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Tonbo is Japanese for Dragonfly, the “winning insect” in Samurai culture and a favorite theme around Pacific Coast Academy. When students begin to demonstrate retention of the curriculum and are ready for new challenges, the Tonbo program builds on the basics from the Tiny Tigers program and develops motor skills, personal growth, and good training habits.
"My Tonbos are some of my most dedicated, dynamic martial artists. Children are wonderful to train becasuse they know no limitations. I'm looking forward to being a part of their futures."
~ Shihan Russ Rhodes Chief Instructor Pacific Coast Academy of Martial Arts
The number of months spent in the Beginning Tonbo program also varies with children’s own pace of development. Duration of the beginning Tonbo program typically ranges from 6 to 12 months.
The Beginning Tonbo program also contains the same material as the white belt curriculum so their belts follow the color same sequence as all the children’s and adult Ken Ju Ryu classes, but Tonbos still include white. Tonbos typically earn new belts every other month.
When students begin to demonstrate retention of the curriculum and are ready for new challenges, and move on to the Tonbo and Advanced Tonbo programs.
The Tonbo program builds on the basics from the Tiny Tigers and develops motor skills, personal growth, and good training habits.
Tonbos's training is designed to be fun and challenging in the same way as the Tiny Tigers program. Tonbos will take the same principals and themes and provide continuity in aiming to:
- Instill A Positive Attitude
- Build Confidence & Self Esteem
- Teach the Importance of Strong Values
- Good Character
- Promote the Desire to Learn
- Improve Effort & Motivation
- Improve Concentration
- Teach Self Discipline
- Instill Respect for Themselves & for Others
Pacific Coast Academy of Martial arts, is the only school in the Los Gatos area to have our benchmark Tonbo and advanced Tonbo curriculum intended for kids in the age group who have developed their attention skills and are ready for greater physical challenges.