Friday, February 19, 2016

Kids Karate and Martial Arts Programs

Children doing karate in a kid's karate program

By Shekina DeTienne, 1st dan

When a parent calls looking for a children's karate program for their kid, it is always important to make sure that they find the perfect program to fit their child's needs. At the Colorado Taekwondo Institute, we address more than just the physical aspect of a child's self defense training, we also teach them discipline, respect, leadership and self control.

Taekwondo, like many other martial arts such as karate, has a strong physical facet. Having a curriculum that also addresses their mind and spirit is essential to a well-rounded martial artist. Even at the youngest age, being able to connect and teach a student not just how to kick and punch but to also control their emotions and actions will help them in every area of their lives as they grow and mature.

Teaching tigers, students between the ages of 2 and 5, we use physical rewards to reinforce good behaviors. New material, fun kicks and games help us teach them respect, focus and discipline. Seeing other older, more experienced students acting in these fashions helps new students learn the routines and maturity. They in turn pass the focus, respect and discipline on by becoming an example themselves.

As juniors, we are able to teach more advanced ideas such as how to handle a bully, some leadership roles and to be an example at school, home and everywhere in-between. When teaching juniors, typically between 5 and 11, keeping them working hard on a physical front as well as teaching positive qualities maximizes their learning. This keeps them progressing through the program as well as growing in maturity. Being aware of each individual students needs and abilities is key to having a successful class and helping them become stronger physically, mentally and emotionally.

The kids karate program at the Colorado Taekwondo Institute helps it's students to learn self defense and become stronger physically. We also strive to teach kids of all ages and abilities to grow into well rounded mature young men and women. Having curriculum that addresses their physical training as well as their mind and emotions helps us to work effectively towards this goal every kids karate class.

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