Karate is a lifestyle sport that teaches children and adults a wide range of skills.
Discipline, increased self-esteem, confidence, self control and fitness are a few of those benefits. At Kiryoku Dojo, Okinawan Shorin-ryu Shorinkan Karate and Kobudo (traditional weapons) are taught.
The focus is on building a strong foundation in traditional Karate and on teaching practical self-defense skills.
Kiryoku means durability of spirit, Inner energy and willpower. All these aspects are at the core of this Karate dojo together with the five Karate principles – character, sincerity, effort, etiquette and self-control.
Kiryoku Dojo is a karate school catering for the whole family with classes for adults and children, bringing the love of this lifestyle to all. Students are taught respect and develop social skills, defying the use of violence and aggression, but gain an understanding for the importance of self-defense skills.
France Harington, owner of Kiryoku Dojo, has been involved in karate for more than 16 years. Many people may also know her from her other successful fitness enterprise – France’s Aquatics Port Elizabeth.
Kiryoku Dojo will teach your kids needed life skills
The dojo opened its doors in 2016, and at the time catered exclusively to adults. However, in January 2018, Sensei France decided to offer classes for children/teens.
“When some of my adult students showed interest in introducing karate to their children, it became apparent that this would be a great opportunity to bring this life skill and lifestyle to the whole family, a necessity in my opinion in today’s society,” explained France.
At Kiryoku Dojo, focus is on individual progress, even within a group situation. This enables children to grow and achieve goals at their own pace while also learning to cope and interact in team situations.
Students are encouraged to participate in camps, leagues and competitions further enhancing their confidence and coping skills. The benefits have also been evident in increased focus and respect in the school environment. Hence, the reason karate is called a lifestyle.
The classes take place at the Moregrove School Hall in Port Elizabeth. Children’s classes are held on Mondays and Thursdays from 6 – 7 pm. Adult classes are held on Mondays and Thursdays from 7.30 – 8.45pm.
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