Junior Black Belts
JUNIOR BLACK BELT is an innovative and exciting new program concept.
JUNIOR BLACK BELT is a specialized program in Martial Arts for ages 8 to 15.
The program curriculum includes TaishinJitsu (Self Defense), Kumite (Sparing), Kata (Forms), Weapons (ancient traditional forms with sword, staff, nunchaku, etc), Musical and Creative Forms as well as Synchronized Forms and Tournament competition.
JUNIOR BLACK BELT is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Martial Art of Internationally acclaimed
JUNIOR BLACK BELT - TAISHINDOH & TAISHINJITSU
Dear Parent and prospective student.
The following narrative about our Youth Karate program will add a NEW and exciting dimension which has been several years in re-development, and will start in the Winter 2006 Session. This new and exciting activity is our Junior Black Belt Program which we believe will be an exciting, innovative and creative leisure-time sport activity for the Young Student.
Our Junior Black Belt Program has the sanction and approval of World Class Martial Arts Black Belt Organizations which are listed on our Web site www.taishindohUSA.com As a Martial Arts Teacher of more than forty years and having reached the highest levels of World Class Martial Arts myself, I am extremely excited and proud to offer this program again after more than a quarter of a Century!
Our Junior Black Belt Program is not a "try it and if I like it" type of program, rather, that has already been established by your child being in our regular classes and having been in of one of our regular scheduled Tournaments and has been promoted to at least Yellow Belt. The Junior Black Belt Program starts with a step above! It is a regular scheduled sport and athletic program sponsored by the Recreation Department that is like no other! While youth try other sport programs to get the "best fit" so to speak, none has the awesome prestige, admiration and mystique from youth, as the title of Black Belt!
Our Junior Black Belt Program could be for everyone! Junior Black Belt is a commitment to excellence! Junior Black Belt is a commitment to learning to set goals, learning to plan and work the plan, and to carry out the plan to its goal which is Junior Black Belt! This is NOT just another leisure-time "try it" activity for something kids can do in an hour or so, rather the Junior Black Belt Program is a integral component of the World Class Taishindoh and Kids Karate World programs. (www.kidskarateworld.com)
More often, parents seem to choose a multiple series of recreational and leisure time activities during the week for their children with a rationale that a child should be exposed to as many different free time activities in order to provide for a more well rounded experience, and that eventually, the child will choose the one he or she likes best. My experience of more than forty years of teaching a unique type of sports and athletics is that too many activities can be counter productive!
With all of the added educational responsibilities and academic challenges required of children today, that after "home work" and "Faith Instruction," I believe that "free time" should be used judiciously, and that recreational and sport and athletic activity should be chosen wisely in order to create a more proper balance in growth and development. In Junior Black Belt, I believe that it is better for Children to learn to enjoy and thrive in one or two "Free Time" activities, than it is to be exposed to many, and not do well in any!
In Junior Black Belt, students begin to learn at an early age to set goals for themselves, and after having made a commitment to achieve a stated goal, to learn to see it through! Students in our Junior Black Belt program learn to prioritize their time, as they have determined that this is a major aspect of setting and achieving goals for themselves!
Junior Black Belt is NOT a VANITY program! We do not have a child's Black Belt in our program! Junior Black Belt training deals with operative words called "TRAINING and EARNED!" Junior Black Belt training involves learning to focus on task; developing coordination, hand/eye abilities, dealing with frustration, dealing with the "I can't or I'm bored or tired" attitudes. Junior Black Belt trains youth to THINK, to Learn how to Learn and to Learn when they are Learning and to learn to enjoy and savor the moment as a REWARD! Junior Black Belt teaches youth that there are REWARDS in helping others, and improving upon themselves oftentimes without expecting material rewards is a reward in itself, it is called development of character!
"No Ice Cream, Cookies and Milk, Happy Meals, or Game Boy's, to occupy a Child's time.
No superficial rewards for being quiet or behaving! Rewards in Junior Black come through personal accomplishment brought about by training, desire and effort!"
