Christchurch Dragons Junior Martial Art Club
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Find out everything you need to know about becoming a Dragon and what it means.
Dragons Junior Martial Art Club aims to give the student valuable "learning skills that will last a lifetime". The classes are carefully designed to keep young dragons excited and motivated, and parents satisfied that their children are getting value for money tuition from experienced instructors.
There is a carefully planned syllabus that gives children new and exiting topics at each level, rather than "more of the same" that you see in many other marital art schools. For example, by the time children become a Blue Dragon (signified by their blue sash) they will have learned not only basic punching and kicking skills but a variety of takedown techniques. Depending on their age they will have learnt simple self defense methods using locking and throwing techniques and sword work all in a completely safe and risk-free atmosphere.
Hard work and achievement is rewarded by progressing to the next level. There is a formal grading exam when the Yellow Dragon progresses to Green Dragon but there are also stripes to earn while being a Yellow Dragon so that the parent and child know exactly how well they are progressing.
There is also a "Merit" badge system in place for special achievements in and outside class. These badges can be worn on the uniform with pride. We hope this encourages the child to keep striving for new challenges which can easily translate to school work and work life in adulthood.
There is a carefully planned progression from a complete beginner (or even a child who has some experience) to he role of Black Dragon. This involves hard work, commitment and the journey should take around 4 to 6 years. However, even at Red Dragon level we expect a child to have a similar level of knowledge as a black belt in other martial arts like karate or tai kwan do. In addition to that, there are also more varied techniques so they will be a more all round martial artist.
A Black Dragon will have unrivalled knowledge of martial arts which will last them for life. TIt won't be easy to become a Black Dragon, but if that level is reached, you know that person is good!
Grades, Merits and other achievements are recorded in the Dragons handbook. This effectively maps out the students progress. Along with the handbook, the experience in the class can contribute towards a Duke of Edinburgh Award, or a school's record of achievement. Dragons Handbook also contains useful information on the martial arts.
Doing push-ups and sit-ups might be exercise but they are not about learning martial arts. We do not pad out classes with repetitive exercises unless it teaches a martial art skill. Aggressive children will be asked to leave. We promote a safe environment for all children.