Introducing the Dragon Flight
Ten to fourteen-year olds are the smartest students in the school. Yes, they are smarter than most adults! They are also physically competent and can excel in most physical challenges that are presented to them. The problem we discovered is they are so focused on what is socially acceptable that they have a hard time keeping themselves emotionally driven to the task at hand. The solution we found is to provide them with their own program that targets their stage of development in a manner that nurtures their social and emotional instability while at the same time building skills that set them up for success.
By understanding the stages of development of 10 year olds and up we were able to select 8 age-appropriate skills that make up the Dragon Flight SKILLZ Program:
Dragon Flight SKILLZ Explained-Progression Goals for White Belt
- DEXTERITY: Demonstrating the three stage 1 block’s and three stage 1 strikes from memory. They must show the proper chambers and ending position for all of the moves in order to pass.
- REACTION: Demonstrating basic single-hand grab escapes. They must apply the proper escape techniques within three seconds, four times in a row in order to pass.
- VERSATILITY: Performing combinations 1 – 9 of the stage 1 form. They must perform each move with proper chambers and execution in order to pass.
- MOMENTUM: Demonstrating the three types of jump front kicks. They must show proper technique in each of the kicks, five times in a row in order to pass.
- PRECISION: Palm strike board break. They must break a board with a palm strike in three shots or less in order to pass.
- INSTINCT: Performing the first sparring combination on focus mitts. They must hit the mitts with proper technique, speed, and power, three times in a row in order to pass.
- STRENGTH: Holding each static leg, arm, abdominal, and core exercise. They must not lose technique or else they have to start over. They must hold each exercise for no less than ten seconds in order to pass.
- VISION: Reciting the definition and meaning behind courage. They must provide the correct answer while speaking confidently in order to pass.