Lion Cubs Programme (Ages 4-6 years)
Four year olds love physical activity and anything involving play. They have a rich imagination and strong desire to be less dependent on their usual caregivers. The problem we discovered is that many children this age have a hard time with structure in a group environment like what is commonly found in most martial arts schools. Five and six year olds are the most enthusiastic students. They love creativity and problem solving, which makes them ideal students in the martial arts. The problem we discovered is they are so progressive in following tasks, some teachers tend to treat them like their older peers. This is a problem because they still do not have the basic skills necessary to keep up with children ages seven and up. The solution we found is to provide students with their own programme that targets their stage of development in a manner that adapts to their social and intellectual curiosity while at the same time building skills that set them up for success. With that said, a structured program introducing basic skill-based training in martial arts has proven to be very successful.