Understanding Your Kung-Fu Student’s Class Schedule
Change can be challenging. Over the past 17 months, we have changed our class schedule more than ever before. (Since the academy opened in 1987, the schedule has traditionally remained very consistent.) We have worked very hard to adapt it to offer you as much kung-fu as we can amidst the ever-changing government regulations. The current schedule offers you as much flexibility as we can provide.
Across all of our Programs and Ranks, there are 38 different levels! Understandably, this many levels can be confusing, but they help to facilitate the delivery of our curriculum. Imagine a school system with students from ages 4 – 70 that provides enough curriculum to keep everyone inspired and developing for 30+ years!
First, you need to know what Program you or your kung-fu student is in:
- Little Ninjas Program is for ages 4 – 5 years old.
- Youth Program is for ages 6 – 10 years old.
- Junior Program is for ages 11 – 14 years old.
- Adult Beginner Program is for beginners ages 15 and up.
- Adult Program is for students ages 15 and up.
Second, you need to know your Rank. Our Student Handbook has full details, but reviewing the Kung-Fu Ranking Sashes will also help. Students should know their rank too (similar to their grade in school)—if they have passed a grading, their grading certificate will state their rank. Knowing their rank is the first step in understanding their Strength Requirements and what they need to know to test for their next level:
- If your student hasn’t yet earned a belt or sash (or recently moved up from Little Ninjas), they are Novice.
- If they have their very first belt as a Youth, they are Youth Red.
- If they have their first sash, they are Junior Red.
The knot for belts is below the navel; for sashes, the knot is over the right hip.
- If your student graded to Youth Green Stripe and they choose to move to the Junior Program, they are now Junior Orange.
- If they graded to Junior Brown and move to the Adult Program, they become Adult Blue in rank.
Moving up programs is not a regression in our curriculum. In the above example, the Junior Orange curriculum is similar to the Green Stripe/Belt curriculum. Upon making or considering a move up in programs, we encourage you and your child to compare the curriculum as outlined in the Handbook.
To ease understanding any schedule we offer, including our latest below, please invest a few minutes to understand your kung-fu student’s Program and Rank.
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