Tigers, Ages 4-5

Our Tigers program is age-specific karate training for the average 4 and 5-year old child. This program was designed to introduce early skills training to the pre-school and kindergarten age group, which has limited physical, intellectual, social and emotional abilities.

Each class we focus on one of eight early developmental skills and on our monthly theme. The eight early skills are kicking, punching, blocking, crawling, hopping, rolling, running and catching. Our monthly theme will be a life skill (e.g., respect, cooperation, discipline), safety skill (e.g., bullying, stranger awareness, traffic safety), or a karate skill (e.g., kicks, balance, strikes, stretching, blocking). 

The instructor will guide the class through a series of exercises, stretches and/or skills to be done in place and they will follow along as best as possible. Don?t worry if they don?t do exactly what the instructor is presenting. Students at this age are not only learning new martial arts skills, but they also are accumulating translation skills ? how to translate what they hear and see into what they can do. We break up slow activities that require self-control and concentration with periods of structured fast, fun activities that will get the silliness out every few minutes.

In our Tigers Program your child will:


Learn to share

Develop a sense of independence

Stimulate curiosity

Promote physical strength and stamina

Learn mind and body coordination

Develop a love for learning

Encourage socialization

Demonstrate responsibility

Act respectfully

Develop self-esteem

Learn to take turns and stand in line Develop speech and language

Build fundamental motor skills

Increase awareness of body and space Follow directions

Problem solve Show self-control

Practice good manners



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