Karate

Schedule (Venue Bergvliet)

  • Tuesday

    04:30pm – 05:15pm (Junior)
    05:15pm – 06:00pm (Junior Advanced)
    07:00pm – 08:00pm (Adults)

  • Thursday

    04:30pm – 05:15pm (Junior)
    07:00pm – 08:00pm (Adults)

  • Friday

    04:30pm – 05:15pm (Junior)
    05:15pm – 06:00pm (Junior Advanced)

  • Saturday

    09:00am – 09:45am (Junior)
    09:45am – 10:30am (Junior Advanced)

Karate

Training

Our structured program has helped introverted children overcome shyness and timidity, while giving extroverted children a safe, healthy environment in which to compete. Anxious or worried children can become more confident and assertive while overly aggressive children can learn to control their anger and begin to understand that fighting is non-productive.

These programs have proven to be highly successful and are recommended for children needing OT and suffering from ADD and ADHD. The skills and confidence that this martial arts provide may also contribute to a child’s feeling of being a unique part of something out of the ordinary. We also focus on additional life skill talks and activities to empower our youth.

Fitness! Confidence! Focus! Discipline!
These are just a few benefits of Karate
Great for both Kids and Adults.
Recommended by OT for children struggling from ADD & ADHD

BENEFITS FOR KIDS

According to Thomas Nardi, a psychologist and author of KARATE BASICS, almost every child can benefit from martial arts training. The structured drills that involve punching, kicking and yelling can help introverted children overcome shyness and timidity while giving extroverted children a safe, healthy environment in which to compete. Anxious or worried children can become more confident and assertive while overly aggressive children can learn to control their anger and begin to understand that fighting is non-productive. The skills and confidence that martial arts provide may also contribute to a child's feeling of being unique a part of something out of the ordinary.

PHYSICAL BENEFITS Beyond general physical conditioning, karate teaches proper body movement and control. Children lacking in coordination may find that martial arts, and the intricate series of movements involved, may help them to better develop balance and fluidity of movement.

Classes typically involve a total body workout with an emphasis on stretching, coordination, flexibility and strength training. And because of the focus on the mental aspects and conditioning, as opposed to brute force, girls are at no disadvantage in the martial arts. Both sexes can and do achieve the ultimate goal a black belt.

Martial arts training also increases a child's aerobic capacity: A student's pulse rate when performing katas (specific sequences of punches, kicks and other techniques) is comparable to their rate while jogging.

Another benefit, which may sound unusual at first, is teaching children how to fall properly. By learning how to twist the body during a fall and where and how to land, your child is less likely to be injured in common mishaps such as bicycle, sports and play accidents.

MENTAL BENEFITS Self-defense is, of course, the main reason most kids sign up for martial arts lessons. But a good instructor, or sensei, will make it clear that karate is not for bullying or showing off. Aggression is not just downplayed, it's totally discouraged.

When sparring with other students, children must pull their punches which requires a great deal of self-control, self-discipline and practice. Karateka (students of karate) must also memorize complicated movements which can lead to an increase in overall concentration skills.

Perhaps the greatest benefit of studying the martial arts comes with a child's increase in self-confidence and self-esteem. Students are allowed to set their own goals (moving up in the ranks through belt tests) and attain them at their own pace. This increase in self-esteem and concentration can and will spill over into students' schoolwork. In fact, some instructors monitor their students' report cards as part of the training.

The martial arts actually help teach self-discipline and socialization skills. In fact, many parents whose children have attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) report great success with these programs because self-control and concentration are exactly the skills underdeveloped in ADHD kids.

A typical hour-long class begins and ends with a bow to the teacher, or master. After a warm-up, students practice the art's particular skills, which may include kicks, punches, and blocks. Each requires concentration and strict attention.

Progress is often marked by the belt system, which takes the beginner from a white belt through a variety of colors until black. Testing for each new level, generally every three months, is a good exercise in setting and achieving goals.

But, say experts, it's the respect kids learn, whether from bowing or standing still and waiting for the next command, that can be the most important benefit: It often carries over into school, helping to improve behavior and even grades, according to recent research.