Youth Martial Arts
Basic Youth Zanshindo
This class begins the martial arts experience for students 6 to 14. As a basic class, one of the primary goals is to introduce new students to the most rudimentary techniques we offer. However, this class is very important in that it lays the foundation on which the remainder of the techniques is formed. Focus is put on defense of the standing position which includes punches and kicks from karate and kickboxing, while ground positions and reversal drills are taught to prepare the students for the more complex techniques in the advanced class. Students are also taught movement drills and pressure points for aids in a self-defense situation.
Advanced Youth Zanshindo
As students progress to the advanced class, they continue to practice and learn new punches and kicks, but they also begin to learn new techniques such as takedowns and throws from wrestling and Judo. Even more experienced students further their abilities by learning submissions from Jui Jitsu. Submissions are specialized holds and locks which cause an attacker to submit out of pain, unconsciousness, or the threat of a joint or bone breaking. With these advanced techniques, a great amount of control and restraint is needed and no child is permitted to learn these techniques before being screened and prepared at the previous belt rank. Also, students only practice submissions with other students that know those submissions. Once mastering all requirements and rank levels, students are promoted to Black Belt status from this class and are then permitted new opportunities.
This class is an introductory class for folkstyle or high school and collegiate wrestling. The classes are handled much like a high school wrestling practice but simplified slightly for the age difference. Freestyle Wrestling is also touched on for students interested in competing in Olympic style wrestling. Several basic elements will be continuously improved on such as the shot, sprawl, and ground position to the pin. This class is either a stand alone class, or is available for unlimited training memberships. This class does not have a ranking system but will greatly improve wrestling, takedowns, takedown defense, and ground control for any student interested in competition or wanting to improve overall.
After School Martial Arts Program
For children in Pooler and the surrounding areas, we do offer an after school program. This is connected to our daily youth martial arts classes, however the after school students will either be picked up by our staff or dropped off by their parents after school Monday through Friday. Once the students arrive they will all have time to work on homework and have a light snack before stretching and beginning the class at 5pm. Monday and Wednesday will have a 1 hour martial arts class as outlined above and Tuesday and Thursday will have a 1 hour wrestling class. Friday classes will alternate between sparring, grappling, conditioning, and entertainment. Parents will be required to pick up their children by 6pm.