Every child can benefit from studying martial arts at Ritter's. The study of karate brings more than just physical rewards; students also develop discipline, focus and goal-setting skills. The emphasis on personal achievement also builds confidence: success is within the reach of every student. Unlike team sports, there are no “benchwarmers” in karate classes. Instead, children learn techniques at their own pace. Belt and stripe requirements offer a clear path forward at each step of the training process.

Age

3-4

There is a great deal of benefit to be achieved by martial arts students who start early. In fact, many studies have shown that physical activities in young children, such as karate classes, can increase motor skills, improve listening, and hone mental skills. Furthermore, students who take karate are better behaved at school and at home, as they are taught discipline and respect in a fun and interactive way. Please contact a member of our staff today to learn about the benefits your child will receive.

Age

4-6

A specialized program for our youngest students. Our Kinder Karate program is a specific class for our 4 and 6 year old members. This program is designed to help build the skills your child will need when entering Kindergarten. From basic motor skills and counting, to organization and socialization, Kinder Karate is the perfect outlet for even the most active of kids. We help them develop coordination and confidence. Our program will help reinforce the listening skills, sharing and good sportsmanship that their parents are teaching at home. We also teach them basic karate techniques. 

Age

6-9

The program is designed for ages 6 to 9, which are crucial years in a child’s development. Students will benefit from karate's focus on building character; developing concentration and listening skills, learning respect for others, and improving self-esteem.  Karate training will develop a more confident and enthusiastic outlook, which provides a strong foundation for the school years ahead.

Age

10-14

In addition to developing physical fitness, self-defense and safety skills, our karate program also helps your child build confidence, focus and respect for oneself and others. Studies have shown that children who study karate often show significant improvement in concentration and self-discipline — both in school and at home. More than any other sport for children, karate and its inherent values counteract the “win at all costs” mentality so common in sports today. It is also one of the few sports in which there are no benchwarmers: every child can fully participate at their own pace. This makes it particularly helpful for children who struggle with attention and behavior disorders

Karate-ka (students) will learn the basic strikes, blocks, kicks and stances used in karate training. This fundamental training also strengthens and prepares the body for the more difficult techniques ahead in one’s training. From the first day of class, values of respect, courtesy, control and discipline are instilled in every student. Instructors provide training that is interesting and challenging while reinforcing these important values.