Zanshin instructors have been teaching the martial arts to children, ages 8 to 13, since 1990. Although the curriculum parallels the same skills required in the adult class, the youth program places even greater emphasis on self-discipline and positive life-choices. Far more than a simple study of physical techniques, students progress from controlling their own fears and behaviors to performing under pressure. After several months of training, student have opportunities to develop their leadership skills both on and off the mat.