No Balloons, nor "cutesy" and fancy head bands. No camouflaged belts, and No "jumping through hoops" to impress Parents! Junior Black Belt is a World Class Martial Arts discipline and training regimen! The Adult Junior Black Belt instructors and volunteer instructors have nearly 200 (collective) Years experience! We again invite parents to view our Web sites, www.taishindohUSA.com and www.kidskarateworld.com to review the qualifications of the Director and support Black Belt personnel and philosophy of teaching youth, and as one recent TV. automobile commercial states, "if you can find a better deal, buy it!"
The Junior Black Belt through Taishindoh International and Kids Karate World is an EARNED Black Belt awarded after long and dedicated training which includes learning to research Martial Arts History and writing a report on selected topics.
The average young person in our community is usually involved in a seasonal type of scheduled sport through school, ie: Baseball, Basketball, Swimming, etc. Some young people become active in two seasonal recreational activities and then take time off! The "downside" of these activities are they are Seasonal and the number of players are limited, only so many can play! Not so in Karate! Not so in our Junior Black Belt Program! Junior Black Belt training is only limited by the students desire to achieve excellence, and to learn that Karate training is not instant gratification, rather training is "Learning to Learn" and enjoying the knowledge that one has achieved a milestone through personal effort!
An "up-side" of Junior Black Belt is that the Student learns to Train and Work in the program while having fun, NOT PLAY! Playing can come at another time, in another activity! In Junior Black Belt, students choose this sport and athletic activity as their GOAL because they have determined that Karate has more of a personal challenge! The student has determined that by achieving the stated goal, that he or she has earned the coveted Junior Black Black Belt and has accomplished a very unique milestone that few other youth can or will, and will carry the lessons learned throughout their lifetime!
As I have stated, Junior Black Belt is for everyone! We encourage Parents to be involved with the student in this program! This is not a typical Recreational type of activity! There are lessons to be learned and parents can help their children by attendance, encouragement and support! Junior Black Belt is a major Martial Arts program as well as major sport and athletic undertaking.
Junior Black Belt is a program for the student who has the potential to achieve for him or herself, and desires to rise to a higher aspiration. Black Belt is a major accomplishment at any age, but for the young student, the accomplishment and lessons learned in Junior Black Belt, are something that youth will carry through a life-time, and lesson's learned and friendships gained, will be cherished for years to come.
The Junior Black Belt Program is not to be confused with Adult level training! There is an infinite amount more training and skill level development involved. The Adult level can usually be achieved by age 16, (but not guaranteed) and is normally two to three years of additional training and competition beyond Junior Black Belt to achieve and earn the coveted Shodan (Adult 1st Degree).
Students involved in the Junior Black program can continue with training through their school years and have every opportunity to graduate from High School with more than an "Athletic or Varsity Letter, as they will have earned a minimum of an Adult Second Degree Black Belt in Taishindoh Karate which is recognized not only as a World Class Martial Art, and recognized as a major training program in Self Defense by World Class Law Enforcement Training programs, but may have qualified for the Basic Teaching Certificate from Taishindoh International which can be of more value in future endeavors than participation in normal secondary level sports programs.
Time Table for Training toward Junior Black Belt!
We encourage Parents to think about this program narrative explaining Junior Black Belt, and seriously consider if the demands and requirements for the Junior Black Belt Program is a sport and athletic activity, is a commitment which is right for your child and your support.
Junior Black Belt is usually a Three Year program! Please be advised that the Three Year program is not necessarily Three Callander Years, but is mainly determined by the actual time in hours per week, month, quarter, year, etc a student presents him or herself for training. Taking time off at any time during a given year, is taking time off from training! Junior Black Belt is a year around program, it is not seasonal dependant!
Junior Black Belt training can start at any new Recreation Department Session, ie:, Winter-Spring, Summer, and Fall. Training in Junior Black Belt leaves a lot of time for other individual and family activities, and we encourage that. The Junior Black Belt training program requires that youth train at least twice per week, and approximately every third Thursday evening for Demonstration Team practice and training!
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