Our Juniors Program is built on the core principles of traditional martial arts but modified to suit the physical differences children and focuses on helping them develop discipline, coordination, balance, focus and tactics to deal with bullies in a non-physical way that will apply to their everyday environment. The Junior Program aims to prepare children students for moving into the Seniors Program. In our Juniors Karate Program, we teach the Okinawan karatedo style of Matsubayashi-ryu (Shorin-ryu).
Junior Beginner Classes: 5:30pm on Mon/Tue/Wed/Thu
The best way to see whether you would enjoy practicing karate, and to ask any questions, is to come along to watch or participate in a class. We offer a no-strings-attached trial class period for prospective students to ensure our programs are right for you. Parents can also train with their children in the Juniors Program, or train in the Seniors Program.
Our dojo is not a commercial school, and while we encourage everyone to enquire about joining, we only accept those who will be committed to their training as students and are happy to recommend other dojo to you if we are not the appropriate school for you. Students are required to commit to training at least twice per week. We endeavour to keep class sizes small and utilise multiple instructors to ensure an effective teacher-to-student ratio is maintained.
Please note that students aged between 5 and 6 years old will undergo an assessment for concentration and coordination to make sure our program is suitable for them at their younger age.
As a non-profit organisation, we're able to keep our membership fees quite low, from $7-14 per class, depending on how often you train. View our Timetable & Fees page for more information.
Classes in the Juniors Program run for 45 minutes and are also run with the Australian Government's national initiative, the Active After-School Communities (AASC) in mind, which encourages primary school-aged children to actively engage in physical activity through a fun and positive experience.
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One of the central tenets of all forms of martial arts is an absolute focus on self-discipline. Today’s kids are so accustomed to receiving instant gratification that lessons in self-restraint and discipline aren’t always easy to come by. Kids with a martial arts background, however, are continually reminded of how essential self-discipline is.
Kids who don’t always thrive in highly social environments may find it easier to get to know people and make new friends when they’re in a room filled with peers who share a common interest. The kids on the playground may not always have much common ground, but devotees to the martial arts can get to know one another through shared pursuits.
Limiting screen time is a great idea when it comes to getting kids off the couch and encouraging them to be more active, but it only goes so far. Enrolling an inactive child in such a physically demanding pastime not only discourages the sedentary lifestyle she’s used to but also gives her an enjoyable activity that inspires her to keep moving.
Most forms of martial arts are based around an accomplishment system of coloured belts that signify the wearer’s degree of skill. When your child strives toward each new belt, he’s learning valuable lessons about setting and reaching his goals.
Confidence comes with achievement, so your child’s self-esteem level will get a boost with every new move he masters and every belt he earns. Kids who struggle with a low sense of self-worth usually become more confident as time progresses while they’re enrolled in a martial arts class.
Learning any martial arts style will require your child to show her instructor unflinching respect. Today’s kid culture doesn’t always include respect for authority, adults or those in advanced positions. When she goes to her karate class, though, your child will be learning lessons in respect along with new moves.
Thinking that martial arts instruction promotes violent behaviour is justified if your only experience with the activity comes from television or movies. In fact, many defensive styles teach kids peaceful, non-violent conflict resolution skills and emphasize the importance of avoiding a physical altercation.
The benefits of martial arts training don’t end in the dojo. The boost in confidence, increased fitness level and new cooperation skills will also help your child navigate the academic and social aspects of school, affect his behavior at home and have an all-around good influence on him as he develops into an adult.
Whether he’s breaking boards to get a new belt or sparring in a practice setting to master a new maneuver, there are few things that your child does in his martial arts classes that will be done on his own. Working together to learn new things and accomplish goals is an important life lesson for kids to learn, and instruction in the martial arts can help your child learn that lesson.