KneeHigh Ninja Program (ages 4 – 7).

Offering a fun-filled and positive learning environment for pre-schoolers, kindergarteners, and grade-schoolers, our KneeHigh Ninja Program enhances the development of basic good habits such as paying attention, following directions, cooperating with others, respect for self and others, self-control, and self-discipline.

While children will of course be learning solid Tae Kwon Do basics, they will also be enhancing their motor skills and coordination—plus, more importantly, they will be learning essential “life skills” like respect, discipline and confidence.

Children enrolled in our KneeHigh Ninja Program will learn the following:

  • The Physical Expression of Attention (Chario) and Respect (Kyoung ye).
  • The Basic Techniques: Front Punch, Back Punch, and Front Kick.
  • Side Block, Down Block, Rising Block—Blocks and Counters.
  • Stretching Drills.
  • Focusing Drills—Focus Punch and Focus Kick.
  • Balancing Drills—Three Count Front Kick.
  • Form Kamsah, Meaning “Appreciation.”
  • Stranger Danger/Awareness.
  • Memorization of the Student Creed.
Achievement System

The achievement system was developed to help make sure your child succeeds not just in Tae Kwon Do, but outside as well. The system’s goal is to help develop positive life skills that are “transferable” from the Tae Kwon Do class to home and school. Achievement tapes are a great way to build your child’s self-esteem, as well as help them build a positive attitude. They are awarded at the end of class in front of their peers. This is one way Jhoon Rhee Tae Kwon Do uses positive reinforcement in your child’s development.

Curriculum (modified 4/9/2012)

While students have experienced great success with our system, we are always looking to improve. With that in mind, we recently made slight changes to the Knee High Ninja belt progression curriculum. These occur primarily at the advanced (Red Stripe Belt) and higher ranks. Changes include the addition of “Black” and “White” acheivement tapes to better prepare Knee High Ninjas to transition to the Junior Program, as well as more challenging curriculum for advanced “Ninjas.” The specific changes are listed in the descriptions and table below.

Red Achievement Tape (Attitude at Tae Kwon Do): This achievement is earned when the student is able to demonstrate great attitude throughout several classes.

Blue Achievement Tape (Attitude at Home): This achievement is earned when a student turns in a note from home describing something positive they have done to show great attitude (i.e., saying “Yes Sir/Ma’am”, completing chores without being asked). This note should be turned in with their attendance card. The note will be read in front of class.

White Achievement Tape (Attitude/Effort in School): This achievement begins at the rank of Double Orange Stripe Belt and is earned when a student turns in an item from school demonstrating great attitude or effort there (i.e., note or good report from their teacher, a good grade from school, or a report card). This should be turned in with their class card. The item will be reviewed in front of class. In the summer, a note describing something new the student has learned will suffice.

Black Achievement Tape—Basic (Basic Curriculum Proficiency): This achievement begins at the rank of Red Stripe Belt and is earned when a student demonstrates basic proficiency of their tae kwon do techniques during class. This helps motivate the student to learn their curriculum. It also helps the instructor’s know what areas students may need help with.

Black Achievement Tape—Advanced (Advanced Curriculum Proficiency): This achievement begins at the rank of Black Stripe Belt and is earned when a student demonstrates advanced proficiency of their tae kwon do techniques during class. It is only awarded after a student has already earned their first Black Achievement Tape. Again, this helps reinforce and motivate the student to learn their curriculum. It also helps the instructors know what areas students may need help with.

After a student has earned all the appropriate achievement tapes, completed the minimum number of classes, and done their best in class, he/she is ready to test for the next striped belt.

 

Belt Rank
Belt Test
Belt Achievements
White
Student Creed
Red/Blue
Yellow Stripe
9 Second Bow
Red/Blue
Orange Stripe
Stranger Danger
Red/Blue
Green Stripe
Front Punch, Back Punch,
Front Kick
Red/Blue
Purple Stripe
Kamsah (First 4 Moves)
Red/Blue
Blue Stripe
Blocks & Reflexes
Red/Blue
Red Stripe
Block
Combinations
Red/Blue/Black
Brown Stripe
3 Count Round Kick
Red/Blue/Black
Black Stripe
Kamsah (All 10 Moves)
Red/Blue/Black/Black
Double Yellow Stripe
4 Count Side Kick
Red/Blue/Black/Black
Double Orange Stripe
All KneeHigh Ninja
Curriculum
Red/Blue/White/Black/Black
Double Green Stripe
1st Three White Belt Basics (defensive/offensive)
Red/Blue/White/Black/Black
Double Purple Stripe
1st Two White Belt Blocks/Counters
Red/Blue/White/Black/Black
Double Blue Stripe
4th White Belt Basic (defensive/offensive)
Red/Blue/White/Black/Black
Double Red Stripe
5th White Belt Basic (defensive/offensive)
Red/Blue/White/Black/Black
Double Brown Stripe
All Previous Curriculum
Red/Blue/White/Black/Black

 

> Download the KneeHigh Ninja Program Guide, which includes the new curriculum information.

> Get started with an introductory trial.