Karate for Kids & Teens


The Junior Black Belt Program is designed to introduce kids to the martial arts and karate through a very fun and rewarding experience. The Kempo system is based on the Shaolin Ch’uan Fa system. It is a highly effective blend of Karate and Kung Fu techniques that offer an excellent form of self-defense for all age groups. Students learn foundational martial arts techniques that will later be built upon as they progress towards their Junior Black Belt. These classes are structured to promote healthy habits for life including proper warm up, stretching, and cardiovascular exercise while focusing on self-discipline, self-control, and effective self-defense. The goal of the Junior Black Belt Program is to promote strong and confident kids, so that they may become strong and confident adults.


Our Junior Black Belt Program is divided into three age groups:

  • 3 and 4 year olds (Tiny Tigers)
  • 5 and 6 year olds (Little Dragons)
  • 7 to 10 year olds (Pre-Teens)

Our experience has taught us that teaching Kempo, especially to young kids, requires this age separation for the students to gain the maximum benefit from each lesson attended.


The youth progression is such that the students are constantly guided towards improving themselves both physically through their martial skills, and mentally through the betterment of themselves as individuals. During each class the instructor is evaluating students on their participation that day, providing incentive and reward to students that exercise good listening and self-control while working hard throughout the class. Students will advance through our belt ranking system starting at white belt and ending the curriculum at a Junior Black Belt.


Belt Ranks:

  • White Belt
  • Yellow Belt
  • Orange Belt
  • Purple Belt (Black Uniform Available)
  • Blue Belt
  • Blue Belt with Black Stripe
  • Green Belt (Red Uniform Available)
  • Green Belt with Black Stripe
  • Brown 3rd Degree
  • Brown 2nd Degree (1 Black Stripe)
  • Brown 1st Degree (2 Black Stripes)
  • Junior Black Belt

Kempo Academy’s Junior Black Belt Program instills and cultivates the following characteristics in all students:

  • Self-Respect
  • Respect for Others
  • Self-Control
  • Listening
  • Leadership
  • Mental Focus
  • Confidence
  • Gross and Fine Motor Skills
  • Strength and Conditioning
  • Discipline
  • Self-Defense
  • Flexibility
  • Memory
  • Time Management
  • Goal Setting