Little Samurai Club (5 to 7 years) 4.15pm to 4.45pm
Karate Kids (8 to 12 years) 5.00pm to 5.45pm
Seniors (12+) 6.00pm til 7.30pm
How We Train
Our training lasts for 45 mins for kids and 90 mins for seniors and starts with a comprehensive 10-15 minute warm-up and stretch to minimise the risk of injury. We then train in three main areas: Kata, Kumite and Kihon.
Kata are formal exercises. The name means "forms" and they should be thought of as a fight against imaginary opponents. They put together sequences of techniques - punches, blocks, strikes and kicks - that are both useful in sparring and unparalleled for developing technique. Kata are used extensively in gradings and provide an excellent means of both building technique. There are twenty-five standard Shotokan katas
Kumite, or sparring, consists of fighting an opponent. There are many styles of kumite, and the GKS practices them all regularly to build strength, speed and fighting spirit, including some styles of fighting common in Japan but neglected in this country.
Kihon are basic techniques practiced in isolation - punches, blocks, strikes and kicks with no opponent. Kihon practice is essential in building speed and strength and we practice it extensively.
Most clubs practice some of the three areas but the GKS is unusual in having a balanced approach that takes in all three and builds fast, strong, effective karate.
Where We Train
We train on Mondays, Wednesday and Fridays Kids classes from 5pm til 6pm and seniors 6pm till 7.30pm. Free parking is available at the dojos. Our Dojo is at 40 Bradmill Ave Rutherford
Karate for Kids
Karate is a great sport for kids helping to build self-confidence, self esteem, balance, discipline, co-ordination and courtesy, while learning basic self-defence skills. Children may start training with GKS as young as 7 years of age.
GKS's Kids Classes
GKS’s kids classes endeavour to provide an encouraging atmosphere .These classes run for one hour and consist of basic training as well as many karate-associated games.
Grading System That Helps With Goals
GKS provides a coloured belt system where all students start at White belt and work up through different colours (Yellow, Green, Blue, Red, Brown, Black Tip and finally, Black belt). This helps not only to measure a child’s progress but also provides a journey to start on. Children are encouraged to set goals for these belts, which teaches them life skills of setting a target and working towards achieving it.
Karate A Winning Environment
While competition brings out competitive spirit, it can hinder the development of self-confidence for those children who don't win frequently. Karate can be a non-competitive sport the only competitor is themself. This means, as a child continues to improve each week, they only ever find themselves winning, this helps to increase the childs self-esteem.
Instructor / Parent Relationship
At GKS our goal is to help your children grow into respectable and confident young adults. All children are encouraged to behave in a respectful and Disciplined manner inside the training hall, however once they put their karate uniform away, some may forget to practise the things they have been taught at home or at school. By regularly communicating with the Sensei as to your child’s progress and behaviour at home or school, an instructor can better direct your child to a direction you would like them to head.
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