It’s important to remember that karate is not just a
fun activity! Karate is an educational and
character developing course. This is why we call
ourselves a school instead of a gym
or a playground.
parents don’t understand this. Occasionally I
receive a disheartening phone call from a parent who
says, “My son/daughter misbehaved this afternoon so
I am not going to let him come to karate tonight.”
This tells me that we have not done a very good job
of educating that parent about the benefits of
karate. When a child misbehaves he needs to
come to karate more than ever! He doesn’t need
to stay at home. No parent wakes up in the
morning and tells their child, “Since you misbehaved
last night you can’t go to school today!"
In karate we teach physical fitness and
self-defense, but we also develop life skills such
as self-confidence, self-control, courage, courtesy,
honesty, loyalty and perseverance. We call these
the Seven Characteristics of the Black Belt.
Now, you may be asking yourself, “How does karate
develop self-control, courtesy, perseverance or any
of these other things?” Although there's not
enough space to
explain all our methods here, I guarantee you that
we have definite ways
of building each of these characteristics in our
students. If you would like to know specific
details we will be happy to talk with you at the
Karate builds self-esteem (it makes people feel good
about themselves) and it develops a “Yes, I can”
Everybody wants to feel good about themselves and to
feel confident that they can set a goal and achieve
it. This is what karate is all about.
The lessons learned in karate carryover into every
aspect of a student’s life – whether it is at work,
at school, or at home.
In karate we never give-up! Instead, we team-up to
achieve success! We believe that goals we set are
goals we get!
Master Instructor, Wado Karate Centers