"Mali Wspaniali" was invented and started by a group of karate passionates and athletes in 2008 and as most of the beginnings, our was not gracious either. Numerous times we’ve failed in fulfilling our ambitions or goals learned to be humble, patient and most of all don’t give up. We’ve started the program in five kindergartens, teaching 125 children faintly dreaming about 1000. Time went by and the program grew powered by enthusiastic people who voluntarily shared their skills and passion to create value that Mali Wspaniali introduced into children’s life. Luckily the passion was shared by Higher Academia Doctors and Professors, who scientifically proved that our programme works and effects with children being physically literate and with the knowledge, skills, and motivation necessary to equip them for a healthy lifestyle and lifelong participation in physical activity and sport.

Today we are working with more than 21000 children around ten voivodeships of Poland, supported by numerous partners, under the patronage of Ministry of Sport and Tourism. To us, Mali Wspaniali proved that limits are just the state of mind. And what makes us especially proud, it’s inclusive for all children, regardless of their material status.


Sports can benefit children in many more ways that they benefit adults. The biggest difference is that when children start participating in sports at a young age, they are far more likely to stay active as they grow older. Children, at their core, are naturally active, and the school year offers plenty of opportunities for them to hone their energy into productive activities such as physical education and sport. In fact, high-quality physical education is one of the best strategies available for reversing the present trend of unhealthy and overweight youngsters. The opportunity for children to take part in and develop a love of sport and physical activity is vital to ensuring their long-term enjoyment and participation.

„The unique component of martial arts for children is the competition within themselves, not with others.”

Paul Del Sordo,
Chief Instructor, Pediatric Martial Arts

Children Obesity

70% of children are dropping out of organized sports by the age of 13” . There is evidence to suggest that changes in the environment can have a significant impact on opportunities for participation and in addition, the conditions under which the activity is taking place can heavily impact on future outcome. While some children associate sport with fun, for others the connotations are of pressure, insecurity and fear of judgement causing kids to have a poor state of mind when it comes to sports. Current research demonstrates:

1 / 3 children
50% watch TV more than 5 HOURS per day
1 / 3 of meals
health costs
food portions are 2 TO 5 TIMES BIGGER

Mali Wspaniali

By combining the methodology of games with the spread of universal values inherent in martial arts "Mali Wspaniali" program has been created, to ensure children from the age of three are able to enjoy the benefits of sport and physical activity. We want them to feel more motivated, confident and able to get active – which will also increase the likelihood of being active later in life.


No competition means no judgement, no comparison: „Each of us is unique on it’s own way”

Kids tell us that one of the main reasons they quit is because they are afraid to make mistakes, because they get criticized, yelled at, benched, and more. Great players develop in environments where they do not fear mistakes, where they are encouraged to try and fail, and they are made to understand that failure is a necessary part of the development process. Coaches and parents who keep a running commentary going on the sideline, second guessing every decision and action players take, and yelling at players for trying their best and failing, create a culture of fear that drives players out of the game.

Go for It means digging deep : „During every lesson I’m discovering my super powers”

Children learn to be confident. Seeing their hard work pay off has a positive impact on their self-esteem. When kids achieve their goals on the field it teaches them they can achieve any other goal they set later in life.

Respect Others means respecting teammates and coach: „I got the power to help others”

Working as a team to reach a common goal helps children develop communication and problem solving skills that will benefit them on the field and off.

Keep it Fun means having a good time while maintaining a positive attitude: „I’m here to have fun.”

The children study defined fun as trying their best, being treated respectfully by coaches, parents and teammates, and getting playing time. They listed eighty-one characteristics of fun, and winning (#48), playing tournaments (#63) and practicing with private trainers (#66) did not finish high on the list. If your young athletes are not having fun, they will eventually walk away, regardless of talent or how good their team or coach is. Adults rarely do voluntary activities such as exercise or community service work that they do not derive enjoyment from.

Stay Healthy means respecting your body by avoiding unsafe activities: „I take care of my body”

Most of habits are crated between age 4-7, therefore teaching kids to stay safe and takce care of their bodies will effect in healthier socjety of adult.

Lessons are conducted in familiar to children environment. Instructors are visiting nursery school once a week, coaching group of maximum 25 children.

A typical hour-long class begins and ends with a bow to sensei.

First thing is meditation. Children learn how to keep quiet for about a minute and breath loudly reapeating after sensei. It’s not easy!!!

After a warm-up, students practice the art's particular skills, which may include kicks, punches and blocks adjusted to the age of 5-6.

Each requires a lot of attention and concentration.

The unique component of martial arts for children with special needs is the competition within themselves, not with others. Children with special needs must work on life skills, not competing with others for a trophy. That’s not to say they shouldn’t compete and receive those same rewards, because they should! However, the criteria must be carefully considered and achievable. We are not a proponent of "everyone wins" because failure is part of life. Life skills are why you should consider martial arts, and if that’s all you receive you are a winner!

Consistency and repetition create familiarity and, therefore, children on the autism spectrum do well with classes. Repetition of the same location, same faces, same curriculum, and knowing what to expect are all part of the recipe. With continuous structure, discipline and fun exercises, even the child with multisensory issues almost immediately rises to the occasion.

Many programs for typically developing kids are not suited for every child with special needs. Either the game cannot be played slowly enough, enough time cannot be devoted to learning the rules, adaptive equipment is not used, etc. So what should we do? Prepare the child in the most non-restrictive way, which is one of the life skills we must always keep in our minds. Everyone feels good when they know "something," so let’s prepare our children for life before tossing them in an unfamiliar situation..

Project Bottom Line

All children need structure, some more than others. Some might need to be reminded more often or a different approach might be necessary, but in the end it's all the same. Why is it better than another sport or activity? To start off by saying the words "art" and "sport" are quite different. An art is "any activity regarded as a medium of imaginative or creative self-expression." A sport is "an activity involving physical exertion and skill in which an individual or team competes against another or others."



Without evaluation, there’s no progress. From the very beginning, evaluation was the core of Mali Wspaniali programme. Therefore we begin each school year with a research, specially designed for our program (environment, age groups, amount of children in a group) by Academy of Physical Education and Sports professors. Children are examined in four categories: Fitness, Velocity, Agility, and Strenght. Measurements are conducted by instructors during lessons in form of a game. The same measures are taken after a year.

Results from last year’s test representing two groups, boys, and girls – age 5-6 are presented below.






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Our Team

We believe in the sport. We believe that sport can change society. We think long term. Our program is team-effort result based on compassion, patience, understanding, experienced and willing to dedicate our time to promoting the grassroots sport.

We would like to share good practices, our passion, and know-how, therefore, discussing project development internationally. Project logistics is based on a network of National Traditional Karate Associations and local clubs. Thanks to the great support of our Sensei, representing WTKF we are connected with clubs, coaches, champions and experts from all over the world. First years of the project were dedicated to research, gaining best possible practices and expertise. Our next objective is to develop program globally with local partners, sponsors, and support of WTKF.


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