What Is Mini Karate?
Mini Karate is a play based program that caters for children as young as 3 years of age. This program has been developed to be age appropriate and engaging to your child. Mini Karate is an introduction to Martial arts and the long term benefits that people gain through the study and practice of Karate & other martial arts.
A typical class will start and finish with a bow, then followed by a warm up - the students will then work on the assigned skills and drills for that class. The class goals and learning outcomes are supported using age appropriate techniques, we use well known songs and action rhymes that have been modified to relate to the relevant class/drill, this is very helpful in engaging the children and assisting them with recalling learned skills. Simple games are played that focus developing a desired skill or technique, one of the most popular games played is 'karate in the jungle' its an obstacle course that requires the children to use and recall techniques learned throughout the class.
Essentially Mini Karate is a fun way for both Boys and Girls to achieve Fitness and Focus. Experts have said "it is the respect kids learn, weather it is from bowing or standing still waiting for the next command, that can be the most important benefit, it often carries over into school, helping to improve behaviour and even grades."
It is often believed that martial arts promotes violence, with a strong philospohy that promotes respect and curtosy, self control and self dicipline, martial arts can actully help teach self discipline and scocialisation skills. In fact many parents whose children have attention deficite hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) report great success with martial arts programs because self control & concentraation are exactly the skills underdeveloped in ADHD kids.