A child can practice Karate by the age of 4 or 5 years old, depending on his/her perception and his/her kinetic ability.
Lately, new training methods have been developed, in order for children to be able to start Karate at a younger age.
Training and practice is proceeded gradually, allowing, thus, the child to adapt slowly to Karate. At the beginning, we teach the basic techniques and stances and the correct way of performing them, through a variety of isometric movements and exercises.
Within this starting procedure, it is very important that the trainer adds in his training routine exercises of playful nature, simulation Karate moves. This way, the trainer will keep the young karatekas’ interest vivid.
Not only through repetition, attention to details, discipline and constant effort but also through fun, joy and the satisfaction of improving both technique and physical condition, practicing Karate has become an extremely useful tool in helptin a child correspond to a variety of demanding learning and social needs.
Karate is, nowadays, a very popular way of exercise, which is suggested by teaching consultants all over the world, since it is proven that Karate helps young pupils deal with several learning difficulties, like distraction, lack of concentration, even dyslexia.
During a Karate training session, it is important that the athlete stays focused, concentrated, disciplined. The athlete needs to be patient and persistent. The young karateka learns to control all these parameters.
Practicing Karate helps the child’s posture. Karate improves several spinal diseases, since the correct body posture, which is demanded through out the session, helps in doing so.
Karate helps an athlete improve his physical abilities, like strength, speed, balance, agility. It is also a unique mean to improve the speed of the reflexes.
Practicing Karate, also affects positively and in many ways the child’s character.
Self-confidence and self esteem are reinforced, due to the child’s reinforced initiative, muscle development; due to the understanding of his/her body as a mean of self protection.