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This a class designed for the development of the child student. Eye-hand coordination, attention span, listening and social skills, as well as healthy, inspired exercise. (Read more details below).

 Axel vs Bobby (Bushido Open 2012 Karate Tournament)

Goals of the Children's Karate Program

  • ·         Develop Social Skills - One of the main functions of the karate class will be to promote social skills with other children and adults. Students will learn to show respect for others with a bow, say encouraging comments to others, work and talk with adult teachers and helpers, learn to introduce themselves to others, and learn to be partners with others. While students will be learning good self-defense skills, our main emphasis is not toward violence, but to learn to peacefully deal with conflicts. Good social skills will also be evident in playing group games, learning to line up and following instructions.
  • ·         Develop Motor Skills - Every activity you will see during a class session has a definite purpose. While the students are having fun with games and relays, they are unknowingly developing motor skills appropriate for their age. This will include coordination skills, right and left side development, flexibility, muscle strength, timing, speed drills, balance, rolling, jumping, throwing, catching, mobility skills, etc. Even though some activities may not directly be 'karate', all will contribute to the karate techniques being developed. In addition, karate training is one of the best sports for overall development that will have benefits transfer­able to other sports.
  • ·         Promote Self Discipline - Karate is well known for its ability to develop discipline in young people. While we try to make classes fun and exciting, there will be times when learning karate techniques and fulfilling the course requirements is just plain work. This is where self discipline will gradually develop through practice, repetition and memorization. Discipline is used throughout the course in the form of bowing, saying "yes, sir" and "no, sir", standing at attention, and following orders. Moreover, because your child will begin to concentrate on performing karate techniques, we will in effect train his mind to have the ability to focus on other required tasks. You will see an increase in attention span and ability to concentrate. At this age, practice at home should be light and fun, never made to be drudgery or critical. Also, self discipline will involve the control of emotions and behavior in class and at the dojo.


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