Welcome to the Gyogi Martial Skills - Little Leopards Program
Gyogi means well-behaved / good sport! Gyogi is a term to use when someone does something that contributes positively to their community - DO YOU GYOGI?
Gyogi skills is an amazing age-specific karate-influenced program that focuses on physical, social, and behavioral skill development while helping foster a healthy self image. Your child will learn valuable skills that can ensure a successful transition into a more traditional martial arts program and team / individual sports as they grow older with expanding interests. Our program introduces your child to their first martial arts experience in the most positive, fun, and encouraging way possible - classes are inspiring, educational, and safe!
You may recall from your initial studio tour when you enrolled that a child in our Little Leopard age group will advance through the "Soro" belt ranks. These are the White belts with a single colored stripe that runs along the entirety of the belt's middle. These belts identify this age group separately from the others due to the age-specific curriculum they will rise through. Soro is a Japanese word literally translated as "single" which perfectly describes our Little Leopard program's single focus - to provide your child with the most positive and productive initial karate experience possible.
Our program will keep your children working through social, physical, and behavioral challenges in every class. Kicks and punches are the most identifiable traits of Martial Arts training, but there’s more. The mental element of Martial Arts teaches focus, attention, and concentration – present in every class. The physical part of Martial Arts teaches balance, coordination, strength, and agility – present in every class. The spirit of Martial Arts teaches self-esteem, positive attitude, belief, and a disciplined respectful attitude – present in every class. Combining these classical Martial Arts traits with our practical and energizing curriculum provides the best results!
Gyogi Skills - Little Leopards: Class & Uniform Outline
(Private lessons available and scheduled in 15 or 30 minute increments upon request)
Group Class: Classes are 30-minutes in duration. This is the most productive amount of time that allows a child of this age group to learn, exercise, and enjoy their training without overwhelming them. Each class is broken into time-specific sections: 10m warm up and mat-chat, 10m skill drills, 5m stripe review, 5m game. The skill drills section is where each of the 8 skill topics will appear in class and rotate throughout the 13-week cycle. The material section is where they will learn and practice rank-required material.
Private lessons: Private lessons are designed for personalized skill improvement and progress review. Privates are approximately 15 - 30 minutes in duration (depending on your choice and the student's ability to focus) and are broken into several 5 minute sections. For this age group private training is not required. However, private training can always help a student improve in troubled areas more quickly to ensure maximum progress. Additional private training sessions are available and can be scheduled at your request. The average cost is roughly $15 per 15 minutes which may include a training partner of the same age.
Uniform: Upon enrollment students are provided a White uniform and belt, a Level 3 logo patch, and a Level 3 T-Shirt. Blue or pink uniforms may be purchased at anytime to be worn as an optional color - Uniform colors may be mixed together. Full uniforms are only required for special events like testing but can also be worn for every class. During typical class training students can wear a Level 3 shirt tucked into their uniform pants and belt without the uniform jacket.
Progressing to the next level!
There are 8 skill sets each student will continuously develop as they advance in rank: kicking, punching, blocking, crawling, hopping, rolling, running, and catching.
The 8 skill sets are taught individually so that a student training two times per week will work on all 8 skills over a course of four weeks.
Students must earn all 8 skill-stripes on their belt before they are eligible to test for the next belt. They will then be awarded a test invitation to join us for this exciting opportunity!
The testing cycle is roughly 11 - 12 weeks. 10 weeks to cover each skill set two times with 1 - 2 weeks of review to ensure proper development before testing. The skills are challenging and students of this age are also required to learn the names of specific movements, which may happen sooner or later than expected.
As each student earns their new belt they will proceed to earn all 8 skill-stripes again based on the next level of requirements per the testing outline.
If your child “ages out” before completing the Soro belt levels, they will join the next age group, and automatically be eligible to test for their Shiro-Yellow belt, which begins them officially into the Tiny Tigers (ages 5 & 6) curriculum.
The Soro belt rank colors are White, Yellow, Orange, Purple, Blue, Green, Brown, Red, and Black.
When it’s time for your Little Leopard to test for their next rank they will be awarded an official test-invitation. The $25.00 test fee covers the cost of the belt, certificate, and time of the procedure.
Students who graduate this program are considered capable in the above mentioned skills, therefore are eligible to move into the next more mature level of Gyogi Martial Skill development - Tiny Tigers!
Your role as a Gyogi-Skills Parent
Your role as a Gyogi Parent is just as important as that of a Sensei. Your child's development starts with you. Here are a few examples and ideas of encouragement of how you as a parent support our community of skill and behavioral improvement here at Level 3 Martial Arts Performance:
Consistency: Your child may not yet be aware of the days of week or even the time of day but their body knows consistency. Showing up to the same place at the same time at the same frequency will start them on a path of learning, growth and success - it creates a normalcy and expectedness of which a personal growth routine can be built around.
Etiquette: Assuring your child is in the proper uniform, clean and damage free, shows we value the activity in which we are part. We definitely understand this age group can wreak havoc on their clothing which is why you can always purchase additional uniforms and shirts to save on laundry effort! However, your student isn't just a reflection of themselves, or you, but also our company as a whole. We take great pride in our personal performance, which includes personal image. SHOP ONLINE FOR NEEDED SUPPLIES AND APPAREL - CHOOSE YOUR APPROPRIATE STUDIO LOCATION: WWW.SHOPLEVEL3MOORPARK.COM - OR - WWW.SHOPLEVEL3THOUSANDOAKS.COM
Attendance: To ensure maximum productivity in each Little Leopard class the roster size is capped at 12 to 13 children. It's rare a child drops out of this program which makes the limited spaces valuable. So please attend your classes regularly (except when ill of course). If you are absent frequently without prior notification we may ask you to pay-forward your child's spot to another potential student on our Gyogi Martial Skills reservation list (yes, we actually have a list of children waiting to begin classes with us).
