Here at the USKO we believe our role is to teach children more than just kicks & punches, it is about empowering them with skills that will help them succeed during the rest of their lives. By engaging in a group activity the children learn important social skills and by performing in front of each other their confidence grows at an unbelievable rate.
Our children’s classes are roughly split in to 2 age groups, Dragons (5-8yrs) & Warriors (9-12yrs). The classes are taught in a relaxed but disciplined manner with the emphasis on having fun. The younger children play games which help improve their motor skills such as running, jumping & hopping which require balance & co-ordination while the older children’s activities encourage skills such as teamwork & co-operation.
Positive reinforcement is used to help the children understand how well they are progressing. This, along with our structured grading syllabus, ensures they are continually striving towards & meeting new goals.
Our youngsters learn respect for themselves & others & gain confidence in their own ability both inside & outside the class. By practicing Sport Karate children learn to pay attention & focus on their tasks in hand, which also helps them in other areas such as schoolwork.
All our students, regardless of age, practice semi-contact (light contact) sparring, which provides an element of competitiveness. However, we emphasize that winning, although important, is not everything and that taking part and trying your best is what counts most. Likewise, all of our students are frequently reminded that the skills they learn are never to be used outside of the class except for the purpose of self-defence.
Many children’s charities such as kidscape, who help children that are being bullied, recommend martial arts as a way to improve children’s confidence. In many instances just doing a martial art will lead to such an improvement in self-confidence that the bullying will stop.
With childhood obesity rates at an all time high & with more & more children spending so much of their time playing video games & using the computer we at the USKO believe that it is time to turn off the television & turn on the exercise.