Dragons (5-6 years)

Kids Martial Arts In Leeds

Does your child spend too much time on their electronic devices?

Do you struggle to get your 5 or 6 year old off their games console or iPad? When you think back to your own childhood, do you see a significant difference between how active you was as a child compared to that of your son or daughter?

At 5 or 6 years old these children should be active every day. In fact, current guidelines from the NHS suggest that children 5 years and above should be taking part in at least one hour of moderate-intensity exercise every day. The recommendations go on to suggest that the children should experience a variety of different exercises and intensities that increase bone density, build strength and develop movement skills.

Taking part in exercise from an early age is important and research suggests that the development of FUNdamental Movement Skills in early childhood has a dramatic effect on future participation in physical activity.

Child playing computer games

is your child confident at home but quiet and shy in public?

When it comes to taking part in different activities with people outside of their regular bubble, children can find a new environment a little challenging. Does your son or daughter sometimes tell you they don’t want to take part in new activities due to a lack of confidence rather than not enjoying the activity?

Every time a child tries a new activity there is a risk of them failing. This can often cause them to not try so there is zero chance of them failing.  The children that think their intelligence and abilities are fixed are described as having a fixed mindset. A Growth mindset is a belief that with effort, we can improve our abilities and intelligence.

Developing a growth mindset has been proven to help children take on new challenges, reduce stress, enhance self-esteem, build intrinsic motivation and improve confidence.

Is your child full of energy but has difficulty focusing for more than a couple of minutes?

Do they often run out of patents when a task is challenging and find it hard to delay gratification? Are they easily distracted and often fail to complete tasks they have started?

In the marshmallow test performed by psychologist Walter Mischel in the 1960s, researchers examined the tactics children would implement to resist eating a marshmallow so they could receive a second after a period of time.

Decades later Mischel performed a follow up study that found that a longer delay in gratification correlated with a higher sense of self-worth, lower levels of drug and alcohol abuse, lower levels of obesity, higher levels of education, they pursued their goals more effectively and also enjoyed better quality close relationships.

Self control - Marshmallow Test
Children with friends

are you looking to create a bigger circle of friends for your child?

Do you want your child to have the ability to drop into different environments and make new friends easily? Are you looking for an activity with a positive peer group? 

As the saying goes ‘If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together’.  Having great communications skills, understanding people, showing empathy, respecting other children’s personal space and understanding how to work with a partner or as part of a group is all skills that can be learnt. 

Social connection is not only important for well being but is also one of the main reasons children enjoy physical activities. Children start activities for many different reasons but one of the reasons they continue to take part is the friendships they develop.

looking for an activity that prioritises the development of the students over profit?

Do the activities you look at for your child often require you to sign up for a term or purchase expensive equipment before your child has even taken part in a session? 

It is important for all clubs to make money (even the not for profit clubs) so they can pay their bills and reinvest in their facilities and their service. While most parents don’t mind paying for quality service, what they want to avoid is paying a small fortune for unqualified coaches delivering substandard programmes.

The Warrior Factory martial arts centres are run as ‘not for profit’ Community Interest Companies. We find that this allows us to focus on developing great classes rather than making as much surplus profit as possible.

Taekwondo for kids in Leeds

Development for life

Age specific martial arts

We have been running our children’s martial arts programme since 2008. Based on the MAPLE framework (Martial Arts Physical Literacy Engine), the system is focused on delivering fun sessions that are psychologically, physically and socially age-appropriate for your child

After leaving a career in IT around 2008 to concentrate on coaching martial arts full time, Phill started looking for ways to upgrade his coaching skills. He noticed that most martial arts instructors taught their children’s classes just the same as their adult classes. He knew there must be a better way but just didn’t know where to look to find the answer.

This search led him to attend a course to become a Personal Trainer, before going on to study for a BSc and MSc in sports coaching and starting a Doctorate specialising in coaching children. The MAPLE system is the result of over £40,000 invested in education and 10 years of development.

In most martial arts, students have been able to progress from student to coach just by passing a black belt exam based on their ability to perform the martial art, with non of the test focused on coaching ability. With a sector almost zero regulation, at Warrior Factory we do things a little different.

Not only do our venues use a research-based children’s programme (MAPLE), but many of our coaches have a degree in either early years development or sports coaching. Pairing a research-based programme with  qualified coaches helps us to provide a safe, fun and age developmentally appropriate service for our members. We have been providing martial arts class in leeds for children since 2014 and we plan to continue to refine this programme further over the next 5 years.

