OUR CLASS PHILOSOPHY
Little Warriors (5, 6, and 7-Year-Olds)
This level covers basic striking and grappling while omitting submission skills because we don’t trust these little maniacs until they’re a bit older. They can spend up to 2 years in this class if needed but the goal is to get bumped into the Level 1 class by developing the coordination, listening skills, and empathy needed to participate in the higher levels safely. “Taking care of the other humans on the mat” goes a long way around here.
This level covers basic striking and grappling with the added responsibility of holding pads for partners and a slow and safe introduction to basic submission skills. Level 1 consists of the first 3 belt ranks (around 9 months) and covers all of the the basic knowledge and skill they need to move into Level 2 confidently and safely. By the end of Level 1 students have a more functional understanding of reality-based self-defense than I did after earning my second traditional martial arts black belt.
Level 2 training is the goal for all of our warriors! After building a solid base of fundamentals, we get into problem-solving skills for all levels of threat. The kids build their toolbox in Level 1 and fill it in Level 2. Striking and mauling skills are for real bad guys and submission grappling is for bullies who need to be safely controlled. “We don’t have to be best friends but you do have to leave me alone.” Kids can spend years in this rotating curriculum and always learn something new while honing the skill set they’ve already built. Kickboxing gear (boxing gloves, shin guards, and a helmet) is required for Level 2 and the only thing parents will ever have to buy.