Ideal age for childen to learn karate

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Ideal age for childen to learn karate

Postby chef » Mon Sep 15, 2008 6:10 am

What is your ideal age to start teaching karate to a child and why?

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Postby f.Channell » Thu Sep 25, 2008 11:28 pm

Basic punches, Kicks, awareness and self defense skills (different from adult) 4-6.

Sanchin and the full Uechi curriculum?
Forms from 7-8 and up.
Sparring after a few months of kata.
Kumite after a couple of years of kata.

Timing really depends on the childs maturity and learning skills.
But all benefit in one way or another.


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Postby robb buckland » Fri Sep 26, 2008 12:15 pm

When my daughter was 4 she had a good enough attention span to learn a wide range of technique and footwork.....I have visited schools though that offer more "martial arts babysitting" than good training.
In the 80's and 90's we ran a residential martial arts summer camp for kids 8-18 .we were able to make some acceptions to the camp age requirement but the program was generally to intenese for the lil'ones :D
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Postby f.Channell » Sun Sep 28, 2008 1:41 am

4-6 year olds definately can handle good blocking reaction drills, combination pad work, stepping-sliding kicks, jumping kicks, and can learn gross motor movement matwork such as bridging and basic takedowns.
Trick is in making it fun and disguising the repetitiveness of training.

I just leave out the complex Karate forms for this age and keep the classes shorter than the older kids classes.

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