Karate at the pre-school level is more than just learning about kicking and punching. Karate provides an environment in which children learn to develop and condition their minds, bodies and spirits. Discipline is an essential element of the martial arts. Although a three- or four-year-old doesn't have the same capacity for discipline as an older child, we teach them how to behave appropriately in a karate class. This is done while still maintaining a fun and dynamic atmosphere. There must be a balance of play and discipline. This understanding of discipline has a ripple effect into all other areas of the child's life.
The beginner program at NYGKA is a place where children can have fun and, simultaneously, learn valuable life skills. While they learn the basic techniques that will become the foundation of their karate training, they will progress through a series of eight personal development stripes: Focus, Control, Balance, Teamwork, Coordination, Discipline, Fitness and Memory.
For teens and adults, the benefits karate can offer are countless. Unlike joining a gym, karate training is meant to develop "mind, body, and spirit" - a philosophy that goes far beyond punching and kicking. New students can expect to improve their physical fitness and health, develop more confidence, and relieve stress, all while learning valuable self-defense skills in a fun, active environment.
The philosophy of the women's program is that each individual student sets her own expectations and learns her limitations so that she can find safe ways to push past those barriers, whether they are physical or emotional.
Whether you are a white belt just learning the ropes or a black belt working on honing your technique and establishing your mindset, private lessons offer a unique opportunity to receive sustained, focused attention and help from one of our seasoned instructors.
We are known for our world-class Birthday Parties! Birthday parties are available on Sundays in two time slots: 12:30-2:00 and 3:00-4:30.
Birthday parties at NYGKA are a great way to celebrate your child's birthday, with fun karate basics and games led by two of our top-notch instructors.Call us for more information.
One of the most important gifts martial arts can give a young student is the confidence to navigate a bullying situation. Through our "Mission BullyProof" program, Shihan Jim Chillemi and the NYGKA staff teach the core concepts of addressing a bully problem - whether as a victim or as a bystander.
One of the most important elements of karate training is the idea of service. Black belt students, in particular, are expected to understand the importance of giving back - both in the dojo and in our greater communities.