Locksheath karate Club welcomes kids from 5 years upwards.
Karate is a fun way for both boys and girls to achieve fitness and focus. The martial arts actually help teach self-discipline and socialization skills. In fact, many parents whose children have attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) report great success with these programs because self-control and concentration are exactly the skills underdeveloped in ADHD kids.
A typical hour-long class begins and ends with a bow to the teacher. After a warm-up, students practice the art's particular skills, which may include kicks, punches and blocks. Each requires concentration and strict attention. The class includes team races or games so the kids have fun whilst learning their techniques and team work.
Progress is often marked by the belt system, which takes the beginner from a white belt through a variety of colors until black. Testing for each new level, generally every three to four months and is a good exercise in setting and achieving goals.
It's the respect kids learn, whether from bowing or standing still and waiting for the next command, that can be the most important benefit. It often carries over into school, helping to improve behavior and even grades as kids concentrate on a task and see it through to it's conclusion.