For most students in this age range, this will be the first group activity. So this class emphasizes attention span, listening, balance, motor skills and working with a group. We have been teaching children of this age group for many years, and believe our program really works. Watching child students who started as Little Ninja, one can see the amazing degree of control they have developed over their bodies at an early age. We realize that fun is the best motivator for children of this age group, but we always encourage them to do their best. This is how they build up important mental and physical skills that will help them in all areas of their lives.
There are six belt levels in this program, starting with white belt. The program is designed to allow students to progress at their own pace.
Little Ninja Class Schedule
Due to the shelter-in-place order, Zanshin Dojo will be hosting limited classes indoors and outdoors in Golden Gate Park. All classes are simulcast to zoom.
Little Ninja Class Schedule:
- Monday, Wednesday 4 – 4:40 pm (Indoor)
- Tuesday, Thursday 3:45 – 4:15 pm (Outdoor)
- Friday 4:30 – 5 pm (Indoor)
- Saturday 9:30 – 10 am (Outdoor)
A Typical Class
Stretching / Exercise
This helps to prepare students for Karate training by developing strength, fitness and flexibility.
Strength / Conditioning Games
After the warm-up, students take part in various games such as races and skill contests.
Basic Karate Moves
This is the core part of the class. Students learn and practice fundamental movements like blocks, kicks and punches. Because children in the Pee-Wee age range of 3 to 6 have bones and joints that are relatively soft and still forming, most of the techniques taught are linear and flowing, as opposed to the hard, rapid movements that characterize training for older children and adults.
Distance and Balance Training
Students learn to improve their balance and distance from an object by focusing their punches and kicks on our specially made Pee-Wee kicking shields and focus pads. Not surprisingly, this is a popular part of the class!
Self Defense and Awareness
This is integrated into most of the class but we do specifically study and review safety rules in class, including the following:
· Never leave home without notifying your parents.
· Never talk to strangers.
· Never accept anything from strangers.
· Do not respond if a stranger calls them by name.
· Never get into a stranger’s car.
· Never allow a stranger to get close enough to grab them.
· Teaching them the importance of 911 and their own home phone number.
End of Class
Usually we end with something fun like an obstacle course (great for balance and motor skill development), Tug of War, Sensei Says (our version of Simon Says), horse-stance leapfrog, and more.