Children of all ages can benefit from mindfulness, the simple practice of bringing a gentle, accepting attitude to the present moment. It can help parents and caregivers, too, by promoting happiness and relieving stress. Here at Black Dragon we offer a programme which includes basic tips for children of all ages, as well as several activities that develop compassion, focus, curiosity, and empathy. And remember, mindfulness can be fun.
The belief is that having strong self-defence skills is a component of dealing with bullying. We have taken that belief, and our self-defence experience, and created an anti-bullying programme that’s embedded in all of our children martial arts programs - to help our students prevent bullying from happening and know how to deal with bullying if it occurs.
Our programme teaches children discipline. This is important for both the bullied child and the bully. It helps children to control their impulses because they must work hard and stay focused to do well in martial arts. This trait can help reduce negative behaviour. For a child who may be bullied, having self-discipline helps him feel like he is in control of the situation.
Black Dragon Cavan kickboxing K1 was established in Cavan 15 years ago. BDC kickboxing K1 syllabus involves a wide variety of strikes, joint locks, controlled takedowns, grappling restraints, and releases, covering every possible means of protecting yourself in a self-defence situation. There is a natural progression for students in order that they can learn more techniques. We train in the environment of a traditional dojo using the values of eastern martial arts teaching styles.