youth programs

This Little Dragon is practicing his "stop sign," a
method taught to students to keep strangers away.

These intermediate students are practicing take-downs
against weapon strikes


Karate-Do means the “way of the empty hands” and offers those that study it an opportunity to enrich both their inner and outer lives.

When Karate was first introduced to the United States in the late fifties, the physical demands, the self-defense benefits, and the demonstrations of phenomenal strength in the use of hands and feet were what received the most attention.

The real and lasting benefits, however, occur mentally and spiritually. It is this quality that more and more people can appreciate as the source of inner strength and peace, which radiates from the Martial Artist.

It is no accident that with this kind of development, the student of Karate can apply his or her focus on any endeavor and achieve success whether in school studies, athletic activities, career pursuits and, perhaps most importantly, in their relationships with other people – including parents, teachers, neighbors, friends, colleagues and adversaries.

Our classes focus on developing all aspects of karate equally, including self-defense, basics, katas (forms), drills, and kumite (sparring), in a safe and fun atmosphere. Classes are age appropriate. Our youth programs emphasize safety skills for peaceful conflict resolution, life skills such as focus and perseverance, as well as traditional karate.

Little Dragons (Ages 3-4)
Classes that focuses on introducing the younger student to a positive and fun learning environment. Emphasis is placed on developing listening skills, awareness, and gross motor skills needed to learn karate basic blocks, strikes, and kicks, as well as information on how to deal with STRANGERS and BULLIES. Life skills concepts, such as discipline, respect, focus, confidence, and self-esteem are introduced and developed.

Youth (Ages 5-8, 9-13)
Age-appropriate classes (for ages 5-8 and 9-13) conducted at the beginner, intermediate, and advanced training levels. Each level provides the necessary skills to progress towards black belt and beyond. See class descriptions in our schedule.


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