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Fitness at Shotokan Karate Leadership School Fitness at Shotokan Karate Leadership School is a primary focus. Greater physical fitness increases students ability to perform in basics, kata, and sparring. We accomplish this through conditioning and the repetition of basics. Conditioning is essential to weight loss, greater speed, and a powerful technique. Push ups, the plank, superman holds, and crunches are all part […] Read More
Living a Fearless Life A recent article, published by the Huffington Post, discussed several steps to living the fearless life. This topic is especially pertinent to students in the Black Belt Shoka Leader program as they work to overcome fear. The article details several steps to developing courage. The first two steps are to be vulnerable and acknowledge fear. […] Read More
Student Leaders- Part Four In Parts 1, 2, and 3 we discussed the importance and excitement students experience as they experience our leadership program through the Class Leader and House leader tracks. Both of these student positions carry responsibility that can lead to greater opportunities. Today we will touch on the final arena of student leadership, School Leaders. School […] Read More
Student Leaders- Part Three In Part Two, we discussed Class Leaders. Today we will discuss another vital part of student leadership in the Black Belt Shoka Leader Program: House Leaders. House Leaders conduct activities for one the four houses of the Black Belt Shoka Leader Program. When a house has enough points, the House Leader can lead the students […] Read More

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There’s no doubt about it: pre-school age children look adorable in karate uniforms! But martial arts training for this age group provide more than cute photo and video opportunities to share on Facebook™, Instagram™, or Pinterest™. Many of the same benefits that older children, teenagers, and adults receive as a result of training in a quality martial arts program can be gained by kids age two to five years old. That’s on a slightly smaller scale, of course!

Karate is a great tool for getting young children started on a physical fitness routine. Exercise can actually be fun! It helps prevent obesity, and develops better focus and gross motor skills. Pre-schoolers develop self-confidence practicing martial arts in a setting designed specially for children. They are taught valuable pre-school lessons like kindness and honesty that will help shape the rest of their lives.  Children develop these life skills and use them at home and at school. Even daycare workers and schoolteachers notice the difference.

Courtesy, self-control, and other traits improve across all ages through karate training. The basic elements of a martial arts program designed for pre-school children are the same. Pre-schoolers are taught to respect one another as well as their teachers, parents, and instructors. Mind and body improve with help from caring, capable, and experienced martial arts role models.

With focus on attention and awareness, instructors prepare very young “karate kids” to become good students. Pre-schoolers are taught – at a level appropriate for their ages – to memorize form, technique, and quality within the martial arts. They learn to apply their life lessons at home and at daycare. This helps children learn memory skills essential for success in school and beyond. Martial arts give pre-school age kids a solid foundation from which to build their bright futures.

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Fitness at Shotokan Karate Leadership School is a primary focus. Greater physical fitness increases students ability to perform in basics, kata, and sparring. We accomplish this through conditioning and the repetition of basics. Conditioning is essential to weight loss, greater speed, and a powerful technique. Push ups, the plank, superman holds, and crunches are all part of our conditioning drills designed to accomplish these objectives. In addition, the endless repetition of the basics serves to develop strong legs and coordination. These activities increase cardiovascular capacity and strength respectively. When these forms of exercise are added to the robust curriculum of shotokan kata and sparring, the result is a fitter, more healthy student. In addition to working on developing speed and a powerful technique, we work on balance. This is accomplished through kicking drills designed to improve the students balance and pose. In addition we employ time tested stretching and warm-up drills designed to increase the students flexibility. This approach to conditioning, flexibility, and weight loss has the potential to transform obese students into empowered and physically active members of the dojo. Even if the student does not struggle with weight loss we can increase strength, power, poise, and flexibility through this program. At Shotokan Karate Leadership School we place the fitness and physical well being of the student as a top priority.

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