Karate – Kicking Away Low Confidence in Kids

Sensei Gavin and grading students from the 4 Brisbane dojos
  1. Research in kid’s sports links participation to better grades and self-esteem, long-term improvements in education, employment and lower obesity rates.

But the escalating time, travel and financial demands these days are pushing some parents to look to sports that are inclusive for the whole family. By this families can still reap the many benefits of sport mentioned above, however also gain quality time as a whole family.

Karate is more than a sport and the benefits Karate can bring to adults and children alike is endless. Karate can improve your stamina, focus, coordination along with your fitness and overall health. It will teach life skills, how to defend yourself against others, including how to not put yourself in dangerous situations. All of this can improve self-confidence and self-esteem giving the student a great sense of self accomplishment.

Luckily for local residents, we have a the principal QLD dojo of The International Okinawan Goju-Ryu Karate-do Federation (IOGKF) in operation at Craigslea S.H.S and houses a variety of world class instructors.

Head Sensei, Gavin Hill, who is a 6th degree black belt and has over 30years experience in Karate and serving as a Qld Police Officer, explains that they already have many families reaping the rewards of this training. 

‘We have three families at the dojo at the moment, combinations of fathers and sons/daughters. It is quite inspiring to see how they enjoy sharing this healthy activity and having fun at the same time,’ said Sensei Gavin.

The IOGKF caters for all age groups, and the instructors have found that children have generally developed the ability to concentrate and participate for the duration of the classes from age six upwards. Currently, they have a wide age range of students that enjoy the classes from age six to sixty.

Here, students gain so much more than just physical skills. They gain self-respect and self-discipline which sees their behaviour change, their work improve, their ability to focus and problem solve increases, it provides so much more than just learning to punch and kick.

The IOGKF run classes Monday and Wednesday from 5:30pm-6:30pm (Kids) and 6:30pm to 8:00pm (Adults) This allows instructors to cater the teaching methods to the class so that the students get more out of each session.

In addition, the IOGKF is offering the first month free at the Craigslea S.H.S dojo. If you would like to take part or have any queries call 0419 719 810. You can also follow them on Instagram at www.instagram.com/goju_ryu_karate_qld/

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