What is the Little Ninjas Program?

This is an exclusive program for children ages 6 and 7 that integrates the learning of martial arts skills, life skills, and safety skills. The goal of our program is to prepare our young students for life. When they turn 8 years old they advance to to our Eagles Program (ages 8-12).

Each student will develop a solid foundation in karate stances, basic techniques, sparring combinations, self-defense and kata (sequential pre-arranged karate techniques). Character development, life skills, and safety skills; physical fitness and coordination; and self-defense including bully defense and stranger awareness are all part of this comprehensive, immediate and practice application of the martial arts.

Our teaching methods are based on the best karate teaching practices, child psychology, and learning development principles providing your child with a fun and dynamic experience in a positive, safe, supportive, and disciplined atmosphere.

The early stages of a child?s formation and education are critical, and they will build a foundation of values, beliefs, skills, and habits that could last a lifetime.  Our goal is to help you in making sure these values, beliefs, skills, and habits are positive.


By participating in our Little Ninjas program, your child will gain the following additional benefits:

-Develop a greater sense of self-confidence                                                   -Develop self-esteem and self-worth

-Learn polite greetings and polite manners                                                   -Act respectfully toward family members, teachers, and others

-Increase focus and concentration                                                                 -Learn to live and play safely                                     

-Show self-control                                                                                           -Learn to share and promote teamwork

-Develop a love of learning and motivation for their karate skills                  -Learn the importance of self-care     

-Develop physical balance, flexibility and coordination                                  -Enhance memory and listening skills

-Increase awareness of body and space                                                         -Understand responsibility

-Make friends and learn socialization                                                            -Be a good person and a contributing member of society 


 -Develop a greater sense of self-confidence

 Develop self-esteem and

 Learn polite greetings and polite manners 

  Act respectfully toward family 

 Increase focus and concentration

 Develop self-esteem and

 Show self-control and promote teamwork

 Act respectfully toward family 

 Develop a love of learning and motivation for their karate skills  

 Act respectfully toward family 

 Develop physical balance, flexibility and coordination 

 Learn to share 

 Increase awareness of body and space 

 Learn the importance of self-care  

It is in this age group that we introduce our ?Black Belt Excellence? character development program

This is so important that it represents literally half of the requirements to advance to the next belt. The topics are listed below.

Attitude                                Black Belt Principles                                 Bully Safety
Confidence                           Courage                                                   Determination
Fitness                                  Focus                                                        Goal Setting
Good Manners                      Gratitude & Generosity                            Gratitude, Kindness and Patriotism
Honesty                                Integrity                                                   Kindness
Leadership                           Love                                                          Modesty
Nutrition                              Perseverance                                            Positive Self-Image
Potential                              Respect                                                      Responsibility
School Pride                        Self-Discipline                                             Stranger Awareness
Student Creed                     Teamwork

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