This group is for 7 to 13 year olds inclusive. This group is expected to perform at a higher level than our Karate pre-schoolers, appropriate to their age.
Fitness is built up with regular training. Merely turning up for class is not going to work on this aspect of what we offer. Students are expected to ‘work’ for what they want. Building core strength is important without concentrating on ‘body building’. Strength in the legs, stomach/abdomen and arms are important and will be developed.
Push-Ups will develop strength in the shoulder and arms. Squats will develop strength in the upper legs (quadriceps). Body-crunches will increase abdominal strength.
Self-defence skills start to get more serious with the juniors. They are taught to break their fall if ever tripped over. This skill also doubles for practicing their throws, ‘take-downs’ and restraints. These self-defence maneuvers are taught and practiced in a safe and controlled environment.
Confidence is developed by building on self-esteem. This is achieved after training consistently and learning self-defence skills. This knowledge and skill allows children not to be intimidated. A lot of children are shy. We nurture them into believing in themselves. With the support of parents we bring them ‘out of their shell’. Remember, a bully will never pick on a confident person.
Camaraderie amongst the students is an important aspect of their development. Knowing that they share a common interest and goal. Personal development should be their goal. This is very closely linked with their ‘social ability’ and their confidence.
Respect for other people and property is learned through the instructors but must be supported by the young student’s parents. Always accepting that there is a higher authority that must be respected for their knowledge, wisdom and skills is a virtue that is learned quickly. The level of respect expected from a Junior is greater than that expected of a Pre-Schooler. This is a gradual development into a well adjusted member of our community.