Welcome to LEVEL 3 Martial Arts Performance
Champion Children - Sukiru Martial Skills
Kempo - Karate - Jiu-Jitsu - Self Defense
LEVEL 3 Martial Arts Performance offers a unique approach to martial arts fitness training that combines the ancient traditions of a time-proven skill with the modern day champion mindset you'd expect from high performance athletes. We define "champion" as an attitude, a behavior, a thought process - not just a person with a title or trophy. Our goal is to develop "everyday champions" who know that the only real competitor they're up against is them self. That's why our classes help equip you with a high-standard of skills you need to succeed, adapt to, and overcome life's challenges. Our instructors encourage each other to always maintain high standards in their own choices and training so we can rise up together. Our system is comprised of Kempo, Karate, and Jiu Jitsu which makes for an extremely well-rounded, simple, and effective self-defense method whether defending on your feet or from the ground. From your first class you'll notice our program is fun, challenging and safe and our clean and friendly studio environments are populated with a like-minded team that looks forward to welcoming you. Rise to a new level of personal performance.
Our goal is to provide your child with structure, encouragement, and positive reinforcement in order to produce proper behavior, good decision-making, and improved gross and fine motor skills. Our program focuses on eight age-specific skills sets: Self-defense, technique, coordination, fitness, focus, character, explosiveness, and concentration. Each sill appears on a regular basis throughout our class calendar to ensure the necessary repetition but is disguised in a variety of drills to keep training challenging and fun.
Group & Private Martial Arts Fitness Training
Consistent class attendance is the only way for our program to help your family reach their goals so prioritize your training schedule and show up at all costs, even on day's your child might not feel energetic or motivated - that's discipline - that's when the real life-skills learning begins!! When your child is consistent from day-one then they will get in the groove right away, make friends, and feel as if they're an important part of our school. Students always go home feeling happier, more respectful, sleep better, and feel a sense of accomplishment motivating them to keep moving forward. Working out in a positive environment with like-minded martial athletes is a big factor in you reaching our goals. We cannot overstate the importance of starting strong and staying consistent!
Group classes consist of exercises and stretches as well as Martial arts techniques and skill-building drills for physical, behavioral, and social skill development. Social skills are crucial to children this age. Learning how to play nice, share, respect others, resolve conflict, work as a team, and displaying humility and graciousness in times of challenge are what help our children avoid trouble as they grow older into the teenage years. Learning how to make friends is also key to the development of excellent self-esteem, which is essential for good health and positive thinking.
Group classes are roughly 55 minutes in duration. This is the most productive amount of time that allows a student of this age group to learn, exercise, and enjoy their training without being overwhelming.
Group classes are typically broken into timed sections: 10m warm-up, 10m basics & line drills, 20m skill drills / kempo-karate, 10m interaction, and 5m skill-stripe review. The breakdown can vary depending on that classes scheduled theme.
Private training allows us to personalize your experience and effectively deliver a custom-tailored curriculum to help you achieve your goals whether it be competition training, conditioning, flexibility, classical training, rank advancement or anything else. Private lessons are also an excellent way to pick up techniques and principles that may not be covered until later in the class calendar or catch up on lessons you might have missed. They are roughly 30 minutes in duration and are designed to help us refine your skills and / or provide additional help in troubled areas. Private lessons are typically broken into timed sections: 5m warm up, 15m material progress, 5m review, and 5m sparring / interaction (time may be adjusted to focus on requested areas or as your instructor sees fit). Immediately we'll try to match you with a partner of similar age, goals, and skill level to help you get the most out of your training. Additional private lessons may be scheduled throughout the month at your request at a significant discount. If you cannot attend your private lesson a 24-hour advanced notice is required for a make-up lesson to be scheduled. If you need to switch to a different time permanently see your instructor.
Progressing to the Next Level!
Students will continuously develop the above-mentioned eight skill sets as they advance in rank and will earn a stripe representing each of the eight skills.
The skills are taught individually so that a student training two times per week will work on all eight skills over the course of four weeks. This is repeated until they are ready for their rank test.
Students must earn all eight stripes on their belt before they are eligible to test for the next belt. Two of the stripes require a form to be completed at each belt rank - click the STUDENT RESOURCE FILES button below to download and print the required YELLOW & WHITE STRIPE forms (you will also find a few other very helpful items to save as well). Use password: L3student2018
There is no predetermined test schedule for your child. We hold testing roughly every twelve weeks. If your child isn't ready to test they will be considered for the next test. Along with the challenging skills to conquer students must also memorize martial arts techniques which take practice, perseverance, and time.
