Tiny Tigers

Mission statement for NYGKA pre school program: "Learning how to learn"

We do not seek to control the child- we teach self control. Our lesson plans build on active participation in class. We seek to empower the child through instilling the attitude of: yes I can!

Turn concepts of restriction into concepts of freedom, for example: Discipline, Control, Teamwork. Enhance special organizational skills for example: creating lines and taking turns in games and drills. Practice relative concepts such as behind, in front, in the center, next to.

Our goal is to create excitement about learning and caring, in a structured group environment.

Karate at the pre-school level is more than just learning about kicking and punching. Karate provides an environment in which children learn to develop and condition their minds, bodies and spirits. Discipline is an essential element of the martial arts. Although a three or four year old doesn't have the same capacity for discipline as an older child, we teach them how to behave appropriately in a karate class. This is done while still maintaining a fun and dynamic atmosphere. There must be a balance of play and discipline. This understanding of discipline has a ripple effect into all other areas of the child's life.