Kids Classes
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Kids Classes

Goju Karate offers a full-range of kids classes that are age-specific, and held at a variety of convenient times during the week and on Saturday morning.

Classes are grouped by age primarily. (See Schedule for times of specific classes).

 

  • Teens (Ages 12+)
  • Youth (Ages 7-11)
  • Juniors (Ages 4-6)
  • Pre-Karate (Pre-K) [Ages 3.5 to 4.5]

 

Teens [Ages 12+]

These classes are 60 Minutes. Typically they include about five minutes of stretching, about twenty minutes of basic techniques and strength exercises, twenty minutes of fast-paced combination techniques, and fifteen minutes of advanced topics including kata (kata are combinations of movements which can be very complex).

 

Youth [Ages 7-11]

These classes are 45 Minutes. Typically they include about five minutes of stretching, about fifteen minutes of basic techniques and strength exercises, fifteen minutes of fast-paced combination techniques, and ten minutes of advanced topics including kata (kata are combinations of movements which can be very complex) and karate-related games.

 

Juniors [Ages 4-6]

These classes are 40 Minutes. Typically they include about five minutes of stretching, about ten minutes of basic techniques and strength exercises, fifteen minutes of fast-paced combination techniques, and ten minutes of advanced topics including simple kata (kata are combinations of movements which can be very complex) and games.

 

Pre-Karate: The Pre-K Program [Ages 3.5-4.5]

These classes are 30 Minutes. Typically they include about five minutes of stretching, about five minutes of basic techniques and strength exercises, ten minutes of various karate-related topics and techniques, and ten minutes of karate-related games. The Pre-K program is an innovative approach to teaching martial arts to very young karateka, and is designed to prepare them for the Junior program when it is appropriate for their maturity and level of development. The Pre-K class is taught in a supportive and fun environment, and is very approachable for most kids that are 3 1/2 years old.

Instructors carefully evaluate potential students for the Pre-K program and will give parents honest and accurate advice based on their experience in teaching kids this age as to whether the class is appropriate for a child. Goju Karate is committed to introducing the wonderfully positive advantages of karatedo to kids of all ages, and we want to make sure that the classes we teach are welcoming and appropriate for all potential students: we feel a special responsibility, and a special excitement at bringing karate to pre-k kids.

 

Kumite Class (Kids)

Kumite Classes are 30 minutes long, and focus only on kumite (sparring). Kids Kumite classes are always held with safety as the top priority -- only "point-style" sparring is allowed -- there is no semi-contact or full-contact sparring permitted. Kids Kumite classes are only available to Green Belt (4th Kyu) and above for Teen and Youth students (ages 7+) -- students must apply to take this program and will be evaluated for maturity and readiness before taking this class.

 

What We Teach

Goju Karate offers a comprehensive range of classes and training that empowers both adults and children to become better. Through hard work, thoughtful meditation, and deep commitment, students are supported in their life journey. We teach self-defense, high levels of physical fitness, and mental awareness. We seek to bring karatedo to all students, and to practice karate in our community for everyone's benefit.