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At The John Ward School we have a number of thriving Junior classes. Although it is never too late to start martial arts training (KJN John was 37 when he began his career) we firmly believe that starting early is a key to even greater success in the future. At some of the classes we mix all ages and ranks of children together and at others we separate the older students so that both groups can get the tuition they need to progress.
Martial Arts training has much to offer children. It is a great way for them to meet new friends of all ages. In our junior classes they will work with other children of different ages, some older, some younger. At times younger children may find themselves assisting older children who may be of a lower rank. This greatly helps with building self-confidence and it also helps to improve respect for all ages..
At other times it is the older child who is helping their younger counterparts which helps them to build a sense of responsibility.
Other benefits to children include improved fitness, flexibility, and better behavious at home and school. Teachers have often commented about the improvement in concentration which can follow the start of martial arts training.
As well as the regular classes at the Dojahng, the school runs regular short courses and after school clubs for many local primary schools and has been asked back on many occasions. In fact two of the school's Black Belt students started their training at just such a short course.
At present, children may start our regular Junior classes from the age of 6. They follow the same belt system as the Senior class but with a reduced syllabus. On reaching Jo Kyo Nim (1st Dahn Black Belt) level they recieve a special black belt with a red stripe running through it and a Junior JKN certificate. They may then progress to a Youth rank, or wait until they reach the age of 16 when they may test for a full Senior rank.
If you have younger children who can't wait to start training then don't despair! Our "Little Ninjas" classes for 4 to 6 year olds may be just what you need. See their special page by clicking here..