Whether your child graduated from the Lil’ Ninjas program or is just now starting in the Martial Arts, we’re confident that the Tigers program will be of great value to your child’s development - socially, mentally, and physically.


Built on years of research and a foundation of courtesy and respect, the Tigers curriculum utilizes fun drills, games, and mat chats to develop the 8 skills most beneficial to your 5 or 6 year-old:  focus, teamwork, control, balance, memory, discipline, fitness, and coordination.  



The Tigers Belt Structure

 

There are 3 Levels of Tigers: Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced.  Each Level has 3 belts, for a total of 9 belts in the Tigers program.  All of the students within a Level learn the same curriculum which rotates after each Belt Promotion.



Skill Training Details


  1. The Tigers ideally train twice per week and cover one skill per week. 

  2. Once a skill requirement is met, the student earns a skill bar on his/her belt.

  3. The 8 skill bars become more challenging to earn as students progress in rank level. 

  4. Once all 8 skill bars are earned and at least 16 classes are logged, Belt Promotion eligibility is met.

  5. We have a Belt Promotion scheduled about every 10 weeks.

  6. The first 8 weeks of each testing cycle cover the 8 skills, and the last 2 weeks are for test preparation.

  7. The students’ goal is to complete the requirements of each skill according to his/her level.



Belt Promotion Details


  1. The next Belt Promotion date / time is scheduled and posted on the mirror next to the bleachers

  2. Testing Paperwork is due 1 week before the Belt Promotion

  3. Please arrive 15 minutes before the Belt Promotion

  4. All testing students must wear white pants and have uniforms looking nice and clean.



Entering the Tigers from the Lil’ Ninjas Program


When a Lil' Ninja wants to moves up to the Tigers Program:

  1. The student needs approval from the Parents and Instructors.

  2. The student must be either 5 years old, or be in Lil' Ninjas Level 3.
  3. The belts from Lil’ Ninja Level 3 correspond to those of Tiger Level 1.

  4. If coming in as a White Belt, the student will keep his/her Ninja Belt.

  5. Membership fees will stay the same, but now there are Belt Promotion fees.

  6. Class is at a different time.  Please check the schedule.

 


Exiting the Tigers to the Dragons Program


When a Tiger wants to moves up to the Dragons Program:

  1. The student needs approval from the Parents and Instructors.
  2. The student must be either 7 years old, or be in Tigers Level 3.
  3. The belts from Tiger Level 3 correspond to those of Dragon Level 1.
  4. If coming in as a White Belt, the student will keep his/her Tiger Belt.
  5. Membership fees will increase because of the longer class time.
  6. Class is at a different time.  Please check the schedule.



About our Tigers Instructors

 

To maintain a structured and positive learning environment, our instructors always emphasize good behavior and a Black Belt Attitude in the dojo, in the home, and in the classroom as well.  In order to promote to the next rank, each Tiger must present a signed document with both the parents and the school teacher’s approval.  An instructor’s name is a very powerful tool to use at home if your son or daughter is needing a reminder to behave or do school work.


Our instructors are able to meet the needs of each individual student with an amazing student to instructor ratio.  If there are not enough instructors on the floor, we may ask for volunteer parents to step out and help old targets, etc.  At different times in the year, there may be an increase in attendance or interest in the program.  Because of this, we cannot always guarantee that there will be room for new students to join.


 

How to make the most out of your child’s Tigers training


At home, it is up to you to encourage them and support them the best you can.  If your child is having trouble at home or at school, please feel free to talk to an instructor about it and schedule a time to talk.  We’re here to back you up and would love to help however possible.

 

Here are some tips for you to review with your child to help make the most out of the training times:

  1. Reinforce training at home. The students who practice more than usual, are the ones who appreciate and recognize the value of hard work. Paddles and Shields are available for sale in the Pro Shop.

  2. Attend your child’s classes regularly.  Nothing increases effort and motivation like a parent’s support.

  3. Don’t allow your child to be tardy to class.  This makes them feel uncomfortable, and teaches a bad habit.

  4. Discourage consistent absences.  Consistency and commitment will be one of the best lessons your child learns.

  5. Reward achievements.  When you recognize your child’s accomplishments, he/she will be more inclined to continue accomplishing.

  6. Help your child set consistent goals.  The more we  “go for it”, the more we gain.

  7. Check your emails from MAFF and be in touch with the instructors