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!
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.