As parents we try to encourage and pay for our children to get involved in various extracurricular activities in the hope that they will broaden their horizons and help cultivate confidence and self-esteem.
Why Ninja Club?
How often do we achieve this goal?
Our children will become more healthy/confident by maintaining a hobby such as football, dancing, swimming, but how do they translate this more specific kind of confidence into real life? For example, in the case of cyber bullying?
To become proficient at football won’t help you if you are a victim of racial/sexual or other abuse.
We would like you to think of our programme as a form of psychological self-defence, designed in the same way as any other form of martial arts to equip you with the ability to protect yourself against harm, in this case emotional and psychological harm, effectively.
An extracurricular class that prepares your child for the everyday challenges of school, allows them to be more amiable at home, more productive in their groups and communities and develop much needed improvements in resilience, self-esteem and confidence.
Ninja Clubs are designed for 10-16 year old’s which is a crucial period of change from childhood to adulthood.
Ninja Clubs are dynamic, engaging and focused on structured and specific weekly topics, as well as incorporating work on prioritised group needs from week to week.
Our weekly clubs are designed to cater for six individuals per club, forming a tight knit group for the duration of the programme, with each session lasting around an hour.
At the heart of our workshops lays a collaborative and creative relationship, designed to: support personal development, and aid individuals in reaching their true potential and achieve their goals using tried and tested methods of achieving success.
Just some of the issues that we address in our weekly workshops:
- Personal boundaries
- Social anxiety
- Social pressures
- Social skills
- Drugs and alcohol awareness
- And much more…
Our objectives are based on the latest scientific theories in the mastery of personal character strengths, grouped in 6 categories of virtues promoted throughout the programme:
- Strengths of wisdom and knowledge: cognitive strengths that entail the acquisition and use of knowledge.
- Strengths of courage: emotional strengths that involve the exercise of will to accomplish goals in the face of opposition, both external and internal.
- Strengths of humanity: interpersonal strengths that involve tending to and befriending others.
- Strengths of justice: civic strengths that underlie healthy community life.
- Strengths of temperance: strengths that protect against excess.
- Strengths of transcendence: strengths that forge connections to the larger universe and provide meaning and awareness of our environment and the world we inhabit.
WE HAVE A GENUINE PASSION FOR WHAT
WE DO, AND STRIVE FOR EXCELLENCE IN EVERY INDIVIDUAL…
Our focus is on achieving positive results for children in the school environment, at home and in public, by creating engaged and supported links and connections between schools, parents and children.
Our clubs aim to fill any gap in education and help transform our young children into confident and resilient innovative people who can make a difference to their world.
Our programme will provide children with vital tools to make the very best of their lives through a never-ending journey of learning and growth.
Our coaches have extensive expertise and the deep passion to deliver the necessary psychological and emotional insight and nurturing environment to help children flourish and thrive in life.
Resilient people do not let adversity define them. They find resilience by moving towards a goal beyond themselves, transcending pain and grief by perceiving bad times as a temporary state of affairs… It’s possible to strengthen your inner self and your belief in yourself, to define yourself as capable and competent. It’s possible to fortify your psyche. It’s possible to develop a sense of mastery.
-Hara Estroff Marano
Our weekly club sessions are divided into three separate sections as a useful harmonious format, repeated weekly:
In the first section, we use a mindful relaxation technique to allow trainees to transit easily from an active, everyday state of mind, into a relaxed, calm and receptive frame of mind. The repetitive nature of this weekly exercise will develop calming and grounding skills in trainees, enabling them to withstand external pressures, and persist and move forward in the face of any ensuing difficulty.
This technique can be used in any environment and under any circumstances in order for the trainee to regain composure and be as effective as they can be.
In the second section, we focus on the use of our ‘Windows of Perception’ technique. A technique formulated to effect change in a positive way that ensures the trainee is able to filter any negative belief they hold and question its substance, ascertaining whether real or imagined.
This process strengthens connections and creates new neural pathways, as defined by the latest neuroplasticity research and findings.
It is an engaging weekly exercise designed to meet the criteria and ten core principles demanded by our brain to rewire our neural pathways and create a shift in any/every negative thought, emotion, perspective, belief and behaviour.
In the third section, we deliver our weekly nugget of knowledge and insight.
Here, we teach trainees all about themselves, their bodies, minds, thoughts, emotions, drives, motives and behavioural tendencies.
Self-mastery and self-insight is then followed by a firm understanding of our differences, similarities, rights, character, personality and virtues and much more…
(There are currently 110 SESSIONS based on various indispensable topics.)
Please refer to our syllabus – a complete list of sessions and content is available on our website for your perusal.
Our Grading System…
Our colours are earned through demonstrated dedication to training, proven progress and proficiency in all strengths relevant to grade.
Examination for grading will include substantiated reports from school and parents for each level, and certificates are granted with passing of each grade/level.
Our grading system consists of 9 levels of excellence:
- Level 1/colour – White
- Level 2/colour – Yellow
- Level 3/colour – Orange
- Level 4/colour – Green
- Level 5/colour – Purple
- Level 6/colour – Blue
- Level 7/colour – Brown
- Level 8/colour – Red
- Level 9/colour – Black
Pay per term – £240 (12 x sessions).
