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Old 03-23-06, 08:20 PM
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Anyone here have kids taking karate or themselves?

My son, 4 1/2, has asked about taking karate recently so we took him to class tuesday night and again tonight. He was very interested and paid attention for the whole hour both times. I was worried he was going to be a disctraction for the others but the instructor said he did very good.

So who else has kids in karate?
Old 03-23-06, 08:40 PM
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My entire family are karateka. We practice Isshin-ryu. 4 1/2 is kind of young to start. 7 is the youngest age kids can start in our dojo. Just be sure you don't have to sign any contracts. That's a sign that you've entered a McDojo.

My kids were 7 and10 when they started. Power Rangers was what sparked interest in my 7 year old. He practically shit himself when he got to meet Jason Frank at a tournament.
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No contracts here. The instructor that runs the dojo is a 27 year vet and also instructs the local police academy and colleges. He does two nights a week here (tues and thurs) and two nights a week in the neighboring town (mon and wed).

His age was a concern and he said they normally don't take them till they're 5 but he always wants to let them give it a shot. There is one other youngin' in the class (be 5 in May) and they were partners the last two classes.

I'll give him a month and see how it goes. He said if after that he's not interested wait a year or so and try again.
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How good of exercise are typical sessions at a dojo (in general, I know different styles have different exertions)? I haven't taken any classes since I was young.
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Sounds like you found a good instructor, kantonburg. Let your son go for awhile and see if he maintains his interest, and his focus.
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Katonberg, like Bandoman said, it does sound like you found a good one.


Originally Posted by gryffinmaster
How good of exercise are typical sessions at a dojo (in general, I know different styles have different exertions)? I haven't taken any classes since I was young.
The only nights I don't come home with a soaking wet gi is when we work self defense the entire night. Even then I get a good workout "warming up". We usually do 15-20 minutes of stretching and callisthenics. The most tiring nights are when we work kata (forms). Our classes are around 2 hours.
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Originally Posted by garolo
The only nights I don't come home with a soaking wet gi is when we work self defense the entire night. Even then I get a good workout "warming up". We usually do 15-20 minutes of stretching and callisthenics. The most tiring nights are when we work kata (forms). Our classes are around 2 hours.
Wow. Sounds great.
Old 03-23-06, 09:23 PM
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Originally Posted by Bandoman
Sounds like you found a good instructor, kantonburg. Let your son go for awhile and see if he maintains his interest, and his focus.
Thanks Bandoman. Thats exactly my thoughts as well. He may go a month or two and just lose interest.

I get a good feeling from Steve. He's a very respected guy in our community and the assurance from a few other parents waiting tonight telling me how he's patient with the smaller kids. He's a very firm instructor and demands attention, which I totally agree with, but he is very positive when they do something right. He makes sure it's noticed. I can't help but to feel so proud when he was doing his first kicks tonight and he had the biggest grin on his face when the instructor congratulated him on a very good job.
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My 4 year old (he'll be 5 in May) son has been going to a local karate place and he loves it

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This is a picture of me in my prime



I actually took it in college. As a result of the ominous threat of the dreaded "purple nerple" in high school, my defensive skills were amazing. I have almost no offensive skill, however. I am Rope-a-Dope.
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Originally Posted by kvrdave
This is a picture of me in my prime



I actually took it in college. As a result of the ominous threat of the dreaded "purple nerple" in high school, my defensive skills were amazing. I have almost no offensive skill, however. I am Rope-a-Dope.
What are you? a clear belt?
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My kids both showed an interest once. I took them to a few classes. At that time my daughter was 8, my son 6 (I think). Anyway, she was totally into it, he however, wasn't. I'd love to get them back into it though. I think it teaches great discipline among other things. Very positive sportactivity to get the kids involved in.

On the other hand, my brother who is 2 years older than me was in karate for as long as I can remember. He was an ass. He would karate chop my ass any chance he got. I hated him.

My uncle teaches out in Long Beach, don't remember what though. All I remember is when I was 9 years old, he was an 8th degree black belt - does that sound right? Apparently I don't know my karate stuff! I bow down to you!
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Kids taking themselves?

Excuse me, sir, your participle is dangling.
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I signed my Daughter up at age 7,she`s now 13 and a brown belt.she went through her,i want to quit Karate and take Dance trips,but i pushed her through.(no regrets)
one of the most Important things to watch for is schools that push belts.iv heard stories of kids becoming black belts in 3 years..

when she goes off to college,i might just might sleep a tad bit better.

im very proud of all the hard work she puts in to it.

My daughters in white.


after that kick to the mid section.





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kvrdave is so hot.
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Originally Posted by Bandoman
kvrdave is so hot.
Yeah but that Magnum moustache has got to go.

But Dave still can't tell a kukri from a Turkish kopis.
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Actually, that's a pic of me from about 20 years ago, and the mustache is long gone. Kudos on recognizing the kukri, most people have no idea what that is.
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Originally Posted by Bandoman
Actually, that's a pic of me from about 20 years ago, and the mustache is long gone. Kudos on recognizing the kukri, most people have no idea what that is.
Yeah, I knew that was you. I've been around the otter water cooler long enough. Who else but a bando man would be holding a kukri?

There is a connection between Bando and Isshin-Ryu. One of the first generation Isshin-ryu students was also a practitioner and proponant of American Bando. I like to read about the history of my art which led me down a side path to yours.
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Originally Posted by garolo
There is a connection between Bando and Isshin-Ryu. One of the first generation Isshin-ryu students was also a practitioner and proponant of American Bando. I like to read about the history of my art which led me down a side path to yours.
I know, there were a number of people who studied both Bando and Isshin-Ryu. I'm not sure how much cross-training is done today, I haven't been active for a few years.
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Are we still trying to say that that is a picture of Bando instead of me? That's older than the Tila deal.
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My son started kempo karate back in October and he LOVES it. It's 2 nights a week plus Saturday morning (where they practice grappling and have mini-tournaments). He's also joined the demo team which goes around to different schools for presentations - this adds an extra Friday night session every other week. I don't mind the time it takes at all since he enjoys it so much. He did have to sacrifice baseball this year because he had a coach that was a dick - he outright told us that my son wouldn't play much since he had to miss one practice a week due to karate.

He tests for his orange belt soon and he is psyched about it.
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Originally Posted by antennaball
Kids taking themselves?

Excuse me, sir, your participle is dangling.
Perhaps it is, or maybe he's got the kind of kids that get mad, go to a mirror, and snarl into it saying "You think I can take me?"
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Originally Posted by kvrdave
Are we still trying to say that that is a picture of Bando instead of me? That's older than the Tila deal.
We know it can't be you since you would not be caught dead wearing New Balance.
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That's why I had my hairpiece on.

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