I was once asked that, should I begin teaching full time, what would be my rates for the children’s classes. My response came as surprise when I said, “I won’t have any children’s classes. I decided that I would not be taking on any students below the age of fifteen years old.” Now having taught karate for some fifteen-plus years I have had the unique opportunity to associate, teach, and train with a vast spectrum of people from all walks of life; including children. I have always enjoyed working with children and quite honestly believe that if you can get children involved in the martial ways early enough the possibilities are endless. In fact I have already begun teaching my two-year-old daughter. Thinking back to when I first began learning the martial ways I only wish I had started earlier.
I have already begun teaching my two-year-old daughter.
Parent: “I’d like for you to teach my son/daughter karate.”
Master: “Why do you want him/her to learn karate?”
Parent: “I want them to learn discipline.”
Master: “I can’t teach your child karate.”
Parent: “Why not?”
Master: “Because discipline starts at home. If the child isn’t disciplined at home how can I be expected to teach the principals of my craft to them 1 - 3 hours per week.”
Students who will not or cannot focus and pay attention are at risk of injury to themselves or to a classmate.