Children may start training from six years old and are taught the basics of Shotokan Karate, as taught by the Japan Karate Association (see details of Shotokan Karate under ‘Origins’).
This style of Karate will develop a child’s body due to its deep stances and powerful extended movements. The style uses considerable muscle power in the delivery of its techniques, whether they are blocks or attacks.
During training no content is ever made.
Shotokan training is divided into three parts:
- Kihon (basics)
- Kata (forms of patterns of moves)
- Kumite (sparring)
Techniques in kihon and kata are characterised by deep long stances that provide stability, enable powerful movements, and strengthen the legs. Shotokan is regarded as a dynamic martial art as it develops anaerobic, powerful techniques, as well as developing speed. Initially strength and power are demonstrated instead of slower, more flowing motions.
The children are taught a complete karate system and the syllabus that will take them from beginner to the level of Shodan (first level of Black Belt). Gradings are held every three months and require about 20 lessons to qualify. The gradings are a test to progress from one level to the next, and upon passing the student will be taught the next level.
Tournaments are held twice a year, both in the dojo and on a National level. Children are encouraged to compete as this is an opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned in a safe and controlled fashion with the feeling of reality.
The Children’s Syllabus will develop a strong and practical foundation for the student to progress within Martial Arts. It also develops a very strong and flexible body. Karate is a much disciplined activity and etiquette is of great importance. We follow a strict code of good manners and politeness.