Martial Arts Program
St. Louis Family Martial Arts Academy will be providing a comprehensive year-round martial arts curriculum designed entirely for the Down syndrome community and others with disabilities. This program has been developed by SLFMAA Director of Instruction Dwight Trower and offered free of charge through the Pujols Family Foundation.
Classes will be taught each Thursday night from 7:45pm – 8:30pm at the following location:
The St. Louis Family Martial Arts Academy
15825 Manchester Road (Upper Level)
Ellisville, MO 63011
The program is designed with the needs of students with Down syndrome in mind. There will be progression from White Belt to Black belt that is designed to be attained in slightly less than three years. The ultimate goal of the program is to provide skill development in eight focus areas using martial arts and self-defense instruction as tools for development. These areas are:
Four Physical Focus Areas -- Balance, Coordination, Agility, and Health & Fitness
Four Mental Focus Areas -- Concentration, Self-Control, Memory, and Courage
Rank progression will be accomplished strictly based in classes attended. Each week the students will earn a black stripe on their belt. After earning seven black stripes the student will be awarded a red stripe and the black stripes will be removed. After earning three red stripes the student will be awarded their next belt. This will result in the student earning a new belt after 24 classes at each rank, or approximately three months. Black Belt can be earned in just under three years.
A special note on retention – While some students may remember and be able to perform many or all of the movements and patters on their own, we realize that all students will retain the material taught at different levels and we will provide assistance in performing the movements to each individual and to the group as a whole whenever necessary and appropriate.
Black martial art uniform pants, belts and St. Louis Family Martial Arts Academy rank certificated will be provided at no cost to all students in this program.