Karate for Kids and Youth
Every child can benefit from studying martial arts at Fonseca Martial Arts. The study of karate brings more than just physical rewards; students also develop discipline, focus, respect for others and goal-setting skills. The emphasis on personal achievement also builds confidence: success is within the reach of every student. Unlike team sports, there are no “benchwarmers” in karate classes. Instead, children learn techniques at their own pace. Belt and stripe requirements offer a clear path forward at each step of the training process.
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Karate Tots: ages 3-4
The Karate Tot class is a wonderful opportunity for parents to practice Karate side-by-side with their children. The program will enhance development in a fun and motivating environment. It focuses on improving children's basic motor and listening skills. Your child will learn how to work with others and follow directions from their instructors through positive social interaction. We recommend one parent or caregiver per child, but children may also take this class without being accompanied by an adult. There is no charge for adults in this program.
Little Dragons: ages 5-6
The Little Dragons program is designed for ages 5 to 6, which are crucial years in a child’s development. Students will benefit from karate's focus on building character; developing concentration and listening skills, learning respect for others, and improving self-esteem. Little Dragons will develop a more confident and enthusiastic outlook, which provides a strong foundation for the school years ahead.
Karate Kids & Youth: ages 7-14
In addition to developing physical fitness, self-defense and safety skills, our karate program also helps your child build confidence, focus and respect for oneself and others. Studies have shown that children who study karate often show significant improvement in concentration and self-discipline — both in school and at home. More than any other sport for children, karate and its inherent values counteract the “win at all costs” mentality so common in sports today. It is also one of the few sports in which there are no benchwarmers: every child can fully participate at their own pace. This makes it particularly helpful for children who struggle with attention and behavior disorders
Karate-ka (students) will learn the basic strikes, blocks, kicks and stances used in karate training. This fundamental training also strengthens and prepares the body for the more difficult techniques ahead in one’s training. From the first day of class, values of respect, courtesy, control and discipline are instilled in every student. Instructors provide training that is interesting and challenging while reinforcing these important values.