At Davis Square Martial Arts, we offer a number of Advanced Programs throughout the year, a sampling of which are described here. Most Advanced Programs meet from 10:15-11:30am on Saturdays, except as noted.

1st Degree Black Belt Accelerated Training Program

This 3-week intensive program covers topics needed to prepare for a student’s first Black Belt test and serves as a review prior to their test.

2nd and 3rd Degree Black Belt ProgramAdvanced student performing at 2012 Demo

This intensive program is geared toward our most advanced students.  Rotating topics include Eagle Form, Advanced Northern Longfist, Tiger and Crane Forms, Advance Southern Fist, Advanced Straight Sword, and Cyclone Broadsword. This program is appropriate for Black Belt students from our Kids or Adults programs or by recommendation from an instructor

Leadership/Advanced Skills Program

Part 1: Leadership/Sparring Preparation/Advanced Skills Program

Advanced program for kids with Purple, Red, or Brown Belts where they can further develop their balance, strength, and flexibility. It is geared toward the development of physical confidence.  Physical topics include agility exercises, dive rolls, cartwheels, hand stands, jump spinning kicks, sweeps, and joint locks, as well as movement required for Black Belt Testing. Mental topics and conversations will include responsibility, accountability, confidence, leadership, and independence.

Currently, this curriculum is embedded in the extended Monday/Wednesday Advanced Kids and Tuesday/Thursday Advanced Juniors classes.

Part 2: Sparring Program (Equipment Required)

Self defense/sparring during 2012 Demo

In the sparring program, students learn how to apply what they have learned in class to a dynamic fighting situation. The main concepts of distance, timing and power will be covered in solo, two-person, and multi-person scenarios. Physically, students will learn blocks, attacks, footwork, and combinations; however, mentally they will learn much more. Students will learn how to stay calm when faced with adversity, as well as the power of technique and exactness. Their confidence will improve as they learn how to identify potentially bad situations and then how to handle them or avoid them. The program is less about fighting and more about not fighting.

Currently, this curriculum is embedded in the extended Monday/Wednesday Advanced Kids and Tuesday/Thursday Advanced Juniors classes.

Assistant Instructor Training Program

Reasons to become an assistant instructor:

  • Physically, you will learn to break down movements, practice the basics, and think about training from many different points of view. You will learn the material on a much deeper level and begin to absorb what you thought you already knew.
  • Confidence is knowing what you can and cannot do. You will challenge this line and move it, and in doing so you will grow.
  • You get to help others to develop their skills and have a positive impact on their lives.
  • By teaching, you help the school grow and contribute to a community which in turn supports you.
  • You develop better communication skills, including how to effectively motivate many different types of personalities and how to speak in front of a group.
  • You learn about yourself, and how to improve yourself, on a path to becoming a better human being.

The Assistant Instructor Program teaches students how to assist an instructor in the teaching of a martial arts class. Through breaking down and teaching the basic movements, each student will gain a deeper level of understanding of their own foundational movements, grow in their confidence, and learn how to positively impact the lives of others. Students work on their ability to communicate and on how to speak in front of a group. Most importantly, students learn about their own personal strengths and weaknesses.

In this program, assistant instructors transition from assisting to leading a classroom. They learn how to effectively handle all aspects of the class: creating a lesson plan, coordinating students, effectively teaching warm-ups/drills/forms/self-defense, signing up prospective students, handling introductory lessons, and balancing the different individuals needs in a class. Instructors work to improve one-on-one and group communication and continue to deepen their understanding of their own practice.

The Assistant Instructor Training Program includes 12 weeks of hands on class work and observation, with close supervision by Instructor Mark and/or Instructor Karen. No matter what level instructor you are, we are able to provide an opportunity for you to stretch yourself in an environment where you will be supported and not overwhelmed. If you are interested in participating, please speak to Instructor Mark or Instructor Karen.