I'm often asked how our children's martial arts programme is different from other martial arts and after school activities.
I guess I'd have to start by saying that we don't just focus on the content of what we teach, we pay a lot of attention to the Context. In other words... "It's Not What We Teach, It's How We Teach it!"
You see, over the millennia, the physical martial arts techniques have been passed down from parent to child and from instructor to student over and over again. In the process, systems have been developed to keep the martial arts style pure.
However, the subtler, yet infinitely more important character development aspects of martial arts have been more of a "Side Effect" than a deliberate, conscious, systemised effort.
So at Blackbelt Leaders, yes we have an effective and systemised physical martial arts curriculum specifically designed for children.
And more importantly we feel it's our responsibility to partner with parents to ensure our children develop the characteristics, values and leadership life-skills, that will help them step up to the challenges that life will present them every day.
We do this by systematically using metaphor and Socratic style questioning, causing your child to think and reason. Using this process, as your child's instructor we are able to guide your child, even if they are very young, into drawing powerful conclusions.
We are able to anchor these important lessons and empower children with alternate solutions through role playing.
We have found that students, especially young children, learn more information faster, and retain answers longer by listening to a short story, answering a few well-placed questions followed by role-playing (all in five minutes or less). This works better than many hours of laborious lectures.