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Developing Little Martial Artists Equipped With Powerful Life Skills To Excel At Home, School & Everywhere... 

● Little Dragons (for ages 5 & 6) at the Seung-ni Academy focuses on both the physical and the mental.  On the physical side, which the kids love so much, we incorporate a lot of gross and fine motor skills, agility, balance, control and timing drills.  We use a ton of imagination with these Taekwondo games to make it exciting for the kids.  With agility courses, martial arts relays and ninja warrior obstacles -- it is also a fantastic way to burn off all that extra energy in a positive way. 

● On the mental side, which the parents really appreciate, we focus on four key areas: 1) Listening; 2) Self Control; 3) Respect and 4) Building Confidence. We challenge them in a fun and positive environment.  Instilling these essential life skills is one of the primary aims of the Little Dragons class.

●Near the end of each class, we always pull the Dragons together in a circle to cover a different personal development skill. For example, we have a saying that all the students learn "whining gets you nothing."  We will also cover such areas as "parents should only have to ask them once to do something" and the rules of respecting personal space.

● The Dragons who wear a sharp white uniform with a big purple and green dragon on the back - earn new belts, patches and trophies for demonstrating their skills on promotion tests and competing at tournaments.  Learning, practicing and achieving their goals builds tremendous self esteem.

● The Little Dragons learn and practice the powerful Rules of Focus – Focus your Eyes (look at the teacher or adult in the eyes); Focus your Ears (listen to the speaker); Focus your Mind (think about what is being said to them); and Focus your Body (to keep their body still so that their eyes, ears and mind can work).  Helping them to be stronger listeners at home and for academics.

● During bully defense training they learn how to positively stop aggression without violence and to use their body language, voice, brain and confidence to stop bullies.

● And rest assured, along with all the very focused life skills and martial art skills learning we always make time in each class for equally important fun, smiles and laughter. 

Traverse City Martial Arts Kid

“Ben was getting bullied at school.  And, as a single parent I was at a loss.  After just a couple of Dragon classes I noticed a huge difference in my son.  He learned how to stand up for himself and to have a strong presence and voice.”

Allison R., Ben's Mom

Traverse City Taekwondo Girl doing kick

“We were looking for a fun physical activity for our 6 year old daughter Elle.  She has never been very athletic and not a real team sport kid.  Little Dragons has been so good for her.  They challenge her just the right amount.  And, she comes out of class beaming."

Bill & Suzy G., Elle's Parents

Traverse City Karate Kid Bowing

“I was so impressed with how the instructor was able to get Tommy out on the floor and having fun within minutes. And, the life lessons they instill about not giving up, making eye contact and obeying the first time they are asked to do something are invaluable.”

Stan C., Tommy's Dad

3 Benefits Little Dragons Get From Martial Arts Class

Traverse City Little Dragon Listening



Traverse City Martial Arts Girl



Traverse City Martial Artist push-ups



Traverse City Martial Arts - Little Dragons (5-6 year olds)

Traverse City Martial Arts - Little Dragons (5-6 year olds)

Traverse City Martial Arts Kids

“My 5 and 6 1/2 year old have endless energy.  Karate has been a fantastic way for them to burn that off in a productive manner. My wife appreciates the emphasis on respect and how there is now a lot less complaining when they are asked to do stuff around the house."   

Gary D., Seth & Sage's Mom      

Traverse City Happy Martial Artist Kid

“We are blessed to have Ryan in our life.  We wanted to teach him about respect, courage, pride and how to be a polite young man.  The instructors at Seung-ni have far exceeded our expectations.  They take the time to make every child feel special."


Sarah R., Ryan's Grandmother

Traverse City Taekwondo girl meditating

“Our daughter was diagnosed with ADHD and staying focused in school for her was always a struggle. She has been in Little Dragons for only 6 weeks and we have already seen significant improvement in her ability to stay on task.  Moreover, she can't wait to go to Karate every week!”

Bill & Karla W., Caitlin's Parents


1. How long are the classes?  The Little Dragons Classes are 40 minutes. 

2. Will the class make my child aggressive?  Absolutely not.  Martial arts teaches children just the opposite -- how to be respectful, polite and to use their words when frustrated.  Little Dragons learn the importance of being kind and calm with siblings, friends and classmates.

3. Is my child going to enjoy class?  Our students have so much fun at our Academy.  Little Dragons class is a perfect balance of laughter, exciting physical play and focused learning segments.   

4. How old does my child have to be to start Little Dragons?  The class is generally for children ages 5 and 6. 

5. What is the schedule for the Little Dragons Classes?

  • Monday         10:10 - 10:50 am

                               4:25 - 5:05 pm​

                               5:45 - 6:25 pm​

  • Tuesday         4:40 - 5:20 pm

  • Wednesday   10:10 - 10:50 am

                               5:20 - 6:00 pm​

  • Thursday      4:40 - 5:20 pm

  • Friday            5:10 - 5:50 pm

  • Saturday       10:15 - 10:55 am

  • Sunday          3:00 - 3:40 pm

free introductory

lesson offer...

Are you ready to see what Little Dragons martial arts class can do for your son, daughter or grandchild?

Great ... So what happens next?


1. Fill out the info form below or just give us a quick call at 932-4300.

2. One of our instructors will get back with you and schedule a FREE (100% No Obligation) 30 minute private lesson at a time that works good for you.

3. We know it can sometimes be intimidating to come into a new environment and we want students to get off to a confident start.  In the Intro Lesson we give the young students a tour of the academy, have them try on free uniform to keep ($35 value) and then have them come out on the training floor to do a lesson with one of our patient black belt instructors. We cover the rules of the training (bowing, respect, etc.) and let them practice some of the cool techniques they would learn in class and have them kick on the bags and pads.  And, we cover one our favorite Little Dragon Rules:  "that whining gets you nothing."

4. The Intro Lesson is a great way for new students to get comfortable with the environment, get to know their teachers and it allows parents an opportunity to see the way we teach and interact with their children - and decide if this is the right program for their family.

To schedule a free introductory session or to get more info please submit the form below. 

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