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Senpai Duncan Sharpe – newest Shodan

Senpai Duncan Sharpe – newest Shodan

Congratulations to our newest Shodan, Senpai Duncan Sharpe from Sharpe Dojo Toowoomba.

Your grading was inspirational. The fact that you are 50 years old made even more special.Osu! Sensei Daniel Trifu – KWF Australia Country Representative. Thank you to Senpai Moneita Sharpe-Dojo for the invitation, support and taking the class. Thank you to Senpai Lynne O’Brien for helping run the grading. Special thanks to Sharpe Dojo students that helped for the sparring segment. Osu!

More pictures and videos from grading test on our Facebook page:

AKF and Swordsmen Martial Arts

AKF and Swordsmen Martial Arts

Sensei Daniel Trifu and Senpai Lynne O’Brien

from KWF- Australian Kyokushin Federation were invited for a warm meeting at the Swordsmen Martial Arts at the Invitation of Senpai Luke Walsh our newest AKF dojo operator from Brisbane. Thank you for your hospitality to Master John and Master Cheri. You have a really beautiful Dojo. Looking forward to a long and fruitful collaboration. Senpai Luke will have such a strong support group around him to build the kyokushin classes. Looking forward to our next visit.

9 Benefits of Martial Arts for Kids With Learning and Attention Issues

9 Benefits of Martial Arts for Kids With Learning and Attention Issues

At a Glance

  • Martial arts are self-defense practices, like karate.
  • They focus on individual progress and can be a good alternative to team sports.
  • Martial arts aren’t a “treatment” for learning and attention issues, but they can help with self-esteem, coordination and executive functioning.

Exercise is great for every kid. But children with learning and attention issues can have a hard time finding a sport or physical activity that suits them.

They may not have the social or physical skills to participate on a team. They may not have the coordination for activities like skating or ballet. They may find it too hard to follow rules, or they may be bullied or left out.

Many families discover that martial arts are an excellent option. Read on to learn about what martial arts are and why they can be a good fit for kids with learning and attention issues.

What Martial Arts Are

Martial arts are an ancient practice from Asia. They were originally meant for self-defense. Today, lots of people practice martial arts as a way to build physical and mental strength.

There are many different forms of martial arts. Some — like karate — focus on striking and blocking. Others—like judo and jiu-jitsu—focus on wrestling and grappling. All use deliberate and repetitive motions and emphasize the connection between mind and body.

Many parents believe the benefits of martial arts are more than just physical for their kids. They say martial arts can help to improve kids’ self-control, attention and other executive functioning skills.

There is some research supporting this, says Kimberley D. Lakes, Ph.D., of the Pediatric Exercise and Genomics Research Center at the University of California, Irvine. However, she warns, most studies have been done on schoolchildren in the general population. Few have focused on kids with learning and attention issues.

There’s also no solid evidence showing that martial arts can be a substitute for medication and other treatments for learning and attention issues.

Martial Arts Kids

What Martial Arts Can Offer Kids With Learning and Attention Issues

There are lots of reasons martial arts can be a good match for kids with learning and attention issues. Here are nine potential benefits:

