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Why age-specific classes?
You might be curious why we are particular about age-specific classes or why our JLBC Martial Arts classes are 30 minutes? Research shows that children within this age group have attention spans that absorb only so much for this activity.
Although other children's activities (and some martial arts schools) offer longer classes, we like to balance fast-paced excitement and detail-oriented skills development. Within those 30 minutes, we do our best to keep them engaged with some form of learning and not only running around and playfulness the whole time. JLBC is also one of the few leadership martial arts programs using age-specific children's JLBC MARTIAL ARTS SKILLS CURRICULUM.
We identify students based on their stages of development and age and organize their classes with lessons that uniquely target the needs of that age group. Here is an overview of what each group focuses on in their separate classes.
JLBC Early Skills (4 & 5-year-olds)
JLBC Basic Skills (ages 6 & up)
JLBC Core Skills (ages 7 & 8)
4 & 5-year-olds love physical activity and anything involving play. They have a rich imagination and a strong desire to be less dependent on their usual caregivers.
The challenge we found is that many children this age have a hard time with structure in a group environment like JLBC martial arts.
The JLBC classes and curriculum structure we've developed for them target their stages of development to keep JLBC cadets entertained while at the same time building skills that set them up for leadership success as they grow older.
Six-year-olds (and older five-year-olds) are the most enthusiastic students. They love creativity and problem-solving, making them ideal martial arts students.
They are so progressive in following tasks but still do not have the social and motor skills to keep up with children seven and older.
Our Basic Skills classes adapt to their social and intellectual curiosity while helping them improve on social skills and more refined motor skills they are still developing: such as coordination, discipline, control, and focus, just to name a few.
Seven and 8-year-olds are what most teachers and educators consider "the golden age." They are proficient with their vocabulary and problem-solving skills, yet they are not at the age where they want complete independence from adults.
We found a solution to provide them with a fast-paced, high-energy class and constantly challenge them.
Children at this age love to be motivated by different challenges and are not easily overwhelmed. We emphasize skills like intensity, precision, speed, flexibility, and technique in their JLBC classes.