Our Afternoon class is specifically designed for youth to begin learning our Traditional Japanese martial art.

What is the best age for a youth to start karate training?

Most youths are ready to train at the age of five.

What are the benefits of karate training for youths?

  • 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

How do I know if my child will like karate?

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.

Are there Benefits for families that train together?

Yes, families and family members that train together share a common activity that goes beyond the Dojo doors and 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.

Who will be teaching my child?

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.