Why Karate for children?
A 1985 study found that children in martial arts have an increased sense of responsibility, a decrease in the willingness to take foolish risks, and a higher sense of self-esteem. This is why millions of parents are using martial arts to supplement their children’s education.
A reward system improves children’s self-esteem-The belt system is the key to building esteem. When kids earn their belts it gives them a great sense of accomplishment that really improves the way they feel about themselves.
Our program teaches children discipline- We have a trained staff of patient instructors who love to work with children, but are also very clear about limits. We enforce good rules of good behavior in class, and we expect the same good behavior at home and in school.
Our activities channel children’s aggression-Many doctors have prescribed our school because of the positive outlet it gives the kids for all their energy.
Tournaments let a student see if they can perform at their best in a stressful situation, compare their skills with others and improve from what they learn. We encourage our students to compete but do not require it. Most importantly we teach that winning meant you were better that day, but…
Competition is usually done in fighting (called sparring or kumite) and in individual forms (called kata). Kumite is done under rules designed to maintain safety, while providing as realistic an atmosphere as possible. Kata competition is the demonstration of pre-arranged moves and combinations with emphasis on proper execution, balance, timing power, and intensity.
Our tournaments are based on the rules of the World Karate Federation, with minor modifications.