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Students and their parents will practice good sportsmanship by showing discipline, courtesy, and respect. They will refrain from signs of frustration, disgust, or dissatisfaction with the outcome of matches, and they will not show over-exuberance should they or their student win a match.
• Purposely running out of bounds to avoid the match or fall down to avoid contact or otherwise delaying a match. Going out of bounds or falling in the normal course of the match will sometimes happen. Competitors should know where they are in relation to the ring boundary.
• Performing fakes to illegal targets
• Grabbing or holding an opponent, but swatting or closed-hand blocking away kicks and punches is fine.
• Receiving coaching. Positive cheering is welcome and encouraged. If a spectator is coaching, the chief judge will stop the match and remind them of the rules. Should the coaching continue, the spectator will be asked to leave the ring side or the competition area.
A student always has the right, and the responsibility, to limit the amount of contact during a sparring match. Although color belt sparring is ideally noncontact, contact does occur. If you are uncomfortable with the amount of contact or power, it is your right, and responsibility, for you to ask for less contact or power. No one else will ask for you.
ATA Tigers - boys and girls up to age 6 - participate in simplified sparring matches. Each competitor gets two sparring matches, each lasting 30 to 60 seconds. Each match is interrupted a couple of times, and although no points are awarded, each competitor is told about something good they did in that segment. Students must still wear a complete set of sparring gear.
Unlike in traditional sparring, where only the chest and head are targets, the entire body (with a few exceptions) is a target. A competitor's legs, arms, and back are all in play for points. Therefore one should avoid using their body to block attacks by their opponent because it probably will result in point(s) for your opponent.
The following are illegal targets in weapon sparring. The penalties in combat sparring for motions or strikes to illegal targets are the same as those for traditional sparring.
• All sides of the neck
• A horizontal strike to the eyes which might go through the hole in the sparring face shield
• The groin
A direct strike on a blocking body part would likely result in a point for the striker, a deflection does not count as a hit. For a strike to be deflected, the angle of the strike should not change appreciably. How much this is depends on the judges.
ATA's primary goal for its students in sparring matches is to be safe and have fun. While sparring is ideally noncontact, contact does frequently happen. It's up to you, as a competitor, to ask the judge to keep the contact down if you feel it's too much. Competitors must wear all appropriate and approved protective equipment.
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Since 1969, over one million students have trained in one of the 950 ATA Licensed schools. Our students regularly go on to join Ivy schools and become community leaders. The values they learn during their martial arts journey are the same you teach at home and last a lifetime.
Social interaction teaches kids how to effectively work as part of a team.
Martial arts helps improve coordination and is an excellent form of exercise.
Building healthy habits early on can help prevent obesity and diabetes later in life.
The diagram below shows how points are scored in a tournament.
The winner of a sparring match is the competitor who is the first to earn five points or has the greater number of points at the end of two minutes. If the match is tied after two minutes, it enters "sudden victory": the competitor who gets the next point wins.
For a point or no point/block call to be made, a judge must observe the point (or block/no point). If the judge does not see the contact in question, he can call only "no see," even if it's obvious that contact was made. Judges must see the point they call.
Judges sometimes make mistakes, but they are never wrong. They do the best job they can with the views they have, watching two fast-moving people throwing kicks and punches at each other. Competitors and spectators should remember the judges only see small part of the sparring match at any instant. Spectators have different views, and they will often see things the judges do not. If there is a legitimate concern, feel free bring it to the attention of someone at the tournament's head table.
For many teens, controlling their emotions in social situations is a challenge. Martial arts helps teens improve their self-control by teaching control of the body. This is a vital skill that teens can carry with them into their adult life, helping them to manipulate their thoughts and emotions more effectively.
A key component of the martial arts tradition is respect. Students will be taught to respect their instructor, their classmates, and themselves.This sense of respect promotes dignity and well-being among those who practice.
In martial arts classes, all students are treated equally. They will engage with a wide range of opponents, giving them a sense of accomplishment as they find success in a variety of situations.
Our Pre-School program is ages 4-6, while Pre-Teens is Ages 7-12
We offer month to month memberships as well as savings on longer plans
You will receive an email with instructions on how to schedule your first class. One of our instructors will call you, or you may call the school directly.
Absolutely not. Although they will learn cool martial arts and self-defense moves, your child will learn how to AVOID fights, not pick them.
Our Martial Arts classes' primary goal is to make sure our students have fun in a playful, safe environment. Come and see a class for yourself - the kids have a blast and our instructors do too.
No, our classes are a good mix of boys and girls of all fitness levels. Beginners train alongside some of the more experienced kids, helping each other out in a fun team environment.