This is for new Tigers students (White Belts) and the Junior grades (Yellow and Blue Belts). This class focuses on developing core martial arts and self-defence skills. The class also caters to the needs of the new student which is mostly building their self-confidence and physical skills. We also cover strategies for dealing with bullying and when it is appropriate to use the self-defence skills that they are being taught.
Mondays and Thursdays - Tigers Development Class (5.15 PM to 5.55 PM)
This is for established Tigers students (Single Red Tips and above). This class focuses on building on the core martial arts and self-defence skills developed in the Foundation Class to develop the skills required to attain Junior Black Belt. There is also a life-skills component to this class where we cover the meaning behind the martial arts values and how to apply them in everyday life.
Tuesday Hapkido Tigers Class (5 PM to 5.45 PM)
The Tuesday night Hapkido Tigers and Saturday morning Family Class are for all Hapkido Tigers Grade Groups.
(It is anticpated that in time this class will also split into two classes and run at the same times as the Monday and Tuesday classes).
Our Hapkido Tigers programme aims to develop your child or children into a Junior Hapkido Black Belt. There are 8 belt grades to work through on this journey which takes 3 - 4 years to complete. These grades mirror the first 3 adult Hapkido grades but includes other material to develop excellence in core martial arts skills like kicking.
Each grade is broken down into 4 stripes. Each stripe covers an aspect of our training programme. Once a student becomes proficient in a particular aspect for his or her particular grade, a tape stripe is earned and placed on one of the tips of their belt. This recognises regular progess at a shorter interval than a normal belt promotion and helps maintain interest.
The Junior Hapkido Black Belt is a black belt with the student's name embroidered on it in white. It is not a full black belt as even the most talented junior student will have difficulty in dealing with a fully grown adult attacker in a self-defence situation. However, it rewards the time and effort that a junior student has put into their training. Many of our Junior Black Belt students have now been with us for over 10 years - this is most than half their lifetime!
The Hapkido Tigers Junior Hapkido Black Belt provides an ideal platform to develop the skills to eventually attain an adult Black Belt which we don't normally award to students until they are at least 15 years old.
Transition to Teen and Adult Hapkido
Regardless of their Tiger grade, we find that most students want to move up to either the Teen or Adult Hapkido claases at around ages 11 - 12. The Adult Hapkido class is harder than a Tiger class but through experience we have developed a number of mechanisms that allow students an almost seemless tranistion into their new class.