Conveniently Located in: Kearns, Midvale, and Sandy
Not only will your child get strong, fit and flexible with kids karate classes at West Wind Karate, but they'll also learn crucial life skills and safety-improving techniques that can be used for a lifetime.
At West Wind Karate in Sandy Utah, we offer a clean, state of the art facility that is welcoming to children of all ages! Karate is more than just a fun and active sport; it will teach your child the mental, physical and spiritual advantages to succeed at school, at home and in life.
The early skills in this program is considered early skills because they are the first skills that young children develop. Most children between the ages of 3 and 4 years old do not have the attention Span, preliminary skills, or drive necessary to participate in a traditional programs.
This program was designed to introduce early skills training to the pre-school age group, which has limited physical, intellectual, social and emotional abilities.
Here’s an overview for the stages of development of children ages 3 and 4:
They typically have low tone and poor hand-eye-coordination. We expect them initially to drop their arms when punching and fall when kicking or jumping.
The goal for our program is to get them to punch without dropping their arms; kick without falling; jump without falling; and catch objects thrown from various directions and distances.
They typically have a limited vocabulary therefore learning is normally limited to visual and kinesthetic activities.
The goal for our program is to get them to follow verbal commands with no visual demonstration.
They typically have strong preferences and fears therefore they will normally act out of bounds when their emotions get out of control. We expect them to run off the mat when they have anxiety. We also expect them to shut down when something either scares them or doesn’t go their way.
The goal for our program is to help them follow directions and persevere through an activity even if they are initially emotional.
They are typically very self-centered. Also, due to their limited vocabulary their common form of communication is mainly physical.
The goals for our program are to help them build good social skills such as spatial awareness; not interrupting when others are talking; and taking turns properly.
By understanding the stages of development of 3 and 4-year olds, we were able to select 8 Age-appropriate skills that make up the Skills Program and create success for Basic Skills.
- Kicking - Punching - Blocking - Crawling - Hopping - Running - Rolling - Catching -
These 8 skills are taught individually so that a student training 2x per week will work on all 8 skills over a course of 4 weeks. As a student accomplishes each skill requirements, the student will earn a skill tab. The students goal is to collect all 8 skill tabs within the 9 week testing cycle in order to test for the next rank.
This curriculum introduces basic skills training to the early elementary age group, which is currently establishing a basic foundation of physical, intellectual, social and emotional abilities. With that said, more emphasis is placed on building basic fundamental skills training with a strategic balance of Martial Arts.
Five and six-year olds are the most enthusiastic students. They love creativity and problem solving, which makes them ideal students in the Martial Arts. The problem we discovered is they are so progressive in following tasks some teachers tend to treat them like their older peers. The solution we found is to provide them with their own program that targets their stage of development in a manner that adapts to their social and intellectual curiosity while at the same time building skills that set them up for success.
Here’s an overview for the stages of development of children ages 5 and 6:
They typically do not know how to apply their muscles so they fall often when their body is in constant motion. Also, they have a basic foundation for leg, arm, core, and abdominal development, but they still lack a lot of strength.
The goals for our program are to get them to perform high repetitions of kicks without putting their foot down, and also perform static, active, and dynamic exercises for beyond ten reps with good technique.
They typically have a hard time retaining directions beyond three commands. They also have a hard time distinguishing between their left and right. We expect them to initially get confused when we ask them to do more than three things at one time.
The goal for our program is to get them to retain three or more commands at once, and beyond. We will also help them learn how to perform various left and right combinations.
They typically focus on things that make them happy. They also have slow brakes when they are excited.
The goal for our program is to help them focus even when it’s hard to do so. We will also help them control their body and their power, especially when they are excited.
They love to play with others, but are typically very competitive.
The goals for our program are to help them build good teamwork such as no cheating; don’t get angry when they lose; and don’t brag when they win.
By understanding the stages of development of 5 and 6-year olds, we were able to select 8 age-appropriate skills that make up the Basic skills Program:
- Focus - Teamwork - Control- Memory - Balance - Discipline - Fitness- Coordination -
We cover one of the above skills per class. They must earn all 8 skill tabs in order to graduate to the next belt level. Once they earn their next belt they will continue to run through all 8 skills earning their skill-stripes with more challenging curriculum as they advance to each rank. They graduate to the WestWind Karate program after they have successfully completed all 9 belt ranks of the Basic Skills program.
Here is an example of what a white belt must demonstrate for each of the 8 skills above in order to earn their next belt:
We use basic elements of traditional Martial Arts curriculums to build skills that are appropriate for 5 and 6-year olds. This means that your child will learn and grow at a pace that is not too easy, nor too challenging. The best part is the Basic SKILLZ program will equip your child with skills that they will utilize in every area of their life!
Whether you live or work in Holliday, Midvale, Draper, West Valley, Kearns, Taylorsville, Salt Lake City, or Sandy Utah, find out more about our kids karate program today! Just fill in the request form to have information delivered straight to your inbox.