The most important aspects of children's training are discipline and respect. Respect not only for parents and teachers, but also for classmates, and finally for themselves. Self confidence develops through hapkido training that will give the child a new level of awareness both of themselves and of others.
As self-defence skills develop, children learn how to cope with bullying and abusive situations.
There is no competitive sparring in hapkido, so egos tend not to develop. Sparring is directed towards the child having a partner, from whom they can learn and share skills, as opposed to an opponent.
All manner of self-defence skills are covered in childrens training. From awareness and "going with your gut feeling," to simple escape and evasion techniques. Finally, to the true skills that can develop with dedicated effort.
The childrens training syllabus is directed less toward learning techniques, than the the adult program, while maintaining a comprehensive and varied self-defence program. They will learn correct stances, kick and punch blocks, how to breakfall, how to throw an opponent, kicking and striking techniques and a wide variety of joint locking techniques, to cover all aspects of attack and defence situations.
New students are given a workbook that contains training guidelines and the grading and training syllabus. As the student progresses through the various belt ranks, each page is checked off for skill and ability. When the page is completed they will become eligible to grade for the next level.
There are ten levels up to junior black belt with an intermediate level between each kub or class level. A certificate is awarded for each level, and different coloured belts are awarded where applicable. The coloured belts have a black line through the centre, to denote a junior level and consist of orange, (10th and 9th kub), yellow (8th and 7th kub), green (6th and 5th kub), blue (4th and 3rd kub), red (2nd and 1st kub) and black, (1st dan level).
The class is fairly disciplined to promote a better learning environment and to avoid injury. At the same time, the object of the training is to have fun while learning. Interactive games are played to develop personal skills and to learn to be a team player.
It is our express wish that every child learning hapkido will develop a better sense of self-awareness, self-confidence and physical fitness.
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