it's time to level up!

Congratulations on your child becoming eligible to move up from our Age 4-6 Junior Magnus program to our Age 7+ Beginner program. 
 
Junior Magnus has provided the foundations for becoming a student within our youth black belt training program. Hundreds of students have leveled up from Junior Magnus to Age 7+ Beginner, I am excited that your child will do the same.
 
As an Age 7+ Beginner your child will have an expanded opportunity to continue growing as a Magnus Karate student. 
 
This information page has been designed to help you learn more about Age 7+ programming at Magnus Karate and make your transition from Junior Magnus to Age 7+ as simple as possible. 
 
It provides: 
  1. Details between the differences of Age 7+ and Junior Magnus (purposes and explanations of each programs purpose as to cross compare)
  2. Age 7+ Beginner schedule options and attendance norms / recommendations at this level. 
  3. Program Rate Differences 
  4. Age 7+ Common Class Details 
  5. Belt Testing and Belt Progressions and the Black Belt Journey at Magnus Karate. 
  6. Expanded Opportunities as an Age 7+ student at Magnus Karate. 
  7. Multiple success stories of students starting in Junior Magnus and becoming black belt at Magnus Karate.
Level Up Junior to Beginner

what is Age 7+ Beginner?

Welcome to the ninth season of Leadership Team at Magnus Karate. 

Leadership Team is an invite only initiative designed to bring the best and brightest of Magnus Karate together on a multi-level team program.  

The team’s goal is to expand student opportunities and foster a true sense of mentorship, coaching, instructional methodology, and personal leadership development. 

Leadership Team is comprised of four levels based upon experience and team responsibilities: 

Level 1: Generally indicates a first year leader. This student is learning Magnus specific coaching and leadership skills. They are introduced to a variety of team training lessons, our complete level 1 weapon arts course programming, and have multiple technical development opportunities. 

Level 2: This leader has two years of experience or more (in some circumstances we have level 2 leaders entering year 5) on Leadership Team. This student is a regular and consistent member of regular classes, volunteer assists at the dojo for 2 to 3 classes per month, supports and provides guidance to level 1 leaders, helps at special events and belt tests, and is learning to become a level 3 leader. 

Level 3: This leader has now entered in to an official 75 hour volunteer assistant instruction internship program designed to prepare them for official membership on our Teaching Team (the most senior leaders of our karate school). Level 3 leaders coach, guide, and mentor all Level 1 and 2 leaders. They are responsible for facilitating and teaching multiple workshops offered to dojo and leadership team members. They also provide direct instruction for Level 1 and 2 leaders at team trainings and occasionally weapon arts and technical development workshops. 

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Schedule & Rates
at Age 7+

Review your expectations, responsibilities, and opportunities below: 

Leadership Team member are provided with a great deal of extra opportunities: 

  1. Team Trainings
  2. Weapon Arts Courses
  3. Technical Development Workshops
  4. Learning mentorship and coaching skills through assisting in live classes. 
  5. Team Building and Bonding Opportunities
  6. Leadership Team exclusive Summer camps and clinic intensive invitations. 
  7. Leadership Team social events (outings, holiday parties, new season and end of season kick off parties). 
See examples of your expanded opportunities after this section. 

You will notice many events planned month to month with Leadership Team. It is of high recommendation that you consider attending as many team events as your schedule will allow. 

There is no minimum or expectation in regards to Weapon Arts courses or technical development workshops, however all will be of high value. Weapon Arts especially will progress lesson to lesson.

Attending Weapon Arts classes in an inconsistent manner will most likely lead to confidence loss as the team member feels behind the group and generally struggles to keep up. 

Team bonding, outings, parties, and team building activities are a great way to develop friendships with fellow training partners that have the possibility of lasting a lifetime.

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The backbone of Leadership Team offerings and the most important events to attend as a team member are the Team Trainings. 

Team Trainings provide multiple opportunities to learn:

  • Public speaking skills
  • Coaching strategies and methods
  • To explore and understand our curriculum
  • How to teach content for multiple ages and levels

Team trains also provide team building activities and overall leadership training. 

