LIL KICKS is tailored especially for 5, 6, 7 and 8 year olds. It gives young students a fun way to achieve a solid foundation in martial arts, and infuses some important life skills, such as discipline, self-control, and respect for others. And it is lots of fun, creative exercise and physical activity! No belt promotion is expected, and there are no test fees. A student who "outgrows" LIL KICKS at age 9 and plans to continue their martial arts training with us will move up to our regular evening classes. We believe that kids in this age group benefit greatly from an introduction to the many positive behaviors that are taught and reinforced throughout all levels of martial arts training:
-- Respect for Others
A strong emphasis will be placed on teaching kids to have respect
for other students, adults, the instructors, and the school.
-- Coordination & Balance
Practicing stances, punches and kicks will improve coordination and balance.
-- Self Confidence
Using your voice: the Kiup! The Kiup serves many important functions.
When properly timed it can be used to distract an opponent, and create
an opening for your attack. Psychologically, it increases your strength,
courage, and ﬁghting spirit. The Kiup should not be a scream, but rather
a deep, loud, and abrupt sound. In training, kiups are executed on the
last strike in a series of techniques and used to emphasize major
movements in a pattern. It also assists in breath control.
-- Discipline & Self Control
Starting at an early age will help a child learn to focus their attention
on a task, be attentive and follow directions.
-- Basic Korean Terminology
The meaning of Tae Kwon Do, how to count to ten, important phrases,
and names of the basic stances and kicks will be learned over time.
-- Transitioning into Regular Student Classes:
You may see some LIL KICKS students wearing a white belt with a
yellow stripe. There is no formal "test" to earn this rank. This provisional
yellow belt is given to a LIL KICKS student by Master Johnson to
recognize and reward the individual achievement of his/her having
reached a certain degree of proficiency in technique, skill, attitude,
and maturity. This is a transitional stage, which entitles the child to begin
migrating into regular evening classes while still participating in LIL KICKS.
Once a student tests for his/her yellow belt, they attend regular classes
exclusively. When a child nears (or reaches) age nine, Master Johnson
will discuss options with parents.
LIL KICKS classes:
Your child's first class is always free to try.
Every Saturday from 9 - 10 am.
Enroll anytime: Just arrive 30 minutes prior to a class or call us at 812-329-9941 for more details.
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