I grew up in a typical mid-
1. No one Sits on the Bench
I’m not a fan of participation trophies and that’s mainly because of my Martial Arts experiences. In traditional sports you have tryouts. If you’re not one of the bigger or stronger contenders, you don’t make the team. In some cases, as long as you pay your membership dues, you get to be on the team but you’re not going to get to play.
In Karate, everyone is a beginner. The only people on the bench are the parents. Everyone learns the same things at their own pace. No one is expected to keep up with anyone else and everyone excels… legitimately. Children that are athletically inclined Martial Arts bring their full potential to fruition.
2. You can Watch or Participate
Karate is advantageous for everyone. Regardless of your current level of fitness, mobility or physical education, you qualify to begin Karate training. We’ve had members with missing limbs excel at Karate. The only limit really is your attitude.
3. Karate makes them Bully-
Of course your child will learn self-
4. They’re Self-
With each class, your child will learn new techniques, get better at the ones they know and they’ll be acknowledged for the growth. This does wonders for their self-
Other sports have trophies and so does Karate. But Karate also has a recognized system worldwide for achievement and growth. It is the belt and ranking system. When your child reaches the point where they start taking belt tests,they learn to see a goal everyday and work in each class to get closer and closer to achieving that goal. Most importantly, they get to achieve it over and over again.
To study Martial Arts effectively requires significant self-
7. Respect for Others
Karate class starts and ends with bowing, which in and of itself is a humbling expression of respect. Doing just that over and over, with each and every class teaches students to be respectful. They also address each of their instructors as “Sensei”, with “yes, Sensei” and “no Sensei”, which also instills respect.
8. Gender Equality
Karate training may seem to be a sport for boys because it implies fighting. But that is two misconceptions in one. Our kids classes and our adult classes are almost equal gender wise. And Karate isn’t about fighting. It’s about, fitness, physical education, flexibility, etc. Karate is one of few sports where boys and girls get to play together.
9. Year Round Training
When your kids are truly passionate about what they’re doing, you want them to have the opportunity to do it year round. You also don’t want to have to look for something else for them to do during the off-
10. Athletic Development
Most sports develop particular muscles and children are forced to resort to gym training to develop other, under-
12. Karate is Global
Karate is a global sport, with a global community and global recognition. All over the country and all over the world, traveling with a Gi in your luggage is always a great idea. Having the opportunity to walk into any dojo and be welcomed to join the class.
Open your child up to a new world, a new interest. Let them explore all that Karate training has to offer. If you are in the Louisville Kentucky area, come visit us at Kentuckiana Shotokan. Sit in on a class or just watch. Experience the camraderie we share and the fun we have. You can come free the first two weeks, just make sure its a great fit for you and your child. Or if you’re decision is made, click the button below and sign up. First 2 weeks are on us!
11. Weight Loss
Of course every sport is good exercise. But none of them offer the overall fitness training that is an ingrained part of Martial Arts training. Regular Karate encompasses yoga, strength training, callisthenics, aerobics, flexibility training and so much more.