Friday, April 27, 2007

Tiny Tigers

Tomorrow morning at 10:15, Ted and I will head out to a trial Tiny Tigers class. Brian, the owner/teacher, spoke with me today and it sounds pretty neat. We'll take a tour and talk about what days works for Ted, etc. I'll let you know how it goes tomorrow!

The Tiny Tiger program is designed specifically for the preschool age child. Like the internationally recognized Karate for Kids Program, the curriculum focuses on building strong character and emphasizes the areas of courtesy, respect, and discipline. This special taekwondo program is designed to improve your child's motor skills and improve their ability to focus, listen, pay attention, and follow directions. Our classes are safe, fun, exciting, positive, and age appropriate. The program works in unison with the Karate for Kids program, ensuring a smooth transition to the "big kid class" when the time comes.

The rank and testing system used by the Tigers is slightly different from the Karate for Kids program. Tigers can earn eight collectable animal patches to display on the belts: Tiger for orange belt; Cheetah for yellow; Lion for camo; Eagle for green; Phoenix for purple; Dragon for blue; Cobra for brown; Panther for red. Tiny Tigers also have their own unique "Victory Patch". Stars are earned in the same way as the Karate for Kids program. These different colored stars are rewarded for outstanding performance in karate class, school, home or at a tournament competition. Each month the kids are introduced to a new lifeskill word (monthly theme), such as: Goals, Friendship, Perseverance, Self-Control, Confidence, Self-Improvement, Courtesy, Self Awareness, Respect, Integrity, Self-Esteem, & Dedication.

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