Martial arts promotes learning and teaches respect and discipline, and is a fun way to develop the qualities of good character. It will improve your child`s attention span, concentration skills and confidence, giving them a head start in life and a brighter future.
Through expert teaching and positive reinforcement, our award-winning instructors instill in children a respect for parents, teachers, law and order, as well as leadership skills and the ability to say 'no' to unhealthy peer pressure. As a parent, you will witness dramatic and immediate changes in your child`s everyday approach to life.
In early life, children are very impressionable. Being bullied at an early age can have a negative impact a child's development and even affect them as an adult. The study of Cobra Martial Arts will strengthen your child in mind, body and spirit, enabling them to cope effectively with bullying.
You may not realise it, but high achievers are not born, they are made. By joining our team, you can put these skills to work in your child.
Not only will your child enjoy the fun and excitement of our positive, upbeat programme, but they will develop `real life` skills.
Pee Wees (Ages 2.5-5)
The 2.5-5 year old (Pee-Wee) program teaches children to associate exercise with fun. They learn to enjoy exercise at an early age, develop self confidence and learn to respect their body and mind.
Children who enjoy exercise in early life, are likely to excel in any sports they wish to undertake throughout their schooling years. They are less likely to be the ones who bring in 'sick notes' or request to 'sit on the bench' due to lack of confidence, coordination or athletic abiltiy.
Children trained in the disciplines of Cobra Martial Arts are less likely to take up unhealthy habits such as smoking, drinking and drug use, as they enter primary and high school.
Children who are bullied at a young age are often scarred for life. It often effects their self confidence, schooling and later their family life and career. At Cobra your child will develop strength in body and mind at an early age, as well as self defence skills. They will stand and speak with confidence, meaning that a bully would rather avoid them to find an easier target.
Pee-Wees participate in various training drills to develop:
- Self Confidence
- Attention span
- Respect for Elders
- Self defence skills
These are important skills which will assist them in their school years and later life.
Meadow (age 2) shows her awesome guard and self defence stance during Pee-Wee class
Mativa looks forward to Cobra Martial Arts all week!
Mr Honeywill discusses 'Respecting Elders' with the Pee-Wees...Mativa and Safe put their hand up with the answer to his question.
Elle has it all happenning at only 2.5 years old!
Junior Children (Ages 6-9) and Senior Children (Ages 10-14)
A psychology study conducted in the US found that children in martial arts have an increased sense of responsibility, a decrease in the willingness to take foolish risks, and a higher sense of self esteem. This is why hundreds of parents are using Cobra Martial Arts to supplement their children's education and upbringing.
Cobra Martial Arts is alot more than just punching and kicking - it is also a rock solid, holistic and healthy (physically and mentally) way of living ones life. At every lesson children are taught that Martial Arts works as a triangle, meaning that it's principles must be extended to school and home life and are not just for Cobra dojo (training centre). For example we bow to our instructor before class to show respect and this respect must also be shown to our parents and school teachers. Behaving and performing well in the dojo is not enough to pass your belts. We monitor, through a tracking form known as a Grading Form, that this same behaviour and performance is replicated at home and at school.
Additionally there is a discussion / theory section at every class known as The Master's Message where the instructor discusses one of 40 topics with the children, such as:
- Courtesy in the dojo, at home and at school.
- How to say 'NO' to cigarettes, alcahol and drugs.
- How to stay strong in order to avoid unhealthy peer pressure.
- The importance of education and study.
- Inappropriate use of martial arts (ie: not at home, school or brothers and sisters).
- Stranger Danger
Goal Setting (all students set goals for school, home and martial arts as part of the course)
Cobra`s children's Martial Arts programs contain an in-built Leadership Program which teaches important traits, usually associated with successful people and leaders, such as:
- The Goal Setting Process (eg, we use the coloured belt system to teach children how to set and achieve goals).
- Leadership skills (eg, children are gradually prepared to lead class exercises and stretches and from time-to-time will be asked to stand in front of the class to lead them).
- Public Speaking skills (eg, children are taught and constantly reminded about strong posture, standing tall, speaking / replying in a loud, clear and confident voice, and introducing themselves to their partner with a firm hand shake and eye contact).
Senior belt level students are invited to attend a special Leadership Class each week where their already learned leadership skills are refined and put into practice. Some of these students are invited to arrive at the dojo early and assist with the classes of younger age groups before their class begins.
Everyone looks forward to the end of year trophy presentation!
Homework time!... Cobra reinforces the teachings of parents and school / education system.
Respect, Discipline and Confidence are taught and developed at Cobra.
One requirement for children to pass a belt level, is that they are required to return a grading form, signed by their school teacher and a parent. On the form is a tracking grid which the student uses to monitor their outstanding performance at home. Leading up to the grading (belt promotion) your child will tick-off their listed chores each day, such as tidying their bedroom, making their bed and showing 'black belt' respect to their parents. At grading time, you will sign-off as to whether you are happy with your child's behaviour at home, and their school teacher will sign-off that their school work is of a satisfactory standard. Only once this form is returned 'ticked' and with a parent and teacher's signature, will the student be elligible for belt promotion. This Grading Form, combined with other proven behaviour and attitude adjusting techniques, have resulted in instant and immediate improvements in children`s behavior and schoolwork.
Parents report that the introduction of the Cobra Foam Chucks Coordination Training Module (TM) in 1998, into the children's program, has resulted in a massive improvement in hand-eye coordination, dexterity, memory, focus and concentration skills in our students. Here Jordan demonstrates his personally designed and memorised 20 move Foam Chuck kata (routine).
6-9yo group achieve their next belts whilst learning that achieveing their dreams is easy... 'yard by yard it's hard - inch by inch it's a cinch'.
10-14yo group achieve another belt level and learn that the rung of a ladder is not for resting on, but for moving upward.
Pee-Wee (2.5-5yo program) learn how to concentrate and focus... here Calvin and Amethist demonstrate their strong guards.
Tyla has learned how to set a goal and achieve it... he will use these life skills at school, university and in life!
Jamal demonstrates his strong stance and guard which one day may be needed in a real self defence situation!
Mr Taylor discusses with the class, the 'Master's Message' for the day, 'Saying NO to drugs'. One topic is discussed every week.
Cobra has the highest ratio of instructors to students in WA. Most children's classes have five or more instructors, meaning that our children get a the highest level of expert supervision possible. Here Mr Evans helps Aranea with her wrist lock.
Elle (2.5-5yo Pee-Wee program) is very happy that she passed her belt test! Her parents advised that they decided not to move house so that she will not miss out on her Cobra Martial Arts training!
Kitima is learning an advanced flying side kick
The Pee-Wees (2.5yo-5yo) memorised a long routine and put on an awesome demonstration at the Open Day 2006. It was great to see that children so young, can develop such a high level of focus, concentration and memory through the program.
Junior Black Belts, Brendan and Jordan, show their advanced skills during sparring practice which have ensured that they are no longer bullied at school.
Children learn to pay attention and focus on the fine detail and precision in martial arts technique.