CHILDREN’S (5-6 YEARS) AND YOUTH (7-11 YEARS) KARATE
Karate is a complete, all-round, balanced sport that stimulates the mind and body to assist in a child’s physical, mental and educational development. Karate is completely safe for kids and can be started as early as 5 years old. It stimulates coordination and sense of fair play in a way that helps a child grow into a healthy, responsible individual. Martial arts, and specifically Karate can play a central role in a child’s education (not just in sport) and positively reinforce character development. Practising Karate actually helps a child with self-appraisal, self-esteem and self-control through learning simple yet effective rules and enjoying a vast range of experiences (relationships with fellow karateki, the Master and sports instructors, competition experience and experience dealing with other kids). Let’s not forget that it is simply great FUN!
KARATE AS A SPORT
Karate as a competitive sport has been increasing in popularity in recent years because of the essential features of the discipline. It is a complete all-round sport requiring great attention to the techniques and body movements. Like all martial arts, the technical side of Karate is very important in competitions but equally important for personal development through coordination and muscle tone, which makes Karate the perfect discipline for people of all ages. The two main elements of the sport, free combat (Kumite) and form (Kata) provide comprehensive training for mind and body. Practising karate as an individual sport allows karateki to assess their own capabilities before measuring up to an adversary. Competition rules ensure that both training and competing take place in total safety with no risks for the individual.
The techniques of this discipline suit those who want to develop a deeper understanding of themselves and others.
Aikido allows you to develop perfect self-control through extraordinarily efficient, complete physical and moral discipline.
Studying the Iwama-ryu you practise both hand-to-hand combat (tachi-waza) techniques and armed techniques (buki-waza) including weapons like bo-ken (wooden sword), jo (stick) and tanken (dagger), and related bare-handed defence techniques. Aikido is a perfect method of defence and has its primary objective in controlling and blocking the adversary’s aggression by demonstrating the futility of attack.
4.30 pm – 5.30 pm WEDNESDAY
4.30 pm – 6.30 pm MONDAY AND THURSDAY
1ST TURN: 4.30 pm – 5.30 pm 2ND TURN: 5.30 pm – 6.30 pm
07.00 pm – 08.30 pm MONDAY
06.30 pm – 07.45 pm WEDNESDAY E FRIDAY
08.00 pm – 09.00 pm WEDNESDAY
08.00 pm – 09.00 pm FRIDAY
ADULTS AND AMATEUR KARATE
Adults who start practising Karate can learn about the martial and philosophical aspect of it. Karate actually developed as a system of self-defence that can be practised by anyone. Classic Karate guides the karateka through exercises designed to improve athletic and coordination skills, where breathing is the basis of the movement, helping the karateka to find a correct equilibrium of mind, body and breathing. Karate is a useful way of dealing with daily stress and is an excellent mental anti-ageing tool. Continuing to learn new techniques in fact provides continuing mental exercise which aids attention span and memory. Continuing practice teaches the amateur that every gesture in Karate is about attention and determination. This translates into a method that applies to every aspect of life and this is what makes Karate so fascinating.
Courses are organised both individually and in groups for men and women.
WOULD YOU KNOW WHAT TO DO?
- Learn simple yet really useful techniques.
- Improve reaction times
- Practise techniques with common objects
- Reinforce sense of security and self-esteem
- Avoid danger situations
Taiko is an ancient Japanese discipline that is becoming increasingly popular around the world. Taiko is also the name of the Japanese “Great Drum”. Its large dimensions recreate the “Sound of the Heart”, the supreme organ (Tai-Ko) of the human body. Its original function was similar to the church bells of our villages, announcing certain recurring events or warning the people of impending threats in the area. It was also used to mark the territorial boundaries of the actual village up to where the sound of the Taiko could effectively be heard. In the past, the Taiko was even used to instil courage in the hearts of soldiers at war. In ancient Japan, the Taiko sounded the rhythm of Shinto and Buddhist group rituals and folkloric village events. The increasing popularity of group Taiko (from the 1950s on) around the world is mainly down to its pedagogical, therapeutic and entertainment aspects. Despite being a discipline, Taiko allows its students to freely unleash their spontaneity, thus attaining mental and physical well-being whilst enjoying themselves at the same time.