Michael Lee's Dojo
Our Martial Arts programs are designed to enhance physical, mental and social growth. It is well known that the martial arts instills discipline, self confidence, respect and responsibility in students. These attributes are instilled in our programs for kids and adults.
Adults enroll for reasons like self defense, exercise, weight control and completing unfinished goals. We focus on the goals the adults have for themselves. Adult classes are scheduled into the four ranges of combat: Kicking, Punching, Trapping, and Grappling.
Parents and children have different goals when they enroll. Parents want their children to be more disciplined, and respectful. Kids just want to have fun. The youth program is designed to be fun, while incorporating life skills needed to excell in everday life.
Our kids classes focus on a Life Skill lesson plan as well as the techniques required for the month. These skills are about manners, respect and responsibility. Our instructors end each class with "Mat Chat" to review the lesson plan and to discuss the featured Life Skill of the month. During this time the instructor will assign the homework related topic and lesson plan. These homework assignments help students remember their techniques which is important for belt rank progression. More importantly, the Life Skills homework reinforces the need to practice and remember the techniques for their stripe testing.
All homework assignments are Due On Testing Day.
Communication between parents, teachers and instructors is crucial to your child's development. Karate kids are required to track their responsibilities daily using the Job List. This list includes common responsibilities for home, school, and a space to write any we did not include. This list is due on testing day, and must be signed by a parent.
We practice Stranger Danger skills in class periodically. We teach what and who strangers are. How to avoid them and the tricks they use. What to do if approached or attacked by a stranger. Where to go when they escape. These skills are practiced in simulation skits.
We also offer free Stranger Danger seminars which are open to the public. Our goal is to expose as many children to this life saving information as we can.