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The Lion Academy children programs are based on the Total Defense system. The emphasis, while on self-defense, is also based on character building, teamwork, discipline and positive lifestyle habits. Taught in a positive, high energy environment, we focus on teaching the kids

Jr. Lions (4 -12)
The Junior Tiger class focuses on all aspects of martial arts training both physical and mental. Developing discipline, courtesy, self-control, confidence, character, concentration, teamwork and focus. Athletically we work on building strength, flexibility and coordination. The physical techniques of martial arts are also stressed for this age group.

S.T.A.R. PROGRAM (4-12 year olds):

We would like to inform you about a special part of the children's program. This program is one of the most exciting and innovative programs you and your child will ever experience in the area of Personal Responsibility Education. The program is S.T.A.R. (Success Through Accepting Responsibility or Stop, Think, Act, and Review). S.T.A.R. was developed by the Jefferson Center for Education, located in Pasadena, California. The S.T.A.R. curriculum is currently used by over 5,000 schools and 50,000 classrooms across the country; it has reached nearly 2 million students. The Jefferson Center for Character Education is a non-profit, non-sectarian organization founded in 1963 which addresses the need to teach character education in both public and private schools. The Jefferson Center focuses on the systematic teaching of common values that cut across ethnic, cultural, and religious lines. These values include honesty, respect, responsibility, integrity, courage, tolerance, justice, self-confidence, and politeness. At our school our mission is to instill in students these very values using the martial arts. We believe this to be an ongoing process and not something to be achieved in a month, or year, but rather over a lifetime of education and effort. We have chosen the S.T.A.R. program because it is the perfect complement to our philosophy. S.T.A.R. will provide an ongoing, systematic method of teaching the core values on which our program is based. S.T.A.R. is designed to teach students to:

  • Accept the consequences of their actions
  • Use the S.T.A.R. Stop Think Act Review decision-making model to solve problems and resolve conflicts.
  • Develop and improve self-confidence, self-esteem, and positive attitudes.
  • Set and achieve realistic goals.
  • Accept that attendance at class, punctuality, and reliability, are part of being personally responsible.

Results of Independent Studies: Studies done by two Pittsburgh, PA foundations, the Scaife Family Foundation and the Vera I. Heinz Foundation, showed dramatic decreases in disciplinary problems during an average month after the introduction of S.T.A.R. in an academic, school setting. For example, fighting decreases 25%, tardiness, 40%. The S.T.A.R. program: Theme of the Month: All monthly themes will emphasize responsibility and values. For example, February's theme is “How Can I Make Good Choices”
Monthly Activity: Each Theme of the Month will have an activity, which the student is encouraged to do. The activity will reinforce the value expressed by the monthly theme. In February, the student is to keep a logbook of kind and courteous acts done during the month.

S.T.A.R. Award: Star Patches of Achievement will go to every student who does the following: -The monthly activity

  • Works up to his or her ability in school and behaves there Behaves at home
  • Displays leadership qualities and a sincere effort to improve while attending required classes in the Lion Academy.
  • Returns the S.T.A.R. Home/School Approval Form no later than the third week of the month. No late forms will be accepted or lost ones replaced.

Remember, we are teaching child responsibility.
Star Patches are worn on the left lapel of the uniform. Each month, the student gets a new patch. When the student reaches patch 12 (and this may take more than a year if the child skips a few of the S.T.A.R. monthly activities) a special graduation patch is awarded. This is the child's to keep.

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