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Introducing the Mini SKILLZ Program!

During 18 to 36 months of age, children’s’ skill development moves very fast. Their brains are growing rapidly, language is blooming, and motor skills are advancing. At the same time, thinking becomes more developed, and their social and emotional skills enable them to interact with more people. With that said, this is the ideal age to begin participation in structured group activities, such as Mini SKILLZ. We’ve done extensive research on the stages of development for children this age, and from that information have built a fun and exciting program that is just right for both the child and their guardian.

Here’s an overview for the stages of development of children ages 18 to 36 months:

  • Physically– they are very active, but don’t have much control of their movements.
    • We expect them to stumble on most activities and show very little skill in their gross and fine motor skills.
    • The physical goals for our program are to get them to perform basic exercises and activities with control such as stepping and jumping without falling, kicking while bending their knees, and punching while pulling their other hand back.
  • Intellectually– their thinking skills are all across the board, which makes it hard for them to anticipate what’s coming next. Therefore, their attention span will be very limited.
    • We expect them to lose focus often during class, and quickly become distracted.
    • The intellectual goals for our program are to get them to focus on the task at hand with minimal distractions, such as listening to the instructor, thinking about what comes next in activities, and following directions.
  • Emotionally– their feelings are very strong, but they are still not at the stage to recognize why. Therefore, they will show a wide range of strong emotions that are not quickly controllable.
    • We expect them to throw temper tantrums when they don’t get their way, and run around uncontrollably if they get too excited.
    • The emotional goals for our program are to help them have patience during activities despite how challenging they are.
  • Socially– language development has a big influence on their social development. They will imitate others, but will quickly fight for personal space when they feel too crowded.
    • We expect them to interact on a very basic level, but at the same time be more involved in “parallel” play.
    • The social goals for our program are to help them interact positively by sharing as well as showing respect to the other people in class.

By understanding the stages of development of 18 to 36 month olds, we were able to select 8 age-appropriate skills that make up the Mini SKILLZ Program:

  1. Stepping
  2. Listening
  3. Patience
  4. Respect
  5. Jumping
  6. Thinking
  7. Following
  8. Sharing

Here’s how the Mini SKILLZ program works:

  1. We cover one of the above skills per class (in order).
  2. During each class we run a warm-up; deliver a quick mat chat about the skill; run three skill-building drills; and then have a milestone checkpoint to see which stage they are at for the day’s skill.
  3. We finish class with a cool-down and social game.
  4. We repeat the same format with each skill, rotating through each skill once per month.
  5. Once they reach the age of 3, and can follow along on the mat without a guardian, they are now ready for the next program, Early SKILLZ for 3 and 4-year olds.

As you can see, this is not a typical toddler program!  We integrate an extensive amount of research and development into a program that is appropriate for their age, while at the same time advancing them beyond their current stage of development. This means that each child will learn and grow at a faster pace than the average toddler. The best part is the Mini SKILLZ program is a great way for them to bond with you as well!

 

Introducing the Internationally Acclaimed Early SKILLZ Program!

Three to four year olds love physical activity and anything involving play. They have a rich imagination and strong desire to be less dependent on their usual caregivers. The problem we discovered is that many children this age have a hard time with structure in a group environment like what is commonly found in most Martial Arts schools. The solution we found is to provide them with their own program that targets their stage of development in a manner that keeps them entertained while at the same time building skills that set them up for success. With that said, a structured program introducing early skill-based training in Martial Arts has proven to be very successful.

Here’s an overview for the stages of development of children ages 3 and 4:

