Planning

Planning martial arts programmes, sessions and development models

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 Hill (now Tyee) released her Lil Dragon programme (2001). These two coaches created a new sector within the martial arts community by writing programmes specifically for children. While other instructors …

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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 of goals. So how do we use gradings to build these traits? Should we be using the gradings to measure competency like we do with the older children, teens and …

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