Our Children's Program

Will your program make my child more violent and aggressive?

Not at all. The martial arts has a wonderful mediating effect on students. Many studies have supported the evidence that children in martial arts have more self-control than average kids.

For children who are shy and find it difficult to stand up for themselves, martial arts gives them the confidence to do so but in a non-confrontational manner.

On the other end of the spectrum, children who tend to overly aggressive learn to calm down and act with more self-control.

What if my child wants to quit?

We suggest that you discuss with your child the importance of commitment. Come to an agreement to attend classes twice a week for at least six-months with no quitting or skipping class allowed.

Plan as best you can to keep the child engaged in activities like homework or chores before it is time to go to class. This makes going to class all the more attractive.

This will also help the child develop a long-term view on many activities they get involved in. We are always happy to speak to a child to help keep them motivated to come to class.

How old does my child have to be?

We have programs for students from age 4 and up. We segment the classes so that the material that is taught is age appropriate and safe.

"Totally try it out! It’s a great workout and it’s very fun to do. Plus, you can take out all of your aggressions on the bags!"

Patrick B.

Our Adult Program

What is Pankration?

Did you know that Greeks and Macedonians were the earliest people to have developed and employed a combat system that was also an event in the ancient Olympic Games? This martial art was known as Pankration and was an event first introduced in its sport form for the 33rd Olympiad in 648 BCE.

The ancient Hellenic, (Greek) and Macedonian peoples knew and practiced Pankration in its current form for over 3 millennia before it was introduced to the Olympics. It was originally used for military defence by the Spartans, Trojans, Athenians and other ancient Greek Hoplite armies including alexander the great during his march of conquest from Greece to India. References to Pankration are present in ancient murals, art, pottery and writings from all over Greece, Macedonia and the temples at Bene Hassan Egypt from as far back as BCE 4000.

I have never been very athletic. Can I do this?

If you are able to follow instructions, you will be able to learn martial arts.

Though you can make this into a sport, this is an art form first and foremost. You do not need to be athletic or experienced to enjoy our classes and learn the martial arts.

Our beginner classes are designed to focus on you learning techniques with a light physical workout.

As your skill improves, your conditioning will improve as well and the challenges of the workout increase to keep you engaged and excited about training.

I have no previous martial arts experience. How will I fit in?

Remember, this is not a competition. It's a school. At our Academy, we start you at the beginning and bring you along class-by-class.

Our instructors, as well as our senior students, will always support and assist the beginning students. This personal attention assures the greatest achievement in your training.

Can I get hurt?

Anyone can get hurt doing anything, but we work hard to make sure your classes are safe and professional.

Injured students do not progress and often end up dropping out, so we have a great motivation to keep you safe and uninjured.

How long will it take me to become reasonably proficient?

The time it takes to become proficient varies depending upon your own abilities. In most cases, you should feel that you could defend yourself after about six months.

How long will it take to attain the level of black belt?

To reach the black belt level, the same variables come into play but most students average three to four years.

How many classes per week should I attend?

We recommend at least two classes per week, plus some practice time in between. You should match your involvement with your fitness level.

Will there be other beginners in my class?

At Tiger Studios we group students by age and rank. You will be in a class of your age group and experience level.

Will Martial Arts training make me too aggressive?

At this studio students learn that the martial arts are not violent, but the art of how to best handle themselves in a problematic situation. Aggression is channeled into assertive qualities in order to increase the students' self-esteem and build character, focus and discipline.

Why do people bow when they go into the studio?

In the cultures from which most Martial Arts spring, the bow is a symbol of respect. We bow upon entering the training area to show respect to our national flag which hangs inside.

Is meditation part of some sort of religion?

Classes sometimes begin or end with a period of quiet mediation. This meditation is simply to clear the mind of distractions and prepare it for learning, or to calm the student after a period of intense activity. It has no religious significance at all.

Is sparring necessary to learn a martial art?

Some martial arts do not require sparring; most however do. Since most martial arts involve dealing with an opponent, it is necessary to practice in conditions as close as possible to a real situation. It is in this manner that the student learns about reaction, timing, control and speed.

What are the chances of getting hurt?

The chances of getting injured are very small since all training is constantly supervised with safety in mind. Students are required to have the proper safety equipment for their own protection and to further decrease the chances of accidental injury.

Should I take private or group lessons?

Private lessons will increase your progression two to three times faster than by taking group lessons alone. The personalized attention and energy of a qualified instructor is a tremendous advantage. Group lessons are also necessary because it allows you to see how different people react to various situations and techniques but also they allow you to interact more closely with other students. The ideal program would contain both private and group lessons.

What is a Black Belt & What Does it Mean?

What is a 1st degree Black Belt?

A 1st degree black belt is very much like a grade 12 high school graduate in the martial arts. Even children can achieve a 1st or 2nd degree. Achieving the rank of black belt does not transform a student into an instructor.

What is a Master?

A person holding a 4th degree black belt is considered a master. Only a master can award the rank of black belt to another and only a master holding the rank of 7th degree or better, can promote a black belt to master. A genuine master martial artist trains a minimum of 13 years.

Who can be a certified instructor?

A person that holds a black belt and has received their level one certification.