Tiny Tigers

Tiny Tigers - Martial Arts Classes for 3-5-Year-Olds

Give Your Child the Strongest Foundation with Martial Arts for Kids in Waterloo


About the Tiny Tigers Program Suitable for ages 3-5

Introduce your child to martial arts at an early age and watch them grow up to be stronger individuals. Our Tiny Tigers program is the perfect springboard to the Olympic sport of TaeKwonDo, and it’s the ideal training for a more confident child.

All of our different types of martial arts classes for 3-5-year-olds are conducted in a fun, fast-paced environment that emphasizes self-defense and fitness. It helps build mental and physical strength and acquire confidence. Your child will learn at their own pace, discovering the appreciation for fortitude, respect, and discipline.

What Your Child Will Learn

  • A “Yes, I Can” attitude
  • Essential physical skills (including balance and coordination)
  • Physical strength
  • Mental discipline
  • Basic punches, kicks, and blocks
  • Interacting with children their own age and with instructors

Providing a Safe, Exciting Environment for Children Since 1990

The early years are the best time to start learning any new skill, and we make sure all our students have fun while gaining life skills. At our kids’ martial arts academy, we provide a safe, encouraging, bullying-free environment where your child will build their skills and confidence.

The safety of our students is our topmost priority. Experienced taekwondo masters conduct all our martial arts classes for kids with the assistance of highly trained staff. Five Rings Taekwondo has earned a reputation as the leading school for taekwondo for kids in Waterloo and Kitchener.

It’s Not Just About Taekwondo and Karate for Kids in Waterloo and Kitchener, It’s About Developing Champions

Five Rings TaeKwonDo is the top school for martial arts for 3-5-year-olds near you. Our programs don’t just train students in the sport of TaekwonDo, they build confident leaders of the future.

Our kids’ martial arts programs have produced:

  • 60 national-level champions
  • 500+ black belts

Our instructors have competed at the highest levels of TaeKwonDo, including representing Canada at Olympic Trials and the Commonwealth Games.

Have You Seen Our After School Program?

Running late at the office every day? Worried your child is wasting away their evenings? Find out about our After School Program for children starting at five. (Includes free pick up.) Contact us to learn more about TaekwonDo and karate classes for kids and fees associated with them.

Learn More About Our Kids Programs

Thinking of enrolling your child in our Tiny Tigers program? Learn more about the best taekwondo classes for kids (and fees) and book a tour of our taekwondo school in Kitchener-Waterloo.

Frequently Asked Questions

In martial arts, you learn a set of movements and how to use those movements when sparring or fighting with other people. Martial arts will also teach you a set of values, such as discipline and self-control. The specifics that you learn depends on the type of martial art that you have chosen.

Martial arts are easy for children to learn. They can pick up martial arts movements by copying their instructor as they demonstrate the skill or by listening as their instructor explains how to perform the skill. Our instructors are trained on how to best explain martial arts to children.

There is no bad age to start martial arts. You can pick up most of the skills that are taught in martial arts at any age. We offer martial arts classes for children as young as 3. However, adults will have no problem learning martial arts from scratch. Even the elderly can learn.

At 3 years of age, children are old enough that they can begin to learn martial arts or, at least, taekwondo. At 3, children are still learning how to coordinate their limbs and move their body. Taekwondo is a good exercise to help them develop the physical skills they will need for their whole lives.

Yes, martial arts are particularly beneficial for children who are shy or who are having trouble speaking up for themselves or making friends. Martial arts can give children more confidence in themselves. The feeling of progress and the mastery of one’s body is beneficial for shy children and can help them step out of their shell.

Martial arts are a great sport for kids. Martial arts of all kinds help children grow confidence, learn to protect themselves, and develop a love for fitness that can help them stay healthy for their whole lives. We think that taekwondo, with opportunities for competition and emphasis on hard work and discipline, is especially useful for children.

You might think that since toddlers won’t be entering competitions any time soon, aren’t all martial arts good for them in terms of their benefits? Sure, a toddler can benefit from any martial art. However, taekwondo is great for toddlers because it focuses on movement in all four limbs and teaches values like confidence and hard work.

Both taekwondo and karate are good for kids. However, we’re a little biased and tend to prefer taekwondo. Taekwondo focuses on using the hands and feet; it offers more practical self-defense; it provides more competitive opportunities (though it depends on where you live and how far you’re willing to travel); and it also teaches kids great values.

We have seen children who are struggling to behave well improve when they participate in martial arts. There is no guarantee that martial arts will help a child who is hard to discipline or who is struggling to behave. However, there are many good reasons that it can, including giving children an outlet for energy and helping them see that self-discipline is valuable.

We offer a martial arts program in Kitchener. We provide martial arts for children as young as 3 and adults of any age and physical fitness level. You can find our schedule online, or you can contact us and one of our staff members can tell you all about the classes, programmes, and camps that we offer in Kitchener.