"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.”
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:
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.
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.
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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