Developing Self-Confidence, Self-Discipline & Self-Esteem in Children
 


Children's Training Program

LEVEL I
(For ages 3 through 12 years old)
Class I (3-6) Class II (7-9) Class III (10-12)

I Formal Opening of Class
II Concentration
III Breathing
IV Stretching
V Basic Exercises
VI Routine Coordination Drills
VII Class Format
•  Format A
•  Format B
•  Format C
VIII Sparring
IX Formal Closing of Class
X Home Workout Program - Click to View

Formal Opening of Class

It is an ancient tradition in martial arts practice that training is always initiated by formal procedure. Students are required to bow as they step upon the floor and bow when they exit the floor. The floor is considered the sacred mat of spiritual assembly and physical movement. A distinct sound such as that of a gong is used to help direct the procedural order of the beginning of class. A designated gong person is chosen to strike the gong throughout the intervals of class. The first sound of the gong is roaring of tones from several strikes of the gong signifying that class is beginning. Students then line up at a distance of arm length and wait for the next sounding of the gong. From that point on, each strike of the gong represents the order of procedure in starting the class training. With a head nod from the teacher the gong is struck and students turn their backs to the teacher and address the proper order of their gi (karate uniform) and tie their belt correctly. The next gong turns the students in the direction of the teacher and on command all students bow to the teacher. Each sound of the gong thereafter directs students to bow to each other individually, and then bow to each other as a group. The next gong initiates Zazen meditation. In Zazen, students kneel in a position of meditation, quieting their mind in order to concentrate on preparing to focus upon the training of class. Zazen is the last phase of the formal procedure of opening the class.

Concentration

The child's attention span is the arena of consciousness in which the teacher must utilize to achieve learning. Training children to focus their attention helps expand their zone of consciousness. I use concentration drills to increase the mental capacity of my students. During class students are given the command to come to attention. Students place their feet together and hands by their side. First they close their eyes and take deeps breath, silently counting each breath up to a designated amount of times. Next they open their eyes and focus upon a specific spot or object on the other end of the dojo, as they attempt to cease all movement of the body for a certain number of seconds. Eyes wondering, heads turning or body parts twitching faces the consequences of having to do pushups in front of the class immediately after the concentration drill. This uncomfortable feeling of slight embarrassment having to go out front of the class to do pushups works wonderful in getting my students to put more effort toward their concentration drills.

Breathing

Breathing is the most important exercise in martial arts training. It is the only bodily function we can't live without past five minutes. The development of lung capacity and the ability to control breathing during excitement, strenuous movements and cardiovascular exercises makes breathing exercises a mandatory exercise of every class, whether the class is considered formal or informal.

There are 12 breathing exercises ranging from challenging to extremely difficult. These valuable exercises are divided into three groups.

Group A (Beginners)
(1) Diagphram (2) Rising Sun (3) Bow & Arrow (4) Yawning Swan

Group B (Intermediate)
(1) Rhythmic (2) Jackknife (3) Magic Carpet (4) Volcano

Group C (Advance)
(1) Northern Wind (2) Levitation (3) Meditative (4) Gravity

In order to practice the synchronization of breathing and body movement, i teach my students choreographed patterns of techniques and movements known as breathing katas.

Stretching & Isometrics

Flexibility and strength are the key factors of muscle development and performance. In our pursuit of becoming superior martial arts technicians, far above our fellow competitors, flexibility and strength is cultivated as a continuous progression of muscle development. Every class is taught with a routine pattern of stretching forms and isometric muscle contractions that are designed to develop the student's muscle strength and flexibility to greater levels.

A full split represents the epitome of flexibility. And a 180 degrees roundhouse represents the epitome of muscle strength. I give certificates of merit to all of my students who achieve the flexibility of a full split and the strength of a 180 degrees roundhouse. Their names are placed on the boards of the Karate Krazy Kids Full Split Club and 180 Degrees Roundhouse Club.

Basics Exercises

Due to the exceptional levels of sophistication of techniques in original design and strategic execution of the Nungkyyii martial arts system, continuous progression of muscle strength and flexibility, body stamina, and overall physical conditioning is mandatory development in all sessions of our martial arts training. There are martial art techniques in our system that are so intricate that they cannot possibly be executed with proper geometrical form and adequate control of force and contact without sufficient muscle development.

The following formats are routine exercises of strengthening the body muscles which takes place in every class with a regular increase of repetitions in order to assure physical, mental and spiritual progression.

Class I (3-6 year olds)

I Breathing
II Stretching Routine
III Dragon Squats
IV Balance Exercies
V Pushups
VI Situps
VII Jumping Exercises
VIII The Bicycle
IX Iron Walk

Class II (7-9 year olds) & Class III (10-12 year olds)

I Breathing
II Stretching Routine
III Dragon Squats
IV Dragon Crawl
V Iron Walk
VI The Cobra
VII Abdominal Series
VIII Arm Exercises
IX Leg Exercises
X Cardiovascular Exercises
XI Balance Exercises
XII Floor Exercises

Routine Coordination Drills

Class I

I Riding Horse Stance
II Punches (Single, Double, Triple)
III Fan Block
IV Basic Drill (Straight Stance, Low Block, Snap Kick, Fist Punch )
V Blocking Series
VI Hand Kata

Class II & Class III

I Riding Horse Stance
II Punches (Single, Double, Triple)
III Fan Block
IV Blocking Series
V Hand Kata
VI Advance Combination Drill
VII Breathing Kata
VIII Nung-Chi Form #1
IX Nung-Do Form #1

Class Format

Each class format always begins with its standard formal opening of class procedure and proceeds through its class phases of concentration, breathing, stretching and basic exercises.