  • Physically– they typically have low tone and poor hand-eye-coordination.
    • We expect them initially to drop their arms when punching and fall when kicking or jumping. We also expect them to have no concept of spatial awareness, therefore they will drop things that are thrown to them and bump into people and obstacles often.
    • The goal for our program is to get them to punch without dropping their arms; kick without falling; jump without falling; and catch objects thrown from various directions and distances.
  • Intellectually– they typically have a limited vocabulary therefore learning is normally limited to visual and kinesthetic activities.
    • We expect them to initially lose focus when activities are over-complicated. We also expect them to struggle with commands that have more than two instructions.
    • The goal for our program is to get them to follow verbal commands with no visual demonstration. Also, our goal is for them to remember rules and commands without being reminded.
  • Emotionally– they typically have strong preferences and fears therefore they will normally act out of bounds when their emotions get out of control.
    • We expect them to run off the mat when they have anxiety. We also expect them to shut down when something either scares them or doesn’t go their way.
    • The goal for our program is to help them follow directions and persevere through an activity even if they are initially emotional.
  • Socially– they are typically very self-centered. Also, due to their limited vocabulary their common form of communication is mainly physical.
    • We expect them to mock each other, such as falling when their classmate falls. We also expect them to crash into things when they are excited.
    • The goals for our program are to help them build good social skills such as spatial awareness; not interrupting when others are talking; and taking turns properly.

By understanding the stages of development of 3 and 4-year olds, we were able to select 8 age-appropriate skills that make up the Early SKILLZ Program:

  1. KICKING
  2. PUNCHING
  3. BLOCKING
  4. CRAWLING
  5. HOPPING
  6. ROLLING
  7. RUNNING
  8. CATCHING

We cover one of the above skills per class (in order).  During each class we run a warm-up; deliver a mat chat about the skill; run two or three skill-building drills; and then we have them demonstrate the skill to earn their skill-stripe. They must earn all 8 skill-stripes in order to graduate to the next belt level. Once they earn their next belt they will continue to run through all 8 skills earning their skill-stripes with more challenging curriculum as they advance to each rank. They graduate to the Basic SKILLZ program after they have successfully completed all 9 belt ranks of the Early SKILLZ program.

Here is an example of what a white belt must demonstrate for each of the 8 skills above in order to earn their next belt:

  1. KICKING – Front kicking in the air, alternating legs. They must be able to execute ten kicks in a row alternating legs in order to pass.
  2. PUNCHING – Straight punching in the air, alternating arms. They must be able to execute ten punches in a row alternating arms in order to pass.
  3. BLOCKING – High blocking in the air, alternating arms. They must be able to execute ten high blocks in a row alternating arms in order to pass.
  4. CRAWLING – Bear crawling across the mat. They must be able to bear crawl up and down the floor without their knees or elbows touching the mat in order to pass.
  5. HOPPING – Hopping down the floor with both feet. They must be able to hop down the mat with both feet together, and without falling, five times in a row in order to pass.
  6. ROLLING – Rolling a ball down the floor. They must be able to roll a ball down the floor while alternating hands, and keeping at least one hand on the ball at all times, in order to pass.
  7. RUNNING – Running down the floor. They must be able to run down the floor as fast as possible without falling in order to pass.
  8. CATCHING – Catching a ball thrown underhand from one step away. They must be able to catch a ball five times in a row in order to pass.

As you can see we take Martial Arts training to a whole new level!  We use early elements of traditional Martial Arts curriculums to build skills that are appropriate for 3 and 4-year olds. This means that your child will learn and grow at a pace that is not too easy, nor too challenging. The best part is the Early SKILLZ program will equip your child with skills that they will utilize in every area of their life!

 

Introducing the Internationally Acclaimed Basic SKILLZ Program!

Five and six-year olds are the most enthusiastic students. They love creativity and problem solving, which makes them ideal students in the Martial Arts. The problem we discovered is they are so progressive in following tasks, some teachers tend to treat them like their older peers. This is a problem because they still do not have the basic skills necessary to keep up with children ages 7 and up. The solution we found is to provide them with their own program that targets their stage of development in a manner that adapts to their social and intellectual curiosity while at the same time building skills that set them up for success. With that said a structured program introducing basic skill-based training in Martial Arts has proven to be very successful!

