At my karate club people call me Sensei, and my friends just call me Richard.


Kindergarten Karate 幼稚園空手教室

My highlight every Tuesday is teaching Karate to the Seiritsu Kindergarten students with Kakiya Sensei's excellent support. We've been teaching Karate for the kindergarten for 4-1/2 years now! The practice lessons are 30 minutes long, first for 3-4yr olds, then 4-5yr old, and last for 5-6yr olds.

Last weekend, I heard about another private Karate club that has a kindergarten Karate program that is so strict the students often cry by the end. I was saddened to hear this because those kids will grow up with a negative view of Karate. It's important Karate practices teach discipline and a proper techniques, but lessons should also be fun too. I want to plant the seed of enjoyment of Karate for their whole life.

Our Karate lessons focus on enjoyment, basic form, and simple Budo ideas, like making sure everyone gets a turn. Kakiya Sensei is great at imparting these messages. Plus I try to mix Shiramizu's Arakawa Sensei's very positive approach to kid's classes with my own ideas to offer an unique experience.

Probably the kids will enter a new dojo when they become elementary students and be surprised the counting is done in Japanese, not English!





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