Bowing in and what it means will be talked about. Included in this discussion will be the importance of respect for others, when to use martial arts, and some of the history of their organization. There might be some discussion of the rules of the training hall; such as no talking during class, hands to yourself, and listening when the sensei is talking. These rules are for the benefit of everyone.
Warm-up. Your child will learn the stretches that are done at the start of classes. The stretches are very important as they will prepare your child’s body for the fast, snappy moves of martial arts. This prevents injury and ensures that the student is flexible enough to perform the movements.
Stances. Your child will learn the basic stances, such as the horse stance and sparring stance. The names of the stances might vary from school to school. The stances are the building blocks of martial arts, and are very important, as a proper stance ensures good balance, power, and mobility.
Moves. You can expect some blocking moves or a limited amount of punches or kicks to be taught on the first day. We will break up the class and take the beginners into a smaller group where they can work at their own pace.
Sparring. There should be no contact between students at this stage. Beginners should not be sparring (or pretend fighting), as they lack the control and technique of the more advanced students. Sparring, in a well-controlled and safe environment , will be done at a later time.