  1. They focus on individual growth, not on team competition. Many kids with learning and attention issues struggle with the pressure of having to compete with other kids. So traditional sports may not appeal to them. But in martial arts, the focus is on self-improvement. There’s no “letting down the team.”
  2. They offer concrete, attainable goals. Some kids with learning and attention issues may feel like they never “win” at anything. In martial arts, kids work at their own pace. They’re awarded a different colored belt every time they reach a new skill level. This can boost self-esteem and keep them motivated.
  3. Routines are broken down into manageable chunks. A technique or form in martial arts can have dozens of different movements. But kids learn gradually, repeating and adding steps as they go. They learn to anticipate which step comes next and eventually put everything together into fluid movements. All of this gives working memory a workout, but in a way that kids may find manageable.
  4. They emphasize self-control and concentration. Attention is central to martial arts. Kids must stay focused to learn and to perform. When a child’s focus drifts, instructors will often ask them to take the “ready stance.” This position allows them to reset and ready themselves for what’s next.
  5. They can help with coordination. The deliberate, repetitive movements of martial arts can help kids develop a better feel for their body in space, which can be useful to kids who struggle with motor skills. This may also help some kids understand the power of the mind over the body, which some find to be valuable for kids with ADHD.
  6. They provide structure and clear expectations for behavior. Good martial arts instructors have clear rules and constantly reinforce them. They also emphasize good behavior in and out of class. Some even send kids home with behavior charts their parents must sign. (If you like this idea, here are printable behavior contracts you can try.)
  7. They can provide a safe outlet for excess energy. Contrary to what some might expect, martial arts don’t encourage violent behavior. In fact, instructors often emphasize that fighting is a last resort. At the same time, kicking and karate chopping can allow kids to work out frustration or anger, while also practicing self-control.
  8. The environment is accepting and communal. Respect is a core value in martial arts. Students are expected to show it for their instructor and their peers. Negativity is generally not tolerated in class, and students are encouraged to support each other.
  9. They’re just plain cool! Kids with learning and attention issues can often feel awkward or socially out of the loop. But lots of kids think martial arts are cool. It’s hard not to feel special when you’re wearing martial arts gear and breaking boards in half.

What to Look For in a Martial Arts Class

Your neighborhood may have classes for many different kinds of martial arts. Some, like mixed martial arts (or MMA), are more aggressive and are generally not the best choice for kids.

Most youth classes teach karate. The type you choose for your child, though, isn’t as important as how a studio approaches instruction, Lake says.

Before you sign on, meet with the head of the studio. Be honest about your child’s challenges. Explain what you’re hoping he can get out of the class.

For the best experience, the school you choose should:

  • Take a traditional approach that focuses on character development.
  • Provide a pre-evaluation so the instructor can assess your child’s strengths and challenges. You can also see if your child and the instructor are a good fit.
  • Have a low student-to-teacher ratio. Ideally, each class would have at least two instructors. If there are too many students, your child will not get the individualized attention he needs.
  • Have experience teaching kids with learning and attention issues. While it’s important for instructors to push students, they should also be supportive and understanding about your child’s challenges.

Martial arts provide a great opportunity for your child to develop higher self-esteem, find community and experience success. Learn how to ease your child’s way into sports. Get more ideas for sports for kids who struggle with focus, motor skills or social skills. And read a personal story from a young woman who debunked the myth about nonverbal learning disabilities and sports.

Key Takeaways

  • Martial arts focus on engaging the mind as well as the body.
  • They emphasize respect, self-control, focus and individual achievement.
  • The type of martial art you choose for your child is not as important as a studio’s approach to instruction.

Autor: Peg Rosen writes for digital and print, including ParentCenter, WebMD, Parents, Good Housekeeping and Martha Stewart. www.understood.org

Here is a list of Dojos that are part of Australia Kyokushin Federation – KWF Australia

Warriors’ Fitness Club – successful grading test

Warriors’ Fitness Club – successful grading test

Warriors’ Fitness Club  shared on their Facebook page:

Well done to all the students who participated in the grading on Sunday! Everyone gave it and that’s all we can ask for! A very big thank you to our guest instructors Sensei Phil, Sempai Kim, Sempai Steve, and Sempai Shen for all their help! It was an absolute honour to have them with us!

More Pictures:

Wollondilly Karate – Trifu Dojo – Official start

Wollondilly Karate – Trifu Dojo – Official start

Wollondilly Karate – Trifu Dojo shared on their Facebook page:

Thank you to all the children who came along this week to trial our classes and having LOTS OF FUN with us. We are very excited that many have already decided to join our Dojo – what a wonderful journey you are starting on with us. Thank you Wollondilly 

Most karate instructors don’t believe children under five have the focus or ability to learn karate. This is not our belief or experience. Check out this two year old in his first karate class!! Thank you to his Dad for allowing us to share this cutie pie video.

