Karate kids

By on March 29, 2010
Karate is in itself both an art form and sport. Though the styles taught to students vary with philosophical, traditional, and technical aspects, karate remains Japan’s staple oriental martial arts. Today, there are about twenty three million people practicing karate around the world.

We remember the lessons the Karate Kid films taught us about the striking differences between Japanese and western training. In karate, students use mimicry to do kicks, knee, and elbow strikes, focused eye movements, grappling, and point strikes as the sensei calls out the drills. In this passive learning phase, one experiences total immersion, building strength from inside out.

So, what’s in it for kids?  There are many advantages to having your kid learn the art while young.  Overall, karate teaches children the mastery of the core principles needed to succeed later in life.

Courtesy and respect – Kids are trained to show respect by giving the sensei and fellow students an “os” greeting when coming in and going out of the dojo.

Builds confidence – Children are praised and encouraged by teachers every time they perfect the drill, providing them with the hope and will to succeed in reaching higher levels towards the black belt goal.

Focus, responsibility & self-discipline – As all training is done in a group, young kids are trained to concentrate until they achieve perfection, which is beneficial for kids that are hyperactive or have attention deficit disorders. Team work also helps children respond to the team’s needs over his own.

Skill – Karate can be a lifetime skill that will benefit every child someday. He/she can either teach this to others or help defend himself from bullies.

Mugen Karate are child-friendly training grounds in Azabu Juban and Hiroo. Kids gather after school and are taught by Yamaguchi sensei, who has lengthy experience teaching karate to others – young and old.


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