AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM

Students enrolled in BETA Academy’s After-School Program have the opportunity to complete homework assignments under the supervision of our certified childcare specialist. They also participate in fun, structured martial arts classes and other arts and recreational activities designed to improve physical fitness, increase confidence, and build character. Since children practice martial arts nearly every day, they also have the opportunity to learn effective self- defense skills and gain confidence through our Kids Martial Arts Program.

We offer kids’ classes five days a week (Mon-Fri) that are fun and high-energy, providing exercise and motivation for children to lead healthy lifestyles.

Children’s Thai Boxing Classes

Children’s Thai Boxing, a.k.a. Muay Thai classes, are offered each weekday, from 5:30pm – 6:15pm. Children learn “the art of the eight- limbed warrior,” using their hands, elbows, knees, and legs as effective tools for self- defense.

Children’s Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Classes

Children’s Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu classes are also offered each weekday, from 4:30pm – 5:30pm. With good performance in Thai Boxing class, children are invited to join this Champions Program, enabling them to learn submission- wrestling techniques and to further sharpen their skills through controlled sparring sessions.

What BETA Academy’s After- School Program Has to Offer:

Homework Support in a Safe, Supportive & Structured Environment

Students enrolled in BETA Academy’s After-School Program have the opportunity to complete homework assignments under the supervision of our certified childcare specialist. They also participate in fun, structured martial arts classes and other arts and recreational activities designed to improve physical fitness, increase confidence, and build character. Since children practice martial arts nearly every day, they also have the opportunity to learn effective self- defense skills and gain confidence through our Kids Martial Arts Program.

Effective Self-Defense Skills

In a fun and safe environment, we teach children how to protect themselves in the face of danger using effective Thai Boxing and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu techniques. Our instructors help children develop into confident young adults who are able to discern right from wrong; know when to stand their ground, and; when to “yell, run and tell.” We practice how to avoid dangerous situations using our words and how to escape a wide range of attacks.

Location & Facility

BETA Academy’s After-School Enrichment Program takes place at our state-of-the-art facility located on the corner of Florida Ave and 14th St. NW (at 1353 Florida Ave. NW), which is less than two blocks away from the U Street metro station (Green line). Inside our 10,000 square foot martial arts center is a fully functional children’s classroom separate from our matted training areas. This allows after-school children to focus on homework without being distracted by ongoing martial arts classes.

Character Development

BETA Instructors incorporate core martial arts values, including respect, focus, discipline, teamwork, and integrity, into each lesson. We’ve integrated an innovative merit badge system that represents these core values and others. By earning their badges students build self-esteem through overcoming challenges to achieve their goals.Teaching children important life skills is a team effort and we make sure to work closely with families. We’ve created take- home material for parents and guardians to help enforce what their children learn on the mat.

Exercise and Healthy Living

Many children in the United States are overweight and at risk of health challenges that are preventable. Our kids program promotes a healthy lifestyle, providing an alternative to television and video games. We increase children’s endurance as well as strengthen muscles, all while they are having fun and learning valuable life skills that they will carry with them as adults.

Fun!

At BETA Academy, we understand that kids need to have fun when learning the martial arts. This is why our core curriculum includes a variety of high- energy practice drills and skill-building games. In general, our kids’ classes run longer than usual because we use games as a reward for good behavior on and off the mat.

Mission

Our mission is to teach children effective martial arts and to provide a safe, supportive, and structured environment in which children thrive.

Philosophy

Every child can benefit from training in the martial arts. The focus, self- discipline, and respect that students learn from training in the martial arts empower them to become better students and to become positive, productive members of our community.

It takes a village to raise a child. Collaboration with teachers, families and local community organizations is imperative to developing well- rounded, positive, and civically engaged martial artists equipped with the confidence and skills needed to succeed.

For more info on our Kids Program and what BETA has to offer, check out our FAQs page.