2046 N. 64th Drive
Phoenix, AZ 85035
Young Champions has developed one of the most exciting and comprehensive martial arts systems, specialized for teaching children and teens. Young Champions has incorporated the most effective defense techniques from many martial art systems with a comprehensive safety awareness course to develop an unparalleled curriculum for our students. Young Champions also differentiates itself from other martial art organizations by implementing SAFETY AWARENESS. This concept, which is promoted in all classes, primarily provides instruction in defense against strangers (“STRANGER DANGER”). Young Champions of America is the only organization featuring Project S.A.F.E. (Safety Awareness for Everyone) Shield. Project S.A.F.E. Shield is designed to teach you and your children vital skills to protect (shield) them from unforeseen dangers of today’s society. We are continually researching and formulating the most effective martial arts skills and safety information to offer the most up to date courses available. Although child abductions are rare, we feel it only takes one, and one is too many! Students are also taught awareness about their environment; safety measures against drugs and/or gangs; water and fire safety, as well as promoting respect for others, doing well in school, obeying parents, and being a good citizen.
Our students are also taught verbal and life skills to reinforce good citizenship and family values. Students will be given assignments based on their lessons, and will have the opportunity to earn ribbons for their efforts. Many parents have commented on their child’s improved social interaction and academic performance. Promoting good sportsmanship and fun, students will also have an opportunity to participate in Young Champions Karate Tournaments. Students will compete in various events to earn collectable trophies and medals. White belts may participate in many events and are strongly urged to attend! Everyone is a winner! For Class, students are asked to wear our karate uniform or comfortable, loose clothing such as shorts or sweatpants. No dresses, street shoes, jewelry, or gum chewing is allowed in class.
As students advance in rank they are taught sparring and katas. Sparring is light-contact controlled fighting, which is highly recommended for students advancing in Young Champions. Students will learn how to use their techniques in actual self-defense and sport scenarios. Actual self-defense scenarios include how to defend against a multi-person attack, and defending against various other attacks. Sport scenarios include tournament preparation, competition rules®ulations, and sportsmanship.
Sparring is open to student’s ranked yellow and above. Sparring is mandatory for students ranked purple & above. Sparring class cost is $2.00 in addition to the regular class fees.
Katas (also called forms) are pre-arranged martial arts techniques combined together in a floor pattern designed to represent fighting off imaginary attackers. As students progress they will be taught bunkai, the practical application, of the kata.
At the end of each semester, students are evaluated on the techniques and skills they have learned. Students then advance to the next belt rank. The advancement fee is $12.00 plus the class fee. The fee is for testing only; belts and awards will be awarded free of charge. (Most karate studios charge anywhere from $30 to $150.) The normal lesson fee is still required the day of testing. Rank requirements will be passed out during the semester by the instructor.
Young Champions Instructors assign class times based on students’ ages and ranks. As students advance with their ranks, “advanced” classes may be offered at limited locations. High rank classes are 1-1/2 hours per night and cost $10.00 per class.
Normal Class 40 - 45 minutes $6.00 per week Extended Class 60 minutes $7.00 per week Advanced Class 90 minutes $10.00 per week