Effective June 27th - Sept. 3rd, 2019
Please note that our dojo will be closed from Aug. 22nd - Sept. 2nd. Classes will our regular fall schedule will resume Sept. 3rd. Have a great summer!
6-7:30 pm - Adults Karate **(Home Dojo @ 21378 River Rd)
**Begins Sept. 9th, 2019
3:45-4:30 - Little Dragons
5-5:45 - Kids Karate
5-5:45 - Kids Karate
6-7 - Adults Movement Class
Little Dragons Karate
This is a specially customized program for our youngest students, aged 4-6. This class will prepare your child for skills necessary not only for further development in Martial Arts, but for a balanced development in life. Our Little Dragons program focuses on discipline, coordination, balance, teamwork, control, fitness, memory, and focus. Through a series of fun and engaging exercises and games we will teach our students not only the importance of what these eight words mean, but how to cultivate them in their lives. Little Dragons are taught how to take these lessons and apply them at home and school, typically we find that the teachers and parents of our students report an increased ability to listen, share, and engage attentively in other learning activities. We focus on the importance of learning respect, not just in class, but in all areas of life. Posture and body alignment are key concepts which we believe are of utmost importance for healthy physical development, and there is no better age to create such habits! This program will prepare your child to embrace learning and confidence in all areas of their life.
There is an extremely limited class size for this program. We feel that a small group size works best for children this age, so we are currently only accepting 10 students per class for the Little Dragons. On occasion there is a waitlist to get into this program.
Please contact us today to check our availability for the Little Dragons, and to set up your child’s one week free trial session!
In our kids classes our students are introduced to the spirit and philosophy of Martial Arts as they begin to learn their basic techniques. We focus on respect, discipline, fitness, body alignment, and teamwork. We promote conflict avoidance and endeavour to teach our kids the difference between self-defence and fighting. The spirit of Martial Arts has always traditionally been in teaching a balanced and holistic way of life through karate practice. In modern times (particularly in Western culture), many schools have begun to focus on sport fighting and the teaching of how to win a fight, rather than the traditional morality and ethics of karate. Here at Okinawan Traditional Martial Arts, we teach our students how to develop their body, while training their mind to learn control, acceptance of one’s self and others, and personal discipline. We incorporate many techniques which teach the children the importance of posture and correct use of body through interactive and experiential anatomy and alignment. History and philosophy are also a critical part of our program, teaching our students the deeper meaning and applications of the techniques they will be learning. In this way we teach the kids to engage not only their body, but their mind and spirit as well.
This integrative approach to teaching will ensure that we are not only pursing fitness and sport, but will also help your child find a sense of balance and self-confidence as they grow. They will learn how to interact with the world around them in way which shows respect and discipline in all areas of their life including home, school, and social activities.
Please contact us today to set up your one week free trial to see if this program is right for your child!
Our adults karate program runs 2 classes per week, each with a different theme.
Join Jim Sensei on Monday evenings for a traditional Meibukan Gojyu-Ryu Karate class to explore the training processes and practices unique to Okinawa, the birthplace of martial arts. This class will teach karate techniques for blocking, striking, kata, conditioning, and self-defense, along with the history and philosophy behind this ancient art. As this is a traditional class, all students must wear traditional dogi, uniform, unless new to class and trying out. This class is held at our Honbu Dojo at 21378 River Rd, Maple Ridge.
On Wednesday evenings we’ll find a different style of class combining Jim Sensei’s knowledge of martial arts, with his background as a yoga teacher and movement coach. Enjoy a healthy mix of strength training exercises, martial movement (kata and technique), stretching, and joint care. This new class focuses on training our body for adaptability, mobility, and versatility, and sets the foundation for healthy progressions in Traditional Karate and in life.