Seishin Shotokan Karate offers several different programs. Our main program is our Shotokan Karate program and we also offer Junior Shotokan for 7—10 year olds and an additional program, called the Tiny Tigers program, for 4—6 year olds.
Here is a general overview of our main programs:
THE SHOTOKAN PROGRAM
The Shotokan program is for ages 7 and up including adult. We have a series of classes that are both rank-specific and age-specific, including some Junior Shotokan classes for ages 7-10 and various family classes, as well as some advanced classes for brown and black belts. The Shotokan program offers a highly structured curriculum that brings out the best in all students and focuses on developing all of the skills associated with the traditional Japanese style of martial arts known as Shotokan Karate.
These skills include strong stances coupled with dynamic punches, blocks, kicks and strikes, as well as numerous forms (otherwise known as kata), pre-arranged partner work drills and an increasingly focused sparring skill-set that is both systematic and highly effective.
Shotokan is precise and beautiful in its simple approach to martial arts, yet the path of the Shotokan practitioner is far from easy and will provide great challenges to even the most ardent and committed student while offering clearly visible rewards along the way for every age and rank.
THE TINY TIGERS PROGRAM
The Tiny Tigers program focuses on the age group of 4 to 6 years old. For this age group we implement a striped belt system with each progressive belt being white belt with a colored stripe. Some of the goals of this program are to develop focus and coordination, to have fun and to instill a sense of confidence in the young martial artist, as well as a sense of satisfaction for the parent(s) of the Tiny Tiger. The ultimate goal, however, is to prepare our younger karate members both physically and developmentally for the Shotokan Program once they turn 7 years old.