This is where all students learn to be true leaders at our academy. 

Leadership Team member are provided with a great deal of extra opportunities: 

  1. Team Trainings
  2. Weapon Arts Courses
  3. Technical Development Workshops
  4. Learning mentorship and coaching skills through assisting in live classes. 
  5. Team Building and Bonding Opportunities
  6. Leadership Team exclusive Summer camps and clinic intensive invitations. 
  7. Leadership Team social events (outings, holiday parties, new season and end of season kick off parties). 
See examples of your expanded opportunities after this section. 

You will notice many events planned month to month with Leadership Team. It is of high recommendation that you consider attending as many team events as your schedule will allow. 

There is no minimum or expectation in regards to Weapon Arts courses or technical development workshops, however all will be of high value. Weapon Arts especially will progress lesson to lesson.

Attending Weapon Arts classes in an inconsistent manner will most likely lead to confidence loss as the team member feels behind the group and generally struggles to keep up. 

Team bonding, outings, parties, and team building activities are a great way to develop friendships with fellow training partners that have the possibility of lasting a lifetime.

belt ranks at age 7+

Magnus Weapon Arts is an extension program of Magnus Karate which is included in your Leadership Team season. 

Designed as a multi-course program, Weapon Arts features three levels and educates the student on 8 weapons within that program’s curriculum. 

Level 1 and 2 Leaders completed all three Level 1 Weapons courses (A, B, C) in last year’s season. 

Returning members will move on to Level 2 Weapons courses and new members will enter into Level 1 Weapons courses. 

Our Weapon Arts program is incredibly popular and well received by all. Individual course certifications are available upon completion. 

Course A: Single Stick Eskrima and Bo Staff

Course B: Double Stick Eskrima and Sai

Course C: Single and Double Stick Eskrima, Tonfa, Nunchaku, Kama. 

Each course has three levels of progression. 

Leadership Team member are provided with a great deal of extra opportunities: 

  1. Team Trainings
  2. Weapon Arts Courses
  3. Technical Development Workshops
  4. Learning mentorship and coaching skills through assisting in live classes. 
  5. Team Building and Bonding Opportunities
  6. Leadership Team exclusive Summer camps and clinic intensive invitations. 
  7. Leadership Team social events (outings, holiday parties, new season and end of season kick off parties). 
See examples of your expanded opportunities after this section. 
Age 7 Belt Progression
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Age 7+ Curriculum

An additional bonus of being a Leadership Team member is Technical Development Workshops. Multiple variations of technical development workshops will be featured on your team schedule this season. 

Some of these workshops include:

  • Sparring
  • Kata  
  • Personal protection
  • Ground grappling
  • Coaching  

Workshops are taught by Sensei, senior teaching team members, or guest instructors. 

Leadership Team member are provided with a great deal of extra opportunities: 

  1. Team Trainings
  2. Weapon Arts Courses
  3. Technical Development Workshops
  4. Learning mentorship and coaching skills through assisting in live classes. 
  5. Team Building and Bonding Opportunities
  6. Leadership Team exclusive Summer camps and clinic intensive invitations. 
  7. Leadership Team social events (outings, holiday parties, new season and end of season kick off parties). 
See examples of your expanded opportunities after this section. 
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Extra events and workshops

One of the primary goals of Leadership Team is to provide a sense of community to all active members. 

Since it’s inception Leadership Team has acted as a place for our students to become great friends and develop mutual respect for one another. 

Some of the social events to look forward to: 

  • Start of Leadership season party
  • Halloween party
  • Leadership Team Movie Nights at the dojo
  • Holiday Party

Possible pre-COVID opportunities that could return dependent upon the state of COVID rock climbing, Hershey Park, fall bonfire. 

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future opportunities

Attending Junior Magnus, Age 7+ Beginner and Green-Brown classes provide the opportunity to learn and practice the arts of coaching, instruction, and dojo support. 

Working with younger students at the dojo has been one of the primary initiatives of team membership. 

