Karate Classes For Ages 6 and Up
Shotokan is a blend of several ancient styles. Shotokan is characterized by low, powerful, stances and explosive strikes. Shotokan is a complete fighting system with throws, chokes, strangulation and joint manipulations. But it is primarily a striking art. Shotokan karate is a traditional martial art with plain uniforms, few frills and the utmost respect paid to each other. There is no better self defense style in existence, and no better way to build strong character in its practitioners.
Tiger Cubs Ages 6-9 for our youngest “Karateka
This is our entry program for younger karateka to learn karate in a more relaxed setting. Games are used at times for teaching concepts and camaraderie. Proper dojo etiquette and respect for each other is taught and emphasized. Patience is paramount with younger Karateka and a positive reinforcement is frequent. Very basic techniques are taught at this level. Classes are kept shorter, 45-60 minutes to coincide with the younger attention span.
Beginner Adults down to youth, age 9
Classes are divided into three segments; Kata, Kihon and Kumite. Elementary concepts such as stance, breathing, posture, foot work, center, hips and focus are emphasized at all times.
At a 3kyu rank, Karateka receive a brown belt. From that point forward their karate focus is on perfecting techniques in order test for a black belt. The Kata they learn is more advanced, the expectations for them are higher and their fighting skills greatly improve. They learn to teach the elementary concepts to lower ranked students. Their empty-hand-way becomes more and more their own.