The Beginning Dragons class gives each student a solid foundation in the basic fundamentals of martial arts in a fun, yet, focused environment. Grand Master Pallen was a strong believer in, “teaching a student correctly the first time so there’s no bad habits to correct later.” This includes proper stances, movement, balance, & intensity. He also adds, “if you’re not having fun you’re not doing it right.” Nearly all students put more effort in an exercise when there is a sense of purpose in executing a drill properly. The reward for a student may be as simple as “recognition” in front of his peers. However, the entire class benefits because each student eagerly puts in 110% effort creating an EXCITING environment where EFFORT & LEARNING is the end result.
It is at this moment, when a student is EXCITED about LEARNING, that we begin our discussion of the Principles of Being a Black Belt: Modesty, Courtesy, Integrity, Perseverance, Courage, & Indomitable Spirit. We explain the importance of these principles and how it correlates to his/her training in the dojo, at home, at school, and everyday life. For every self-defense technique that we teach, it is important that we instill one of the many philosophies of martial arts. Grand Master Pallen has said, “You cannot teach one without the other.” By pairing the art of self-defense with ancient philosophies, a student will be able to use martial arts as a whole to become a more productive adult.