So, join us in creating a better future, let us help build tomorrow’s world leaders and saviours today.
We promote and pursue the following 24 personal character strengths, throughout our programme:
- Creativity (originality, ingenuity): thinking of novel and productive ways to conceptualize and do things.
- Curiosity (interest, novelty-seeking, openness to experience): taking an interest in ongoing experience for its own sake, exploring and discovering.
- Open-mindedness (judgment, critical thinking): thinking things through and examining them from all sides, weighing all evidence fairly.
- Love of learning: mastering new skills, topics, and bodies of knowledge, whether on one’s own or formally.
- Perspective (wisdom): being able to provide wise counsel to others, having ways of looking at the world that make sense to oneself and to other people.
- Bravery (valour): not shrinking from threat, challenge, difficulty, or pain, acting on convictions even if unpopular.
- Persistence (perseverance, industriousness): finishing what one starts, persisting in a course of action in spite of obstacles.
- Integrity (authenticity, honesty): presenting oneself in a genuine way, taking responsibility for one’s feeling and actions.
- Vitality (zest, enthusiasm, vigour, energy): approaching life with excitement and energy, feeling alive and activated.
- Love: valuing close relations with others, in particular those in which sharing and caring are reciprocated.
- Kindness (generosity, nurturance, care, compassion, altruistic love, “niceness”): doing favours and good deeds for others.
- Social intelligence (emotional intelligence, personal intelligence): being aware of the motives and feelings of other people and oneself.
- Citizenship (social responsibility, loyalty, teamwork): working well as a member of a group or team, being loyal to the group.
- Fairness: treating all people the same according to notions of fairness and justice, not letting personal feelings bias decisions about others.
- Leadership: encouraging a group of which one is a member to get things done and at the same time maintain good relations within the group.
- Forgiveness and mercy: forgiving those who have done wrong, accepting the shortcomings of others, giving people a second chance, not being vengeful.
- Humility / Modesty: letting one’s accomplishments speak for themselves, not regarding oneself as more special than one is.
- Prudence: being careful about one’s choices, not taking undue risks, not saying or doing things that might later be regretted.
- Self-regulation (self-control): regulating what one feels and does, being disciplined, controlling one’s appetites and emotions.
- Appreciation of beauty and excellence (awe, wonder, elevation): appreciating beauty, excellence, and/or skilled performance in various domains of life.
- Gratitude: being aware of and thankful for the good things that happen, taking time to express thanks.
- Hope (optimism, future-mindedness, future orientation): expecting the best in the future and working to achieve it.
- Humour (playfulness): liking to laugh and tease, bringing smiles to other people, seeing the light side.
- Spirituality (religiousness, faith, purpose): having coherent beliefs about the higher purpose, the meaning of life, and the meaning of the universe.
Our grading colour system and the meaning of each in C.L. Ninja Art training:
White – the first grade for those getting started with their training is white. White signifies a birth, or beginning of a seed. At this level the trainee begins searching for knowledge of the art. The white belt is the beginning of life’s cycle, and represents the seed as it lies beneath the snow in the winter.
Yellow – the next level of training is symbolized by yellow, signifying the first beams of sunlight which shines upon the seed giving it new strength with the beginning of new life. A yellow grade trainee is given his/her first rays of knowledge, opening his/her mind. Trainees at this level have showcased a desire to learn and to become something greater.
Orange – orange represents the growing power of the sun as it warms the earth to prepare for new growth in the spring. A symbol of the growing strength, or the brightening of the light within the trainee who is starting to feel his/her body and mind open and develop.
Green – green signifies the notable growth of the seed as it sprouts from the earth reaching toward the sun and begins to grow into a plant. A green grade trainee learns to strengthen and refine his techniques and with each passing day, his or her strength and skill increases…
Purple – purple represents the changing sky of dawn, once again the trainee undergoes a new change, and prepares for the transition to advanced levels. With much training under his or her belt, the trainee is now finding the inner and outer strength needed to reach out to achieve the ultimate goal. This is a certain level of dedication, worthy of high accolades.
Blue – blue signifies the blue sky as the plant continues to grow toward it. A blue grade trainee moves up higher in rank just as the plant grows taller. The light feeds the plant so that it can continue to grow. The student is fed additional knowledge of the art in order for his body and mind to continue to grow and develop.
Brown – brown represents the ripening of the seed, clear signs of achieved growth, a maturing and harvesting process. A brown grade is an advanced trainee whose techniques are beginning to mature, who begins to understand the fruits of hard work. A new level of maturity has been achieved which cannot be denied. There is new strength, inside and out.
Red – red signifies the red hot heat of the sun as the plant continues growing toward it. A red grade trainee acquires more detailed knowledge. Just as the plant grows slowly toward the sun, a sign of intensity, the red grade trainee learns to be cautious with their powerful knowledge and abilities. One step from the ultimate standing, this grade is a designation worthy of great respect as only the very dedicated will ever reach this level of training.
Black – black signifies the darkness beyond the sun. A black grade seeks new, more profound knowledge of the C.L. Ninja art. He/she begins to teach others, plant new seeds and help them grow and mature. He/she teaches and influences many, whom will form roots deep into the art, blossoming and growing through the ranks in a never-ending process of self-growth, knowledge and enlightenment. The finest black grades never stop learning…