“I have 3 kids on the mats at the Academy. They love it.

The younger ones enjoy the games especially and they really help their core strength.” Dr Cormack FitzGerald - Taradale Medical Centre.

Tiger Club starts on Monday 2nd May and costs $195 for the term. No uniform or extra costs are required! 

Q. Does my child have to purchase a uniform to join the Tiger Club?

A. No. The uniform is optional. All they need is to wear comfortable, loose fitting clothing that they would usually wear to PE or to play sports.

Q. Is regular attendance for the sessions required?

A. Although not compulsory, regular attendance is of high importance as this will instil the concepts of discipline and commitment in the child.

Q. Will my child be going through examinations as part of the Tigers Club?

A. Yes. Every so often ‘gradings’ will take place whereby students are tested on their knowledge acquired so far and will be given the subsequent belt representing their level. This will provide a goal-oriented setting where Tigers Clubs students can train with more determination to achieve and enhance their skills. We find even young children of this age truly excel when given goals in this way.

Q. Can I stay to watch my child whilst training?

A. Yes of course, we have many parents who enjoy watching their children having fun while learning. 

Q. Who will be teaching my child?

A. Tigers Club class is taught by either Academy Owner Damian Smith Being both a qualified black belt and having four boys between the ages of 2 and 14, Damian understand how to teach kids of every ability and age. If you would prefer private 1:1 tuition with a child of a similar age, Damian's son, Tyler Smith (aged 14), who is also an award winning NZ Jiu Jitsu champion, tutors a handful of Tigers Club kids each term. 

Q. What will assure me that my child is safe?

A. Damian Smith is responsible for teaching children personally, and has built the Academy to over 150 students by building sessions based specifically on each child's development needs and always keeping a safety-first attitude in whatever they do. This reduces the risk for both acute and chronic injuries. Moreover, in the unlikely event that a child suffers an injury, a qualified first aider will always be present.