(Class I, II & III)

Monday (Group A) & Tuesday (Group B)
Format: Kata, Coordination Drills, Balance Beam Exercises & Sparring

Wednesday (Group A) & Thursday (Group B)
Format: Fitness Exercise Workout, Bag Contact Training & Sparring

Friday (Group A) & Saturday (Group B)
Format: Techniques, Balance Beam Training, Strategy & Sparring

Techniques & Strategy

Technique is the form, manner and science by which kicks, punches and combinations are executed by applied methodology. Strategy is a scientific means of executing the maneuverability of techniques in a superior manner beyond the opponent's ability to defend or counter.

Class I
Techniques

I Kicks - a. snap kick, b. roundhouse
II Punches - a. jab, b. straight punch, c. double fist punch
III Combinations - a. snap kick x roundhouse, b. double fist punch, roundhouse

Strategy Maneuvers

I Offensive Turn - II Defensive Turn - III Offensive Shift - IV Defensive Shift

Class II
Techniques

I Sweeps - a. front foot, b. evasive foot
II Kicks - a. check, b. shove, c. snapkick, d. side kick, e. roundhouse
III Punches - a. jab, b. straight punch, c. double fist punch
IV Combinations - a. front foot sweep jab, b. evasive foot sweep fan block, c. jumping snap kick, d. snap kick x round house, e. jumping snap kick x roundhouse, f. double fist punch round house

Strategy Maneuvers

I Offensive Turn - II Defensive Turn - III Offensive Shift - IV Defensive Shift -
V Kick Fake - VI X Step - VII X Step Turn - VIII Pull - IX Gyro Turn - X Radius

Class III
Techniques

I Sweeps - a. front foot, b. evasive foot, c. outside high sweep
II Kicks - a. check, b. shove, c. snapkick, d. side kick, e. roundhouse
III Punches - a. jab, b. straight punch, c. double fist punch
IV Combinations - a. front foot sweep jab, b. evasive foot sweep fan block, c. jumping snap kick, d. skipping snap kick, e. jumping snap kick x roundhouse, f. double fist punch round house, g. front foot sweep chcek kick,

Strategy Maneuvers

I Offensive Turn - II Defensive Turn - III Offensive Shift - IV Defensive Shift
V Kick Fake - VI X Step Fake - VII X Step - VIII X Step Turn - IX Pull - X Gyro Turn - XI Radius - XII Offensive Turn Defensive Turn - XIII Offensive Turning Defensive Turn

Competitive Events
Class II & III

Intramural Competition Tournaments

These tournaments were created to give children ages 7 thru 12 years old opportunities to compete with fellow students and demonstrate their martial arts talent, skills and performance of forms and techniques without having to face the bias judgment from officials from other styles of martial arts.

Intramural competition is far more productive and encouraging for my students than open competition. When students are judged by the principles and standards of their own martial arts system, their expressions and performances receive greater respect and creditability. With intramural competition tournaments I have the sole authority to establish the structure of the tournaments, the rules of competition and the standards of judgment. Since my tournaments are structured to be as rewarding as possible to my students, rather than rewarding to me financially, I reward every student for every match of competition he or she wins by presenting a medallion on a ribbon. A champion wins the championship trophy plus as many medals as the victories necessary to win the championship. The more rewarding and the greater the sensational experience of competition is for competitors, the less depressing the spirit of tournaments are for those who return home without a trophy.

Competition beyond the intramural arena has its positivisms of reward. The true test of competition is found among the most diverse styles of martial arts and the best competitors in the martial arts world. For the specific purpose of experiencing the grandeur of martial arts competition, I will be taking my students to two regional open tournaments and one major national tournament every year. Such limited open tournament participation will hardly effect the quality cultivation of my student's self-confidence and self-esteem generated in my monthly intramural competition tournaments.

“THE MAIN EVENT”
Class I

There is a “Sacred Vanguard” against injury in my Nungkyyii system of martial arts. With devoted reverence, I evoke higher consciousness in all my instructors and students as watch dogs of injury. Protecting children ages 6 years old and younger from sustainable injuries in tournament competition is next to impossible; therefore, I do not allow my students of the 6 year old and younger age groups to fight in tournaments. However, I do encourage them to perform their katas at tournaments.

In order to continue developing my younger students to greater levels of talent and skills as martial artists, and also cultivate their interest, zeal and will to continue to train diligently, I created “The Main Event” as a tournament substitute to give my younger students the same exciting experience.

The Main Event is an entertainment program specially designed to thrill the minds and emotions of my students of the ages of 3 thru 6 years old. This dramatic action packed event provides an imagination canvas for each child to paint a creation of his or her wildest karate fantasy; all in the presence of a cheering audience of friends, parents and family members.

Each Saturday children show up at the dojo in their ceremonial gi (specially designed karate uniform); their parents wearing Karate Krazy Kids tee shirts with their child's nick name blazing on the front. A boxing ring is set up in the center of the dojo floor. A ring announcer introduces the little fighter by nickname as his or her corner personnel (parents) marches their fighter to the ring with background music, high spiriting the audience. Parents manage their fighter's corner taking care of the stool, water, towel and mouth piece. The referee judges three 45 second rounds with three 15 second rest periods before each bell rings. During these three rounds of action packed drama I put on a theatrical performance of being knocked down, kicked and punched aggressively by my little opponent. And even though the referee scores my fight quite evenly sometimes, of course, I always lose to all of my little opponents.

The student's performance of these hilarious episodes of fighting are filmed on video cassette tapes. Parents are given a copy of the video tape to take home for family entertainment.

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