More Than Just Martial Arts
Tiger-Rock Martial Arts has two different programs for children: Tiger-Cubs and Juniors. The Tiger-Cubs program is for ages 4, 5, and 6. Students between the ages of 6 and 11 join the Juniors program.
Both of these programs offer children an entry-level difficulty in martial arts. Tiger-Cubs learn symmetrical movements while Juniors will learn more advanced strikes and kicks.
Most importantly, Tiger-Rock Martial Arts’ programs offer teachings in more than just martial arts. Tiger-Cubs and Juniors also learn a set of important life skills that will lay the groundwork for their teenage and adult lives.
Since Tiger-Cubs are either 4, 5, or 6, we provide training that stimulates their cognitive development. During this time in your child’s life, it is essential they work on their coordination and balance. We assist in this development through bilateral movements, which help asymmetrical development later on. You can expect your child to enjoy a dynamic and exciting 30-minute class.
Critical Life Skills
The life skills your child will learn during the Tiger-Cubs program are critical to their development into teens and then adults. We have developed the Tiger-Cubs program around 7 skills: Listen, Obey, Learn, Share, Patience, Attitude, and Courage. Each skill is broken down by instructors for students to have the most exposure to them.
Listening is a skill we all must learn to master. However, learning is much more critical for students within the Tiger-Cubs program. 4, 5, and 6-year-olds are often listening to their parents, other family members, and teachers. Our instructors teach the life skill of listening by having students focus their eyes, mind, and their body.
In order for students to obey, they must first listen. After the listening skill is learned, students move on to obeying. Tiger-Cubs learn how to obey their parents—their mothers’ way and their father’s way. From there, students learn how to obey their teacher and eventually the right way to complete a task.
Students must learn how to share throughout the rest of their lives. Nonetheless, Tiger-Rock Martial Arts attempts to teach them the basic fundamental of sharing. Success within martial arts requires patience. For that reason, Tiger-Rock instructors teach students how to take turns. We want them to respect their opponent as much as themselves.
Patience is a virtue, which means patience is a sign of moral excellence. Students learn patience because it proves they have the skills to navigate this world. Additionally, patience is a morally important skill for everyone to have. Without patience, life would be much more difficult. So, students are taught only to ask once and avoid interruptions.
The 7 skills we teach our students are critical to their teenage and adult years. The life skills we teach students are the start of responsible citizens. Instructors instill each skill by breaking them down into multiple layers. For example, the skill of listening is broken up into three rules: focus your eyes, focus your mind, and focus your body sir/ma’am.
Juniors learn more advanced forms of Taekwondo and martial arts. Instead of just symmetrical movements, students learn different types of kicks and strikes. A mix of symmetrical and asymmetrical movements helps create a lively program. Furthermore, students are further educated on the 7 life skills.
More Than Life Skills
The life skills we teach your child are more than just basic skills. Rather, these skills are the concrete foundation leading to greater capabilities. Your child will become a good citizen and a respectable person with the 7 skills we teach. The Juniors program receives some of the same training as our Tiger-Cubs.
Learning may not seem like a life skill, but the process of learning certainly is. We help students stay focused by keeping their eyes trained on who or what is teaching them. In turn, the focus of your child is improved. This skill translates to a greater capacity while in school. You may see improvements in your child’s schoolwork after the program.
The attitude of youth can sometimes be hampered by progress to the lack thereof. Tiger-Rock Martial Arts wants to help students keep a positive and hopeful attitude. In doing so, students are able to overcome the obstacles in their way. A positive mentality helps stave off anxiety, stress, and depression.
It takes great courage to speak in front of a crowd, ask someone out on a date, or simply do something that scares you. Students within the Juniors program will learn how to gather the courage to overcome obstacles. The previous skill of attitude plays a large role in courage. Without the right attitude, you will not have the courage you need.
Applying Life Skills
Once your child learns all 7 skills, they can use them across every front of their life. Tiger-Rock Martial Arts wants to teach more than just kicks and strikes. At the heart of Taekwondo and other martial arts, there is more than just a fighting style. There is also a set of values we want to pass on to as many students as possible.
The 7 skills students learn in the Juniors program help create the leaders of tomorrow. Listening, obeying, learning, sharing, patience, attitude, and courage are vital skills for leading a good community. Students in this program have the opportunity to join the Honors Program, which gives unique leadership opportunities.