As each new belt is achieved the process repeats itself but with a progressive variance and becomes increasingly challenging.
Rank testing is an exciting moment in our martial arts journey. On average it takes about ninety days to journey through White Belt and graduate to Yellow Belt. Thats all dependent upon attendance and skill improvement of course. Sometimes it can take longer, and if it does, there’s no reason to be discouraged - you’re ready when you’re ready. When you’re invited to test prioritize this event. Make up tests are not always possible and tests are scheduled roughly only every three months. Testing requires student to prove their knowledge while maintaining focus and a positive attitude during physical challenges. We also aim to educate students about better ways to perform and what to look forward to in the next rank. Because progress and skill happen over time it can be hard to identify improvement in your own skill. However, tying a new colored belt around your waist is an easy way to help us realize our efforts are paying off. We want you to leave a test with two things: 1) a new belt; 2) more importantly, a sense of accomplishment knowing you deserve that belt. The following are taken into consideration before your instructor invites you to test:
Achievement of all 8 skill-stripes.
Behavior: Discipline, self-control, positive attitude, contributes to class energy.
Skill: Using your level-specific basics properly while also showing improvement of balance, coordination, flexibility, strength, etc.
Knowledge: Memorization and complete performance of techniques to the air, pads, and on a partner.
Spirit: Focus and intensity behind movements.
Etiquette: Proper student image, attitude, and behavior.
Consistency: Attendance to the required classes.
Time at your current rank.
Click on the YouTube icon at the bottom of this page and use the videos to improve your skills and prepare for your test!
The Sukiru-belt rank levels are:
Level 1: White Belt, Sukiru-Yellow Belt, Sukiru-Orange Belt
Level 2: Purple Belt, Blue Belt, Green Belt
Level 3: Brown Belt, Red Belt, Black Belt
It's important that the families of Level 3 Marital Arts Performance understand that Sukiru-Black Belt is not a certified Kempo-Karate Black Belt and that it is not a reason to quit because you think your child has “finished” martial arts training - there’s no such thing. It signifies the completion of the Sukiru program and acts as a transitional / graduating rank to level-up your child into the Juniors Martial Athletes program (ages 10/11 - 14) where they will start as a level-2 student. The Sukiru program is the older students' level-1 program, just stretched over time to help them really slowly but surely develop a solid martial arts foundation that will allow them to more easily handle the upcoming advanced and mature concepts.
A certified 1st-Degree Black Belt (Shodan) is awarded to students ages 16 and above. We believe at this age students are able to grasp the maturity required for being a Black Belt. We do consider exceptions when they are exceptional. In our system of Martial Arts Black Belt is truly just the beginning. All the study and ranks leading to Black Belt are about mastering the basics and preparing for the more tactical and advanced concepts of Kempo Karate.
Test fee - $60.00 per belt: Every martial arts program charges test fees. However our studio does not rely on test fees as a key source of income, therefore we don’t push students through the ranks unfairly nor will a student be eligible for every test. Plus our test fees are an industry-standard low. As rank level increases the time between ranks slows gradually so you aren't paying more every month just to progress. Your test fee covers the cost of the belt, certificate, and the testing procedure. The Purple Belt test fee includes the mandatory black uniform which signifies your skill level in our Kempo Karate art form. To plan accordingly see your instructor for details.
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 class and include Gi-top & bottoms, belt, and studio Logo T-Shirt, and school patches.
A traditional white student uniform is distributed upon enrollment. A full black uniform must be worn at the rank of Purple Belt. Additional uniforms may be purchased at a discounted rate.
Uniforms are not to be worn while eating, playing, working, or sleeping.
Do not wear the belt outside the Dojo.
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 is to be worn in the Dojo for safety and humility and to prevent loss or damage.
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.
What to expect from your child and your role as a parent
There are 3 secrets to progressing in our system: Come to class, practice, and don’t quit! It's important for parents of this age group to be encouraging, supportive, and involved in their child’s Martial Arts journey. They need to know you're there for them when needed. Plus as a parent it's important you hear the philosophies we discuss in the classes so you can help reinforce them at home. Encourage your child to practice on a regularly scheduled basis - even for just a few minutes per day. Maybe even have them teach you what they've learned - CONNECT WITH THEM! This age group wants independence like adults have but they aren't fully ready to make decisions on their own because they don't yet have the mental development that allows them to weigh the long-term pros and cons of their decisions. But with guidance from their instructor and you they will know they are part of a positive community who wants them to rise to a new level of personal performance.