Here’s an overview for the stages of development of children ages 5 and 6:

  • Physically– they typically do not know how to apply their muscles so they fall often when their body is in constant motion. Also, they have a basic foundation for leg, arm, core, and abdominal development, but they still lack a lot of strength.
    • We expect them to initially struggle with multiple kicks beyond five repetitions.  We also expect them to initially have sloppy technique when exercising.
    • The goals for our program are to get them to perform high repetitions of kicks without putting their foot down, and also perform static, active, and dynamic exercises for beyond ten reps with good technique.
  • Intellectually– they typically have a hard time retaining beyond three commands. They also have a hard time distinguishing between their left and right.
    • We expect them to initially get confused when we ask them to do more than three things at one time. We also initially expect them to have a hard time distinguishing between their left and right when following multiple-commands.
    • The goal for our program is to get them to retain three or more commands at once, and beyond. We will also help them learn how to perform various left and right combinations.
  • Emotionally – they typically focus on things that make them happy. They also have slow brakes when they are excited.
    • We expect them to initially lose focus and shut down when they are not happy. We also expect them to lose control when they are over-excited.
    • The goal for our program is to help them focus even when it’s hard to do so. We will also help them control their body and their power, especially when they are excited.
  • Socially– they love to play with others, but are typically very competitive.
    • We expect them to initially show weak sportsmanship when they participate in a competition.
    • The goals for our program are to help them build good teamwork such as no cheating; don’t get angry when they lose; and don’t brag when they win.

By understanding the stages of development of 5 and 6-year olds, we were able to select 8 age-appropriate skills that make up the Basic SKILLZ Program:

  1. FOCUS
  2. TEAMWORK
  3. CONTROL
  4. MEMORY
  5. BALANCE
  6. DISCIPLINE
  7. FITNESS
  8. COORDINATION

We cover one of the above skills per class (in order).   During each class we run a warm-up; deliver a mat chat about the skill; run two or three skill-building drills; and then we have them demonstrate the skill to earn their skill-stripe. They must earn all 8 skill-stripes in order to graduate to the next belt level. Once they earn their next belt they will continue to run through all 8 skills earning their skill-stripes with more challenging curriculum as they advance to each rank. They graduate to the Core SKILLZ program after they have successfully completed all 9-belt ranks of the Basic SKILLZ program.

Here is an example of what a white belt must demonstrate for each of the 8 skills above in order to earn their next belt:

  1. FOCUS – Punching and kicking a pad that is thrown by an instructor standing one-step away from their side. They must be able to punch, and kick, a pad four times in a row in order to pass.
  2. TEAMWORK – Holding a kicking target for their partner while their partner does ten kicks. They must be loud while counting their partner’s kicks and hold the target tightly in order to pass.
  3. CONTROL – Stopping their body at attention position after running forward when an instructor says, “stop.” They must be at attention in less than three steps after the instructor says stop in order to pass.
  4. MEMORY – Demonstrating the three stage 1 block’s and three stage 1 strikes from memory. They must show the proper chambers and ending position for all of the moves in order to pass.
  5. BALANCE – Executing five front kicks without putting their foot down in between each rep. They must show full execution and retraction while keeping their knee chambered at belt level or higher in order to pass.
  6. DICSIPLINE – Demonstrating how to properly sit, take a knee, kneel on both knees, and stand at attention without moving. They must hold each position for no less than five seconds.
  7. FITNESS – Holding each static leg, arm, abdominal, and core exercise. They must not lose technique or else they have to start over. They must hold each exercise for no less than ten seconds in order to pass.
  8. COORDINATION – Performing left and right punching combinations on the mitts. They must hit the mitt with proper technique and also with the proper hand five times in a row in order to pass.

As you can see we take Martial Arts training to a whole new level! We use basic elements of traditional Martial Arts curriculums to build skills that are appropriate for 5 and 6-year olds. This means that your child will learn and grow at a pace that is not too easy, nor too challenging. The best part is the Basic SKILLZ program will equip your child with skills that they will utilize in every area of their life!

 

Introducing the Internationally Acclaimed Core SKILLZ Program!

Seven to nine-year olds are what most people consider “the golden age.” They are proficient in their vocabulary and problem-solving skills, yet they are not at the age where they want complete independence from adults. This makes the teacher-student relationship stronger than ever. The problem we discovered is they still lack core skills, and although they are highly intelligent, they struggle to keep up with students ages 10 and up. The solution we found is to provide them with their own program that targets their stage of development in a manner that adapts to their adventurous attitude and youthful nature while at the same time building skills that set them up for success. With that said a structured program introducing core skill-based training in Martial Arts has proven to be very successful.

