Our youth members (7-12 years old) are taught the same material that our adults members are taught. The program has a number of short-term milestones that are used in the promotion sequence to help keep our youth members on task toward their goal of black belt. This is not a "kids class," it is a class of students who are youth ages. We provide young children with the positive influence of the martial arts to gain the skills necessary to be a future community leader.
With so many other options out there for children to play games or compete, we pledge to help young people learn patience, concentration, humility, self-discipline, self-control, and respect. We intend to enhance the successful lives of children through both personal development and achievement. We stress discipline, respect, self-control, good character, and hard work!
Our class sessions often require a lot of energy and self-control, but we also utilize a variety of fun drills in class. We try to mix things up by also having special sessions for our youth to simply have fun with each other - and their friends from outside our school. We also prepare for and compete in regional tournaments for those that wish to test their skills under pressure and nervousness.
The program is based on attending two classes a week, and offer three possible classes for students. We run a rotating curriculum which allows instructors more overall time with students and the ability to provide more detail as needed. Students are scored on their performance during an 11-week session and two weeks of testing. Scores and promotions are based on individual achievement and milestones. We are a traditional Tang Soo Do school affiliated with the World Tang Soo Do Association and attend events twice a year with other schools from within the region, but we are not a competition-focused school.
It is important to note that the only expectation we have of new students is that they try. We hold no judgement on athletic abilities or personality traits - we've all been there at one point!
What To Expect
Our Tang Soo Do program has a planned path from your first class and beyond. Each season has specific goals, drills, and patterns to learn to graduate to the next rank. Following our course plans is generally the goal, but sometimes instructors will address things that need more attention. Season and class plans are designed to give students more time learning and practicing specific skills and to allow our instructors more time teaching each of those skills to the students. Our instructors are here to help push you to your fullest potential.
The youth members of the program have a number of additional belts in the ranking structure. These steps allow students more time to better complete milestones in their development as well as better understand the training as a martial artist while still progressing.
We have some information about what to expect for those who are first starting martial arts written up on our regisrtation page. Click on over there to get some additional information about trial memberships and the first several weeks of classes.