Our classes are designed to introduce your child to the discipline of karate in a fun and friendly way. Children start in the general Junior classes and work their way up to Senior classes when they reach Brown belt level. Commitment and motivation is needed to reach the higher belt levels.
Karate schools throughout the world are noted for teaching children things that are not normally taught in school time. Things like manners, respect, keeping your word, how to avoid conflict. Of course, we teach children how to fight in order to defend themselves but the emphasis is on avoiding getting into such situations in the first place. Confidence comes from knowing that you can take care of yourself.
What happens during class?
A normal class consists of children going through a set of warm up exercises; strengthening, stretching before learning and practising the blocks, kicks, strikes and punching techniques which make up the Goju-ryu karate system.
Games may be included to aid team work, balance, coordination and concentration. Or a story may be told covering martial arts philosophy. Children can work towards earning badges.
Kaishi also teaches karate at lunchtime and after school in a number of local schools as well as to a Home school.
Beginners start as white belts. Children who are ready to pass up to the next belt level attend a ‘grading’ where they are tested. Gradings are held at least three times a year. Technical improvement, behaviour and good attendance all contribute over the course of the term in the belt promotion process.
Grades under Black Belt are called ‘Kyu’ (pronounced queue). Students start off as 10th kyu and work their way up to 1st Kyu before attempting a Black Belt grading.
It is our aim to ensure wherever possible that children are well prepared for any grading tests. Opportunity is given to discuss progress and how to support your child at home. Gradings are only available to licensed members of Kaishi Karate School.
Kaishi Karate School is a family club and from time to time we have social events for our children and the families to get together.
Junior Instructors programme
Kaishi positively encourages the young people to learn additional leadership skills and thus there is a full Junior Instructors programme as well as the capacity for junior helpers to be mentored in class when the time is right for them.
Champions for Life programme
Kaishi also has a Champions for Life programme, where we promote and actively encourage children developing, and practising good habits, such as courtesy and concentration, amongst others, which will benefit them throughout their life.
We are affiliated to Karate England, and as such we have access to regular national training sessions multiple times a year with professional coaches:
- kata squad training
- kumite squad training
- development squad training
- referee training with KE referee commission.
We run a range of classes for adults so whether you are new to martial arts, returning after a break or want to learn alongside your family we have a class to suit you.
As well as having the opportunity to learn something new, Karate is a great stress reliever, helps you to feel rejuvenated and full of energy and can improve fitness, agility, coordination and concentration. In addition it can help to exercise the mind, improve mental health and boost self confidence whilst teaching you how to defend yourself.
One member/mum said; ‘We were keen to try something new, keep us fit and motivate us and provide a common goal. Sensei Sheena is warm, kind and patient and knows how to get the best out of us. She is also one of the few female karate teachers around. My girls love the lessons and can’t wait to get home after class to practise.’
Self-defence is much more than learning a set of techniques, it’s a state of mind! Knowing you have the skills to protect yourself will help you stay calm and give the confidence and power to get out of a threatening situation.
We take Safe Guarding very seriously
Sport England has awarded Kaishi Karate School the safeguarding kitemark, for meeting safe guarding standards. Something that is not a requirement for Martial Art Schools but something that we feel is important to subscribe to and adhere to.
Sheena Amin is our safe guarding/welfare officer. She can be contacted on 0787 550 1674. Safe guarding policies and guidance is routinely sent out as part of our Introductory Welcome pack and is available to all members.