Tigers (7 - 12 years)
"I just wanted to say how much our children enjoy Hapkido. Sophie in particular has gained so much confidence, people have commented on it and I definitely think Hapkido contributed to this. They have gained some very valuable skills."
"Our boys have both come a long way. Thank you for all that you have helped them achieve."
Next to our core adult Hapkido class, our Hapkido Tigers class is the other main class offered by our Academy and is aimed at Children aged 7 to 12. Children who get involved in our Tigers classes gain many benefits in several areas of life:
Fitness - Is a crucial element in our classes. Class warm-ups include jumping jacks, pushups, sit ups and stretches. The movements associated with Hapkido itself develops muscles and the cardiovascular system. This all helps out students in becoming toned, flexible and physically fit.
Tiger classes start with a quick warm up followed by basic drills. Once these are completed the students are taught syllabus martial specific to their grade before finishing with a quick warm down.
Our Tigers programme aims to develop the student 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 5 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 with student retention.
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. 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 9 or 10 years - this is most than half their lifetime!
The 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.