MARTIAL ARTS

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Maria Rivera,

Martial Arts Instructor

The Summit Academy Therapeutic Martial Arts program provides a safe, nurturing and inclusive environment to help every child succeed regardless of their sensory or developmental abilities. Introducing Martial Arts fundamentals and core values aid in the promotion of social-emotional, mental and physical growth of our students. 

 

As our students learn the basics of Tae Kwon Do, they inherently begin to engage in self awareness and motor planning skills that often carry over to their daily life. Additionally, the repetition of movement patterns (poomsae) throughout Tae Kwon Do, create bilateral connections in the brain emphasizing the benefits to children with ASD. The sensory stimulus and motor planning required to perform these set patterns, eventually result in improved visual, motor and speech skills - all of which aid in the development of better balance, coordination, awareness and overall gross-motor abilities.

Similar to these physical benefits, the core values expressed throughout Tae Kwon Do include: courtesy, integrity, self control and perseverance. Our students not only learn the importance of honesty, patience, cooperation, humility and respect, but they further are able to utilize these learned skills to improve their concentration, coordination, academic performance and overall quality of life.

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Martial Arts Quest Program

 

The Quest for the Summit Martial Arts program is geared around the student being able to complete three “quests.” Once a student has earned a large blue, green, and red star in the “Martial Arts Hall of Fame,” they will have reached “the summit,” and earn a purple star on their dobok. After completing a quest and earning a purple star,  they will start a new quest.​​​

Blue Stars: The Blue Star Program was designed for the staff within our school to use for positive reinforcement of all positive behaviors observed in your student related to effort, manners, respect, and social skills. A student will receive a large blue star in the “Martial Arts Hall of Fame” after earning four blue stars in school.


​Green Stars: The Green Star Program was designed for chores or “community service” done in and outside of school. A student will receive a large green star in the “Martial Arts Hall of Fame” after earning four green stars.

 

Red Stars: The Red Star Program was designed for increased independent knowledge seeking. A student will receive a large red star in the “Martial Arts Hall of Fame” after completing a research paper or book report related to Taekwondo.