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PROGRAMS

The ATA licenses several programs for a variety of purposes, ranging from basic martial arts, to self defense, to esteem and life skills building and more. Over the years, the ATA has come to realize that there are many reasons for studying Songahm Taekwondo, and we have worked hard to develop programs that will help realize these goals rather than forcing our students into one, linear area of study and practice.

TINY TIGERS

In addition to our internationally recognized “Karate for Kids” program, we offer the Taekwondo for Tiny Tigers program. The “Tiny Tigers” program was developed specifically for preschool ages children ages 3 1/2 to 6. This program offers children a strong foundation in essential character qualities such as courtesy, respect, and discipline. In addition, the program is designed to improve children’s motor skills and enhance their ability to pay attention and follow directions. All classes are taught using the most safe, fun, and exciting instruction methods available for this age group. This program works in conjunction with the “Karate for Kids” program, thereby emphasizing the same important monthly themes and value system.

Just like the “Karate for Kids” program, “Tiny Tigers” have their own unique victory patch and “Victory Stars.” Stars are earned in the same way as the “Karate for Kids” program, with slight modifications in recognition of the preschool age of the child. Four different colored victory patches are available to accommodate all the stars that can be earned by a high achieving “Tiny Tiger.” Except for the logo, the four victory patches of the Tigers are the same as the “Karate for Kids” patches. Upon graduation from the “Tiny Tigers” program into the “Junior” or “Big Kid” program, Tigers are rewarded by the opportunity to wear the “Big Kids” or “Karate for Kids” patch.

The rank and testing system used by the “Tigers” is slightly different than that of the “Karate for Kids”. “Tigers” can earn six collectable animal patches to display on their belts as follows: The Tiger for orange belts; the Cheetah for yellow; the Lion for camo; the Eagle for green; the Phoenix for purple; and the Dragon for blue. All six patches, as earned, can be displayed on the child’s belt.

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KARATE FOR KIDS

Karate for Kids is a fun class designed for children age 6 1/2 – 11. This program is based on a lifetime learning concept in addition to technical skills. The building blocks for our system are monthly themes such as follows:

Goals Friendship
Perseverance Self-Control
Confidence Self-Improvement
Courtesy Self-Awareness
Respect Integrity
Self-Esteem Dedication

In addition to monthly themes, our system included the unique Victory Patch. Kids are rewarded special “Victory Stars” for their Victory Patch. These different colored stars are rewarded for outstanding performance in karate class, school, home or at a tournament competition. Kids may receive stars for the following deeds:

Gold – straight A’s, honor roll or significant improvement
Silver – special performance awards
Blue – monthly themes, weekly lessons, classroom performance
Red – tournament participation

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TAEKWONDO FOR TEENS AND ADULTS

We train our students to the best of their ability. Some students come to us in shape, while other have come to us 100 pounds overweight. Most come to us with limited flexibility. Adults start at any age, as we have had some adults who started as late as age 65, and have still earned their black belts. As a student, you are looked upon as an individual, never compared to anyone else. Our instructors will be there every step of the way. All that is expected of you is a willingness to try. Junior High students and older. We participate in the Katy ISD P.E. Exempt Program.

Here are some benefits you can expect from training in Taekwondo:

Fitness – The principals of Taekwondo techniques are based on the design of your body. For power you develop the larger, powerful muscles of the torso. The speed of the techniques comes from the fast, agile muscles of the arms and legs. As you progress in Taekwondo you will learn to coordinate this speed and power, and develop a concentration to focus all of your body’s strength into a small, hard striking surface like the edge of the hand or the heel of the foot.

Self-defense – When the speed and power developed through Taekwondo is used in a self-defense situation against the soft vulnerable parts of an attacker’s body, the result can be incredible. Taekwondo allows a woman to emphasize many of her natural physicals strengths, such as power in the legs while learning a method of self-defense efficient against a much larger opponent. Knowing you can defend yourself, your confidence will grow. And confidence alone is usually enough to deter potential attackers.

Self Confidence – This does not come naturally for many people, but self-confidence can be developed over a period of time. Through Taekwondo, as you accomplish new goals, your confidence level increases. Taekwondo instills a sense of discipline and self-confidence that can carry over to all aspects of your life.

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