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What makes Tigers the most fun
kids martial arts program available anywhere?

The rank and testing system used by the Tigers is slightly different from our other martial arts programs. 

Each Belt Rank is associated with a Tigers character that helps children learn, while having tons of fun!

Fosters Self-Discipline

Benefit #1
Fosters Self-Discipline

One of the central tenets of all forms of the martial arts is an absolute focus on self-discipline. Today's kids are so accustomed to receiving instant gratification that lessons in self-restraint and discipline aren't always easy to come by. Kids with a martial arts background, however, are continually reminded of the importance of self-discipline.

Ara is a shy turtle. Before joining the Tiger classes, he usually just stayed in his shell. Now he is making new friends and loves to do his forms nice and slow. His favorite move is a knife hand strike.

Boosts Socialization Skills

Benefit #2
Boosts Socialization Skills

Kids who don't always thrive in highly social environments may find it easier to get to know people and make new friends when they're in a room filled with peers who share a common interest. The kids on the playground may not always have much common ground, but devotees to the martial arts are able to get to know one another through shared pursuits. Partner-driven training can also foster camaraderie, as they force kids to pair off and build their skills together.

Baeoh is the funniest tiger ever. He has a big heart and loves to laugh. He is everyone's friend but sometimes lacks confidence. His favorite move is a side kick.

Encourages Physical Activity

Benefit #3
Encourages Physical Activity

Limiting screen time is a great idea when it comes to getting kids off the couch and encouraging them to be more active, but it only goes so far. Enrolling an inactive child in such a physically demanding pastime not only discourages the sedentary lifestyle she's used to, but also gives her an enjoyable activity that inspires her to keep moving.

Cheeri is the hardest worker in the class. Even though she always makes straight A's, she is always trying hard to get better, maybe sometimes too hard. Her favorite move is a round kick.


Learn to Set and Achieve Goals

Benefit #4
Learn to Set and Achieve Goals

Most forms of martial arts are based around an accomplishment system of colored belts that signify the wearer's degree of skill. When your child strives toward each new belt, he's learning valuable lessons about setting and reaching his goals.

Raon is the biggest one in his Tigers class. He is very strong and a great athlete. Although he always means well, and sometimes he leaps before he looks. His favorite move is the reverse punch.

Increased Self-Esteem

Benefit #5
Increased Self-Esteem

Confidence comes with achievement, so your child's self-esteem level will get a boost with every new move he masters and every belt he earns. Kids who struggle with a low sense of self-worth usually become more confident as time progresses while they're enrolled in a martial arts class.

Suri comes from a big family of big eagles. He is small for his age and sometimes tries to act bigger than he really is. He always goes too fast, but is working on slowing down. His favorite move is a jump front kick.

Instills a Sense of Respect

Benefit #6
Instills a Sense of Respect

Learning any Songahm Taekwondo will require your child to show her instructor unflinching respect. Today's kid culture doesn't always include respect for authority, adults or those in advanced positions. When she goes to her Songahm Taekwondo class, though, your child will be learning lessons in respect along with new moves.

Choa is a rare phoenix. She is very pretty and likes it when the other animals do things for her. She is learning to do things for herself, and when she does, she is awesome. Her favorite move is a double knife hand block.

Encourages Non-Violent Conflict Resolution

Benefit #7
Encourages Non-Violent Conflict Resolution

Thinking that martial arts instruction promotes violent behavior is justified if your only experience with the activity comes from television or movies. In fact, many defensive styles teach kids peaceful, non-violent conflict resolution skills and emphasize the importance of avoiding a physical altercation.

Mir is a super smart dragon. He might not be the most coordinated, but he tries really hard. He is learning to control his strength. His favorite move is a spinning hook kick.

Improving Listening Skills

Benefit #8
Improving Listening Skills

In order to master the skills she's being taught and advance through the belt ranks, your child will have to exercise superior listening skills. Kids who aren't always adept when it comes to paying attention to what they're told can benefit from the verbal instruction and one-on-one work in her classroom.

Narsha is the nicest cobra you ever wanted to meet. Even though she doesn't have any arms or legs, she is one of the best Tigers in the class. She always works hard but keeps a smile on her face. Her favorite move is a tail strike.

Develops Teamwork Skills

Benefit #9
Develops Teamwork Skills

Whether he's breaking boards to get a new belt or sparring in a practice setting to master a new maneuver, there are few things that your child does in his martial arts classes that will be done on his own. Working together to learn new things and accomplish goals is an important life lesson for kids to learn, and instruction in the martial arts can help your child learn that lesson.

