Emeryville Martial Arts Children's Program Ages 6-12
CLASSES FOR CHILDREN combine physical fitness exercises with traditional karate techniques. Age-appropriate activities are taught and a variety of positive strategies for imparting discipline are employed. Children working with other children fosters an atmosphere of cooperation and shared learning experience. The goal of the program is to develop self-discipline, self-reliance and concentration while learning practical skills and self-respect for others.
The benefits of martial arts training for children are numerous:
Grace under pressure
Increased eye-hand coordination
Positive social skills
Flexibility and body conditioning
Sense of belonging
When crime against children and by children is on the rise, it is important to find alternative activities that will channel the child's energy into positive outlets. Although children may become interested in the "sport" from television and film exposure which glorifies fighting, training will encourage the need for mutual respect and instill a sense of hard work in order to achieve goals.
Very specific techniques are taught to this age group, starting with linear movement. Students learn basic blocking, kicking, punching and rolling skills which culminate in self defense sets. Intellectual, Emotional, Social and Physical considerations influence the presentation of material. With consistent participation, advancement to purple belt is usually achieved within the first 6 months.
Classes are energetic with frequent changes in tempo. Organized play is structured to teach the basic skills of balance, quick reflexes and friendly competition. Most all, the classes are fun! From ages 6 up.