Here’s an overview for the stages of development of children ages 7 to 9:

  • Physically – they typically have weak fine motor skills therefore proficient technique is not quite there yet. Also, they still tend to stumble when their body is in motion therefore advanced movement is still a little sloppy.
    • We expect them to initially struggle with great technique in their blocks, strikes, kicks, and stances. We also expect them to initially look sloppy when jumping, spinning, switching feet, etc.
    • The goal for our program is to get them to perform technical blocks, strikes, kicks, and stances while applying power. Also, our goal is to get them to apply speed to motion without looking sloppy.
  • Intellectually– they are extremely bright, but they typically have a hard time concentrating during distractions.
    • We expect them to initially lose focus if there are other, more “interesting” things going on around them. We also expect them to forget simple commands mainly because they try to “over-think.”
    • The goal for our program is to get them to concentrate on the task at hand despite other distractions. Our goal is to also get them to retain simple information without trying to put excessive thought into it.
  • Emotionally– they are wonderfully stable and love challenge. However, they will typically show excessive fear when they over-process something.
    • We expect them to have emotional stability for the most part on normal days. We also expect them to initially show excessive fear when put on the spot.
    • The goal for our program is to help them persevere through challenges, especially when they initially feel like giving up. We will also help them face their fears.
  • Socially– they love to interact with others, especially adults. However, they typically don’t like when something is unfair and will be determined to point it out and be heard.
    • We expect them to initially interrupt us when they think something is wrong. We also expect them to show great determination when trying to get their point across.
    • The goals for our program are to help them know how to address problems and challenges properly without interfering on the overall flow of the class.

By understanding the stages of development of 7 to 9-year olds, we were able to select 8 age-appropriate skills that make up the Core SKILLZ Program:

  1. AGILITY
  2. TECHNIQUE
  3. COURAGE
  4. FLEXIBILITY
  5. INTENSITY
  6. PERSERVERANCE
  7. SPEED
  8. CONCENTRATION

We cover one of the above skills per class (in order.) During each class we run a warm-up; deliver a mat chat about the skill; run two or three skill-building drills; and then we have them demonstrate the skill to earn their skill-stripe. They must earn all 8 skill-stripes in order to graduate to the next belt level. Once they earn their next belt they will continue to run through all 8 skills earning their skill-stripes with more challenging curriculum as they advance to each rank. They graduate to the Extreme SKILLZ program after they have successfully completed all 9 belt ranks of the Core SKILLZ program.

Here is an example of what a white belt must demonstrate for each of the 8 skills above in order to earn their next belt:

  1. AGILITY – Switching feet and kicking the pad with their front leg. They must be able to switch feet and kick a pad with their front leg ten times in a row, without making a mistake or looking sloppy, in order to pass.
  2. TECHNIQUE – Demonstrating the three stage 1 block’s and three stage 1 strikes from memory. They must show the proper chambers and ending position for all of the moves in order to pass.
  3. COURAGE – Dodging targets that are thrown at them from five steps away. They must be able to dodge five targets in a row in order to pass.
  4. FLEXIBILITY – Holding middle splits. They must be able to hold the middle splits for 30 seconds without falling in order to pass.
  5. INTENSITY – Palm strike board break. They must break a board with a palm strike in three shots or less in order to pass.
  6. PERSEVERANCE – Holding each static leg, arm, abdominal, and core exercise. They must not lose technique or else they have to start over. They must hold each exercise for no less than ten seconds in order to pass.
  7. SPEED – Demonstrating the 8-move kickboxing combination. They must perform the kickboxing combination with proper technique three times in a row in fifteen seconds or less in order to pass.
  8. CONCENTRATION – Performing combinations 1 – 5 of the stage 1 form. They must perform each move with proper chambers and execution in order to pass.

As you can see we take Martial Arts training to a whole new level! We use core elements of traditional Martial Arts curriculums to build skills that are appropriate for 7 to 9-year olds. This means that your child will learn and grow at a pace that is not too easy, nor too challenging. The best part is the Core SKILLZ program will equip your child with skills that they will utilize in every area of their life!

