Beginner Martial Arts for Primary School Kids

Just for Kicks! is an entry level karate program for school aged children, 6-9 years and 10-15 years, taught by head and founder Sensei Sandra.

What are our karate classes like?

Okukan delivers genuine modern Japanese karate, in a clean and safe environment. Just for Kicks! is an entry level karate group, where kids learn the basic skills of karate. They learn the rituals attached to karate, and what discipline is all about, experience short term achievements and socialise (in collaboration).

Seating is provided for parents to watch the class (quietly). Free parking is provided at all of our venues, either onsite or on the street (we always make sure we are surrounded by plenty of free parking).

What exactly will my child learn?

Children learn Kata (pattern) and Bunkai (self-defence application), Kihon (form practice) and Kumite (sparring) practice. *An information sheet will be available at the free trial, giving you detailed information about what your child will learn if they attend our karate school.

[My son] had a great time this morning – it was so lovely to see how much he’s learnt and how well he understands Sensei Sandra’s instructions.

Loving Parent

I would like to say the Sensei is an amazing teacher and I would recommend your school to anyone.

Loving Parent

Why is karate a good martial arts for kids?

Karate is both an individual and a team sport. The youngest children first learn to take turns and as they begin to develop, children learn to practice in pairs. For example, kids learn how to help and support peer karateka with less experience and how to learn from those with more experience. Karate classes give kids a structured opportunity to experience participation, and to learn the do’s and don’ts of playing sport with other children. 

As karate team members, children experience a sense of belonging. They also learn how to move in unison (for example in synchronised performance) or how to move tactically together to achieve and aim (like for example in team sparring).

There are many benefits of karate as a martial art for kids:

  • children learn coordination and team work
  • children gain strength, flexibility and agility
  • children learn valuable self defence skills which can help combat bullying
  • children gain self confidence which carries them successfully through life

Karate helps kids as they grow up

Growing up is a hard task. Karate helps during this period by providing an environment that is conducive to disciplined behaviour. This behaviour is informed by the code of ethics of the karate practitioner, which in essence, is a replica of the ideas of respect and good manners that we live by within society. By practicing karate, children will also be able to practice behaviour that is desirable at home and in social environments.

Karate with Sensei Sandra builds confidence

There is something about Japanese martial arts that builds confidence, and it’s not just the shouting! Karate practice provides challenges and rewards for the mind and body at every turn. Children at our dojo learn karate drills that challenge coordination, concentration and expression. Kids are required to learn and repeat movements that will then be performed in front of their instructor and peers. This gives an immediate sense of achievement that enables children to build confidence.

Karate kids earn a sense of achievement

Coloured karate belts are awarded in recognition of stages of learning, and are a great way for children to realise and celebrate their achievements.The practical aspects of Shitoryu Karatedo are learnt in progressive stages, and even though karate is a never-ending learning curve, children and instructor generally know when they are ready to go through to the next learning stage. Children are then invited to be a part of a symbolic examination to commemorate this moment.

Sensei Sandra is extremely gentle and patient but also really motivates the kids to do their best and instills them with a respect for the Karate tradition, the teacher and each other.

Loving Parent

How can parents contribute?

The support of parents and family is very important for kids karate education. Here are some rules that various sport organisations have recommended that help parents support a learning environment:

  • support the child’s karate attendance, effort and performance;
  • of course we should all avoid forcing karate participation, as well as avoid emphasising winning or loosing, or reprehending kids for their karate performance.
  • show appreciation and respect for decisions made by karate coaches, officials and administrators and teach children to do likewise;
  • show appreciation for the performance of all other young karate athletes and respect for their guardians;
  • encourage children to participate in karate for the enjoyment of it

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