In our Basingstoke Martial Arts Academy, children not only learn self defence and self protection skills, they learn much more from us. Martial Arts training with us is different, its fun, its exciting and as a life skill is invaluable. Our children’s classes are split by age and ability group, unlike many clubs this gives us the opportunity to focus on the specific needs of that age group. Our view is that you wouldn’t mix a 5 year old and a 13 year old in a school environment because they learn differently, at a different pace and learn different things. The same is true of learning a Martial Art.
The distinct advantage to this, is that when you have an age specific curriculum, the children learn faster and progress quicker. Like school, they move into different classes as they get older and become more knowledgeable. At each stage we increase the complexity of what they do in order to improve their skill levels still further and to help them retain and develop knowledge.
It has been proven that by structuring their training this way, the benefits and rate of progression are significantly improved. They not only learn more rapidly but also better retain the information and therefore increase their skills faster, they also develop a much better understanding of the life skills developed through learning a martial art (for example, respect, healthy living, personal safety etc.).
Our Little Dragons’ class is for 4-6 year olds. Our Young Legends class is for 6-9 year olds. The Urban Warriors class is for 10-14 year olds. Our Judo class caters for children over the age of 6 years old.
We recognise and celebrate success.
We have many systems in place within the Academy to recognise effort and achievement within our students including trophies, stickers, badges and special weekly, monthly and annual awards. We recognise all achievements in our students, not only those who are physically talented but also those who, for example who have shown progress in other area e.g. being polite, hard working, thoughtful towards others, show good attendance or who have worked well as part of a team. We also recognise and encourage achievement outside of the Martial Arts, this might be at school, Cubs, swimming, gymnastics or even at home for example. When a child can demonstrate external success we reward them with a Gold star to put onto their uniform.
Students are also able to take part in regular examinations within the Academy in Basingstoke or at our satellite schools, allowing them to earn their next belt, all the way to Black Belt. Our senior grading examiners have been qualified to conduct Black Belt gradings since 1995 and during this time have carried out many successful gradings.
What do we actually do in class?
Classes are structured so that we train safely and all classes include a warm up, flexibility and strengthening exercises as well as a cool down at the end.
The format for each class changes slightly on a weekly basis as we progress through our curriculum, this helps to ensure that we cover all the necessary points to help the children to further develop their skills and knowledge. Our classes are structured to encourage a ‘can do’ confident attitude in all the children we teach. It is our job as educators to work with parents to make sure your children are successful, not just in the Academy, but in life in general.
We achieve this by showing children that hard work means achievement and achievement means success.