Children in the Martial Arts
Ages - For children who are aged 5 and above and have already started Kindergarten, here is a little general information about getting started in the martial arts at Karate International.
Curriculum - We teach an age specific curriculum and also teach by experience level. We work hard to keep a good ratio of children to instructors. In most beginner classes we have between 5 and 8 children. We will always have at least one instructor and most of the time two. If we go over 10 children we automatically add an extra instructor. The amount of children in the class varies greatly because we don't make the parents choose a particular class. They can come to any class labeled beginner. Your child will be in classes with other children of his or her age and experience level.
Building Character - Most importantly, in our classes we work hard to build their confidence and self esteem while teaching them an art that will give them the body reflex to take care of themselves if the situation every arrives. Our instructors teach because they love to teach. They teach because they want to work with your children and bring them along in a program that will give them the confidence to be leaders and the physical skills to defend themselves. Each class is a great workout for your child and a positive learning environment.
How to get your child started - We have an introductory program for $29.50 that consists of 3 classes and a new uniform that allows your child to try out karate, and gives us the opportunity to evaluate him/her, at the same time. Similarly, if children already have a uniform, they can take the classes for free just to try us out. We often tell people that if they think they will continue, the $29.50 is a great price for a new uniform.
Orientation - Basically, your first appointment would be one-on-one with an instructor and your child. You would of course observe this in the same room as them. It will take about 30 minutes, and should help your child feel more comfortable about starting karate. At the same time, we will be evaluating his/her skill level. Then we would guide him/her right into the group class that would be one hour long. So, the first time you are here, you would spend about 1.5 hours with us. After that, you could choose which days of the week are better for you to set up his/her remaining 2 classes in the introductory program.
We like to set the orientations for 5:00 pm on a Monday or Wednesday, or 4:00 pm if you choose Tuesday or Thursday, or 11:30 am if you choose Saturday.
If you are interested, we'd be happy to talk to you if you'd like to call or, just click the link below to request more information by email.
We are located in North Raleigh on Hargrove Road. It is a road that is about .5 miles off of Capital Blvd, and runs between Millbrook and Spring Forest. When you set your first appointment, we usually send exact directions by email. Please let me know how I can help you get your child started in Karate.