Children between the ages of 4 and 7 have special challenges when learning. For a child at 4 or 5 years of age, it is sometimes difficult to focus or pay attention in a class situation. There is also some difficulty with balance and motor skills up to 7 years of age. Olympic Karate’s unique Little Dragon’s program was designed by Master Donovan to address these needs in this age of children and for the kids to have fun while learning and developing.
We have 3 divisions of little dragons: beginners, intermediates, and advanced.
New students start in Beginner Little Dragons classes. Beginner little dragon’s white, red and yellow belts are taught basics of blocking, striking, kicking and the concepts of martial arts (such as courtesy and respect, talk-walk-defend, the scholar and the warrior, and time and place for everything).Little Dragons are also taught about “focus” and that our motto at Olympic Karate is “learn to be your best“.
Intermediate Little Dragon’s gold, orange and purple belts are taught to start to apply their basics for self-defense, more difficult basic moves and they start learning basic kickboxing skills. We expect Intermediate Little Dragons to pay attention and listen better than beginners. Intermediates also start to learn basic karate routine called kata.
Advanced Little Dragon’s green, blue, brown and black belts are more focused and more fit than intermediates because we emphasize fitness – this is also where we introduce sparring and kickboxing. When a student becomes a green belt and enters advanced little dragons we ask the parents to invest in protective safety equipment so that they can spar. Sparring starts with the instructor, and as the students develop confidence and ability we start to match them against their classmates. The themes of sparring/kickboxing are: (1) Keep your guard up; (2) Move your feet; and (3) Use combinations. Advanced little dragons are also taught more difficult self-defense material as we start to move them forward into regular classes at age 7.