Youth - Teen - Adult
FAMILY STYLE Karate classes where adults, teens and youth (by permission)
train together in an Integrated Martial Arts. P-IMA Karate is Shinka-Ryu; a hybrid
style which blends many different martial arts. Students begin with traditional
Okinawan style basic karate techniques and advance through techniques found in
Hapkido, Boxing and Sport Sparring, Judo, Tang Soo Do, Goju Ryu, and Jiu Jitsu.
The youth curriculum is the same as adults and teens but each rank change for
youth takes longer as they require more time mastering it.
How Often Do They Attend Class?
It is recommended to attend at least two regular classes each week. With consistent attendance the student gets a strong grasp of the material. They should also practice outside of class times to ensure retention. We currently offer Karate classes 5 days a week (one being an advanced class).
How Often Do They Test for Rank Advancement?
Testing occurs every four months typically April, August and December. Testing is dependent on 3 elements: 1) Number of classes attended, students must attend a certain number of classes to be ready to test 2) Proficiency in the techniques for their rank 3) Attitude and home/school report of the student.
What are the benefits to teens or youth training in the martial arts? (adults, too)
If you want your child to become disciplined, to become stronger and more fit, and to have a positive self image take him to a martial arts class. Regular martial arts training allows the child the time to practice his focus and concentration. Daily he will challenge himself physically and mentally. He will gain strength and confidence during each class. Included in each class are life skills such as compassion and integrity. He will learn to work cooperatively with his peers. He will learn to follow instructions and he will learn that exercise is FUN!
How much does it cost?
The adult-teen-youth Karate class is usually 45 minutes. Affordable options for your budget. Upgrades are available for specialty classes such as kickboxing fitness, sparring, weapons, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Combat Hapkido.
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Sometime during yellow belt the student is expected to have foam dipped safety sparring gear (head, feet, hands, mouth guard...) to participate in sparring activities. Lightweight uniforms are available for $48. The gear can be purchased from P-IMA.
Do I Have To Break Boards?
Board breaking is generally reserved for more advanced students (i.e. brown belts and higher). It is a means of testing your strength using techniques. It confirms to the individual their ability to actually apply a destructive force with their chosen techniques. It is optional and students may elect to be excused due to various reasons (i.e. occupational requirement for manual dexterity such as a surgeon, pianist, typist, etc).
Do I Have To Fight, Spar, or Grapple?
Safety is always our very first concern. Students are encouraged to begin exercises or drills for sparring soon after beginning however they are not permitted to "point spar" until their instructors have verified both their knowledge of proper technique but also superior self-control when striking at other students. Also, ALL sparring is done with proper foam safety equipment (including headgear, shins, hands, feet, groin for men, and mouth guards for all students.
What Do I Wear?
The karate uniform is a comfortable loose fitting 2 piece outfit. It is very functional. The cotton material helps wick away moisture which helps keep the body cooler. The lapels are reinforced so that we can practice self-defense against opponents who grab our collars. A white uniform is worn for students under black belt. This can be purchased from PIMA or any maker as long as it is in the style of a Karate uniform.
How Long Does It Take To Reach Black Belt?
The answer generally depends on the individual and how many hours per week they are able to consistently spend training and in practice. The typical healthy teen or adult student (with no special physical or mental abilities) can achieve black belt in 5 years. The important thing to realize is that all students can achieve a "black belt attitude" towards personal development. This attitude can be achieved in a much shorter length of time. Kids and youth have more steps and can take longer; as maturity is a factor.