In our Basingstoke Martial Arts and Karate Academy, children not only learn self defence 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 the individual student as they are taught according to their own level. The distinct advantage to this, is that they 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.
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 grade faster, they also develop a much better understanding of the life skills developed through learning a martial art such as Karate (for example, respect, healthy living, personal safety etc).
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, are polite, hard working, thoughtful towards others, show good attendance or who have worked well as part of a team. Students are also able to take regular gradings within the Academy, allowing them to earn their next belt, all the way to Black Belt.
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. For example in Week 1, Lesson 1 may cover Dynamic Kicking and Lesson 2 may cover Tai Chi and the following week it changes to the next topic. We also work on a skill, this is partly by discussion in class and also through practical exercises, for example working as part of a team or stranger danger. We finish with a Karate game partly as a reward for good behaviour and effort but also to aid in the development of a particular technical skill, such as co-ordination.
Our classes are structured to encourage a ‘can do’ confident attitude in all the children we teach. It is our job 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.