Baron is the highest rank in his Tigers class. He is a great leader, he just doesn't know it yet. He is always willing to help. His favorite move is a palm strike.

Are you looking for a fun activity for your child
that also helps them prepare for the real world?


Mom & Dad,

We understand how important it is to choose the right activity for your child. It should not be so difficult and challenging.

Let's face it, it can be a bit overwhelming to think about your child growing up so quickly. As much as you want to think they are prepared for school, every parent has the same questions. Are they ready to socialize with their new classmates? Will they stay focused on the teacher during class and keep up with the other kids?  

Our Tigers program is designed to enhance your kids ability to pay attention and follow directions. In the age of sensory overload, this is a skill that will provide your kids with immediate results, which will reflect positively on their academic work.

Parenting should not have to be a stressful task you face alone! Let STAR Martial Arts Help You Equip Your Child For Success In The Real World.


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STAR Martial Arts Is Your Partner In Parenting

We teach the same values you teach at home, in a positive, safe and structured environment.  

The foundation of our Tiny Tigers curriculum is the education and development of lifeskills such as positive mental attitude, perseverance, listening skills, self-control and confidence- developing children of character is what truly changes our students' lives!  We partner with our students' parents and teachers to create a holistic environment to encourage positive behaviors on the mat, in the home, and at school!


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Our instructors are continually educated in child development, safety, and motivational strategies.  It is our mission to provide students with the best possible learning environment. 

We have instructors & assistants of both genders, ages 7 to 70, so that every student can find a role model to look up to and emulate.   

STAR is certified through the American Taekwondo Association (ATA), the country's largest martial arts organization with over 130,000 active members and over 1 million students trained since 1969.


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Social interaction teaches kids how to effectively work as part of a team.

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Martial arts helps improve coordination and is an excellent form of exercise.

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Building healthy habits early on can help prevent obesity and diabetes later in life.

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AT Star Martial Arts, OUR MISSION IS:

Challenging students to become INDEPENDENT LEADERS by maximizing their POTENTIAL and CONFIDENCE through SUCCESS and FAILURE in martial arts, while EMPOWERING FAMILIES to create a structured home environment for their children to THRIVE!



While lifeskill-based, this program is anchored in practical safety curriculum such as fire safety, stranger danger, & 9-1-1 Emergencies.

Teaches Independence 

Teaches Independence 

by giving young children the opportunity to learn, grow, succeed, and persevere through challenges.


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Tiny Tigers teaches martial arts in a way that your kids will truly love.  Take the first step in giving this extraordinary gift to your child today!

What Other Parents Are Saying:

Star Martial Arts is amazing. They include both family and school in the students' martial arts education. We started seeing improvement in just one week and are seeing a dramatic improvement in 3 weeks. Not to mention the fact that WE are learning how to discipline in a positive manner. signing our 10 year old up was the best decision we ever made.

Sharon Henderson

Elkhart, Mishawaka, & South Bend

I had the pleasure of observing Mr. and Mrs. Birky in action when they began the martial arts program at our school.  I was so intrigued and pleased to see the manner in which they focused on the issue of respect ... respect for one another and one’s self. Through dialogue and martial arts techniques, I think the message of respect, following directions, listening, focusing, working hard was delivered well to the students, and it was something they practiced while in the program. You would think with a large group of students, it could become difficult to keep attention and good behavior, but Mr. and Mrs. Birky were able to do so, and is something I think would be beneficial for any teacher to observe to obtain some ideas on classroom behavior management techniques.

Kimberly Varga, Behavior Consultant at Monger Elementary

Elkhart, Mishawaka, & South Bend

Frequently Asked Questions

Our Pre-School program is ages 4-6, while Pre-Teens is Ages 7-12

Classes are divided by age and experience levels.  STAR provides 5-7 options for each student group throughout the week, Monday through Friday in the afternoons and evenings.  Students are encouraged to attend twice per week.  

You will receive an email with instructions on how to schedule your first class. One of our instructors will call you, or you may call the school directly.

Absolutely not. Although they will learn cool martial arts and self-defense moves, your child will learn how to AVOID fights, not pick them.

Our Martial Arts classes' primary goal is to make sure our students learn to be leaders at home, at school and in their community in an enjoyable, safe environment. Come and take a class for yourself - we all have a blast and our instructors do too.

No, our classes are a good mix of boys and girls of all fitness levels.  Beginners train alongside some of the more experienced kids, helping each other out in a fun team environment.

STAR provides all-inclusive training.  This means that we provide equipment, belt testings, and even additional time needed to reach your goals at no cost to you.  While we have multiple programs available to fit your personal needs, our average student will pay around $150-$175 per month.

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