All students, of all ages, follow the
same curriculum and have the same expectations for
achieving the next belt. Unlike the more
common forms of Martial Sports taught in the United
States, black belts are earned only by those
students who meet the requirements that, in days
past, made saying you were a black belt a highly
Adult & Teen Classes
It might surprise you to learn that nearly half of
our students are adults. Often, Martial Arts is
thought of as a sport for youth, but adults who come to
Dragon's Way quickly find a home here. The human
body is an amazing thing and is capable of doing a lot
more than most people try to make it do. Adults
often have a few more concerns that they bring to
classes: old injuries, stiffness, a few extra pounds, or
other similar concerns. While these are legitimate
concerns, they can be overcome with proper training,
good recovery, and some persistence.
Teens join the adult classes when they are
comfortable with a faster-paced class and with
working out with adults. Generally, this
happens between ages 13 and 15 but can vary based on
a number of factors. Our current
students in these classes are very friendly and
create a warm, welcoming environment to all ages.
Youth Classes (7 yrs +)
It's no secret that Martial Arts is a great way for
children to learn focus, balance, athleticism, and
control. Youth students also learn discipline and
persistence. When your child reaches the level of
black belt, you can be assured that they will be a very
respectable athlete, a focused student, a confident
individual, and capable of defending themselves should
the need arise.
As for ages, you classes are generally made up of
students from 7 or 8 through around 13. We are
more insistent that the student be mature enough to
handle a much more rigorous class then the Little
Dragons (see below) classes. Youth classes are 60
Little Dragons Classes (3 - 7 yrs)
These classes will help little ones develop muscle
control, attention, flexibility, and basic Martial Arts
skills. The purpose of the program is to give
youngsters a fun and structured program that will
prepare them to move into the traditional Martial Arts
training as they mature.
Because children in this age range can have vastly
different maturity and coordination, we have divided the
Little Dragons Classes into three different levels.
Master Clark will work with parents in determining the
appropriate level for these students.
Self Defense Courses (12yrs - Adult)
For more information about our self defense courses,
please click here.
Tai Chi Classes (12yrs - Adult)
Tai Chi is a form of Chinese Martial Arts that is
practiced for health benefits including a means of
dealing with stress and tension. It is considered
a "soft" form of martial arts and is often referred to
as "meditation in motion". Tai Chi is
characterized by soft, slow, flowing movements that
emphasize force rather than brute strength. The
movements are executed with a great deal of precision.
Advance Your Training Faster
Private lessons are, by far, the
fastest way to advance your martial arts training.
You will find that there are a few elements at each
level that are a particular challenge for you.
While this is completely natural, and to be expected,
private lessons will help you shorten the time you spend
We recommend that you take a
combination of private and group lessons as you make
your way to black belt. The specific combination
that will work best for you depends on several factors
such as natural ability, time available, finances, and
how quickly you desire to progress.
Private lessons are by appointment
only. Students are expected to arrive at the Kwoon
physically ready to work on technique. This means
warmed up, stretched, and with a list of specific areas
or questions to work on.