So with the kids martial arts classes, there seems to be two types. One, the kids play a lot, the other, they are pretty regimented. The play classes dont seem to move the kids into adult classes, the regimented ones do. How does someone get the kids to go along with the regimented classes? I have not observed many classes of that sort, and I'd like to get a few hints. Maybe both types are just self-selecting groups.
I think that there's a tendency to think that kids have to be playing or they won't stay interested, but a lot of times that's not true. You get them to go along with it by creating an environment in which such behavior is assumed. For example, there are a lot of regimented ballet or violin programs for children that are quite successful.