IBBA has it down to a science
The instructors clearly love the kids and love their jobs which was evident by their obvious rapport with students and parents, as I watch them greet each family upon arrival. A stellar balance between demanding respect and playful joking around sets the stage for expected good behavior in a completely non-threatening manner. From the time class begins til the time it ends, each child is expected to respond to each command. If somebody responds incorrectly or not at all, the correct response is immediately modeled so that the child can copy it and then receive positive reinforcement. They never “move on” until everybody in the class has it down. Instructors also take opportunities to use more experienced students as models for the newer students, which is very effective. My son looks back at me occasionally to check in or make sure I saw how cool something was, but other than that, his attention is on the instructor and he is completely engaged. It is an art to capture and hold the attention of young children, but IBBA has it down to a science. They keep a fast pace, they use animation, and they intersperse drill style instruction with fun games. They teach technical terms for the positions but also use silly names such as “ice cream cone punch” to help the young age group remember each move. Also, each class incorporates a “mat chat” where students sit in a circle around the instructor and learn about words like “respect”, “integrity”, and “citizenship”. Great examples are given to help the children understand these words at their developmental level. This is what I was looking or. Of course I want him to learn karate, but at this age, I care even more about teaching him to love learning and following instruction in a group environment. He is doing just that at IBBA, smiling ear to ear throughout each class and improving from one class to the next.
Thank you sincerely for your skill, dedication, and passion –