Teaching the Little Tigers
The teaching of the younger age group has to be done correctly so the child has a positive experience and stays in the martial arts. Little Tiger classes at Bob Davis Karate take into consideration the developmental age of the child. Classes need to be fun and visual to keep the child’s focus but all activities teach various aspects of the martial arts.
The younger age, group have shorter attention spans but absorb knowledge readily. We employ many teaching methods proven to be effective. The Tigers have their own belt system and wear adjustable belts that are easier for them to negotiate. Our Regional tournaments all held under the authority of the Chin Mu Kwan Tae Kwon do Federation have divisions for the tigers so they can have the experience of competing. Our tournaments are held in McAllen, Palmview, Brownsville, Corpus Christi and San Antonio. It’s great for the kids to win a medal or trophy, it inspires them and of course is very visual. It is amazing to see little tigers develop their skills, not only are self-defense skills developed, the tigers improve their eye hand coordination, flexibility, jumping skills, speed, etc. These skills help with all sports, soccer, football, hockey, tennis, volleyball, racquetball, baseball, softball, skiing etc. Parents report their children also play with greater confidence and discipline in all their activities. This includes school work, home rules and general behavior.
The classes follow a general formula, warm up, stretching, technique practice which includes punching, kicking and blocking skills. Then forms which are pre-arranged movements in a sequence with timing and rhythm, then self-defense tactics or one-steps which is pre-arranged free spar, board breaking practice, then ending with free spar. Either technique, free spar which is no contact fighting or with pads for light contact sparring. Students wear complete protective equipment including head, hand and foot protection along with mouth guard, shin protection, groin cup for boys, this allows the student to be able to practice the techniques with a little more reality. At Bob Davis Karate all practice areas have wall to wall mats, also both studios have punching bags and various training aids. Both areas have protective pads for students to borrow. Instructors have all the equipment needed to aide their teaching curriculums. Mirrors line the walls to also help the students to perfect their various karate skills. TV’s are located in each studio to play instructional DVD’s for the students. The lobby has a TV also for the entertainment of the parents and families. Parents and families are allowed to watch the classes in the studio if they wish or the student can be dropped off and picked up. Every day is a great day at Bob Davis Karate