10 - 14 Year Old Martial Arts
Principles of Life
A psychology study conducted in the US found that children in martial arts have an increased sense of responsibility, a decrease in the willingness to take foolish risks, and a higher sense of self esteem.
This is why hundreds of parents are using Cobra Martial Arts to supplement their children's education and upbringing.
Cobra Martial Arts is a lot more than just punching and kicking - it is also a rock solid, holistic and healthy (physically and mentally) way of living ones life.
At every lesson, children are taught that Martial Arts works as a 'triangle', meaning that it's principles must be extended to school and home life and are not just for Cobra dojo (training centre).
Developing Respect and Discipline
For example, we bow to our instructor before class to show respect and this respect must also be shown to our parents and school teachers. Behaving and performing well in the dojo is not enough to pass your belts. We monitor, through a tracking form known as a Grading Form, that this same behavior and performance is replicated at home and at school.
Turning Children into Adults
Cobra's children's Martial Arts programs contain an in-built Leadership Program which teaches important traits, usually associated with successful people and leaders, such as:
The Goal Setting Process (e.g. we use the coloured belt system to teach children how to set and achieve goals).
Leadership skills (e.g. children are gradually prepared to lead class exercises and stretches and from time-to-time will be asked to stand in front of the class to lead them).
Public Speaking skills (e.g. children are taught and constantly reminded about strong posture, standing tall, speaking and replying in a loud, clear and confident voice, and introducing themselves to their partner with a firm hand shake and eye contact).
Senior belt level students may attend a special Instructor Certification program, where they are taught about teaching, class planning and advanced leadership skill development.
These students may be invited to further develop their teaching and leadership skills, by being given the opportunity to put their knowledge into practice, by assisting with the classes of younger or lower level children.