Key Training Areas
Striking, kicking, and sparring – Tiger-Rock’s teen martial arts lessons include striking, kicking, and sparring drills. These drills help improve motor skills, physical ability, and physical fitness. As trainees in the Teen program advance in these drills, their timing, coordination, and balance improves. Core endurance is enhanced. Teens further develop their capabilities in self-defense.
Physical fitness – Our program aims to help teens get into and maintain peak physical fitness. We incorporate various martial arts calisthenics in our lessons. These strength and conditioning exercises help build upper- and lower-body strength. In combination with typical teen martial arts striking, kicking, and sparring drills, a workout that improves a teen’s cardiovascular health and core endurance is developed.
Self-Defense and Anti-Bullying – In junior high and high school, bullying becomes more serious. It is important for a teen martial arts student to know what to do when being bullied. Our anti-bullying education is extensive and our training program includes extensive self-defense training. We want to help teens gain the ability to protect themselves safely and effectively.
Confidence – At Tiger-Rock Martial Arts, we understand how important it is for teens to have a positive self-assessment. For many teens, self-esteem, self-efficacy, and self-awareness determines their physical, mental, and emotional comfort levels. With our inclusive environment, we aim to teach with positive reinforcement while giving every teen student the tools they need to succeed not only on the mat, but off the mat as well.
Leadership & Citizenship – Some of the most important life lessons are taught during this time. We feel that it is important for teens to cultivate those life lessons positively to make a better world. We extensively train our students in the values of good citizenship and strong leadership. In fact, we offer a Leadership Program whenever a teen student achieves a certain rank. It’s more than a martial arts system; it’s a way of life.
Advancement and Competition – We encourage students to take advantage of multiple opportunities per year to advance in rank. These tests, known officially as Belt Exams, give students the opportunity to apply what they have learned on the mat. In addition, teen martial arts students will be invited to participate in yearly tournaments in the fall, spring, and summer. Much of our training is geared towards preparing students for belt exams and our annual competitive events.