Ripple Effect Martial Arts just released its updated schedule of karate classes for Spring 2017. Not much has changed or shifted. But discerning eyes will note the addition of two more Adult Karate classes. It begs the question, what exactly is “adult karate?”
Technically, it’s karate without kids under 14. But that doesn’t really define it. Essentially, it’s a different way for adults to experience instruction.
Most of the adults out on the floor during regular karate classes are parents (that goes for me, too), taking belt-level classes and learning curriculum with their kids. These have the mat chats, where students big and small take a knee and hash out ideas about discipline, honesty, courage, and other black belt character traits.
These classes are also generally much larger, and thus the approach to instruction, drills, etc. is more uniform and geared toward the young. Warm-ups may start with a game. Classes end with instructors calling students up for special recognition. Report cards. Job lists. Word-of-the-Month worksheets. These are the building blocks of the school’s character development program, which is invaluable to parents and critical in boosting kids’ self-esteem.
Adult classes ratchet up the discipline, generally for three reasons:
So if you’d love the chance to throw kicks into adults for 45 minutes and feel extra sore the next day, try out a class without the kids.
Check out the full schedules of Ripple Effect Martial Arts adult and belt-level karate classes in Fort Collins and Longmont at www.mykarateclasses.com.