develop your little dragons into physical literacy ninjas

Children’s martial arts programmes that increase engagement and retention

Are you a busy martial arts coach that is actively is looking to increase your retention and revenue by providing a better service to your customers? Do you already wear 101 different hats at your club and struggle to make a dent in your never ending ‘to do’ list? 

Our MAPLE framework draws on scientific theory and over a decade of experience to help you construct a children’s martial arts programme with magnetic retention. Not only will you have the tools you need to construct and deliver great sessions, but you will also have the knowledge of what makes them great.

The 'FIVER' benefits of a great children's martial arts programme

MAPLE is designed to provide you with a framework to help you win in five key areas. These wins are not just great for the club and the coaches running the classes but they also help maximise engagement and development of the participants.

tips on building your Own little dragons program


Is strength training healthy for young martial arts students?

When anyone mentions strength training for children some coaches will get a picture in their head of a young child trying to use the weights …

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Lil Dragon vs Skillz VS MAPLE

Introduction Children’s martial arts programmes have been available since around the year 2000 when Melody Johnson (was Shuman) introduced her Little Ninja’s programme and Kimber …

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What are the benefits of having a children’s martial arts programme?

I put a lot of the success of our clubs down to having a great children’s martial arts programme. When we first moved our small …

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FUNdamential Movement Skills for children’s martial arts

Often abbreviated to FMS, FUNdamental Movement Skills describe the ability to move the body in specific patterns using different body parts. They cover both gross …

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Large muscular man with boxing gloves on facing boy with boxing gloves on

Gradings for young children in martial arts – are you comparing apples with oranges?

We all want the best for our young ninjas. Developing their skills, physical ability and positive physiological characteristics are at the top of our list …

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Children's sticker chart

Do stickers motivate children if used as a reward in your children’s martial arts classes?

The answer to the question in the headline is ‘Of course they do, they motivate children to want stickers’. Though the answer to the question …

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Customer Feedback

"I'm using your template that you handed out at the EFC conference for planning 4-5 year old lessons. I've have adapted the framework to plan all the sessions including adults and it is pure gold"
Lianne Lazenby
Compass Martial Arts
"MAPLE has ticked all the boxes for me. Helped make the classes better for the students, more fun to coach and the parents love it too."
Lee Douglas
West Coast Krav Maga