Who takes Karate?

Written by Kathy Olevsky on Tuesday, 14 March 2017. Posted in All About Martial Arts

All kinds of people, with different reasons, enjoy Karate.

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Who takes Karate?

There are so many different types of people who take Karate, but there are also similarities. We teach pre-school children, children ages 5-12, teens, and adults.  

We find that in the children, we often get the children who do not choose to participate in team sports.  Or, if they do participate in team sports, their parents have already noticed that sooner or later, there will be a time where they can’t move forward.  If you are not the best on the team, you don’t move up to the next best team.   There are children who enjoy team sports but just don’t thrive in the sport.  There are children who just really don’t like team sports at all.  Most children thrive in Karate!

Karate is an individual sport.  The child earns the rewards based on what they put into it.  A great instructor helps keep the child motivated and moving forward.  A great parent finds the good in them and encourages them to stay the course, even when it gets tough.  Tough does not mean impossible.  Tough in Karate should be something that requires a lot of effort, but is entirely possible.  From time to time, children become discouraged.  That should not be the end of the journey.  They grow into stronger young adults when they learn early that challenges are simply challenges.  They are not a reason to stop trying.

The teens that love Karate, are often the teens who enjoy being different from others.  They often are the teens who enjoy performance.  Sometimes they are the teens who have not found friends in other activities.  In Karate, they always find friends.  We nurture relationships in our classes because you need partners to achieve your goals.  Working together is the only option.  Nobody gets to Black Belt on their own.  Teens learn about commitment and leadership through Karate.  They each get the opportunity to help others and that is the elementary phase of learning leadership skills.

Adults usually find that Karate is something they can latch on to and continue throughout their adult years.  Most adults are looking for something to keep them fit and to offer stress reduction and fitness.  Karate fits all of those needs and also helps to create friendships.  As an adult, there are not very many places to build new friendships.  This environment makes everyone equal.  Everybody has to be a beginner at one time, so it is easier to relate to others when they are in the shoes you were in a few months earlier.  In Karate, we need partners to become better.  This relationship creates bonds that exist in a few other sports, but not usually in activities done as an adult.  The stretching, calisthenics of a Karate class, help to occupy the mind and redirect stress into energy.  Most adults find, once they get started, that they wish they had started sooner. 

At Karate International, everyone is an individual and it is our mission to help each person meet their goals. 

About the Author

Kathy Olevsky

Kathy Olevsky

Kathy Olevsky, 8th Degree Black Belt, has taught Karate with her husband, Rob, since 1979.  She is an active instructor, manager and author in the martial arts.  

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