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15 Benefits of Shotokan Karate for your Child

At the Sonkei Karate Club, we believe that a child’s psychological and physical well being can be strengthened simultaneously. While the physical aspects of exercise and karate training improve your child’s general health, it also improves emotional health with increased self-esteem and self-confidence, decreasing tension, stress, anxiety and depression. Training can often be used to contribute towards Scout, Guide, or Duke of Edinburgh Award activities. Here are some of the benefits of our karate training for your child:

1. Self-Defence – The instructors at Sonkei Karate Club have trained for many years to make sure everything we teach is reality based. We’ve trained under some of the best martial artists in the world and are dedicated to maintaining traditional techniques for realistic situations – for ourselves and for your children! With that said, your child will begin by focusing only on the basics of our curriculum, to include proper exercise form, punching, kicking, blocking and evasion techniques.

2. Focusing and Listening – At Sonkei Karate Club, we know focus plays a key role in the mindset of children who sometimes have limited attention spans at this stage in their life. Our Programme will teach your child to focus on the task at hand while improving their listening and reaction skills in the dojo, at home and in school.

3. Teamwork and Positive Social Interaction – Children should develop an understanding of cooperation and confidence in their ability to work with others. At Sonkei Karate Club our teamwork oriented environment develops character and teaches your child that the more we work together, the more we can accomplish.

4. Self-Control and Good Decision Making – Studying karate requires everyone present to concentrate on the job in hand without letting the mind wander. At Sonkei Karate Club, as both parents and instructors, we understand the challenge of teaching children and ensure that sessions are fun and engaging, enabling everyone to think clearly and reach their potential.

5. Balance and Posture – For many children (and adults!) balance and posture are neglected. At Sonkei Karate Club, our training aims to improve strength, balance, healthy postures and balanced movement through the use of age appropriate forms and drills.

6. Memory and Retention – At Sonkei Karate Club, we use fun, effective memory and retention drills for martial arts and real world applications. Our programme improves memory skills essential for well rounded student development, in the Dojo and elsewhere.

7. Self-Discipline and Responsibility – Our instructors will teach your child that self-discipline can be fun and rewarding. At Sonkei Karate Club, your child will learn to improve their ability to act responsibly, work hard, follow directions and take pride in doing the right thing.

8. Physical Fitness and Healthy Living – It’s important for children to understand the importance of being healthy and physically fit at an early age. The healthier your child is now, the easier it will be to stay physically fit as they grow older. Karate should be a regularly practiced healthy habit!

9. Coordination and Motor Skills – Children with strong bodies, fine tuned motor skills and good physical coordination will perform better at other activities. At Sonkei Karate Club, your child will be more coordinated, less susceptible to injuries and be more aware of their body and how to use it correctly.

10. Self-Esteem and Confidence Building – Regular training improves children’s self esteem through consistent positive verbal reinforcement. When kids work to earn their next belt level, not only are they learning basic self-defence, they’re building self-esteem and learning to feel good about themselves.

11. Respect – One of the most important words in martial arts is ‘Respect’. Our club name is derived from this word as ‘Sonkei’ means Respect. Students are taught to respect their instructors, each other and themselves; a child’s social behaviour should be directly linked to his or her progression in the class. It’s not just about winning.

12. Discipline, Behaviour and School – We have a lot of fun at the Sonkei Karate Club but instructors will not tolerate excessive talking or any messing around in the class. Disciplined behaviour in our sessions often transfers into home and school life; we want to make sure that our students are improving their behaviour at home and improving their grades at school, as well as working on their karate technique.


13. Physical Fitness and Preventing Obesity – The first step to preventing childhood obesity is addressing the problem before it occurs. Sonkei Karate Club is dedicated to empowering your child with self-confidence while rewarding them with achievement. For children with low self-esteem issues, karate teaches confidence and self-discipline while providing engaging physical activity. The stamina and endurance children develop during karate training results in natural weight loss and an improvement in overall physical and mental health.

14. Anti-Bullying Education – Bullying is defined as unwanted, aggressive behaviour that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. People who bully use their power (such as physical strength, access to embarrassing information, or popularity) to control or harm others (making threats, spreading rumours, attacking physically or verbally and excluding someone from a group). People who are bullied or who bully others may experience serious, lasting problems. Our instructors are fully DBS checked and are experienced in identifying individuals who may be affected by this issue.

15. Personal Attention – At Sonkie Karate Club we know the impact a good instructor can have on a student. Our Instructors are experienced, patient, enthusiastic and teach with a perfect blend of discipline and fun.

Get your child started in our karate beginners course today!

We encourage you to take advantage of our family discounts and free trial class. We look forward to hearing from you!