Millennium Martial Arts has been developing our pre-school (ages 3-6) Little Dragons Karate program for nearly 20 years. With a student to teacher ratio of approximately 5:1, we provide an innovative, enriching, high energy, and of course, fun environment for these young students. The curriculum is designed to capture their imaginations while increasing their focus and attention span, ability to retain and recall details, improve balance, agility, all while learning skills that will help them to advance into the childrens’ karate programs when they are ready. We are particularly proud of the successes we have had, and continue to have, with children who come to us with a variety of issues related to Auditory Processing Disorders, Attention Deficit Disorders (ADHD), Autism Spectrum, Asperger Syndrome, those with poor muscle tone and/or in need of a complement to Occupational Therapy.
PARENTS & GRANDPARENTS LOVE WATCHING CLASS
You are able to observe all of the classes in the same room with the students and enjoy watching them develop skills right before your eyes. In a short time, you will observe your children performing karate moves that were nearly impossible for them just a few short weeks ago. You will watch the children begin reciting phrases in Japanese and alternate between laughing and beaming with pride over their new achievements.
Infused into the Little Dragons curriculum are drills that incorporate other tenets of Karate that are important to everyday life such as respect and courtesy to others, honesty, the value of perseverance, how to react to bullying, situational awareness and dealing with challenging situations. All of these life skills are readily transferable to their acclimation to school and will contribute to their social success while creating a foundation for leadership ability.
Many of our Little Dragons have “graduated” into our childrens’ programs, became leaders in those groups and ultimately worked their way through the ranks to to become Black Belts and even instructors.
JOIN AT ANY TIME AND COME AS OFTEN AS YOU CAN !
Little Dragons classes are offered four times per week for 30 minutes each with open enrollment – join at any time and come as often as you can! Visit us to observe a class, meet our instructors or speak with any of our students’ parents. Once you decide to join, we encourage you to bring your child at least two times per week if possible (3 or 4 is even better!) as that increases the retention of material, confidence, and quality of the relationships with fellow students and teachers.
BLACK BELT CLUB. . . ADVANCED TRAINING THAT DEVELOPS LEADERS!
Karate Students at Millennium Martial Arts who demonstrate a sincere dedication to their training and who have met a series of requirements are invited to apply for membership into our Black Belt Club. This enhanced level of training prepares these martial arts students for the leadership roles they will earn by eventually becoming Brown and Black Belts at the dojo. Reaching the rank of Black Belt in Ryukyu Kempo requires students to take their training more seriously as they progress through their upper rank requirements. Instructors expect greater effort toward perfection of techniques and practice. It is critical that both the student and their parents are committed toward that goal.
Both student and parents will begin to see that as rank increases, so does the responsibility to exemplify the Dojo Kuns and Guiding Principles that are fundamental to each student’s training and growth. These principles are emphasized in part during classes as students continue to develop skills, which include leadership, discipline, work ethic and anti-bullying techniques. As students continue toward the goal of Black Belt these qualities tend to become part of the student’s way of life at home, and in school. An advanced student of the martial arts should be making the lessons learned in the dojo be a part of who they are, wherever they are.