 

Introducing the Internationally Acclaimed Extreme SKILLZ Program!

Ten to fourteen-year olds are the smartest students in the school. Yes, they are smarter than most adults! They are also physically competent and can excel in most physical challenges that are presented to them. The problem we discovered is they are so focused on what is socially acceptable that they have a hard time keeping themselves emotionally driven to the task at hand. The solution we found is to provide them with their own program that targets their stage of development in a manner that nurtures their social and emotional instability while at the same time building skills that set them up for success. With that said a structured program introducing extreme skill-based training in Martial Arts has proven to be very successful.

Here’s an overview for the stages of development of children ages 10 to 14:

  • Physically– they typically have great technique and agility, but they can be lazy which leads to sloppiness.
    • We expect them to initially be sloppy on things that are easy physically.
    • The goal for our program is to get them to understand their potential if they pay attention the intricate details. We normally bypass the basics elements of physical development and jump right into the complicated details.
  • Intellectually– they are extremely smart. Their critical thinking skills are top-notch, but their decision making skills are typically the exact opposite, and that is why most adults treat them like a child.
    • We expect them to initially make choices that are easy as compared to applying thought and effort.
    • The goal for our program is to get them to see the bigger picture and apply their intellect.
  • Emotionally– thanks to science, they are typically all over the emotional spectrum. This is more prominent in boys than girls.
    • We expect their efforts to be based on what they think is cool.
    • The goal for our program is to help them apply intrinsic motivation and realize their true potential. Our goal is to also help them improve their decision making skills with drills that challenge their reaction time.
  • Socially– they care about what their peers think. If something is cool, then they will put more effort into it.
    • We expect them to initially hold back if they are uncomfortable as a defense mechanism.
    • The goal for our program is to help them excel at everything they do, especially in front of a crowd.

By understanding the stages of development of 10 and 14-year olds, we were able to select 8 age-appropriate skills that make up the Extreme SKILLZ Program:

  1. DEXTERITY
  2. REACTION
  3. VERSATILITY
  4. MOMENTUM
  5. PRECISION
  6. INSTINCT
  7. STRENGTH
  8. VISION

We cover one of the above skills per class (in order.) During each class we run a warm-up; deliver a mat chat about the skill; run two or three skill-building drills; and then we have them demonstrate the skill to earn their skill-stripe. They must earn all 8 skill-stripes in order to graduate to the next belt level. Once they earn their next belt they will continue to run through all 8 skills earning their skill-stripes with more challenging curriculum as they advance to each rank. They graduate to the Elite program and begin to work towards their 1st Degree Black Belt after they have successfully completed all 9 belt ranks of the Extreme SKILLZ program.

Here is an example of what a white belt must demonstrate for each of the 8 skills above in order to earn their next belt:

  1. DEXTERITY – Demonstrating the three stage 1 block’s and three stage 1 strikes from memory. They must show the proper chambers and ending position for all of the moves in order to pass.
  2. REACTION – Demonstrating basic single-hand grab escapes. They must apply the proper escape techniques within three seconds, four times in a row in order to pass.
  3. VERSATILITY – Performing combinations 1 – 9 of the stage 1 form. They must perform each move with proper chambers and execution in order to pass.
  4. MOMENTUM – Demonstrating the three types of jump front kicks. They must show proper technique in each of the kicks, five times in a row in order to pass.
  5. PRECISION – Palm strike board break. They must break a board with a palm strike in three shots or less in order to pass.
  6. INSTINCT – Performing the first sparring combination on focus mitts. They must hit the mitts with proper technique, speed, and power, three times in a row in order to pass.
  7. STRENGTH – Holding each static leg, arm, abdominal, and core exercise. They must not lose technique or else they have to start over. They must hold each exercise for no less than ten seconds in order to pass.
  8. VISION – Reciting the definition and meaning behind courage. They must provide the correct answer while speaking confidently in order to pass.

As you can see we take Martial Arts training to a whole new level! We use extreme elements of traditional Martial Arts curriculums to build skills that are appropriate for 10 to 14-year olds. This means that your child will learn and grow at a pace that is not too easy, nor too challenging. The best part is the Extreme SKILLZ program will equip your child with skills that they will utilize in every area of their life!

