- Strengthen their mind (things like developing self-discipline, willpower, focus, and self-control)
- Deepen positive character traits (things like respect, perseverance, confidence)
- And as a result, helps develop their sense of self-esteem and self-worth!
Having a guide that helps connect a child’s physical movements and experiences to these other characteristics is one of the things that makes martial arts training a unique method of helping them grow. Through our personalized program, we’re able to reinforce these qualities individually to help your child maximize their growth!
Below are a series of questions that parents frequently ask on behalf of their children, and will help you navigate the confusing messages that can be found out there.
Will my child get hurt?
I can’t say that it will never happen. Much like baseball or basketball, it is a physical sport. What I can definitely say is that I’ve had many children come to our program for years and years and they’ve never been injured. In fact, this is the norm for the vast majority of our students. As a result, because I’ve worked with so many kids who also are involved in other sports, my perception is that FAR fewer people are injured at karate than they are in other sports programs!
From the padded floors, to proper gear, to step-by-step personalized instruction, we do our utmost to ensure your child’s safety.
Will my child want to stick with the program?
One of the things we pride ourselves on is making our program not just educational, but also fun! The curriculum and the interactions with other kids and instructors are designed to have your kids learning while enjoying the process. In addition, our culture is welcoming and supportive, and there are so many kids I’ve taught literally from elementary school through college, some of whom have gone on to become instructors in their own right. I’ve seen many lifelong friendships develop between students of all ages. Below is an excerpt of something else I wrote a few years ago:
“A couple of years ago, I came across an article that claimed that the AVERAGE amount of time that a student studied martial arts for was approximately 7 months. To be transparent, I can’t find the article in order to properly cite it, and I don’t recall the methodology they used to collect that information, but I have to say that sounds fairly accurate. Either way, I can tell you that the AVERAGE amount of time that a student who enrolls with me is approximately 38 months. How is that possible? It’s only possible because people find the curriculum interesting and engaging, they love the community that we’ve created, and they are getting the results they want.“
What age is appropriate for kids to start taking martial arts classes?
At Z-Ultimate, because of our personalized method of instruction, we are able to work with kids of a variety of different ages. Also, we are able to adjust our curriculum depending on the age and capabilities of the individual so that they can get the benefits out of training. We typically start kids out as young as age 4 or 5, but of course they don’t have to be that young to start. By that time, most of them are ready for a program like ours. Just to make sure, though, we offer a free trial introductory private class to be able to assess your child to see if they are ready. And we follow that with a month of sessions at a special price as an extended trial to make sure it’s a good fit for your child and your family.
In order to celebrate and reward a child’s progress and their growth in the martial arts, Z-Ultimate students work on a belt system. Students make progress at their own pace, and new belts are earned by completing a curriculum and demonstrating proficiency in skills required for each level. At the appropriate time, the instructional staff will invite a student to participate in the testing process.
Come in and see how Z-Ultimate’s personalized approach will help your child achieve their personal best by scheduling a free Introductory Private Session today!
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“I just had to let you know that I have never seen my son as happy and proud as he was yesterday when he came home from class with his Yellow Belt! He was positively glowing with excitement as he showed me his certificate along with his new belt! I cannot thank you enough for being such a wonderful teacher and role model for him and making him fall in love with karate.”- Alicia M