Our Afternoon class is specifically designed for youth to begin learning our Traditional Japanese martial art.
Most youths are ready to train at the age of five.
- Karate provides a fun and exciting way to exercise and interact with their contemporaries
- Good for development of body, gross motor skills, and mental cognitive abilities
- Young students learn self-confidence, respect, self-control, and discipline
- Training increases focus and concentration, and is beneficial for anyone with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
- Every student participates and learns at his or her own pace
- Exposure to Japanese traditions and etiquette
Bring your child in for a free lesson, without obligation. Have your child wear loose clothing so they can stretch and move easily. After class you can speak to the instructors about your child’s readiness to train.
Yes, families and family members that train together share a common activity that goes beyond the Dojo doors. It gives the family common goals and discussion points in their off training time. This further reinforces learning and develops expertise.
The health benefits alone are a fantastic benefit to the family individually and as a whole.
The Arizona JKA is affiliated with the Japan Karate Association (JKA) under the direction of our Chief Instructor, Master Shojiro Koyama.
Leading the afternoon class is Bobby Quihuis, 5th degree black belt and JKA ranked instructor.
All afternoon class instructors are either ranked instructors with the JKA or are currently training in the Instructor Training program.
Adult beginners are welcome at all Adult classes, although the Saturday morning kata class requires that you know at least the first kata (taikiyoku shodan). The best class is the 5:30pm Monday, Wednesday, and Friday class, since it focuses on the basics and breaks the class into groups according to level.
No, you do not have to sign a contract. Membership is month-to-month.
There are many benefits to training in the martial arts, and Shotokan Karate-do in particular.
Training in martial arts improves physical fitness! Immediate and long-term benefits include improved cardiovascular fitness and improved flexibility. Keeping the body moving and developing muscle also helps with blood sugar control, and reducing hypertension. Of course, training also improves self-confidence, and knowing how to defend yourself is an added bonus.
Yes, there are also mental health benefits to training in a martial art! Research has shown training in martial arts improves concentration and memory, reduces aggression, and greater stress management.