KARATE FOR KIDS
Today’s kids face a lot of big challenges, ranging from bullying at school to lack of exercise to trouble with self-discipline. While there are many solutions to these problems, Karate classes for kids can help your children overcome all of them at the same time.
PANTHER Martial Arts and Personal Training offers Karate classes for kids between the ages of 4 and 14. During their instruction, children are taught the basic and intermediate aspects of Karate and learn how to practice the art carefully and effectively.
Most importantly, Karate classes for kids from PANTHER can help transform kids physically, mentally, and emotionally. Our certified Black Belt trainers are well-equipped to teach martial art skills, improve hand-eye coordination, and help your child's confidence in themselves.
All it takes is a single class and you’ll see for yourself how it works. No matter your child's starting point, Karate will help them develop the skills they need to thrive in life and achieve their goals in the world.
What is Karate?
Also spelled Karate or depending on the school or location, Karate is a South Korean martial art originating from the 1940s. Many of its movements come from traditions from Japanese and Chinese styles, but Karate today is now a distinct martial art and sport.
Compared to most martial arts, Karate focuses on a few specific movements and techniques, including:
- Jumping and spinning kicks, emphasizing acrobatics and core strength/balance
- Head-height kicks lower body control and strength
- Fist-related movements and blocks
- Fast kicking techniques that train lower body control and strength
As you can see, there's a lot of emphasis on leg movements. This is ideal for self-defense, as legs are generally stronger than arms. In Karate classes, children learn how to defend themselves against bullies or even adult attackers they might face in life.
More importantly, students learn body awareness and physical techniques that will serve them throughout life.
6 Benefits of Karate for Kids
Karate instruction provides many benefits for those who take classes consistently, especially if they aren’t yet very physically confident or haven’t taken a Karate class yet.
Improved Self Confidence
All martial arts training results in greater self-confidence, especially for children. Why? Simply put, this training teaches children that they are physically capable beyond what they might have thought before. This is doubly true if your child is or has been a victim of bullying in the past.
With Karate and the sense of confidence it instills in children, your own kid will feel more confident facing the world and no longer feel stress when facing the challenges of life, even if those challenges require intense focus.
Karate teaches bodily awareness and shows students how to use their bodies to defend themselves and others capably and with control. Physical capabilities are always important for one's sense of self-esteem and body image, and students of all ages can benefit from the self-esteem improvements that Karate classes can provide.
At PANTHER, our instructors are very careful to train students how to use their new skills carefully and appropriately as they grow in confidence. Self-control is often challenging for children, especially those under the age of 10 or so, but martial arts provides a physical outlet for students to express their energy and learn how to channel that energy into productive or controlled means.
Martial arts is only appropriate if instructors instill in students how to use the movements or techniques appropriately. At PANTHER, your child will learn how to use Karate movements safely and with absolute discipline and self-control: a great habit for all physical sports in the future.
There’s no denying that many kids struggle with staying physically fit in this day and age, especially in the era of the Internet and unlimited smartphone accessibility. Another of the benefits of Karate class is that it gets them up and moving and can increase their physical fitness, helping them build their muscles and physical capabilities as they enter their teenage years.
Teaches Discipline and Respectfulness
Respect – both for oneself and others – is at the heart of all martial arts, which is why PANTHER makes respect and discipline exercises a cornerstone of our Karate classes for kids. Discipline is necessary to master this martial art and to use its skills appropriately. In addition, discipline exercises help students throughout their lives, teaching them goal setting, the value of hard work, and how to reach their fullest potential.
But we install a sense of self-respect so that trainees can have the self-confidence they need to succeed. Additionally, Karate training teaches trainees to care for one another, minimizing bullying and helping students form lifelong friendships that they can carry over into their time at school.
Fun Way to Express Energy
Karate classes from PANTHER are also incredibly fun and great ways for kids to express their excess energy, especially if they are of a young age. Karate is always physical and gives trainees the opportunity to use equipment and vent their frustrations or hyperactive energy productively. This is especially important for young boys, who may feel on edge or hyperactive after sitting in class at school all day.
When we teach Karate, we also teach focus, life-long discipline, and teach each child how to make friends with one another.
Last but not least, Karate classes from PANTHER also give trainees the opportunity to socialize with others around the same age and make new friends. Socialization is incredibly important for kids, especially in productive, focused environments like a Karate instruction session.
With Karate, trainees will learn how to cooperate and help each other improve rather than directly compete against one another, as is common in many other sports. Remember, PANTHER’s Karate classes do not have trainees spar against one another. However, trainees are encouraged to assist one another while improving their forms or striking techniques.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
It’s never too early to begin learning about physical fitness and martial arts training, although Karate classes for kids do require that students have some level of physical control and balance from the beginning. Karate is generally suitable for younger children around 4 and up. Karate classes at PANTHER Martial Arts and Personal Training are available from 4 to 14.
As your child progresses through our curriculum, they'll achieve the basics quickly and develop additional Karate skills and benefits the longer they stick with the class.
Not at all. Karate is a very physical martial art, and it often uses a lot of equipment. But at PANTHER, our martial artists provide all the major equipment pieces your children will need to complete their training. As far as equipment goes, all you’ll need to provide is a dobok or uniform, a belt that represents their belt levels, and a pair of fitting gym shoes suitable for a workout.
Remember, Karate classes for kids are more about teaching the fundamentals of the art, not preparing for competition. However, some trainees do decide to enter competitions after they gain enough experience in Karate.
Contact PANTHER Martial Arts and Personal Training Today
There’s no better time for your kid to learn the benefits and physical confidence that come from Karate training. Fortunately, you can contact us today to schedule in-person or virtual classes and get started ASAP. We are dedicated to supplying you with quality & fully organized martial arts classes at a really reasonable expense. Just search "karate for kids near me" and you'll find us on the first page of google. We offer virtual online classes & private session facilities. We also offer a gym where you can train alongside your child.