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Early Skillz (3 & 4 yr olds)
This psychologist recommended, tested and approved program is very specifically designed for the three and four year old. It is the perfect “Pre-Kenpo” program and the only one like it being utilized in the Southwestern Pennsylvania area, let alone in the Pittsburgh demographic. PKA Karate Academy in Pittsburgh was honored and proud to be able to bring this international program to the area in October 2010.
This safe, fun and dynamic training syllabus is very specific and adheres to the exact training guidelines that PKA Karate has always followed as an age specific, goal oriented, results driven martial arts academy.
When teaching children at any age, especially 3 & 4, instructors must be trained themselves and continually taught the different stages of development that a child goes through in order to translate these stages properly into their training ON THE MAT. Instructors at PKA Karate go away on a regular basis for a week at a time to continue their education for THIS specific program. Most schools today simply take a family’s money and will throw a new child onto the mat along with other children. They don’t know how to properly evaluate individual children or students so they can be worked with on an individual basis. Worse yet, some schools still will not even let parents participate by watching the class that they are paying to have their child take part. And even worse, not only are others NOT trained in how to work with the different ages properly, (they will put all age groups together ie…3 through 9 year olds in the same class) some have eleven and twelve year olds running classes by themselves. Kids teaching kids at such a very early age is not something that most are looking for especially when a twelve year old is still developing.
When shopping around for a martial arts school be sure to ask these questions:
- How is my child evaluated?
- Who teaches the classes?
- Are the instructors certified regularily? By whom? In school or out?
- Can the family watch classes?
- Are the classes broken down by ages? Why? Why Not?
- What are some of the developmental stages children go through to separate them for success?
- Hidden fees?
Our Early Skillz program begins the student’s adventure in Kenpo by seriously breaking down the four most critical areas in the life of a child:
The Early Skillz curriculum leads our students right into our Basic Skillz Program.
View Some Video Testimonials for PKA Karate Kids Karate Programs
Basic Skillz (5-7 yrs)
These classes are specifically designed for our next group of students. A Little Dragon is 5, 6 or 7 years old and these upcoming leaders have weekly classes that are 45-minutes in length.
Like our older children’s kids karate classes, our Little Dragon martial arts class is broken down based on training drills or material needed to be learned for that day. Classes consist of basic fundamentals such as: stances, kicks, punches, movement drills, self-defense, combinations, pad drills, forms, and hands-on sparring.
Focus in on safety, fun then learning at all times!
Although, at this age, more time is spent with basic strengthening, coordination, balance, eye contact and movement. There is also a very strong discipline element at this age with a major emphasis placed on respect and the family unit. The main result being CONFIDENCE!
All students have detailed class lesson planners and training calendars which they review each class and have hanging at home to continually monitor their progress. All classes are taught with enthusiasm and positive reinforcement, treating all children as individuals and meeting them each at their own levels.
The classes are very high speed and in a 45-minute class, we can often get through two hours worth of drills. This is one of the main reasons why we utilize a pre-evaluation system at PKA Karate Academy.
Students progress at their own speed and level. Students that are ready to test may do so upon approval from an instructor on testing day. Tests are held every ten weeks.
The required training syllabus for the Basic Skillz is broken down in a very easy to learn and retain manner, this is Kenpo. There is also a LOT of fun to be had in our Basic Skillz kids karate program.
View some video testimonials for PKA Karate Kids Karate Programs.
Core Skillz (8-10 yrs)
As a full-time martial arts school, all Core students have two classes per week available. Kenpo is a full-year activity. And with busy family, school, community and additional sports/activities, the best training schedule for results found across the country is utilized at PKA Karate; two classes per week.
Each class has very specific class planners broken down based on training drills and material which is needed to be taught for that day. Parents and students receive copies of these planners and know EXACTLY what will be taught in class, prior to leaving their home. Classes consist of basic fundamentals such as: stances, kicks, punches, movements drills, self-defense, combinations, pad drills, forms, and hands-on sparring.
Emphasis is placed on safety, fun and learning at all times!
All students have a bound syllabus for rank testing. (and a DVD video) This syllabus is reviewed weekly and along with the student’s personal notebook, guides both the staff and student in advancement and proper progression for testing.
PKA Karate Academy has always been known for its cutting-edge hands-on street training consisting of contact drills and sparring. Sparring is done on a continuous contact basis with emphasis on safety. All children must wear full protective gear including: mouthpieces, gloves, boots, cup/supporters/ Shin and instep pads are also available for the children and there is no head contact permitted.
The staff always promotes the family unit with respect in school and at home. Report cards are brought in and reviewed regularly with children and families soon learn that they can lean on the PKA staff for any help or issues outside the Academy as well.
Although discipline is developed and strictly enforced in all classes, children also realize that there are certain times in class for conditioning through fun and games as well. All classes are taught with enthusiasm and positive reinforcement, treating all children as individuals and meeting them each at their own levels.
All students progress at their own speed and level. Students are not required to test until the instructors are confident with all the information that needs to be demonstrated prior to the test. Students are then signed off on for the test. Testing days are held every ten weeks.
PKA Karate Academy is proud to teach age specific, goal oriented, results driven classes.
Regardless of age breakdown or class program, the PKA Karate Academy curriculum is PROVEN and produces RESULTS!
View Some Video Testimonials for PKA Karate Kids Karate Programs.
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