What happens in our............

kids martial arts classes

Martial Arts techniques

Our kids martial arts classes  teach various techniques and combinations from our Taekwondo syllabus including strikes, kicks, blocks and stances.

Movement Skills

FUNdamental Movement Skills games are integrated into our kids martial arts classes to build the foundational skills needed for all  physical activities.

Positive Psychological Characteristics

Our Dragons programme includes a key skills programme to help them develop positive psychological characteristics 

Social Skills

At this age the children have moved on from learning the basic social skills and are now learning how to work efficiently in pairs and small groups.

Physical Fitness

Physical fitness for this age focuses on 8 main skills;  locomotion, stabilisation, coordination, strength, speed, flexibility, power and agility.

Cognitive Development

The aim of this programme is to help the students understand the benefits of training and how it can improve their cognitive development.

What do our customers think?

Warrior Factory Martial Arts Academy Leeds
Based on 23 reviews
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Andy Neal
Andy Neal
20:38 22 Apr 24
My son has been attending Warrior Factory since he was three and he’s now eleven. The team at Warrior Factory have always been brilliant and work so hard to help their students develop on so many leve
Laura Ann
Laura Ann
11:46 01 Oct 22
Both my children love attending these classes. Staff are friendly, welcoming and keep the sessions fun and interactive. The club is a family and both my children have made many new friends, whilst having fun.

The dragons classes are made up of lots of multi skills activities chunked into smaller burst which prevent the kids from becoming disinterested and disruptive. Making them manageable and enjoyable.

The juniors classes give the children different opportunities to practise the varying skills they need to pass their gradings. They are given individual feedback in order to help them improve and continue to progress at the right rate for them.

The classes allow everyone to grow in confidence and ultimately have lots of fun
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Sherri Godsell
Sherri Godsell
14:08 04 Jul 22
My son really loves attending his classes here. Great for building confidence. Fantastic, skilled instructors who keep the classes varied and enjoyable. Highly recommended.
Ijjub Gup
Ijjub Gup
19:18 04 Apr 22
Fantastic team
Brilliant teachers
Very good work ethic
Helping overall development of kids
Children enjoy and look forward to classes every week, twice a week
Natasha Bug Riley
Natasha Bug Riley
11:10 22 Jan 22
Absolutely lovely staff who are really good with the kids. There is always a great range of activities to keep the kids interested and developing new skills. They are flexible with days if you can’t make your usual class, which is amazing.

It’s very thoughtful that at the end of some classes they sit the kids down to discuss that the moves they use in class aren’t for home, school etc.

Would highly recommend as a friendly and fun kids martial arts class!
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Natthi Sowray
Natthi Sowray
22:22 05 Jul 19
it feeling like you be with your family x
Ian Fletcher
Ian Fletcher
19:50 01 May 19
just done my first taster session at warrior factory. very enjoyable and instructor very professional
Michael Jones
Michael Jones
20:56 04 Dec 17
Feel like had a real good workout and learned a lot
Lynsey Cooper
Lynsey Cooper
17:04 30 Nov 17
Tatjana Sproge
Tatjana Sproge
15:08 05 Nov 17
Mark Levine
Mark Levine
15:58 27 Mar 17
Donna Alderson
Donna Alderson
20:47 13 Jan 17
I started at the Warrior Factory in February 2015 at the age of 46, I felt like a fish out of water at the first but all the instructors were really supportive and gave me lots of encouragement as I struggle with co-ordination . At first there weren’t many adults training but the numbers have really increased since I started. What I enjoy most about learning taekwondo at the Warrior Factory is not only learning a new sport and getting fit but how training has really helped my confidence to believe in myself that I can achieve and learn new skills. I even competed in my first sparring competition at 48! My aim is to get my black belt by the time I’m 50 and I’m on target. You are never too old to learn a new skill I’m proof of that.read more
Bradlee Paul
Bradlee Paul
23:22 02 Nov 16
Sasha Struthers
Sasha Struthers
21:57 02 Nov 16
Jessica Darling
Jessica Darling
21:53 02 Nov 16
Abbey Booth
Abbey Booth
10:30 02 Nov 16
Mosy Tkd
Mosy Tkd
23:20 13 Sep 14
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