Martial arts training builds focus, physical power, and character
At Enso, students are encouraged to be their best by challenging their bodies and minds. Students learn karate techniques to develop discipline, focus, and a “fighting spirit” all while having fun.
The positive and supportive environment of the dojo helps students learn traditional martial arts values such as self-control, discipline, humility, and respect. The physical challenge of karate training develops strength, balance, flexibility, and coordination.
New Students: We offer beginners classes
Earning Belt Ranks and Stripes
Belt ranks and examinations help students advance forward in their karate training. To achieve the level of black belt, a typical Youth Karate student will practice consistently for about five years. (There are ten belt levels from white belt to black belt.)
Ranks and exams can help teachers understand student progress and set goals for the future. Students can view ranks as rewards for personal progress and motivation for pushing forward and seeking continual self-improvement. Ranks are also used for grouping for instruction and in competition. With greater rank, comes greater responsibility at the dojo. Students of higher ranks (sempai) are expected to demonstrate higher levels of skill, knowledge, etiquette, and leadership. Higher ranked students are expected to train more sincerely, take initiative in helping lower ranks (kohai), and lead others by example.
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.