old, and that's totally different than an 11-year-old.
Kids want to be with peers and near-peers.
They want to be successful, but they also want to be challenged and not-bored.
Age-appropriate classes are the best way to accomplish this and the following:
Focus – As a parent, you're looking for an activity that can help develop your child's ability to pay attention as well as their listening skills.
Our Program will build their attention span… teaching your child to focus on the task at hand while improving their listening and reaction skills at the same time. As a result, your child will excel in physical activity, improve their ability to stay focused, and become a better listener both at home and in school.
Teamwork – Playing well with others translates to working well with others later in life.
Teamwork is a necessary skill for any young child to develop. It is at this stage in their life that they develop an understanding and confidence in their ability to work with others. Our skill and game-based curriculum and teamwork-oriented environment develops character and teaches your child the value of collaboration and teamwork
Self-Control – Self-control refers to the training that one gives one’s self to accomplish a certain task or to adopt a particular pattern of behavior, even though one is unfocused or would rather be doing something else.
For example, when your child has learned to listen to mom and dad, pay attention in class while listening to the teacher instead of talking to his friend next to him, he has demonstrated the ability to self-control… while making a good decision to do so.
Responsibility – Do you wish your child would WANT to be more responsible and perform better in all areas of their life?
A framework of goal setting and success is the answer. Our exclusive age-specific curriculum and belt progression system are interleaved with a student's behavior and relationships at home (with parents and siblings) as well as their behavior and performance in school. Our students must show the right amount of responsibility at home, school and at the gym in order to advance to the next belt.
Health and Fitness – You're probably already seeing a lot about the childhood obesity epidemic in the news and on social media.
Childhood obesity is an extreme case, but it is important for all children to understand the importance of being healthy and physically fit at an early age. Being physically fit is a necessity for any martial artist but more importantly… The sooner we enforce this concept, the healthier your child will be now… and the less difficult it will be to stay physically fit as they grow older.
Self-Esteem and Self-Confidence – Our Age-Specific Programs improve children’s self-esteem through real attainment.
The hard truth is that "every kid gets a trophy" doesn't build lasting confidence and self-esteem. When kids work to earn their next belt level, they have incremental goals with clear expectations, every time they attain one of these micro-goals they are building self-esteem and learning to about themselves and their own abilities. Plus, unlike most other martial arts programs, our Martial Arts Programs have no fees for testing or advancement. We believe a student must earn their next level, not pay for it!
Respect for Others Comes with Respect for Themselves – One of the most important words in martial arts is respect.
Students are taught to respect their instructors, each other, and themselves. Our instructors spend time in class discussing the importance of respecting school teachers and parents. Respect is often missing in many facets of today’s society. A child’s social behavior should be directly linked to his or her progression in the martial arts class. It’s not just about winning, Our children's martial arts programs are about personal growth and becoming a better person.
Discipline, Behavior, and School – We have a lot of fun at The Dragon Gym but instructors will not tolerate excessive talking or goofing around in the school.
Improved behavior in a Martial arts class often translates into improved behavior at school. Improved behavior at school often translates into improved grades. We require behavior reports from the parents to make sure that the student is focused in the classroom and at home… Not just the dojang. We want to make sure that our students are working on their Martial Arts technique, improving their behavior at home, as well as improving their grades at school. We teach a very effective form of martial arts and want to make sure that the right kids are learning it.
Becoming Bully Proof – Bullying is defined as unwanted, aggressive behavior that involves a real or perceived power imbalance.
Kids who bully use their power – such as physical strength, access to embarrassing information, or popularity – to control or harm others. Bullying includes actions such as making threats, spreading rumors, attacking someone physically or verbally and purposely excluding someone from a group. Both kids who are bullied and who bully others may experience serious, lasting problems.
Our anti-bullying approach is based on the martial arts principles of redirection and straightforward assertiveness. Students are taught to manage situations without the use of violence, learning ways to assess threats, redirect verbal assaults and mobilize the audience, which is a critical factor in empowering the bully.
Social Skills and Friendship – Making friends is an important part of childhood.
Children's Martial Arts classes provide a positive atmosphere and family-oriented activities necessary to help young children make new friends while teaching them the concepts of sharing, compassion, and conflict resolution
All of our students start the same way, with an orientation lesson and intro-lesson, to ensure that you (or your child) feel 100% comfortable joining the regular group classes.
We have locations in Exton, Pa, Malvern and Berwyn, Pa.
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