Our dedicated Karate-Kids classes are located in Douglas and Glanmire and are specifically developed classes for children aged 4 years+ and will introduce them to Karate-Do in a safe, controlled and fun non-contact environment.
We at Bushido Karate Club want to create the next generation of karateka's and see them grow learning the same very important values that we learned such as respect, discipline, etiquette, character development and give the kids focus in their early years.
Once your child reaches the age of 12 or reach the level of standard that they will be able to cope with the technical training and intensity of the adult class, they will be invited to join the Adults Karate class to further their development as this class will be more advanced. In this class the intensity increases and will be more of a challenge for the student in that they will have to step up their intensity to keep up and will develop them further.
Once your child becomes a member of Bushido Karate Club they will begin a life long Karate-Do journey. Our training is specifically designed to develop your child both physically and mentally to ensure they excel and unlock their potential. Karate-Do training will teach your child to become more respectable, have increased concentration, build self confidence and resist peer pressure.
Karate-Do is not a sport, its a lifelong martial arts and way of life requiring a lot of dedication and time. At the beginning when a child joins, they will start training once per week which is fine at that level, but when your child starts advancing in the grades the intensity will increase and amount they will have to study will increase so they will need to start training more and more. Many of our students are training 2-3 times per week to ensure their karate is at the highest standard. This is what it takes to be a karate-ka.
We at Bushido Karate Club are primarily a traditional karate-do school but we also enjoy taking part in competitions. While this is not our primary goal, a lot of our students actively compete and we have several all-ireland karate champions in our dojo across all age categories and some of our students are members of the Irish National Karate team and will be competing in the SKIF World Championships in Jakarta, Indonesia 2016 and The SKIF European Championships in Prague in 2017. Competition is not a requirement of being a member in Bushido Karate Club but we do encourage students to compete.
Kara is the Japanese for empty while te means hand and do translates as the way, or path. So Karate-Do is The Way of the Empty Hand. It is a traditional martial art from Japan, in which the ultimate purpose is not to seek to win, but to work towards perfection of character, self-control and self-discipline by the accumulation of experience through training. It is also a form of self-defence using all parts of the body which, by hard and systematic training, become effective and powerful weapons. Karate-Do encompasses whole body movements which develop balance, flexibility, co-ordination, speed and power. This is achieved through the constant practice of the basic movements (Kihon) which, due to their variety and complexity, can be considered as a complete art form themselves.
The difference between a sport and a martial art is that everything that they learn in training will improve and apply to the outside world. Karate-Do is a Martial Art and is one of the most traditional and disciplined of all the martial arts. Through discipline and encouragement this way of training has resulted in children excelling at Karate, School and Home. They begin to listen more, and become more respectful towards parents and teachers. We at Bushido Karate Club understand the values of learning and study, and we want your children to excel at Karate-Do and their studies. Our motto at Bushido Karate Club is “Train Hard and Study Hard”.
Karate-Do training is very disciplined but for Karate Kids we try and keep it fun. As many karate techniques require flexibility it is important to perform a warm up before training. This is done always at the beginning of the class with every student participating from beginner to black belt. The warm up is a traditional Japanese karate warm up and works on all the major areas in the body, developing flexibility and loosening out the muscles. Children are usually naturally flexible which will make learning easier. Specific Traditional Karate-Do training then begins. If you would like to see some of our other Frequently Asked Questions click here.
As all Karate suits are different sizes we order your suit once we receive your club membership application however, If your club membership is not yet completed, then you only need to wear a comfortable tracksuit bottoms and t-shirt. If you would like to see some of our other Frequently Asked Questions click here.
Glanmire GAA, Glanmire, Co. Cork, Ireland, T45 XE36
Thursday @ 19:00 - 20:00 - Karate Kids Class