The Little Dragons class is for children aged between 4 – 6 years old. The classes are designed to give an introduction to the very basic fundamental techniques of Martial Arts and include standing techniques and some groundwork. At this age the children are now becoming more confident of their own abilities and have developed some skills. We can now work with them to further increase their existing abilities by building their core skills and helping them to take them to the next level in a similar way that they do in Reception Year and First Year of school by continuing to build on the social and life skills that students have already learnt and introduce more advanced Martial Arts skills to develop their physical ability.
The emphasis is less on having 100% technically correct movements, but rather on getting the techniques generally right and having fun learning it. At this age children are still developing physical co-ordination and spatial awareness so fine-tuning is impractical.
The children in these classes do not do any sparring with each other, but occasionally do get to practice with the coaches.
Each class is focussed on a particular theme and at the end of each class the participant is given the corresponding sticker to go into their Sticker chart. During the class we have a mat chat about the theme in the context of school, home and martial arts.
The themes are:-
We work with the children on each of these core skills during lessons with a range of activities, that are designed to work them during class and also to consider them outside of the class, For example if we are working on teamwork, then we may ask the children to record 10 acts of kindness or respect towards their siblings or school friends and then come in and talk about these in class the following week.
No matter what sport or activity your child does in the future, these eight skills will help them to succeed. Just watch any children’s games or activities and the ones who have mastered these skills are the ones that shine and stand out as being the ones that everyone wants in their team.
Because we split our classes by age and also experience, your child will train with other children of their own age group, and not have to be limited or overwhelmed by younger and older children. Each class will accommodate every student’s skills and abilities in a way that is not overly demanding or intimidating. That means more age-specific instruction with better results.