More than any other activity, Martial Arts and Wing Chun Kung Fu gives your child the chance to explore their innate power. You will marvel as they increase in strength, flexibility, endurance, balance, and harmony.
But this will only be the start. Physical skills act as a foundation for something much more important: the development of value skills, mental and social intelligence. At UMF Academy they will be joining a long term, supportive, character-building environment.
Exposing your tween or teen to a range of martial arts concepts and principles as part of their Wing Chun Kung Fu training at UMF Academy, makes their training fun, and dynamic as well as effective in providing them with a well-balanced approach to defending themselves and values that they can take into building a successful and happy life
As a Young Warrior, your child will learn about the five powers:
• Good character
• Positive role models
• Being part of a team
The practice of martial arts often gives the individual the self-esteem, confidence and ability to walk away from conflict. At UMF Academy we promote non-violent resolutions to interpersonal conflict. We can help your child explore and understand interpersonal conflict through role-play and other class exercises.
UMF understands the challenges facing kids in their tween and teen years. There’s negative peer pressure, bullying, lack of exercise, and low motivation. We address all this at our classes in both direct and in indirect ways. The Young Warriors program is during a critical part of your child’s development and providing a positive environment when they are challenged to be their best and to strive to achieve beyond their own self-imposed limitations is incredibly important in these years.
Research has shown when our children are in transition times, like when they move schools, they are more vulnerable to bullying and potentially to negative social interactions. There is data to back up many parents fears when their children move from primary to high school, and change into a new and unfamiliar environment that this negative social feedback can make an entry into their life. This is when the development of strong character traits and their ability to manage complicated or confusing social situations, plus their ability to positively assert themselves and to believe that they are worthwhile are important to how they both interpret and manage peer and teacher, student relationships.
Our Bully Buster curriculum will give your child the ability to cope with ‘bullies’ and the confidence and self-esteem to report to you when they have been bullied. Bullying had now become the number 1 social concern for young people.
But we don’t have to accept bullying, we can equip our children to understand and resolve conflicts non-violently through a special program that combines the disciplines of education, psychology and martial arts.
The Bully Buster curriculum is a new and innovative program that has been developed by Dr Terrence Webster-Doyle and is being taught to martial art students at UMF Academy. The Bully Buster Programme teaches young people the total set of skills they need to feel confident to resolve conflict before it begins. It combines physical self-defence skills, which give the young person confidence, with mental self-defence skills, which give the young person the ability to resolve a potential threat peacefully.
The Bully Buster program focuses on understanding the primary factors that create conflicts in relationships. It also addresses the secondary causes and teaches young people 12 ways to walk away with confidence. It is a non-judgemental, approach to understanding and peacefully resolving the challenges of human relationships.
UMF Academy are invested in character development and to this end are the only North Queensland Martial Arts Academy to be accredited in Dr. Robyn Silverman’s Powerful Words and have integrated this program into every class.
Dr. Robyn Silverman is an Industry Leading Child Development Expert, Professional Speaker and Author and also the Founder and Creator of the Powerful Words Character System.
In 2006, the Powerful Words Character Development was made available to the martial arts industry and has steadily grown in popularity as well as effectiveness in helping top level programs to go above and beyond in delivering an exceptional values education to their students and their families. Powerful Words is the #1 leading Personal Development System for the after school activity industry.
The Powerful Words Character Development System provides your child with lessons on respect, self-control, responsibility, confidence, sportsmanship and other character based concepts, helping your child to become their very best at home, at school, and out in the community.
So enrolling in Young Warriors at UMF not only will your child receive a top notch physical curriculum, they will also experience the very best character lessons with their teacher spending time each month discussing with them the Powerful Word of the month. All lessons are age-appropriate so that every child can participate, understand, and feel appropriately challenged. The children will be involved in the conversations and will be encouraged to ask questions and comment. When children are engaged, they are more likely to retain and use the information discussed.
Words can uplift and values education is paramount to assisting your child develop a balanced mind as they develop their physical skills. At UMF Academy we are accredited to offer a wholistic training for your child so that they can develop the skills to live a happy and productive life.