The Golden Leopard Kempo Children’s Program: Ninja Kids, is divided into age groups:
- Tiny Ninja Module (ages 3-4 years old)
- Little Ninja Module (ages 5-6 years old)
- Junior Ninja Module (ages 7-9 years old)
- Mighty Ninja Module (ages 10-12 years old)
- Super Ninja Module (Junior Black Belts only)
Each module has its own ranking system of nine belts organized into three levels:
- Beginner: White, Yellow, Orange
- Intermediate: Red, Purple, Blue
- Advanced: Teal, Green, Brown
The Ninja Kids curriculum improves children’s physical, intellectual, emotional, and social skills. These skills will help the child enter life with a more confident and enthusiastic outlook. The child will become better students at school, better listeners at home, and more ambitious towards the future. Our program will enhance positive character development in a fun and motivating way.
The program will prepare your child for our Super Ninja course (Junior Black Belt training). The skills they are taught in the Ninja Kids program are composed of physical, intellectual, emotional, and social benefits. In our classes, we make learning fun and educational. We aim to help your child be the best they can be at everything they put their minds to.
How does the course work?
This program is run on a ten-week rotating cycle. The first four weeks (weeks 1-4) include a blend of fun drills and introductory skill training drills. For the next four weeks (weeks 5-8), repeat weeks 1-4, emphasizing quality. These classes have more intense skill training emphasizing repetition for better quality skill development. Children who can complete the exit standard are awarded a skill stripe for their belt. Week 9 is review week and testing. Week 10 has games, extra-curricular activities, and a cycle break. The cycle begins the next week again.
Why an activity-based cycle?
We have found an activity-based curriculum builds better overall martial artists. Our age-specific program targets children’s development stage in a manner that keeps the children entertained while at the same time building skills that set them up for success. Martial art techniques are a synergy of several small, atomic skills. The program focuses on developing smaller atomic skills such as balance and punching. As the children mature, these skills can be combined into martial arts techniques at a higher level of proficiency.
Our experience has been that this training method produces more students with above-average martial arts skills. Before implementing a skill-based program, many students would drop out of training or struggle with certain aspects of training. The skill-based program also implements goal-setting and goal-achieving practices that are life skills. The program is systematic, cyclical, and predictable. We want to train our students with the best methods to produce the best results.
Can I start my child at any age?
Yes. Each phase builds upon the previous phase, but going through all the previous ranks or phases isn’t necessary. The program is designed for particular age groups to develop age-appropriate skills. Once a child reaches a particular age, they don’t need to learn the skills for a younger age. For example, an eight-year-old girl should begin in the Junior Ninja phase. She doesn’t need to learn skills for a four-year-old in the Ninja Tot phase or a six-year-old in the Little Jr. Ninja phase.
How will my child advance through the program?
After every first skill lesson, the instructor will place a stamp on the Leopard Achievement Record Card (LARC). On completing the second skill lesson, your child will be awarded a belt stripe for developing that skill (see the skill table for a complete list). Each skill stripe is a different color. Your child must earn all eight colored skill stripes to qualify to advance to the next belt level. Each student with all eight skill stripes will perform at the next Belt Promotion, held every eleven weeks.
Belt Promotion allows your child to show the instructors and parents how developed each skill has become. A panel of judges will evaluate each child to monitor his or her progress. After the performance, an awards ceremony rewards the children with their new rank. Their rank advancement gives your child a new, increasingly more difficult challenge for each skill. Your child again begins to collect the colored belt stripes as they set their goal for the next belt performance. This keeps the program exciting and challenging. Your child will learn to set goals and accomplish their new ranks.
Our instructors monitor your child’s progress by his or her skill stripes. Ensure your child is consistent with his or her attendance so that he or she earns each skill stripe before the Belt Promotion date. Follow the curriculum calendar to avoid excess time at each rank and prevent boredom.
If your child has difficulty with a specific skill, the instructor may ask you to work with him or her at home to improve the skills. Homework assignments are provided so your child can be the best he or she can be. We aim to develop the eight skills in the Ninja Kids Program thoroughly. With your help, your child will learn and grow with commitment and dedication to excellence in everything that he or she does.
For your 13 to 17-year-olds, we have a Teen program called Kempo Xtreme that will inspire them to be extraordinary.