About MAMBEC

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MAMBEC (Martial Art Mind Body Educatiom Centre) Inc. 2003 is a Life Skills Program with a Martial Art connection.

MAMBEC is a contemporary martial arts centre that teaches both physical and mental martial arts. MAMBEC’s objective is to teach students safe skills to deal with conflict. Mental martial arts use reason and intelligence to cope with aggression before it becomes physica

MAMBEC is focused on peace and defence rather than fighting and offence. We teach conflict prevention by understanding the root causes and our students learn the skills to prevent, resolve, and control conflict.

MAMBEC programs are karate based with strong emphasis on body mechanics compatible with any traditional martial art. When a student achieves their MAMBEC black belt, they are encouraged to continue in the program for higher degrees. Our students can continue their MAMBEC education through our instructor program.

Overview of the MAMBEC Program

The MAMBEC Program is broken down into four components in each hour. 

  1. First Component: WARM-UP, including YOGA for kids
  2. Second Component: TECHNICAL, including punching, kicking, kata, fundamentals of body mechanics etc.
  3. Third Component: LIFE SKILLS, in this component we find young students, learn more information faster, and retain answers longer by listening to a short story, answering a few well-placed questions followed by role-playing.
  4. Fourth Component:  GAME that reinforces the lessons learned during class.

Why is Conflict Education Important?

Because violence is the last resort. We want our students to know how to avoid, and manage conflict without resorting to violence. We balance the physical self defence with mental self defence because we recognize that violence among young people is increasing in our society and both skills are necessary.

Children who learn about conflict are better prepared to deal with potentially dangerous situations. They are more confident, and able to use words and other skills rather than violence.

We can reverse this terrible trend of violence if we take it seriously and get help from qualified professionals like MAMBEC. MAMBEC uses holistic education for children to understand conflict and create healthy relationships founded on self-respect, respect for others and knowledge.

MAMBEC Program Structure

MAMBEC offers 12 week programs registering 3 times a year (September, January, and April). The 12 week program includes 10 weeks of instruction, followed by parent’s day and belt advancement. We are closed for the summer months, with a 9 week summer camp that includes the martial art/life skills program.

Below is Chart 2, describing the life skill (conflict education) programs taught. Red Tool Box, Gold Book of Rules and J’s Bad Day are the initial curriculum taught to the children and are the foundation of the MAMBEC program. Rights and Responsibilities, Leadership Skills, Life Skills for Kids, Character for Kids, Bullying Triangle, We are Human and Heroes Circle are the advanced curriculum for the more advanced student.  MAMBEC has over 500 hours of programming, including stories to reinforce all lessons taught. 

For the technical skills, MAMBEC is compatible with any martial art however we are karate-based. During the second component of our program, we teach stances, kicking, punching, kata and the fundamentals of body mechanics. As the students get to the higher belt levels, self-defence maneuvers and more complex kicking, punching and kata are taught. At the end of each class (fourth component), there is a skills drill (game) that reinforces the techniques taught during class. 

Childrens Belt Structure and Badging System

MAMBEC uses 2 full belt structures. The Children’s Belt Structure uses an alternating stripe system from a stripe of colour on a white belt to a stripe of white on a coloured belt. Students in the children’s program wear white uniforms.

Students receive badges for life skills, technical skills and for satisfactorily completing MAMBEC’s lesson programs. 

To advance to the Animation team, students must have completed:

Red Tool Box, Safety Awareness, Gold Rules, Safe Options System Kata (SOS), Jay’s Bad Day.

Techical Skills:

10 crunches, 10 push-ups, 10 squats, 10 jumping jacks, Horse stance, Front stance, Attention stance, Kick and Spin and Middle Punch with Kia.

These must be completed to the satisfaction of the head instructor.

Life Skills badges should be placed on the right sleeve starting at the top seam, two abreast on either side of the fold running down the side of the sleeve. Life Skills Lesson badges are mounted on the left sleeve starting below the top seam and are centred on the fold. Technical skills badges are mounted on both elbows and below. See the image above for detail. 

Animation Team Belt Structure and Badging System

Students age 8 and up are eligible to enter the Animation Team subject to the approval of the head instructor. MAMBEC uses 2 full belt structures. The Animation Team Belt Structure uses an alternating stripe system from a stripe of colour on a white belt to a stripe of white on a coloured belt. Students on the Animation Team wear black uniforms. All students are awarded a belt board once they achieve their black with red stripe belt with MAMBEC logo. Belt boards have colored belts with a stripe of white starting at white belt and up to and including black belt. 

The Animation Team is a mentoring team where older students assist in teaching and mentoring younger students.

Badging system for the animation team includes: Life Skills, Mentoring Level 1, Mentoring Level 2, Mentoring Level 3, Junior Instructor, Senior Instructor, Proper Technical Skills, Kata, Blocks, Punches, Stances, Front Kick, Back Kick, Side Kick, Scissor Kick, Roundhouse Kick, Crescent Kick. These must be completed to the satisfaction of the head instructor.

Life skills badges are placed on the right sleeve starting at the top seam 2 abreast on either side of the fold running down the side of the sleeve. Mentoring and instructor badges are mounted on the left sleeve starting below the top seam and are centred on the fold. Technical skills badges are mounted on each elbow and below. See picture above for example.

1st component

WARM UP, including yoga for kids.

  

   2nd component

TECHNICAL, including punching, kicking, kata & fundamentals of body mechanics.

 

3rd component

LIFE SKILLS. In this component we find young students learn more information faster, and retain answers longer by listening to a short story, answering a few well-placed questions followed by role-playing.

4th component

GAME/SKILLS DRILL that reinforces the lessons learned during class.

Belt Board

Children who achieve the black with red stripe belt (Junior Black Belt) are presented with a belt board at their belt advancement.

MAMBEC Black Belt Tree

MAMBEC Black Belt Tree is dedicated to all students who achieve their black belts in the MAMBEC system. A leaf is designated with the students name and date their black belt was awarded to them. To date, MAMBEC has awarded over 75 students with their black belts.