JMA is proud to present our junior Taekwondo Leadership Program. This program integrates the traditional aspects of Taekwondo with child development and community spirit all leading to the ultimate black belt experience.
Most martial arts are well known for building good values in young people and at JMA our kids are asked to demonstrate this. At each grading they are required to show the instructor they have understood the focus of that particular level to achieve their next belt.
The program is designed to teach kids that a true martial artist doesn’t just focus ones self but is mindful of everyone and everything around them. .
A JMA white belt is required to perform a minimum of five “Random Acts of Kindness” that must be signed off or checked by their parent and instructor to obtain their yellow belt. The intention here is to set an example about what is expected of a JMA student outside of the Dojang and to show our local community that our club is sending a positive message to our students.
Examples of a “Random Act of Kindness”
·Helping a neighbour in their garden
·Helping around the house
·Donating toys or clothes to a charity
Examples from JMA members: "Helping my mum carry and pick up things when she came out of hospital" James Kruger
"I gave my old clothes and toys to Kyan because he never had," Dale Kruger - I learnt it is good to be kind, it's made me a kinder person
""I helped my Dad sweep the outside, both front and back," Connor Zacharias - I have learnt to be kind to the people around me
"We picked up litter at school and did helpful tasks in class and around school," Symerjeet, Jasmir and Jarnpreet Walia - we learnt to be nice to others makes you feel good. We all enjoyed doing these things.
"I helped my sister in the swimming pool" Jack Martin - I have learnt more of how to be kind to others and respect my family, and that life is more about giving not just taking.
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To obtain the blue belt rank at JMA the pupil must demonstrate an understanding and caring for the environment. A JMA Yellow Belt is required to perform five acts to benefit the environment. They must educate themselves on ways to “Care for the Environment”.
The intention here is to educate the student on the environment and to help spread the word among family and friends about the importance of protecting our environment (The most important form of self defence)
Examples of Caring for the Environment:
·Checking tyre pressure in the family car
·Turning off unused appliances in the home
·Limiting their use of plastic bottles
Examples from JMA Members: "I have been recycling boxes in the proper bins," Adam Franchina - I have learnt to look after the environment because we won't harm animals and see we can save energy
"I have been hanging out the washing instead of using the dryer," Aiden Bick - By recycling our earth and water we help our planet
"We have created a worm farm that we feed with scraps and is good for our soil" Adriano Todoro - I never throw rubbish on the ground because we need to keep our planet clean for when we are grown ups!
"I have been turning my lava lamp off at night to save energy," Kaitlyn Binnie
"I have been wearing a jumper instead of putting the heater on," Darcy Watkins - I know that you should save water and electricity to help the environment and other people from around the world have helped change as well.
To obtain the red belt at JMA our students must now take on a leadership role. This is an advanced level at our school therefore a higher level of commitment and maturity is required.
A JMA Blue Belt is required to first recruit a minimum of ten friends and family members from school or otherwise and manage that team to provide a service that can benefit the community.The intention here is to teach the student the importance of team work and leadership. This level shows the power of many hands and the good feeling that comes from being part of a group working together to achieve a common goal.
Examples of a Project Management Activity:
·Organising a bulk clean up in your area.
·A fundraiser for a charity
·Helping out someone less fortunate in your community
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To obtain the Ultimate Goal at JMA our students must go above and beyond. They must draw on all of their knowledge from the other belt tasks and come up with an original idea that can make a significant difference in their community.
A JMA Red belt must think about the tasks they have performed to get to this point in the program and decide how they can best impact their community on a larger scale. Sounds hard!!
THAT IS WHAT BLACK BELT IS ALL ABOUT!!!
This program encourages the student to think outside the box and think hard about the world we live in.
A JMA Black Belt will be trained inside and out of the Dojang on how to be a well rounded citizen and be exposed to life changing experiences along the way.....
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