Karate Classes for Children Ages 4 – 5

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).

Location Chicago dojo
Ages 4 and 5 year olds
Class times Mondays from 4:45-5:30pm

May 6, 13, 20
Pay for May 2024 – $75

June 3, 10, 17, 24
Pay for June 2024 – $100


Trial Classes Available
May 6
June 3

Pay for a trial class – $20

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.

Why teach karate to kids?

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. 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. Many people all around the world enjoy karate from childhood through senior years.

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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).