Builds Friendship, Self-confidence, Physical Fitness, Self-discipline
Our programs for children have been designed to provide a safe learning environment where they can enjoy success and develop
confidence and self-esteem, while at the same time develop new friendships in a unique social atmosphere. Through dedicated effort,
hard work, and discipline, they will learn that rewards are not handed out to those who are not willing to do what it takes to earn them.
It is our intent that these philosophies will cross over into other areas of their lives.
Obesity rates among children and youth in Canada have nearly tripled in the last 30 years
Children and youth who are obese are at higher risk of developing a range of health problems, and weight issues in
childhood are likely to persist into adulthood.
With so much time spent indoors sitting in front of screens, many children are not engaging in enough physical activity that
is essential to developing a healthy body as they grow. This lack of exercise can also lead to a decreased body image, and
diminished levels of self-esteem. Children and their parents need to understand the benefits of regular exercise and the importance
of maintaining a healthy lifestyle well into, and throughout their adult lives. Physical fitness is a big part of what these students
will develop from our programs.
Ages 5 to 7 years
Students at this age are in the "Active Start" stage of their lives as defined by Karate Canada's LTD framework*.
This is a critical stage for a child's future in both fitness and sport. We strive to make it fun, yet challenging and
developmental of 'physical literacy'. If it is not fun for a children5 year old, it will be difficult to keep them motivated,
so there are games and activities that have them running and jumping. They are exercising, having fun, and learning as they
are taught the fundamentals blocks, strikes, stances and kicks. They also learn kata, and simple partner work. Children at
this age will learn at varying rates dependent upon their attention spans, behavioral patterns, and levels of physical literacy.
*For more on LTD, see http://karatecanada.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/Karate-for-Life.pdf)
Ages 8 to 13 years
Children in these classes are also separated according to their stages of development. This does not
always mean belt levels, but sometimes learning abilities. The expectations of the instructor vary according to
the age a level that the student has reached, and the content reflects this. Students will work on their katas as
required for their next belt grading, but the expected focus on detail, speed, and strength, will vary based on age
It is important that a student can block, punch and kick with control before they put on their gloves and start
sparring. With safety being the first concern, it is unlikely that white and yellow belts will participate in kumite.
Students must be at least orange belt to participate in kumite classes. On occasion, a yellow belt who shows exceptional
attitude and aptitude, will be invited to kumite classes. Please check the schedule for kumite training.
Classes in this age group are divided as:
- 8-13 yrs. white, yellow stripe, and yellow
- 8-13 yrs. orange and green belt
- 8-13 yrs. blue and brown belts (note that there are 3 levels of brown belt)
Testimonials from our students!
I feel that karate classes changed me and made me feel like I can do and perform challenging tasks. For example, if I'm at school and a teacher is asking for a volunteer, I respond without hesitations, and go for it. A challenge is something you take on, not shy away from. When I hear a challenge, I say “I’ll do it.” Before karate, I might not have done that; I would’ve shied away. But, since karate, I seek challenges.