Martial arts classes teach focus as a skill, so they are highly appropriate for children with focus problems. The same is true of young people who exhibit some difficulty with self-discipline.
Quite the contrary. By increasing your child’s self-confidence, and providing guidance in conflict avoidance and safety, martial arts training will decrease the likelihood that your son or daughter will feel the need to assert themselves in an aggressive manner.
Not unless s/he wants to. Champions are made on the practice floor, not just in tournaments. We believe in “creative competition” in which everyone leads everyone else to do their best. If your child does want the added learning experience of formal competition, we will make certain that s/he enters the tournament with a positive attitude and is prepared for competing through our Competition Team program.
Our students practice their skills through “point sparring.” Strikes in point sparring are more akin to tag than to fighting. Students do not begin sparring until they have been training for six months or more so that they and every one they partner with has good control of their techniques. While only light contact is permitted, all students wear protective gear to ensure safety and to maximize learning and enjoyment. THERE IS NEVER ANY HARD HITTING AT ANY AGE OR BELT LEVEL at Black Belt Leadership Academy.
Most definitely! Classes are physically demanding. We expect everyone to train at his or her personal best, so you will be able to progress as your fitness and stamina improve. The progression in our curriculum and the advancement from belt to belt encourages effort and gives every student the opportunity to succeed.
Most students earn their Black Belts after approximately 4 years of training. Every student moves through our program at the pace appropriate for them, so actual time will depend on individual effort and development.
Our tuition is for unlimited classes, but we suggest that children begin taking at least two classes each week so that they can develop physical and mental skills while they continue to look forward to classes each week. Adults can attend as often as they like. Students in our Black Belt Team program often take 3 or more classes per week.
The keys to self-defense include self-confidence, strength without violence, and knowing how and where to seek appropriate help. Through Black Belt Leadership Academy training, your child will develop these skills so that physical self-defense is rarely necessary. Your child will also learn physical self-defense techniques that will enable him/her to protect themselves and discourage any physical threat.
Classes are scheduled at various times in the evenings and on Saturday to accommodate most families. Please check our class schedule on this site for specific times and days.
Classes are divided by age and experience. 4 and 5 year olds train in activity-based Little Ninja classes. Children 6-12 train with other students of their own age and belt levels in our Basic, Intermediate, and Advanced classes. Youth sparring classes are further divided by age. Teens and adults of all levels work together in some classes, but advanced students get additional training. Our Masters Team program allows Black Belts to train together at a very advanced level.
All classes are taught by Black Belt instructors, each of whom has gone through our Instructor Training Program. During all classes there are multiple instructors in the academy at all times. See the About Us section to find out more about our teachers.