Code of Conduct: The L3MAP Code of Conduct hangs in the lobby near the Dojo entrance for all students, parents, and visitors to read. It describes how to behave in the Dojo when training and in the lobby when spectating. It also reminders students of proper image and etiquette. Two of the more important items we need parents’ help with are: 1) Help your child prepare for class by using the restroom upon arriving to the studio. But also stay local in case your child needs help using the restroom during class or for any other reason, and 2) We encourage you to socialize with other parents in our lobby but keep conversation noise down and electronic devices on mute.
Lobby safety: The lobby isn't a play area so please don't let children bang on glass, throw toys, climb on the seating or anything else that isn't meant for climbing. You will be politely reminded of this if needed. It's important that all visitors in our lobby are comfortable and safe.
Parking lot safety: Please park in a designated parking spot to drop off and pick up your child - DO NOT STOP IN THE MIDDLE OF THE DRIVE PATH LEAVING YOUR CAR UNATTENDED OR TO ALLOW YOUR CHILD TO WALK THROUGH THE LOT ALONE! We'd rather you be 5 minutes late, happy, and safe then the alternative. Also, don’t park in front of the other businesses in our building unless also supporting those businesses. We’d rather you walk a minute to the studio and be late to class if it means preserving convenient parking for our neighbors’ customers. This helps us maintain an excellent relationship with them as well.
At-Home Student-Parent Practice Ideas
Periodically we ask parents to join their children’s lessons to help foster respect and keep parents connected to their child’s progress. But you should participate with your child at home too! Below are some skills you can practice at home to give your child the best opportunity to rise through the ranks (hey, we also have an amazing adult program by the way - parents get a free month and uniform, ask us if we haven't asked you already). You can also click on the YouTube icon at the bottom of this page for videos of more at-home practice suggestions!
KICKING: Rising the leg up to a "flamingo" (leg bent with knee at belly button level), then extending the leg straight.
PUNCHING: Start with hands next to the ribs or in front of the chest and have them straighten the arm with the intention of touching their fist to the palm of your hand.
BLOCKING: High block position - Raising the arm up overhead as if blocking the sun from your eyes.
CRAWLING: Bear crawls - start on your hands and feet and crawl in a straight line to a specific destination about 10-15 feet away.
HOPPING: Start with feet about shoulder width and have the student jump straight up with both feet leaving the ground at the same time.
ROLLING: Roll a ball across the room to a specific destination in a straight line or around you in a circle.
RUNNING: Have the student run toward you while keeping eyes straight forward and head up, then stopping on command so they don't bump into you.
CATCHING: Stand approximately five feet away from the student and toss a soft object like a rubber ball, small pillow, or bean bag to them.
To review your program terms and policies please click on the button below. If you have any questions contact your instructor at your earliest convenience. Thank you and welcome to Level 3 Martial Arts Performance!
Student image and etiquette
We are all a reflection of our martial art, peers, and community leaders. Presenting ourselves with proper care and pride is a key trait that leads to success. We are a private school and require a private school uniform as outlined below to maximize modesty and self-respect. Please present your self cleanliness, pride, and care (including language) at all times. You represent our logo, your fellow students, and yourself (click here to print the L3MAP the Code of Conduct).
Full uniforms are to be worn during all special events like rank testing. It includes Gi-top & bottoms, belt, and studio Logo T-Shirt, and school patches. For regularly scheduled classes Little Leopards and Tiny Tigers can choose to not wear their Gi-top. Do make sure the belt doesn’t get lost otherwise we cannot progress your student properly or timely with stripes.
Uniforms are not to be worn while eating, playing, working, or sleeping.
Do not wear the belt outside the Dojo (only on test day as a reward for graduating to a new rank level is this okay).
Uniforms must be odorless, clean, wrinkle free, and free from visible defects like stains and tears. Do not wash the belt. If your uniform does not represent a clean respectful image a new one may be required.
Students must be clean and odorless also. Little things like finger and toe nails being clean and short to ensure safety are a must. If you’re challenged with a medical condition that waivers your confidence in being able to fulfill proper etiquette please address it with your instructor immediately. Often there are solutions such as wearing martial arts shoes to cover your feet if needed, or long sleeve under-shirts to protect arms, etc. Overall good hygiene is required. Repeat offenders may be suspended from classes until the concern is remedied. Remember, you share this experience with other people and we rely upon each other to make it the best and most enjoyable - cleanliness is a big part. We do our part nightly to keep our entire environment clean, smelling good, and most importantly, sterile and sanitized as much as possible.
Uniforms must fit properly - sleeves at wrist length and pants at the instep of your foot.
Do not bleach the uniform, it will change the school logo patch colors and you will be required to purchase new school logo patches of proper color.
Patches must be sewn on (except star patches).
Long hair is to be pulled back into a ponytail for safety and cleanliness.
No “jewelry” or trinkets are to be worn while practicing.
Bring a water bottle with you to every class - we have a purified water unit for your convenience but we do not regularly supply drinking cups to help reduce trash and wastefulness.