Sharpe Dojo Toowoomba – new classes

Sharpe Dojo Toowoomba – new classes

Introducing Sharpe Dojo Toowoomba new classes:

‘Fit Kick’,

‘Fit Kick – Families’

‘Core & Flex’

‘Fit Kick’ – is a martial arts circuit style class where you will get an amazing workout without having to do any contact partner work.

‘Fit Kick Families’ – those who train together, stay together. A class designed for the whole family. (7 years and above)

‘Core & Flex’ – a class focusing on core strength and flexibility.

Esquires please email: sharpekidskarate@gmail.com or Sensei Moneita Sharpe 0407 756 332  sharpedojo.com.au

Wollondilly Karate – Trifu Dojo

Wollondilly Karate – Trifu Dojo

Female instructor Senpai Sarhn is opening renowned Trifu Dojo in Wollondilly 

Teaching children aged 2 and older at Buxton Community Hall (22 West Pde)


MON – starting from 1st of May
2.15 to 2.45pm (children aged 2 to 3)
3.30 to 4.00pm (children aged 4 to 5)
4.05 to 4.50pm (children aged 6 to 12)

WED – starting from 3rd May
2.15 to 2.45pm (children aged 2 to 3)
3.30 to 4.00pm (children aged 4 to 5)
4.05 to 4.50pm (children aged 6 to 12)

CALL Sarhn 0415 748 590

Wollondilly karate

Introducing of new KWF Board members (video)

Introducing of new KWF Board members (video)

From 25 to 27 November, the European Open Kyokushin Championships were held at the National Sports Centre Papendal in Arnhem.

The Dutch Kyokushin Karate Organization was responsible for the organization on behalf of the EKF. There were more than 400 participants from over 25 countries from around the World, including a teams from Japan, Australia, Costa Rica and the United States for the titles in kata and kumite. 

Board member

The largest sports hall at Papendal was transformed into a true dojo with four tatami’s on which was fought by the best Kyokushin fighters of the world. 

On General meeting of Kyokushin Wolrd Federation was official announced that Sensei Daniel Trifu – AKF President – became Board member of World Federation. We congratulate him and we are so proud of his achievement as Sensei and as our representative in Kyokushin world. 

Here is video:

New Dojo join to AKF

New Dojo join to AKF

We are happy to announce that we have new dojo member of Australian Kyokushin Federation  – KWF 

Warriors’ Fitness Club  is based in Craigieburn, Victoria (Full info here: www.warriorsfitnessclub.com.au)

A traditional martial art, Kyokushin Karate is a very powerful style and is great for both, fitness and self-defense. It was originally developed in Japan by the legendary Mas Oyama, and is now one of the most widespread styles, with clubs all over the world. 

Kyokushin students are well respected and have high levels of self-discipline. Discipline and self-improvement are the core elements of karate. Students learn not only how to defend themselves, but also build confidence and self-esteem from their training. Karate is taught to both adults and children, with separate classes for different age groups and competency levels, so classes can be more suitably tailored. 

At WFC, our Instructors are qualified and experienced martial artists competing and gaining titles both nationally and internationally. Whether your goal is to learn self-defense and get fit, improve your technique and fighting style or improve your sparring and fighting confidence, our trainers are well aware of the training requirements to get you where you want to be. 

Class Timetable

Kyokushin World Federation – KWF Board member and AKF President Sensei Daniel Trifu (Trifu Dojo) and head coach of AKF, Sensei Hamid Zandi visited Warriors’ Fitness Club and here is some pictures of training sessions and after that:

Shihan Antonio Pinero Camp Sydney, Australia, 2016

Shihan Antonio Pinero Camp Sydney, Australia, 2016

Set under the magical blue skies of Sydney, Australia,

was one of the most inspirational seminars yet to be performed on our shores.

Shihan Antonio Pinero, the KWF Chairman come far across the seas to share his profound knowledge and charisma with the Australian Kyokushin Federation the Australian leg of the Kyokushin World Federation for the third year in a row at the invitation of our Australian leader, Sensei Daniel Trifu, the KWF Country representative.

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