 

The Elite SKILLZ Curriculum Overview

The Elite SKILLZ Curriculum is meant to add more variety of training for students that are preparing to test for 1st Degree Black Belt and higher. It provides them with category-specific challenges that they must accomplish every testing cycle. This engages the student’s interests, which builds motivation on top of the training that they’ve already acquired.

Here’s how the Elite SKILLZ Curriculum works:

  1. Every testing cycle, the instructor chooses the next challenge from the Elite SKILLZ Curriculum.
  2. The students work on that specific challenge for an entire testing cycle.
  3. Working on a specific challenge for several months enables them to build more skills in that particular topic.
  4. There are a total of 8 categories as defined in the next section, which means that students will become well-rounded Martial Artists as they train through the program.
  5. There are also a total of 8 skills that the students will train on to help them become well-rounded in the category they are training on.
  6. At the end of the testing cycle the students test on the 8 skills.
  7. Students that are Elite Black Belts (Black belts with color stripes) will earn their next rank, up to Elite Black-Red belt. Once they reach that rank, they begin to earn chevron patches, which are referred to as mid-term chevrons. The students must earn five chevrons in order to become eligible to test for their 2nd Degree, and fifteen chevrons in order to become eligible to test for their 3rd

The Elite SKILLZ Curriculum Categories

The Elite SKILLZ Curriculum utilizes eight testing categories. The eight categories provide the Elite SKILLZ students a more comprehensive program than traditional Black Belt programs. The variety of categories will challenge the students to become more versatile and skilled in the Martial Arts.

Here are the eight training categories for the Elite SKILLZ Curriculum:

  1. Weapons
  2. Forms
  3. Board breaking
  4. Cross-training
  5. Self-defense
  6. Dynamic kicking
  7. Sparring
  8. Physical Development

Here are the eight SKILLZ that the Elite students will train on within each category:

  1. GRACEFULNESS
  2. RHYTHM
  3. ORIENTATION
  4. FLUIDITY
  5. EXECUTION
  6. REFLEX
  7. KNOWLEDGE
  8. TIMING

The Elite SKILLZ Curriculum is by far one of the most innovative and exciting ways for high-ranking students to train. Students will love the variety of challenges they face each testing cycle. The best part is, they are continually growing and building skills in a new way which is different from what they’ve worked on up to this point. The variety and format that the Elite SKILLZ Curriculum provides will motivate and challenge the students and build well-rounded Martial Artists that extend beyond traditional Martial Arts training formats.

 

 

 

 

What is SKILLZ Signature?

This program is designed to bring a contemporary, dynamic and extremely challenging training opportunity to our teens and top students. This program runs on a “module” type system very similar to the Elite SKILLZ program.

Each testing cycle you will choose from one of the provided modules. In these modules you will find:

  • Testing Charts
  • Score Sheets (for testing)
  • Tutorial videos
  • Technique requirement videos
  • 10 weeks of planner with drills (drill videos can be found on drillsforskillz.com)

Curriculum

The SKILLZ Signature curriculum is designed to be extremely challenging intellectually, physically, socially and emotionally. The testing requirements are fast paced, and very demanding of our teens and top-level students so that we can be sure to keep them engaged.

This means that the students will HAVE to put in training time at home to really succeed in the program. Most students in this program already have that drive and desire to do so or will develop it with the motivation of their teammates.

They will have their own unique 8 skills to focus on following the proven SKILLZ class planner template. Their 8 skills are:

  • FORCE (how much height and/ or power can you generate)
  • SHARPNESS (how clean are your movements)
  • ENDURANCE (how long can you perform without looking tired)
  • QUICKNESS (how quickly can you perform a technique and/ or transition from one move to the next)
  • CREATIVITY (how well can you blend your own touch on the movements)
  • CADENCY (can you add rhythm and rise and fall in the overall pitch)
  • SYNCHING (performing movements together with perfect timing)
  • PERFORMANCE (how awesome do you look when putting all the pieces together)

The curriculum is further broken down into 3 distinct levels:

  • Beginner – Elites or anyone that hasn’t completed at least 1 Signature testing cycle
  • Intermediate – Anyone that has completed 1 or more Signature testing cycles
  • Advanced – Anyone that has completed 2 or more Signature Testing cycles

The students are allowed to choose which version of the curriculum they would like to follow. They will only be restricted by the prerequisites listed above, and the instructors will coach and help guide them to the appropriate level if they are a bit too ambitious. This allows the students to challenge themselves, which will further motivate them to train.

