This program begins at age 13. Beginning members receive a few private or semi private sessions with an instructor prior to joining the full class. Students start at the white belt level and progress upward. Some classes are cater to beginners, some to advanced and some to all belt levels. Each belt level has it’s own curriculum which students must learn before progressing in belt. Advancement is done through quarterly testing by a qualified examiner. All students progress at their own pace, testing only upon examiner approval.
Although most classes follow a similar structure each class is different and unique, designed to meet students’ needs. Classes begin with a warm-up routine, followed by floor exercises, which focus on technique development. Next, students typically spend a few minutes working independently on their required curriculum, then pair up for a “combinations” workout with a partner. Non-contact free sparring follows this and is always carefully monitored with safety in mind. Classes end with a short cool down and closing exercises.