From What I Know
The Musings of a Karate Guy
I get the question all the time. How young do you start [teaching kids in your dojo]? While there have been a couple of exceptions over the years, I generally believe that training can begin at 4 or 5 years old; and here's why:
1. Children at this age have LOADS of energy and, just like a puppy, if that energy isn't channeled, it can become...less than productive.
2. These kids are about to embark on a lot of significant changes; the most significant being starting school. Participating in a regular karate class can serve as an anchor, and provide a sense of security and community during times of change.
3. Karate training doesn't require a screen. Our culture is saturated with screens fighting for the attention of our children. Trust me, as good as winning a video game feels, seeing a student smash through a wooden board...it doesn't come close.
4. It's not a team sport. Sure, in the dojo we are all working on the same things; through the same lesson BUT we are there for different reasons. Some kids (or their parents) are looking for discipline. Others are looking to improve balance and coordination. Still others want to become strong and confident. Karate classes are a great way to address all of those goal; for kids AND adults.