ATTENTION: Not everyone who begins the Martial Arts makes it to Black Belt. That’s not surprising. What is surprising is that several people who being the Martial Arts don’t even complete their level 1 training. Why? These are just some of the reasons we’ve found:
Didn’t get involved right away
Didn’t make attending designated times a priority
Parents didn’t show involvement in their child’s development
Let other “things” get in the way
Parents didn’t realize the importance of consistency
Their initial reason for joining lost its value
One day your child may say one of the statements below. We’ve listed what they usually mean and how we solve them.
It’s too hard = not used to physical activity due to a less active lifestyle. Bring them to class anyway. Sometimes it takes longer than others to acclimate to a new program.
They’re too tired = they feel intimidated because they have troubled areas or were being lazy when it was time for class. We suggest you have your child be mildly active for about 10 minutes roughly 15 minutes before you depart for their lesson.
It’s not fun = they want to play all the time instead of learn. It’s important to keep your child in a learning mode, especially during school breaks. Sometimes certain skills will be harder to conquer than others. This is where persistency rewards those who follow through. This is how value and self-esteem is learned.
If your child resists putting on their uniform and coming to class, don’t tell them you are going to class. Put their uniform in the car, then them, and drive over!
“Taking a break” (there’s no such thing) = For many non-adult martial arts students the most dangerous time of year for motivation and consistency is June through September - that’s when we see the most drop-outs who never return to training. Toward the end of the school-year kids are thinking about Summer and dreading the remaining days of school. Then comes the loose structure of Summer. Then during back-to-school time from August to September structure and responsibility increases again. It takes a few weeks for them to adjust. You might notice lack-of-motivation, whining, listlessness, whining, crankiness, and whining. This is normal. The solution is simple, but not always easy - just keep going. Reestablish your perceived value of the L3MAP program by setting goals and staying consistent. By the time October arrives your child will be back in the routine and focused on the new year.
Don’t be afraid to “ruffle your child’s feathers” by directing them to do what you know is right and good for them. A parent’s role is to encourage, remind, enlighten, educate, and direct their children toward the right path even when it’s tough or your decision is unpopular. Your child will make a lot of friends in their life, but they will only have one set of parents, your role is significant and we are always here to help. Consider us a third parent who is always there to reinforce your positive efforts to shape your child into the best they can be.
Setting realistic expectations
You’ve just enrolled your child into our program. Goals are not met overnight. Sometimes your child’s goals aren’t met until after months or years of consistent attendance to class and follow up and support from you. Be patient, supportive, encouraging, and most of all, communicative with your instructor. If you feel your expectations aren’t being met then address your concerns with us immediately. But remember, sometimes our expectations don’t align with reality. Your child is coming to us after seven to twelve years of already developing thoughts, behaviors, and habits. We are going to see them roughly 2.5 hours per week.
It’s normal to want to see improvement immediately but it’s not often realistic. Our goal is to create results through a process that takes time - you must trust the process. There is no one-time action / speech that reprograms behavior or thinking and provides magical cures to concerns overnight. Every student, no matter the age, will achieve their desired results if the following requirements are met:
…we (student, parent, instructor) begin our journey together with the right frame of mind and strive for a high standard of performance versus expecting a specific outcome. When we expect something and it doesn’t happen exactly as we envisioned our attitude can sour and performance can suffer. This is one reason why we don’t put focus on belt testing and students aren’t supposed to ask about their next test. It’s more effective to focus on the process and one day be unexpectedly presented with the opportunity to rank-up.
…parents keep their child’s training consistent year-round - we are not a seasonal activity. Progress and change is cumulative, not sudden. Every class you attend keeps adding to success.
…parents participate / get involved with the child’s training through spectating and discussions. Any concerns parents have must be addressed with your instructor. If we know, they can grow!
We will have influence over your child to some degree, but please remember we are an enhancement to your efforts as a parent and their teachers’ efforts in school. It takes a community to raise a child. Only together can we help them rise to a new level of personal performance!
The below tips are invaluable and will help you make the most of your child’s training experience:
Reinforce training at home- it is only when a child practices more than usual that they appreciate and recognize their hard work.
Attend their classes regularly- when you support their effort and motivation, they try harder.
Don’t allow them to be tardy to class- tardiness will make them feel uncomfortable, and teaches bad manners.
Discourage consistent absences- consistency and commitment will be one of the best lessons your child learns.
Reward their achievements- when you recognize their accomplishments, they are more inclined to continue accomplishing.
Help them set consistent goals- the more they go for, the more they will gain.
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