What are the Hapkido Falcons?
Our Hapkido Falcon program is for children aged 8-12. Whilst still easily distracted and respond well to fun activities, they are starting to show a genuine interest in learning Martial Arts. We teach our Falcons a syllabus far more advanced than what our Bilbies and Wallabies learn. In fact, many of the techniques are the same as what the Teenagers and Adults learn. In reality, the Falcon program is a transition between what the kids learn and what the adults learn.
What do we teach the Falcons?
The syllabus is age appropriate. It excludes many of the techniques taught to the teenagers and adults. This is so we can ensure that an appropriate level of maturity accompanies those more aggressive techniques. The program will bully proof them and ensure they understand that Martial Arts is about discipline and controlled aggression. In other words, they only use their skills and knowledge to protect themselves or someone else.
We teach our Falcons the importance of our values, which are: Courage (moral and physical), Integrity, Loyalty and Mateship. Falcons are encouraged: to build resilience; have a dream; be true to themselves; be the best they can be; and aim for things just out of reach. We want to set up for success in the future!
We aim to give the Falcons a fun way of learning Martial Arts, whilst exercising, developing self-control, respect for others and social and physical skills they can take into there adult lives. Through the Hapkido classes, they learn self-defence techniques that really work. At the same time they are developing motor skills, coordination, fitness and stamina. History also shows that if they stick with the Martial Arts, they will make friends for life.
We encourage mutual respect and support!
Our Falcon Hapkido classes are not as formal as other schools. We operate on mutual respect for everyone, regardless of whether they are a student or instructor. Every student at Centenary Martial Arts knows that the most important person on the mats is not themselves. It is the training partner directly in front of them at the time. We also encourage them to know, the only person they need to compete against, is themselves. In other words, be the best they can be. Ideally, they can do that by also reaching for something just out of reach. If they don’t give up, they will eventually succeed.