Kung Fu Panda Karate
The basics of karate are taught in a fun and achievable way. By using fun and creative teaching methods the children develop the coordination and self-confidence needed to continually learn and achieve both in karate and in other areas of their lives.
Kung Fu Panda "Cubs"
For children ages five years+
In these classes, the teaching of the basic karate skills are alternated with fun coordination activities. As the children's, concentration and coordination improves, the more karate they learn. This is all achieved while having a lot of fun!
Kung Fu Panda Bear
At the end of each class, a child is given the Kung Fu Panda bear to take home for one week and then he is returned for another child to do the same.
Class attendance: Once a week
Spring 2020 Season: Classes start from Monday, 20th August.
4/5 years - Monday: 17:10 - 17:55 (FULL) Registration into the queue is advised
5/6 years - Thursday: 17:10 - 18:00 (FULL) Registration into the queue is advised
Stripe Classes (for children who are already enrolled in karate)
Orange to Blue Stripe - Tuesday -17:10 - 18:00
Purple/Junior Yellow belts: Wednesday - 17:00 - 18:00
Cost: Beginners 295.00€ for the season. This amount includes the karate kit, which is a Karate gi, Kung Fu Panda T-shirt and a karate bag. This can be collected once you are sure your child is happy to continue.
Kung Fu Panda Karate Classes - 260€ per season
Season Length: 14 weeks/autumn and 16 weeks/spring
Payment invoice will be sent prior to the start of the season.
If new to karate, the payment invoice will only be sent after two or three classes have passed. By this time it is usually clear who will continue or not.
Change of class day - All Kung Fu Panda Classes - 27th to 30th April
The children will do gym instead of karate. Gi pants and a T-shirt can be worn for this class.
“Bring a parent” - Beginner classes only - 9th & 12th March
Each child brings a parent to class and both parent and child enjoy doing activities together.
“Bring a friend” - This will not happen this spring.
Your child can bring one friend to class and together they will enjoy a fun karate class.
Please check the calendar to see and confirm all upcoming events.
Language instruction: Finnish and English
Beginners: Once you are sure your child is happy to continue please do see the class instructor about collecting the karate go, t.shirt and bag.
After three or four weeks have passed, the children will be tested on the basics they have learned and will be awarded the Kung Fu Panda badge. This then needs to be sewn on the left side of the gi jacket.
If your child is having a birthday and would like to have a “Karate Party” or any other party do visit our party page for further information.
Darlene has a fantastic way of instructing
Aidas and Janetta Barkauskas
Kung Fu Panda "Kids"
For ages six to seven and a half.
More focus is given to executing the basic blocks, punches, kicks and stances correctly. Partner training is introduced and basic combinations learned. Additional karate etiquette is taught and the children learn some karate terminology.
The children will experience wearing body protection to practice basic fighting skills. There will be a continued focus on developing body strength and coordination through fun activities.
This video will give you an idea of what the classes are all about:
Benefits of Karate
Promotes physical lifestyle
Instils a sense of respect
Learn how to set and achieve goals
Boosts socialisation skills
Improved all round body coordination
Children have fun!
What the children learn in class
Basic karate Discipline
Basic punching, kicking and blocking
Different karate stances
How to work with a partner
How to punch and kick targets
Activities to improve coordination
Games that improve reflexes
Exercises to improve flexibility
Skills to learn balance and stability
To respect the dojo and karate rules.
Karate Fu Panda "Cubs" Stripe System:
4 – 4½ years, Red Stripe
4½ - 5 years, Black Stripe
5 – 5 ½ years, Orange Stripe
Kung Fu Panda Karate Stripe System:
5½ - 6 years – Level 1, Green Stripe
6 - 6½ years – Level 2, Blue Stripe
6½ - 7 years – Level 3, Purple Stripe
7 - 7½ years, Yellow Stripe (Jnr yellow belt)
What comes after Kung Fu Panda Karate...
Once your child is graded to a junior yellow belt (9th Kyu Advanced) they move into the club system and become officially affiliated to the style of karate I teach which is known as Shukokai. Once in club karate the children learn more about competitive karate, learn various kata's, self-defence and more advanced karate techniques.
How to Tie a Karate Belt
One of the biggest challenges for parents and young karate students is how to tie the karate belt correctly.
Here is a video to help you achieve this.