It’s very important for children to develop a sense of character and integrity that will see them use their human potential wisely. In karate we are increasing that potential for situational control over those around them, so we also work on increasing their sense of honour and respect accordingly.
Karate Philosophy (Dojo-Kun)
Although our kids program varies from the adult program to some degree, our aim is to get students to the same final destination. Extra consideration goes into developing emotional maturity, self defense and games designed to enhance coordination balance and courage.
Karate Students have the opportunity to grade at their own pace all the way to black belt and beyond, with a recognised grade in Shotokan Karate, under David Rigby Sensei 5th dan AKF, 4th dan JKA. A truly exceptional way of teaching kids the value of working towards a goal and being rewarded for their commitment and hard work in training.
Karate can be a dynamic sport for kids and once a base level of skill is achieved, students have the option to compete in tournament events. This is not as dangerous as it may sound and competitors are penalised for excessive contact in kumite categories and injury rates do not even come close to that of ball sports. Kata catergories do not involve a direct opponent, and in kumite events a lack of control will attract penalties. No control = no score; so competitors are very mindful of causing injury to others.
The BodySmith Karate instructors are here to guide you through training in a family friendly environment.
Our black belts are well trained and qualified.
Karate for Kids and Adults
Kids learn the value of winning and losing, effort and reward, respect and honour.
We certainly have a limited focus on competition, compared to some other clubs, but for the young ones, or young at heart, it holds a fantastic ‘Game Day’ expereince so karate can fill the sport aspect of life too.