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Introduction to Karate at The Goddard School

*** Classes are for Goddard School students only ***
Classes for 3-4 year olds: Thursday 3:15-3:45p
Classes for 5+ year olds: Thursday 2:30-3:15p
Classes for Pre-K: Friday 3:00-3:45p
Monthly: January, February, March (Sorry NO December classes)

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Classes will be at The Goddard School in Anderson Twp.

The introduction classes will work with self-control, discipline, learning to follow directions while using routines and drills. They consist of blocks, kicks and punches. We will discuss about when and why we would use karate. We feel these classes will help create healthy exercise habits with basic skills of self-defense.

Class 3-4 - $40.00 per month (Reg Fee of $25 includes T-shirt)
Class 5+ - $45.00 per month (Reg Fee of $25 includes T-shirt)
Class Pre-K - $45.00 per month (Reg Fee of $25 includes T-shirt)

Sign Up for the Next Session of the 4 to 7 Year-Old Program

Yoseikan Anderson's 4 to 7 year-old class is a 5 week program for only $50 that meets twice a week.  Register HERE!  The program is designed to introduce the student to traditional Chito-ryu Karate. Available class times are Tue/Thu 10:45-11:30a or Tue/Thu 4:30-5:15p.  Rolling admission (the 5 weeks start with registration).  In addition, new students will be offered a special rate of only $10 to purchase a gi (karate uniform).

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The Benefits of Children Learning Chito-ryu Karate

Self-Discipline - Chito-ryu karate will help teach children self-discipline.  Sometimes children can become accustomed to getting what they want when they want it.  Chito-ryu karate teaches restraint and patience.

Get Active - It gets kids away from their screens and off the sofa and encourages them to be more physically active at the same time as having fun. Learning Chito-ryu karate is a full body workout that includes the mind as well!

Setting Goals - Whether it's working towards perfecting a technique, attending a tournament or being evaluated for a new rank, Chito-ryu karate will teach children the ability to set goals, work toward those goals and help them to deal with the outcomes which will be beneficial for a lifetime.

Respect - Chito-ryu karate teaches kids to respect their instructors and each other as they learn the art.

Listening - Children learn how to listen and follow instructions in a one-to-one and group setting.  Listening is the key to learning and achievement in Chito-ryu karate.

Increases self-esteem and confidence - When a child masters a new skill or technique it will boost their confidence and gives them a sense of achievement. In addition, progressing up through ranks in Chito-ryu karate is a recognition and reward that builds confidence and demonstrates that hard work pays off.

Teamwork - During some classes, children will be asked to work together in pairs or small groups.  This not only teaches them to respect other children but helps them learn to work together to achieve their mutual goal.

Conflict Resolution - A common misconception of martial arts is that they promote violent behavior but in fact it is quite the opposite. Chito-ryu karate teaches children peaceful, non-violent conflict resolution skills and emphasizes that physical altercations are to be avoided.  The best way out of a bad situation is having the awareness and confidence to not be there in the first place.

Reference: The Benefits of Children Learning Martial Arts


Members of Yoseikan Anderson with other karateka from near and far, from Chito-ryu and other styles came together on July 14th to participate in the United States Chito-kai Shochugeiko event.  The USCK holds 4 main events every year (Can you name them all?  Have you attended them all?).  Shochugeiko is the event held during the hottest part of the year and in addition to training one's body, the hardship provided by the outdoors helps to test one's resolve under difficult circumstances.  Each Shochugeiko is different and this one didn't disappoint as one of the hottest in recently memory.  The instruction by the USCK Shihans was excellent including guest instruction from Sensei De La Cruz from Florida.  After the event, everyone gathered in the picnic shelter to share food, drink and great conversation with old & new friends.