Looking for a convenient after-school program that will not only get your child moving, but also teach them valuable life lessons? Crouching Tigers is a mobile fitness and martial arts program dedicated to the physical, emotional and social development of children. Available for youngsters ages 2-7, Crouching Tigers teaches awareness techniques, traditional martial arts, fitness and life skills, while reinforcing great social skills in a group environment. "Crouching Tigers is a program unlike any other," says Founder and President Olivia Roney Spahn, who is also a Carmel resident. "The curriculum is written specifically for young children and inspires them to be resilient and build confidence." Unlike many other martial arts programs, Crouching Tigers is non-contact\u2014the children do not hit each other, and they're taught not to hit their friends and family. This is reinforced through Buddy Barry and Mr. Angerson, punch mitts with happy and angry faces that represent friends and family and the "bad guys." The kids wave hello to Buddy Barry and use their new moves on Mr. Angerson. The program's focus, instead, is resilience training, which teaches children to deflect negative words and believe in themselves. Kids are introduced to Recycling Ben, an imaginary trash can who teaches them to throw away negative thoughts and words and recycle them into positive ones. They are taught life skills, such as respect, honesty, integrity and confidence, while learning how these can be used in their daily lives. Once every 16-20 weeks, a board breaking ceremony is held, which allows kids to recite and perform what they have learned in front of their parents and celebrate their success. Spahn, a black belt in two different style of martial arts, started Crouching Tigers in 2007 while attending Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI). She had always dreamt of developing a unique, affordable martial arts program that is easily accessible to young children. Her curriculum is taught in semester long segments, with a new style of martial arts taught each segment. Classes meet once a week for 30-45 minutes at preschools, afterschool programs and daycares, and are broken up into five sessions: Fitness and stretches, life skills, martial arts, awareness and self-defense and games involving the current lesson. Crouching Tigers classes are available in Hamilton County at the following locations: \u2022 Goddard School Carmel 2 \u2022 Goddard School on Medical Drive \u2022 Goddard School Fishers \u2022 Goddard School Fishers 2 \u2022 Goddardd School Noblesville \u2022 Kindercare on Hazel Dell \u2022 Noblesville Kindercare \u2022 Pebble Brook Preschool \u2022 Primrose School in Carmel \u2022 Primrose School at West Clay \u2022 Primrose School in West Carmel \u2022 Primrose School in Noblesville \u2022 Rainbow Childcare in Fishers \u2022 Community Montessori \u2022 Centennial Kindercare \u2022 Abacus Preschool in Carmel \u2022 Abacus Preschool in Westfield \u2022 Funshine Learning Center \u2022 Little Explorers in Fishers Open to the public classes are available throughout Indianapolis. See here for more details.