At Black Belt Plus we are more than a martial arts school and we teach more than self defence. Our aim is to build a community of kids who work together, play together and learn skills that will last them their entire life.
We work with you to ensure your child leaves not only with practical self-defence skills, but with a confidence that lets them hold their head up high and excel.
Our children's 7 - 12 year old classes are split into two programs for different age groups. We ensure children are properly supervised and in a class with others of a similar age and rank.
In this program your child will learn the positive benefits of self discipline, develop balance, co-ordination, fitness and increase their self confidence. Parents can be assured we promote good behaviour and focus on respect. Your child will develop the ability to listen, learn and achieve within a regulated environment. We expect our students to show these same attributes at home and at school.
All our children’s classes cover important topics such as how to deal with bullying, stranger danger, fire safety, conflict avoidance and boosting communication skills. However, it’s not all hard work! We have social functions such as movie days, beach training and special party events.
Our community of children and their families often forge long-lasting friendships with other like-minded families along their martial arts journey. Our goal is to create an atmosphere of success and accomplishment, making sure our students feel good about themselves as they take their journey towards Black Belt.
All our children’s classes cover important topics such as how to deal with bullying, stranger danger, fire safety, conflict avoidance and boosting communication skills. However, it’s not all hard work! We have social functions such as movie days, beach training and special party events. Our goal is to create an atmosphere of success and accomplishment, making sure our students feel good about themselves as they take their journey towards Black Belt.
In addition, each class is structured with a specifically designed curriculum based on age, to ensure your child gets the most out of every lesson, regardless of their starting point.
If your child is having difficulty focusing or settling into school, then we have the right strategies that can make a real difference.
We have had children suffer terribly from separation anxiety and others have trouble adhering to a routine when they arrive, yet by the time they leave, they are confident and ready to show the world what they’re made of.
Understanding the triggers behind different behaviours in children and utilizing a range of proven strategies has resulted in two carefully developed Little Ninja’s programs which are energetic, engaging and full of fun!
Jonathan Hourigan has over 25 years of experience in martial arts and is an internationally certified instructor and pioneer in child development through martial arts. He has dedicated his career to building innovative programs centred around anti-bullying, practical self-defence and personal development.
Passionate about equipping children and adults with the mental, physical and spiritual strength to see them through every facet of life, Chief Instructor Jonathan has trained his team and developed programs that are a cut above the rest.
Each instructor at the school is:
Our team works together to deliver to you a program, results, experiences and even more than that…memories that you will hold dear for a lifetime.
"It brought tears to my eyes"
I just want to say it brought tears to my eyes to see my son Joshua do so well in class tonight. I saw him do things I’ve not seen him doing before, and I can see his 100% effort and determination. His instructor is such a great role model and Joshua looks up to him a lot. Black Belt Plus is such a great dojo. I’ve never seen a place where staff are so friendly, they go out of their way to help you and even send out notes to say thank you, and different commendations which inspire kids to do more. Thank you for being a part of our son’s great discipline and fitness.
...he has come a long way"
Jake was so excited to achieve his red jacket for the SWAT team last night. With perseverance, commitment and a positive attitude, he has come a long way from the quiet and extremely shy Little Ninja of years ago. Thanks to his instructors for helping him along his journey. He really does love his martial arts!
"...and this was life changing”
I cannot recommend Black Belt Plus highly enough. My son has been badly bullied and humiliated from his first day of school, he had no self confidence and thought everything was his fault. After just one month of training my son was happy, more confident and determined to turn his life around. Last Thursday he completed his 100th lesson. Today he is a happy, well adjusted, confident, outgoing individual who stands up for himself and others. This program not only improved his mental and physical self but his grades as well. He has gone from strength to strength and now believes he can accomplish anything. Black Belt Plus went above and beyond to help, with anti-bullying workshops, private lessons and unconditional support and praise.
"It's been such a perfect fit after trying so many sports"
We want to say how special you made Jackson feel on Sat and we appreciate the effort you guys put in for the enjoyment and development of our child. It has been such a perfect fit for Jackson after years of trying soccer, cricket, gymnastics and trampolining, this is finally "his thing". Jackson really is dedicated for the long term and just loves it so much. You can always ask him to help you with anything you need and I'm sure he would rise to the challenge. He plays chess also which has amazed us in his concentration for that. We are so grateful to have found your wonderful welcoming place.
Absolutely not! We always teach peaceful outcomes and our curriculum and delivery methods ensure we are clear about not misusing our martial arts skills. All our students are taught to avoid conflict and follow a simple 3-step process if someone is being unkind or bullying them - without laying a finger on them. With strict parameters, we teach them self control and self discipline and have zero tolerance of hurting others!
Yes it is! In fact many of our classes have equal numbers of boys and girls. Some of our most powerful, flexible and determined martial artists are girls. Each class we partner students with the same sex where possible. Our classes are so much fun and girls don't feel intimidated or annoyed by having boys in their class!
Team sports are intimidating for non-sporty types and "sitting on the bench" for half a season can damage a child's self esteem. The beauty of our martial arts program is that all our students progress at their own pace. We have a structured reward system for short term and longer term goal achievements and find that many of our not-so-sporty students excel in our character development program which also has rewards. Every student has the opportunity to shine!
On the safety scale, it's reported as safer than ballroom dancing! We have a purpose built facility with safety flooring, well maintained age-appropriate training aids, and a curriculum to suit the needs of each program. Our classes are lots of fun but well controlled. We cap our classes to ensure the instructor/student ratios are low. Many classes have more than one instructor.