The Teen Tiger class focuses on all aspects of martial arts training both physical and mental. The Teen Tiger Total Defense program combines all of the benefits of the traditional martial arts such as discipline, courtesy, self-control, confidence, character, concentration, teamwork and focus. – with all of the benefits of an effective self-defense program – increased awareness, safety, and practical self-defense.
Athletically we work on building strength, flexibility and coordination. The physical techniques of martial arts are also stressed for this age group. In addition, this class is a bridge and transition period into the adult program.
The program teaches techniques from Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Muay Thai Kickboxing, and Kali (a Filipino weapons based style). These styles are widely recognized as some of the worlds most effective and practical Martial Arts. The Teen Tiger Total Defense program is designed to build a strong foundation of skills directed towards fitness, physical and mental conditioning, and (most importantly) realistic self-defense.
Martial Arts are Great for Children
Parents today are recognizing that the public school system is not enough. Millions of parents are bringing martial arts, as we teach here, into their children’s lives to supplement their education.
Carleton University, in a study reported in Psychology Today (January 1985), found that children in martial arts have a lower level of anxiety; an increased sense of responsibility; a decrease in the willingness to take foolish risks; a higher sense of self-esteem; higher level of social intelligence; and were less likely to be radical.
Parents report these five important benefits their children in our school experience:
Our reward system improves children’s self-esteem
Martial arts are not like team sports because the emphasis is on developing the individual’s self-esteem not the team’s winning record. The belt system is the key. When kids earn their belts it gives them a great sense of accomplishment that really improves the way they feel about themselves.
Our program teaches children discipline
One of the things parents appreciate most about our classes is the improvement in their child’s self-discipline. We have a wonderful staff of patient instructors who love to work with children, but are also very clear about limits. We enforce good rules of behavior in class, and we expect the same good behavior at home and in school.
Our activities channel children’s aggression
Many doctors actually prescribed our school for treatment because of the positive outlet it gives the kids for all their energy.
Our confidence classes enhance children’s self-esteem
We believe confidence is one of the most important things we can give kids. That’s why every class we teach has confidence-building drills included.
Our program teaches children essential self-defense skills
Our program teaches practical, proven self-defense methods. We also teach the kids that the moves they learn in class will work, so they don’t go home and try them on their sister, or neighbor.