Thank you for choosing Ito’s White Tiger.
As your child begins his or her study at Ito’s White Tiger, we would like to take this opportunity to inform you of the expectations for our students/parents and share some of the unique attributes which have defined our school for over 30 years.
At White Tiger, our curriculum follows a clearly defined 12-month cycle of progression that is repeated each year to help ensure student progress and mastery of the material. This cycle includes quarterly tournaments, weekly class rotations, testing for rank advancement and orientations at each belt level. As students advance through the belt ranks, there is progressively more advanced material and higher standards. This helps students to grow as martial artists and develop life skills that will aid them in their lives outside the dojo.
As a parent, one of the best things you can do to support your child, in this endeavor, is to bring him or her to class as often as possible. On any given day, it is natural for any child to be reluctant to attend school, a sporting event, etc. Be prepared to hear your child say: "I don't feel like going to karate today,” “I’m too tired today”, etc. We would recommend that you bring your child in regardless. In order for students to progress, they will need to learn to become responsible and accountable for their class attendance. This is a topic that is best discussed before the child’s first class.
At White Tiger, we do not believe that pampering a student is in their best interest. We hold our students to a high standard of discipline and commitment. Your child will come home sweaty, tired, and often sore from a good workout. The physical conditioning of students is worked on in every class and the students are expected to put forth their best effort. As the students advance in rank, they will take on more responsibility, in the dojo, which is essential if they are to earn a black belt. White Tiger does not have any black belt students who are minors. A true black belt not only needs to be extremely competent in the martial arts but should possess the high level of maturity, patience and wisdom that is required to be an effective martial arts instructor. We believe that a black belt worth having, is a black belt worth earning.
White Tiger follows the patterns and traditions of family, community, and self-defense. At our quarterly tournaments, we ask for parents to volunteer for various assignments including helping to check students in when they arrive and to assist with score keeping during the competition. This is a great time to learn more about the martial arts and provides an opportunity for further involvement as you watch your child perform and present what they have learned in class. The White Tiger curriculum is a group study; you can't learn self-defense by yourself. You need many practice partners and an experienced black-belt leader to create the conditions of a positive, supportive learning environment.
As your child begins their study at our dojo, they become a part of the White Tiger family. We celebrate family at our annual picnic and potluck. Your entire family is welcome and the events provide a fun way for the parents, students and instructors to get better acquainted with each other. Our quarterly movie nights give the students a chance to socialize “off the mat” and give parents a night to themselves (siblings and friends are welcome). A strong sense of family and community have always been a part of the White Tiger way.
If you have any further questions, feel free to ask any of the White Tiger staff or Mrs. Ito behind the front desk.