For development of new skills, improvement of old skills and general growth and progress. But why?


As you know, training twice a week is the minimum requirement for all students. With advancement in rank, that minimum goes up as the volume of techniques increases (both at the rank held as well as the need to maintain all skills previously learned) and the expectation of skill becomes higher.

From a scientific standpoint consistent practice, instruction and correction improves the neural connections that allow us to master a skill or action. Without consistent training habits, students risk the “groundhog day effect” which means re-training the brain versus building upon previous training. This creates a challenge for both the student, who struggles to learn a skill and the instructor, who find themselves re-teaching skills, rather than developing and building on the skills already learned.

Missing the occasional class is unavoidable and our class plans are created to manage that. Curriculum is taught in cycles with new skills spanning several classes. When a student is absent for multiple classes they risk missing the instruction of a skill until the next time it appears in the teaching cycle. Make up classes can help!


Students who regularly attend classes develop bonds of friendship and peer association quickly. If a student is training sporadically, often those bonds become strained and the student begins to feel “left out” or “left behind”. This “fear of having missed out” begins to affect the desire to attend class and an unfortunate negative cycle develops. Consistent attendance in the twice-weekly core classes contributes in a big way to a student’s enjoyment and success in the program.

When you factor in the many benefits of our programs combined with our curriculum delivery strategies, it makes sense that training at least twice per week will have a significant impact on a student’s overall growth and development.

Why would you not want the most out of your training?

The economy. Your aging parents. Information overload. Feeling stressed?

We all talk about stress, but we’re often not clear on what it is. Stress isn’t necessarily a bad thing. If it wasn’t for stress we’d never get anything done. And sometimes stress comes from good things, like the birth of a baby or planning a party. According to the Canadian Mental Health Association, stress becomes a problem when we don’t know how to handle a situation in our lives. We start to worry about it and before we know it we’re stressed out.

Stress can contribute to all kinds of health problems including insomnia, obesity, some types of cancer, higher blood pressure and serious mental health issues, such as depression and anxiety. So it’s important to determine what gives you stress in your life and to come up with a problem-solving strategy.

Maybe your strategy involves getting advice about managing your money, finding a new job or taking time out to breathe deeply and sit in silence. Whatever strategy you choose, it’s wise to incorporate some form of physical activity. Getting active can raise feel-good endorphins, take your mind off problems, improve sleep and boost confidence.

Physical activity can also acts as a form of meditation. When you focus on what your body is doing in the present moment, worries get pushed aside. That is why martial arts like karate are so effective at combating stress. A major component of karate is focus and concentration. While focusing on your blocks, kicks and punches you can’t focus on your stress. If you do, you’ll see how it negatively effects your movements.

For example, you won’t have much balance or your opponent will catch you unaware. By practicing karate regularly, the mind becomes trained to focus on the present moment, instead of on the past or future. As you practice this focus in the dojo, you naturally start practicing it in your life. You’ll feel more relaxed and think more clearly. Your problem solving strategies will improve and you will respond to stress in a more alert, clear way.

Don’t think karate is your thing? You’d be surprised at the diverse programs available for all fitness levels. Contact us today and let us find the program that is right for you.