Here at CKMA, Central Korean Martial Arts, we teach a traditional Korean style called Tang Soo Do Karate which has roots that can be traced back to over 2000 years ago. It is made up of 3 of the world's most powerful martial arts; Okinawan Karate, Korean So Bahk Do and Chinese Kung Fu.
Karate history is shrouded in mystery and as far back as 1368, empty hand combat training was practised in Okinawa- China- India but it was not until 1915 that Karate as we now known it was brought to Japan from Okinawa. The person responsible for the introduction of Karate to Japan was Okinawan Master Gichin Funakoshi. He was an Educationalist with a strong desire to teach Karate as a means of spiritual development and character.
Why Take Our Karate Lessons?
Karate For Families
We have a lot of individuals; Children, Teens and Adults training with us as well as many families who enjoy training. Although training is focused on each individual, It is one of the few activities that families can do together…(Its mostly the parents who bring their children who generally end up taking part themselves!) Our classes are designed to accommodate all ages and abilities in the same session, unlike other clubs who split their classes into age groups. We believe this is good for children who train with parents/siblings, as it enables them to continue to practice at home, and they tend to progress faster as a result.
Adults will train with adults and children will train with children within the same session. Family concessions are available.
Whether a total novice, or have studied Martial Arts previously, training with us will benefit you Immensely and enable you to progress at a pace and level relevant to your previous experience.
We always say that the hardest part of starting is walking into a class for the very first time, feeling self conscious and vulnerable, However, taking part in your first class after having done that is the easy bit!
Please note that our organisation is not just for families, we do have many Individual members of varying ages too. In our friendly clubs everyone remembers how it felt to be a beginner and will do their up most to help you feel comfortable and at ease.
Training with us will help Improve fitness, health, self-confidence, coordination, motor skills, balance and self-discipline…… It’s also fun and a great way of meeting new people.
We often hear a lot of adults saying ‘when I have lost weight, ‘when I am fitter’ I will start or, I cant… im injured…
Training is physically demanding, but as a beginner, or someone with a relatively low level of fitness, you will most definitely see this improve…
You work at your own pace through and we will show you how to adjust techniques to suit body type and ability.
The more you train both in and outside of classes the fitter and the more flexible you will become in time through practice and perseverance.
Again if you suffer from health issues or injury we can then it is essential that you let your Instructor know and we can show you how to adapt exercises.
Our classes being of mixed of ages and ability does not affect the standard of teaching/learning and classes are by no means easier!! Everyone works at their own speed.
Students will also have the opportunity to participate in Seminars, Tournaments and Competitions, where all involved will have the chance to win medals and gain certificates for their portfolios.
Karate for Children
We teach non conflict resolution and follow a specially structured syllabus in a very safe and professional environment. It is a common misconception that teaching children how to punch and kick creates a “bully“, on the contrary, Martial Arts training instills confidence in children so that they have the courage to stand up for themselves both verbally and physically.
Children are also able to gain regular achievements based on how much effort they put into their training. It also teaches them the values of an art that is over 2000 years old as well as respect for themselves and others.
Few of the benefits Instilled through Martial Art training include, having a focus, patience, co-ordination, discipline, determination, self-reliance, humility, trust and respect plus much, more, more…
Classes are fun, highly enjoyable, varied, and motivational and training in the same environment as older children and adults is extremely Inspiring.
As with the adults, there is also opportunity for children to participate in tournaments and competitions where all involved will have the chance to win medals and gain certificates for their portfolios.
How can martial arts help those with Special needs?
We have welcomed many children (and adults) over the years who have special needs, whether it be Autism, Aspergers, A.D.D, ADHD, or Dyspraxia, and have found training to be Invaluable and of great benefit to those Individuals.
Martial arts classes require social interaction between Instructor and student, as well as with fellow students, and many of the activities that we do require cooperating with other children in drills and partner work. This helps in nurturing a level of comfort and socialization, gradually bringing the child out of their shell.
The training room provides an ideal place in which to help the Individual in the following ways: Increases attention span, Improves proficiency, focus, self-esteem, physical coordination and balance, communication and motor skills, along with helping to develop behavior control and enhance spatial awareness.
Training also helps children, and adults alike, to work through their anxiety / sensitivity challenges and brings with it structure and discipline.
It provides positive relationships with peers as well as giving the Individual a safe, supervised area in which he/she can also burn off excess energy and Inner frustrations.
The autism spectrum contains a lot of repetitive behaviours, as does training in a Martial art. We teach forms which are sequences of fixed combat moves in which techniques have to be practiced time and time and time again in order to improve upon and master.
There is so much more to Repetition and consistency than just a kick or a block, but repetition of the same location, same curriculum, same faces, knowing what to expect, fun games are all part of the bigger picture and help children, and adults with special needs rise to the occasion, it helps reduce anxiety and creates familiarity.
What Commitment do I need for Karate?
How often do I have to train? You put as many hours into your training as you can, whether its 2-3 classes a week or 1 class a week, you pay on a pay as you go basis and will progress accordingly…
Like anything, the more that you practice/train the quicker you will progress, we do however suggest that 2 classes a week is enough to learn and become proficient yet at the same time we also appreciate that people’s circumstances are different, therefore as often as you can will suffice.