Our ultimate goal is to get children interested in Martial Arts by exposing them to the class format and protocol while improving listening skills, balance, and coordination.
White Belt – The beginner student is tasked with learning the Dojo (training hall) protocol, and respectful behaviors and demeanor. The physical activities are rooted in gross motor development, balance, and coordination. Tumbling skills are taught as a primary focus as well. In short, the White Belt is learning how to be in the Yellow Belt class.
Yellow Belt – The second tier of progress focuses on the fundamentals of blocking, punching, and kicking as taught in Olympic Style Tae Kwon Do. The development of critical listening, memory, and performance standards is our behavioral goal. Physical standards of performance become more stringent as well, with an emphasis on focused and constant effort. Yellow Belt skills and behaviors are needed to comfortably perform in the Gold Belt & Orange Belt Class.
Gold Belt & Orange Belt – This is where sparring (Tae Kwon Do & Sport Karate) happens. Great care is taken in teaching how to be a proper partner during attack & defense drills. The skills of previous levels are used to install coordinated reflexes of proper defensive tactics. Along with the “game of sparring,” students achieve fantastic cardiovascular and muscular health that will last a lifetime.
Eskrimadors (Green Ikat)
Students who know how to be good partners in sparring, have mastered the fundamental skills and concepts of defense, and have achieved an acceptable level of fitness are invited to the next level. Here they begin their experience with weapons of the Philippines (Eskrima, Arnis, Kali), and the empty hand equivalents of the styles more suited to realistic self-defense. Novices are taught the basic elements from each of the following tribal curriculums.
Students age 15+ may start in the Eskrima program.
Eskrimadors (Purple, Blue, Brown, Black Ikat)
All advanced students learn the Core Curriculum; a study of standing and ground striking, evading, and blocking for close quarters situations. In addition to the Core Curriculum, each Eskrimador is assigned to a particular tribe in order to train in depth using weapons and tactics from a particular type of Eskrima.
This tribe teaches the use of double weapons of equal length and weight, along with wooden 4’ staff, and the name Siniwali means “to weave”. Members of this tribe will have superb limb coordination, timing, and distance.
Members of this tribe train in the styles using one single weapon (stick) in all 3 major ranges of combat (long, medium, close). Sumbrada means “counter-for-counter”, and develops incredibly fast reflexes.
These students will be the experts at Close Quarters Combat. Pangamut means “street fighting”, and the tribal expertise lies in using the scarf as a weapon, as well as the small knife or “palm stick”.
The student who has achieved a Black Ikat in all 3 tribes will be granted the title of Maestro. This is the equivalent of a 3rd Degree Black Belt.
The unarmed combat art of the Japanese Samurai, and redefinition through Brazilian influence, is available to any student who has acquired the skills of Novice Eskrima. Students age 15+ may start in the Jujitsu program.
Training includes Falling, Rolling, Takedowns, Leg Sweeps, Hip Throws, Grappling, Joint Manipulations, and Strangles. Our progression focuses on takedowns and grappling first. New Jujitsuka learn about positions, movement, and escapes. The more experienced student will train in submissions (joint locks and strangles) and in standing (self-defense) applications.