Whether your child graduated from the Tigers program or is just now starting in the Martial Arts, we’re confident that the Dragons 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 Dragons curriculum utilizes fun drills, games, and mat chats to develop the 8 skills most beneficial to your 7 or 9 year old:  Agility, Technique, Courage, Flexibility, Intensity, Perseverance, Speed, and Concentration.




The Dragons Belt Structure


There are 3 Levels of Dragons: Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced.  Each level has a 3 belts, for a total of 9 belts in the Dragons program.


Skill Training Details

  1. The Dragons meet 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 Tigers 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 Tigers 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 have a slight increase because of the increased mat time.

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

 


Exiting the Dragons to the Youth Program


When a Dragon wants to moves up to the Youth Program:

  1. The student must be at least 10 years old or in Dragons Level 3.
  2. The student needs approval from the Parents and Instructors.
  3. The belts from Dragons Level 3 correspond to those of Youth Level 1.
  4. If coming in as a White Belt, the student will keep his/her Dragons Belt.
  5. Membership fees or belt fees may increase.
  6. Class is at a different time.  Please check the schedule.



About our Dragons 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 Dragon must present a signed document with both the parents and the school teacher’s recommendations.  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.  At different times in the year, their make 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 Dragons 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- it is only when a child practices more than usual that they appreciate and recognize their hard work.

  2. Attend their classes regularly- when you support their effort and motivation, they try harder.

  3. Don’t allow them to be tardy to class- tardiness will make them feel uncomfortable, and teaches bad manners.

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

  5. Reward their achievements- when you recognize their accomplishments, they are more inclined to continue accomplishing.

  6. Help them set consistent goals.  The more they “go for it”, the more they will gain.
  7. Check your emails from MAFF and be in touch with the instructors