While continuing to build on the foundation of our Tiny Tigers, Jr. Dragons, and Dragons Programs, we introduce our teens to several other martial arts offered at our school.
Though Muay Thai and Jiu-Jitsu are the core substance of training in our Tiny Tigers and Dragons Programs, the introduction of Kali, Jeet Kune Do, and other arts into our Teens Program allows our students the opportunity to discover arts with weaponry (Kali - Filipino Martial Arts) and Jeet Kune Do, a martial art that is a "style without style" or "the art of fighting without fighting," according to Bruce Lee.
The integration of multiple arts into one program allows for a greater understanding of attack and defense from multiple ranges and angles. While learning each style on its own as a single art, our teens learn the similarities and differences between the arts, as well as how they can insert each art within the other arts at specific times or opportunities. In the philosophy of Bruce Lee, “Don't get set into one form, adapt it and build your own, and let it grow, be like water. Empty your mind, be formless, shapeless — like water. Now you put water in a cup, it becomes the cup; you put water into a bottle it becomes the bottle; you put it in a teapot it becomes the teapot. Now water can flow or it can crash. Be water, my friend.”
Martial artists not only learn self-defense, they develop self-discipline, self-confidence, and focus. At BIMA we emphasize the importance of making healthy lifestyle choices by teaching students to avoid drugs and the abuse of alcohol. Martial arts help teens to reduce stress, build confidence, set goals, make friends, and get in great shape. In addition, it will help teens to develop the ability to stand up to negative peer pressure and other intimidating situations that they will undoubtedly encounter as they grow older and prepare for college and beyond. Martial arts training is also a great way to build cardiovascular fitness, improve flexibility and balance, and develop agility for other sports.
Because we consider our teens to be young adults, their strength to be much greater, and their coordination much more refined than in our younger Dragons Programs, we hold them to a higher, faster, and more vigorous rate of instruction and conditioning. Holding our teens to a higher level also prepares them for their transition into the adult classes as they graduate from the teens class. Although we push our teens a little harder, please know that the safety and security of your teen is the single most important factor here at BIMA.
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