Beginner Martial Arts & Karate Programs for Kids

Karate is a martial art that allows children to learn practical and valuable self defence skills. Children learn to be aware of their surroundings and of how they negotiate danger should it ever present itself. Often, simply the confidence that children gain from attending classes with Sensei Sandra will give them a step up and help them avoid negative situations.

In our DOJO, children learn self defence techniques and gain genuine self confidence and self awareness in a safe environment.

Lessons in life can be tough, especially for children as they navigate teenage-hood. Sensei Sandra is a positive role model in student’s lives, and we can all agree that children need positive role models, both inside and outside the home, who are willing to commit to their development.

Parents who commit their children to learning karate with us, see them flourish.

Sensei Sandra is an inspired teacher, and gives children the best chance of loving karate that they could have!

Over time, children who attend our dojo become resilient and disciplined, and gain joy from their skills and achievements.

What exactly will my child learn?

  • Kata (pattern)
  • Bunkai (self-defence application)
  • Kihon (form) practice
  • Kumite (sparring) practice

How do we organise our karate classes?

We arrange classes based on age for children who are complete beginners, and for those without any karate or martial arts experience whatsoever. These beginner karate classes are called Just for Kicks!

Just for Kicks! (6-9 year olds)

Students attend Just for Kicks! classes for up to two years, and may reach up to blue belt level in this program. Students’ progress is largely determined by frequency of karate training as well their motivation to learn, which of course speeds the learning process.

Just for Kicks! classes give children strong foundations not only in self defence, but in Shitoryu karate. This program articulates into our Intermediate classes for children (intermediate classes are not advertised on our online timetable). 

Sensei will always recommend the most appropriate class for your child, after having assessed them in their trial lesson.

All our karate classes are delivered weekly, and continue during school holidays.

Just for Kicks! classes (9-15 year olds)

Our teen or youth classes are ideal for self-motivated children who enjoy being challenged to perform above expectations.

The classes are a confidence booster, aiming to encourage children’s independent learning and healthy competition. In addition, these martial arts classes teach the foundations of self-defence. 

These beginner classes are faster-paced, and are for kids adept at group and individual learning. Students in these classes usually train twice-weekly, and with rigour! These classes are particularly fun, as Sensei enjoys the sparring and friendly in-class competitions that can be introduced at this level. Students in these classes love the social aspect of training together and act as role models for the youngsters who might stay back to watch a little.

Sensei is completely committed to the welfare of each student, and to their path to black belt within our school.

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

Karate Parent, 2019

Karate with Sensei Sandra builds children’s confidence

There is something about Japanese martial arts that builds confidence -in children and adults – 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 karate movements that will then be performed in front of their instructor and peers. This gives an immediate sense of achievement, and enables children to build confidence.

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 be able to learn and practice behaviour that is desirable at home and in social environments.

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, they learn to practice in pairs. For example, kids learn how to help and support peer karate-ka 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) and how to move tactically together to achieve and aim (like for example in team sparring).

Children learn and gain the following:

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

Karate kids earn a sense of achievement: Karate Belts

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 at our dojo are invited by Sensei, when they are ready, to be a part of a symbolic examination to commemorate this special moment.

Learn more about our karate grading here

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

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

Karate Parent, 2020