Welcome to Level 3 Martial Arts Performance
Juniors' Martial Athletes Kempo-Karate & 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. 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.
Martial Arts fitness training is a proven method for increasing self-esteem, confidence, and positive attitude – three traits vital to one’s development no matter the age. Martial Arts training connects the mind, body, and spirit in a way nothing else does. It’s easy to identify the “body” aspects of training - the physical movements and exercises: self-defense skills, balance, coordination, strength, agility, and flexibility. But there is more below the surface. The “mind” aspect develop focus, attention, concentration, and awareness – skills needed in work, school, or just when driving around town. The “spirit” of Martial Arts provides empowerment, self-esteem, positive attitude, belief, confidence, and respect – traits needed for improving independence, leadership, or just to avoid unhealthy daily temptations. These traits combined with our well-rounded curriculum help you achieve indisputable results.
In this program each student will focus on eight skill sets: Dexterity (Skill and grace in physical movement), Reaction (quick-smart decision making), Versatility (capable of smoothly going from one thing to another), Momentum (using motion to cover distance and gain height), Precision (on point), Instinct (making a decision before reaction), Strength (quality of being strong), Vision (seeing the big picture as a team, dojo, in life, school, decisions). Each skill appears on a regular basis throughout our class calendar to ensure the necessary repetition, but disguised in a variety of drills to keep it 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 physical conditioning and stretching, skill building drills and Martial Arts / self defense techniques. Our classes are a positive social experience, plus training is just more fun and motivating when people with similar interests are along side you adding energy to our atmosphere. Learning how to work with and respect others help us learn more about ourselves and stay calm in challenging scenarios.
Group classes are roughly 60-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: 15m exercises and stretches, 10m basics / line drills / striking combos / skill drills, 20m rank material, 10m practice / interaction, 2m lesson summary (there could be variance depending on the depth of that lesson's topic).
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.
Rank Progression Outline
Rank testing is an exciting moment in our martial arts journey. If you've been invited to test prioritize this event and show up. Refusing an invitation to test shows you don’t value your instructor’s judgment of your progress or that you don't respect your own efforts. Plus you will have to wait two to three months for your next opportunity as that is roughly the length of time between tests. Testing duration is not predetermined. Testing requires student to prove their knowledge while maintaining focus and a positive attitude during physical challenges. We also aim to educate students about deeper levels of their material during testing making it a great learning experience. 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:
"Yes Sensei" attitude.
Memorization and complete performance of techniques to the air, pads, and on a partner.
Focus, spirit, and intensity behind movements.
Proper student image, etiquette & self control.
Consistent class attendance.
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
Click on the YouTube icon at the bottom of this page and use the videos to improve your skills and prepare for your test!
Our martial art system's levels of progression:
Level 1: White Belt, Yellow Belt, Orange Belt, Purple Belt
Level 2: Blue Belt, Advanced Blue Belt, Green Belt, Advanced Green Belt, Brown Belt
Level 3: Kaishi "start" Black Belt (for students under the age of 16), Shodan - 1st Degree and higher.
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.
It's important you realize that achieving Black Belt does not make you a Black Belt - You have a Black Belt but are not yet a Black Belt. The act of becoming only happens through doing. You haven't yet mastered the material and skill that actually defines the rank. The act of becoming only happens through doing. So to consider yourself a true Black Belt you must reach Nidan - 2nd Degree Black Belt. This means you learned and conquered Shodan-1st Degree Black Belt material. It's mind-blowing that some students quit immediately after being awarded their Black Belt! It's not a collector's toy - USE IT! If you train for all those years don't you want to at least wear it for a while? Someone once said "getting your Black Belt and quitting is like getting your driver's license and never driving".Being part of the exclusive world of LEVEL 3 training is a whole new experience where you'll learn new techniques and evolve old ones into something you never even knew was possible. Think of LEVEL 3 as a lifestyle, a backbone that will keep you upright and achieving all through life.
Test fees (vary at each level): Every martial arts program charges test fees. Traditionally there was always some kind of task accomplishment or bartering required when a student would be considered for advancement to a new rank level. Today we use money rather than goods or special tasks / missions. 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 generally less than most other studios in the industry. 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. To plan / budget 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. Check out our YouTube video for tying your belt - click here!
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 properly maintained to ensure safety are a must. If you’re challenged with a physical 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 a martial arts shoe 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
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!
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.
What should you expect from your child and LEVEL 3 Martial Arts Performance?
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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