Thoughts from a parent & Sensei…
“It is often frustrating as a parent to see your child take a defeatist view into any given task or activity before they even try, putting in less than they’re capable of because they don’t believe they can succeed. You may be proudly confident that they can achieve more but they can’t be convinced. I have experienced this personally, as a child and as a parent. The discipline of Traditional Karate was theinstrument that opened my eyes and taught me that not only could I succeed in Karate, but I could succeed in other areas of my life, through commitment and effort and taking myself beyond my pre-conceived comfort levels.
The Australian Institute of Karate (AKA Tasseikan Dojo) believes in the worth and potential of all children. The Institute’s goal is to provide a valuable foundation and accompaniment to a child’s education and growth into becoming productive member of society – particularly in the area of character development; resilience, persistence, self-discipline, respect, self-worth and confidence, helping to mould a well-rounded and grounded young adult.
Not only is Traditional Karate a great way to exercise and develop phsyiology and motor skills, regular training produces stronger and more flexible bodies, self-defence skills and gives students the confidence to be able to resolve conflict by walking away where possible.”
This class is designed to prepare younger children for the rigours of Karate training as they grow and develop, both mentally and physically. Primarily focusing on the development of motor skills, balance, coordination, muscular awareness, overall strength and continued flexibility.
At this age and stage of early life, classes are structured and regimented to develop discipline in children. Repetition is used, not merely for the technical benefits, but to build resilience, both physically and mentally. Respect for teachers and fellow students is fostered. An understanding for the tradition of Karate is encouraged and the activities are varied and fast-paced to address the limited concentration spans of 4-7 year olds.
A unique grade system is used, separate from the senior children and adult classes, that encourages and rewards persistence, leading the child to an understanding that effort, consistency and a dedicated commitment to practice (at any endeavour) produces results.
Younger children are encouraged to set goals and as they work towards their achievement, their confidence builds. In the words of the Chito Ryu Founder, “with peace, perseverance and hard work, we will reach our goal”.
NOTE: No actual sparring is conducted in these classes. Tournaments are held allowing ‘Little Dragons’ to display the skills they have learnt to family and friends and to take pride in their efforts, thereby nourishing their competitive appetite at an early age. Competing at a younger age can assist with condition to avoid performance anxiety, which often occurs as children get older.
Without a doubt – the best decision we have made for an extra curricular activity for our 7 year old – supportive and community focussed with a focus on discipline and working towards something greater!
I have two boys who have now been training with Sensei Noonan for 7 years.
Over the years I have watched my children grow in confidence and self-esteem, they have built friendships that will last a lifetime.
Thank you Sensei Noonan, your passion and commitment is changing lives.
My son has been training with sensei Noonan for over 5 years. Since he started training at the dojo, it has improved his self esteem, discipline and fitness to name a few things. It has also allowed him to be a part of a community that allows him to build friendships and meet new people through their tournaments. The staff is professional and always supports its students. Keep up the great work.