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Teenagers aged 13 to 17 years form part of the KU Cadets section. KU Cadets learn all the fundamental skills and application practices from the adult Koryu Uchinadi curriculum, and focus on developing these techniques in different drills and scenarios, working towards the full 2-person flow drills that form part of the Koryu Uchinadi syllabus.
Fitness forms a key aspect of this section of the curriculum as the Cadets look to develop habits that they will take with them throughout their lives and allow them to successfully transition through towards adulthood. Working on increasing confidence within physical conflict, sparring drills are used to ensure that there is a practicality to all of the techniques that the Cadet learns and they will begin to utilise solo kata as a training method to develop their skills. The Cadet is taught to begin to understand the science behind the fighting applications, seeing practically how balance, leverage and energy transfer, amongst other things, can be understood and used to their advantage.
Cadets are taught non-physical aspects of confrontations, such as the psychology of predatory attacks and the 'Habitual Acts of Physical Violence', or HAPV, which will go on to form key-aspects of the adult Koryu Uchinadi curriculum.
Cadets utilise a belt ranking system similar to the KU Kids, except there are no intermediate grades and there is no tagging system in place. The reason for this is to transition between the child's need to 'see' improvement and the desired oucome from the adult to 'feel' their own improvement and to realise that value is not to reach a final destination, but rather to undertake the journey of self-development.