Building discipline in a positive, fun environment

The Kinder Karate program introduces young children (ages 4-5) to karate training in a fun, disciplined setting. Stretching, warm-up, and basics are taught to children at an age-appropriate level. Activities involve following the instructor’s directions, learning dojo etiquette and self-control. Games and exercises help to develop strength, coordination, and balance. This class provides a foundation for karate training in the Youth Program (ages 6 and up).

Karate Classes for Children Ages 4 – 5

Kinder Karate classes are offered at our Chicago dojo location. Students in this program take one class per week. The registration fee includes a uniform, which is provided on the first day of class. Students must be four years old by the start of the class.

Kinder Karate Interest Pool

Once we have reached the maximum number of students in the class, the links will be disabled. Registrations are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Continuing students have priority registration over new students. Late registration may be allowed depending on available space. If there are no more spots available for your preferred class day in the current session, please join our interest pool to keep informed of future class openings, including last minute openings.

Family Discount
Students from the same household who are enrolled concurrently can each take a family discount: $20 off for 1st and 2nd family members, $40 for 3rd and 4th family members.

Why Teach Karate to Kids?

We believe that martial arts training is not only a way to learn how to defend oneself in a physical situation, but is a “way of life” that teaches self-control, discipline, respect, confidence, and mental focus. Especially for young students, we believe these are the skills that can help them handle difficult situations and avoid getting into trouble. The physical aspects of karate training provide a fun form of exercise that can help develop healthy attitudes toward fitness that can benefit them in karate and other sports as they grow older. And, to study a traditional martial art like Shotokan Karate involves the student a continuing pursuit of learning about its history, philosophy, and culture.

Goals for Kinder Karate Students

Develop discipline for martial arts training.
Students will learn how to bow before entering and leaving the training floor, learn how to follow a warm-up/stretching routine, and learn how to lead the class in counting and demonstrating techniques.

Develop age-appropriate motor skills.
For example, activities involve running, jumping, balance, posture, and coordination.

Develop social skills.
For example, the class involves taking turns, following directions, sportsmanship, and helping others.

Learn basic karate techniques.
Students focus on learning specific techniques that are needed to work towards yellow belt. Self-control and respect for others are always emphasized; therefore, students at this age are not put in sparring situations.