Stages of Development for 10 to 14 Year Olds
Hi. My name is Denny Strecker and I’d like to spend a couple of minutes talking to you about our Extreme Skillz program for 10 to 14-year-olds. At our school, the goal is to provide the most comprehensive, age-specific martial arts training available on the market today known as Skillz. The Skillz program includes an international revolution of martial arts fitness and educational training that targets the age-specific needs in children.
We’ve taken the coolest parts of martial arts from a variety of styles and combine them into action-packed curriculum that help children build skills that they can apply into every area of their life. This means children ages three and up will have a blast in their martial arts classes while learning valuable skills that enable them to be the best that they possibly can be.
With the stages of development of 10 to 14-year-olds physically, what we found is typically they have great technique and agility but they can be lazy which leads to sloppiness. The expectations in the class are that they’re going to be sloppy on things that are easily physical, that they’re going to be goofy on physical challenges that are initially challenging to them and that they’re going to lack awareness on how to build upon their own strength.
The goals in the program are going to be to demonstrate dexterity to even the smallest detail to task at hand, to apply effort to challenging tasks such as building momentum in their jumps and spins and to demonstrate strength by applying power and mechanics to their exercises.
Intellectually, 10 to 14-year-olds are extremely smart. Their critical thinking skills are topnotch but their decision-making skills are typically the exact opposite and that’s why most adults treat them like children. The expectations in class so that the kids are going to hold back on intellectual challenges that are either too easy or too hard, that they’re not going to apply proper fine motor skills and mechanics on physical techniques, that they’re not going to understand that intellectual capacity as it applies to learning a large amount of detail in a short amount of time.
The goals in our program are to apply focus and effort on the simplest activities to demonstrate precision by applying accuracy in their movements and to demonstrate versatility by showing that they’re capable of learning at an accelerated pace. Emotionally, 10 to 14-year-olds, thanks to science, they typically are all over the emotional spectrum. This is most prominent in boys or more prominent in boys than in girls.
The expectations in class so that they’re going to hold back if they are not emotionally engaged that they’re going to lose focus if they’re not in a good mood and that they’re going to show us an attitude if they ever get embarrassed. The goals in the program are going to be applied intrinsic motivation and realize their true potential by applying proper instinct in what they do to engage with extreme effort despite obstacles and to show good decision-making skills by having the proper reaction when they’re put under pressure.
Socially, 10 to 14-year-olds care about what their peers think. They also understand that character plays an important role in who they are as a person. Therefore, our expectations initially that they’re going to hold back if they’re uncomfortable kind of as a defense mechanism that they’re going to prefer to work with their friends which can lead to an immaturity on tasks that are too simple or too challenging and that they’re going to prefer not to be in the limelight and receive constant praise in front of others.
The goals in our program are going to be that they have a vision by seeing the bigger picture in life by applying their skills into everything that they do, by showing maturity when working with their peers despite the task being too easy or too hard and that they take praise and recognition as a signal that they are on the right path.
The eight skills in the Extreme program that we’ll be working on are dexterity, reaction, versatility, momentum, precision, instinct, strength and vision. And the students will be able to earn a stripe in each class they attend in each one of these areas. When they’ve completed and earned all eight stripes, they’ll be eligible to promote in belt rank by completing a test.
In this test, they must score higher than a 40 in order to move up in belt rank. If this program sounds like it’d be beneficial for your 10 to 14-year-old, the next step would be to give us a call so we could schedule a pre-evaluation where I’ll work one on one with your child and decide exactly where they fit best to start in the program.