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YOUTH & TEEN PROGRAM

There are many benefits to starting karate, which through teaching and my personal training, I have experienced.

This is what I can teach your children through Okinawan Goju-Ryu Karate.

 

SELF-ESTEEM

​Its amazing what a child can achieve when they have self esteem.  Part of developing that self confidence and self esteem comes from setting goals and reaching them, from striving for excellence and achieving it and from doing things they never thought they could.  Its that kind of self confidence that Okinawan Goju-Ryu Karate can build in a child.  Goju-Ryu Karate allows children to develop this in a safe, supervised atmosphere that makes learning fun and promotes lifelong friendships.

RESPECT

​Emphasis is placed on improving and developing ones character and especially on the development of manners, respect and self-discipline, invaluable qualities that will help students not only in karate, but in all aspects of life.

A.D.D (ATTENTION DEFICIT DISORDER) AND A.D.H.D (ATTENTION DEFICIT HYPERACTIVITY DISORDER)

​​Increasingly, more and more professionals engaged in the treatment of children diagnosed with ADD/ADHD, are recommending that these children become involved in a martial arts program.  For many children with ADD/ADHD, we provide the ideal place to increase attention span, decrease distraction, develop motor and behavioural control, improve self-esteem and build positive peer relationships.

COMMITMENT

Many people envision karate and the martial arts as they are depicted in the movies.  Nothing could be further from the truth.  Karate is not about prolonged violent fighting scenes where people are being maimed and killed.

Karate is not about violence at all, it is about respect, confidence, control of oneself and humility.  Karate has no first attack its inherently a defensive art.  Many parents are choosing karate for their children over the traditional recreational activities.  A child is allowed to develop at his or her own pace.  The goals that they achieve are their own entirely, not lost in the team effort.  Training instils mental and physical discipline necessary for a healthy adult life.  They participate in a stimulating environment where the child can have fun and learn to interact with others.

MOTOR SKILLS

​Okinawan Goju-Ryu Karate challenges the entire body developing coordination, balance, agility and poise, often neglected in many team sports available at various age groups.

Coupled with repeating basic movements over and over and combining movement in kata patterns, Goju-Ryu Karate not only improves a child's fitness and health, but plays an important part in the development of motor skills.  The ability to kick, punch, jump, block, duck, move in, move out, move to the left and to the right are all gross motor skills which improve with the repetition typical of Goju-Ryu Karate.

Not only does the child benefit from enhanced motor skills, but also in the development of the 5 main muscle groups associated with these exercises.

PERSEVERANCE

​This is what we teach our children:
 * When something starts to bother you, wait as long as you can before you express frustration.
 * When something does not work right, try again and again.
 * Do not lose your temper when something upsets you always finish what you start.
 * Keep working at something that is difficult until you complete it.
 * Do not give up on difficult jobs or situations.
 * Work a little harder or a few minutes longer on a task that you do not like.

 * Teach children to excel in everyday life by using a positive YES I CAN attitude while they build an excellent foundation in karate.

CHARACTER

Character building aspects of karate, we develop traits such as:

* Respect: to all they come across.
* Confidence:  through encouragement and setting of short and long term goals.
* Self-esteem:  feeling good about yourself and your accomplishments.
* Discipline: functioning within a structured environment of karate which carries over to the students everyday life.
* Better Results:  due to learning to following directions and focused concentration.
* Fun:  lessons are a dynamic and challenging approach to the martial arts for people who are athletic, energetic, awkward or shy.
* Goal Setting:  young people learn through dedication and perseverance that all worthwhile goals in life are possible.

ETIQUETTE

We teach our students etiquette that will stay with them throughout their lives.