Karate for childrenHelping children become confident, self-directed individuals
Karate has well recognised benefits for children:
- A levelling effect – boisterous children become calmer, quieter children learn to express themselves;
- Improved coordination skills;
- Courtesy is practised at all times;
- Goal setting skills are developed;
- Self-discipline is developed and the benefits recognised; and
- Increased confidence.
Children aged from 5 to 7 years train in the Little Leopards program. The program caters for younger children, encouraging them to develop their coordination and concentration skills and the ability to participate as an individual in a group.
The Dragons program is for children aged 7 to 11 years. More emphasis is placed on correct technical skill. However, we keep the ‘fun factor’ in the classes through games which promote physical development and competitive opportunities.
The children’s programs are built around traditional karate concepts. These involve building first, the basic physical movements and attitudes of karate. The ultimate aim of teaching is to help the children become confident, self-directed individuals with the ability to focus on the task at hand. Whilst lessons are generally conducted in a more “fun” way than adult lessons, there is an underlying serious basis to the instruction.
Karate training tends to have a levelling effect on children. That is, the boisterous child will learn the benefit of quiet moments and the reserved child will gain self-confidence and a more outward and participating manner. By mixing with children of a different nature to their own, children see that things can be done in more ways than one and broaden their communication skills.
Each child develops at their own pace and AAMA coaching recognises the need for individual progress. The children’s program is based on the Module system which allows each child to develop common skills at their own personal level. The lesson plans involve a mix of static exercises, partner work, mat chats and the learning of kata (prearranged forms). Behaviours such as courtesy, self-discipline, respect and gratitude are a core part of the program and are reinforced specifically through the “Red Stripe Program”.
Red Stripe Program
The Red Stripe Program is a collaboration between coaching staff and parents which aims to develop particular behaviours that can be carried through every aspect of the child’s life. The children are set tasks to perform at home which reflect specific behaviours that we wish to develop. Parents observe the behaviours and report back to coaches who can then further encourage good results as required. The feedback from parents on the Red Stripe Program has been exceptional and strengthens our belief in its value.
- Hold Suitability for working with children (Blue Card) issued by the Queensland Government; and
- Are accredited through the National Coaching Accreditation Scheme (NCAS).