Hadashi Senshi Do School of Karate

Shotokan Karate is an ideal martial art for children age 4 years and up. It's a traditional method of self defense that builds confidence in the participants as they gain mental and physical control of themselves. We combine martial art training methods with modern exercise science and fun games to produce maximum results in the participants: increased confidence, flexibility, balance, muscle tone and coordination are some of the benefits.

Younger children between the ages of 4 and 7 years of age start off in our Kokuma (baby bears) programme, which develops the fundamental skills, behavior and character required to learn the main karate syllabus. Instruction is delivered through the use of age appropriate fun games and drills and progress is measured through continuous assessment and informal tests. Tigers have their own belt ranking system that starts off with the white belt, as with older children and adults and naturally feeds into the first colored belt on the main syllabus. 

Although most children test twice a year, all students are eligible to test every term providing they meet requirements and progress from white, orange, red, yellow, green, purple, purple/white, brown/white and black. As children advance they are monitored closely to assure they are learning the exercises correctly and performing them well.

All of the children's classes are taught in a structured format with emphasis on precision and application of techniques. Because we teach a non-contact method, students learn blocks, kicks, punches, elbow and knee strikes in a way that allows them to practice without injury to themselves or others. Belt tests are available 3 times a year at the end of every term, so there are plenty of opportunities to pursue belt promotion.