Parents, here are several facts that we do not like to admit are true but we cannot deny:
Most attackers will not be hurt by simple kicks or punches from children ages 5-12
Children are soft targets and easy prey
Self-defense courses are not required during general or higher education/schooling.
Cell phones are useless in saving a child. 99% of victims cannot retrieve and/or complete a call during a dangerous situation.
Our program comes from many years of study and training — along with a dose or two of common sense — to create the ultimate in child safety & self-defense. During the one day of training mini-academy, children participate in the following:
When the teacher asks the children, “What is the biggest room in the world?” the well-trained students will respond, “the room for improvement.”
The MATA Children’s Curriculum was born out of the idea that there is room for improvement in what and how we teach the martial arts to children.
In many cases this approach works. In many other cases, it does not. The outcome is far too many children miss out on the benefits derived from the long-term study of the martial arts. They drop out of classes because they grow bored with the program or some reason akin to it.
The actual numbers are not known, but it is a fair estimate that ninety percent of the children who enroll in martial arts classes fail to continue their study to the rank of first-degree black belt.
The martial arts instructor often blames this problem on the children for their lack of discipline and perseverance, but the truth is, self-discipline and perseverance are exactly what we’re supposed to be teaching them. These goals we can’t accomplish unless our students stick around long enough to learn the lessons.
The MATA Children’s Curriculum was designed to be fun for children as well as to enrich their lives with its powerful benefits.
As we were developing the curriculum we asked ourselves, “What do children in today’s world really need and how can the martial arts fulfill those needs?”
The MATA Children’s Curriculum is simplistic yet diverse in its approach to a number of innovative concepts that nurture, entertain and motivate children.
We also designed it to be easy to teach. It is strong enough to stand on its own or it can be integrated into any children’s system.
For the teacher, the curriculum serves as a foundation upon which to teach and build basic skills. It did not originate from any one style nor does it owe a debt to any particular individual.
It is not any specific style; it is simply “martial art.” It is a tool to help schools increase student retention with a fun, effective, and above all else, educational approach.
It contains lessons in intensity, manners, anger management, non-violent conflict resolution, anatomy and physiology, history, goal setting, public speaking, teaching, and team building.
MATA calls this approach to balancing education and technique an “education-based curriculum.” Remember this phrase, as it will be a key selling point for your children’s courses.
An education-based curriculum is one that rests on a foundation of education above tradition, technique, countries of origin, above all else. What we place as the number-one priority on the list (and hope you will, too) is the quality of education for children participating in your programs.
The MATA Children’s Curriculum grew from a need to improve upon what and how we teach children the martial arts today. After all, it is today’s young students who will carry the martial arts and its potential for self-improvement, empowerment and personal transformation into the future.
Theme: “Pads, Jump Kicks and Sport Weaponry Training”
This curriculum introduces some new and exciting concepts to elicit enthusiasm and renew interest. Mitt, paddle and shield striking teach students to apply, with power, the techniques they’ve learned in the last 2 levels.
In addition, the art of holding pads is taught, which frees the instructor up for easier class supervision. Young students take to the air at Level 3, learning their first jump kicks.
Padded weapons training let’s the imagination take charge as children learn the basic strikes and blocks using short and long padded swords.
Again, this level’s curriculum is not only designed to teach techniques, but also to teach how to train –with energy, enthusiasm and efficiency.
Equipment Needed By Student: Padded weaponry (optional). Judo Uniform Top (optional). Gloves to protect the hands while punching.
The Art of Holding Mitts, Paddle and Shield ! Punching and Kicking the mitts, paddle and shield ! Pad Line Drills ! Jump Front Kick ! Sport Warrior Training, Level 1 ! Public Speaking: The Student Creed
How to hold the mitts, paddle and kicking shield Basic kicks to paddles and shields Kicking line drills Combo #1 — to the mitts, adding roundhouse-kick
(Left, right, hook, elbow, bob & weave, 2 blocks, 2 body shots, roundhouse
kick.) How to hold the various pads used in martial arts training is skill unto itself. Having a good pad holder increases the intensity and realism of a workout, and reduces the chances of injuries. Learning to do pad-kicking line drills is a lesson in training skills and teamwork. Combo #1, with an added roundhouse kick, polishes the skills the student has learned in levels 1 and 2.
Running Jump Front Kick Running Jump Side Kick Creative Combination Kicks (5-kick combos using known kicks, finishing with a double punch)
Children love to run, jump and kick. Creative kicking combinations allow students to exercise their personal creativity while practicing their basic kicks.
Self Defense Training
Portal of Safety Drills, Using the Padded Sword
Students combine their skills and the use of the padded weapons to practice a new and more advance form of “scenario based” training.
Sport Weaponry Training
Basic Strikes Basic Blocks
Martial Arts Philosophy
I Can Always do Better Than I Think I Can Independent Training
“I can always do better than I think I can.” This philosophy is basic, but a vital one for children to know. Easily proven using a high kick and target, this concept is a great one to have your young students recite.
The concept of Independent Training is where a student is taught to train on his or her own, without direct supervision, while at the same time putting out maximum energy.
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