Halfway through the 10 week cycle, if the student has been missing classes or struggling to the point of demotivation, we will want to recommend that they move down 1 difficulty level (i.e. Advanced to Intermediate).

Signature Ranks

The SKILLZ Signature program is a contemporary Martial Arts training program geared and marketed to Teens. Thus, it does not follow a traditional ranking system. Instead we use colored rubber bracelets that have SKILLZ Signature (white font) & the Signature logo (you can order yours from: www.wristbandcreations.com) to designate rank within the program. The ranking system is as follows:

  • White
  • White-Green
  • Green
  • Green-Purple
  • Purple
  • Purple-Blue
  • Blue
  • Blue-Black
  • Black

Is there a uniform?

Our goal for this program is to get away from the standard traditions of conventional Martial Arts and appeal to the trends and fashion of our market. Our uniform consists of either Martial Arts pant or shorts, and a school t-shirt or other Martial Arts related apparel. We want to give the students in this program room to express their individuality because this will further motivate them in the program.

Who can join the SKILLZ Signature Program?

This program consists of curriculum that requires students to be at the peak of their intellectual, physical, social, and emotional stages of development. Therefore, anyone joining the SKILLZ Signature program must be a 1st degree Black belt or higher, Extreme or Elite belt that was invited, or a Teen who passed the Signature Pre-Evaluation.

Here are some key factors associated with teens:

  • Physically – they are in a stage in their life where they have already acquired many great skills, and now need an outlet for applying those skills.
    • We expect them to desire activities that are challenging, yet attainable.
    • The goal for our program is to have them apply their skills to cool kicks, tricks, and Martial arts performances in a manner that is fun.

 

  • Intellectually – their intellectual skills are now transitioning from thinking like a kid to thinking like an adult.
    • We expect them to want to be treated like an adult.
    • The goal for our program to help them make adult-like decisions by fostering influential teaching methods versus authoritative teaching methods commonly found in most teen-involved sports and activities.

 

  • Emotionally – they are faced with challenges and choices on the daily basis, which tends to affect their self-confidence.
    • We expect them to question their ability to perform some of the more advanced moves in the curriculum.
    • The goal for our program is provide such a cool training platform in which the skills they develop continually boost their self-confidence in a way that is natural and not “artificial.”

 

  • Socially – they struggle with peer-pressure on the daily basis, which sometimes leaves them hesitant about the activities they participate in.
    • We expect them to hold back if they do not trust their peers and instructors.
    • The goal for our program is to establish a community and culture that is positive and supportive where everyone is an individual and fits in regardless of their unique interests and qualities.

 

How to join?

An invites is sent to one Non-Black belt student no more than once per testing cycle, at testing. This is so that any Non-Black belt students will be able to receive more individualized coaching if needed. Eligible students are those in the Elite SKILLZ Program, as well as, students in the Extreme SKILLZ program that show above average talent, intellect & heart; these are our “Anomalies”.

Finally, any Teens that are new to the school can join as well, providing they pass the SKILLZ Signature Pre-Evaluation. The reason for this is because we want to be sure that any Non-Black belt can handle the workload and this serves as a fair measure.

When do you normally schedule your SKILLZ Signature class?

We recommend this class follow right after your Elite SKILLZ or Black belt level class. This will allow anyone training in both classes to attend back to back.

You can offer the program twice per week following the SKILLZ calendar or 4 times per week if your schedule permits.

How much should we charge?

If this program is the only program a student will be attending, you should charge your normal rate. However, you can treat it as an add-on style program if they will be attending multiple programs (i.e. Elite SKILLZ & SKILLZ Signature) and provide a discount that you see fit.