In live class time team members can apply skills learned at team trainings, coaching workshops, and technical development workshops. 

Teaching team and Level 3 members will guide and provide instruction to each Level 1 and 2 team member during every class that they attend as a volunteer assistant. 

new uniform time?

Optional Add-On Purchase: 

Use the link below to place an order for a new uniform (if you should feel the current uniform is undersized)

Normal Price: $49

Current Member Discount: $25

Use the coupon code: NEWUNIFORM to receive your discount at checkout. 

Uniform Replacement
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recommended equipment

Optional Add-On Purchase: 

Extra team shirt (if you require more than one) – note one shirt is included in your team dues. 

Price: $29.00

recommended equipment

Optional Add-On Purchase: 

Use the link below to place an order for a new uniform (if you should feel the current uniform is undersized)

Normal Price: $49

Current Member Discount: $25

Use the coupon code: NEWUNIFORM to receive your discount at checkout. 

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faq - moving up to Age 7+

No – You can attend freely as a volunteer support at any class that is not your own. 

The best classes to assist are Junior Magnus, Age 7+ Beginner, and Green-Brown classes. 

Many youth black belts will prefer to assist in the Youth Black-Brown Belt class at 6:30 – in reality this is the class that needs the least support and offers minimal opportunity to use support skills (there are many Level 1 and 2 leaders in this class already).

Additionally the lessons learned in team trainings will be better applied in younger classes. 

Teaching team and level 3 leaders will act as the primary guides, mentors, and coaches for all Level 1 and Level 2 Leadership Team members this season. 

Level 1 and 2 leaders should expect to take instruction from senior level and teaching team members. 

Leadership Team is a group driven experience, senior members of the team teach new members and junior members and pass first hand experiences and lessons onto the next generation. 

Your current teaching team for this 2021-2022 season is: 

  1. Justin Steinberger (Full Dojo Lead Instructor) – 10 years + student 
  2. Annette Dileo (Full Dojo Lead Instructor) – 10 years + student
  3. Nico Lippiatt-Cook (Senior Support, Sectional Lead Instructor) – 10 years + student
  4. Matthew Morrison (Senior Support , Sectional Lead Instructor) – 10 years + student
  5. Will Cortes (Senior Support , Sectional Lead Instructor) – 8 years + student
  6. Drew Keenan (Senior Support , Sectional Lead Instructor) – 9 years + student

Example: I cannot commit to Leadership Team until January 2022 – can I join the team then? 

Answer: No, Leadership Team is a September – June commitment. Please decline the invitation as to free the spot up for a new member to take your spot. 

Seasonal Obligations: 

Example: I am playing fall baseball, basketball, have a theater performance and will be light in attendance for a short period (2 months), how does that work? 

Answer: Sensei will always work with short term seasonal obligations. Send him a note and we will work out your schedule. 

Yes. 

Currently we use our Friday night schedule exclusively for Leadership Team activities and special events at the dojo. 

You will occasionally see workshops and Leadership Team special events pop up on Saturday or Sunday. 

Check your events calendar. 

Absolutely. 

Highly recommended that you assist in multiple classes per month. 

All of our teaching team members contributed a significant amount of time working with younger students before being upgraded to staff member at Magnus Karate. 

Assisting classes and mentoring younger students can be an incredibly rewarding and educational experience. A large opportunity for growth all around. 

Yes. 

Registration for Leadership Team events and courses is required. 

You will be sent a weekly Leadership Team registration email every Monday morning for that week’s events. 

Note – the regular weekly scheduling link will not work for Leadership Team. The Leadership link is private to team members. 

There will be three primary ways we communicate with Leadership Team: 

  1. Active Leadership Team member email blast. 
  2. Leadership Team Portal
    • How to access in first group email blast 
  3. The New Magnus Karate app
    • Hopeful for a Fall launch. It will have a Leadership Team section for you to access team specific info. 

Additionally – Team member parents will be invited to our private Leadership Team Facebook group. Pictures and videos from team events are commonly posted there. 

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