Karate classes for children

Shiranamikai offers karate classes tailored to the needs of younger children

Each session lasts around 45 minutes and is geared specifically towards helping your child to improve coordination while learning the fascinating martial art of karate in a positive and structured environment. These classes are suitable for ages 5 upwards.

Lessons start with a warm-up and stretch, then progress through the practise of fundamental movements such as blocking, striking, and set patterns.

Register for classes

We guide and encourage our young students to do their best. We also welcome parents and guardians to take these classes alongside their children as we find this can often be a positive experience.

Registration is required. We have dedicated sessions Saturday and Tuesday afternoons, while Sunday mornings are a gentle start and suitable for the first 45 minutes of the class.

Shiranamikai has a great track record of developing motivated, enthusiastic and confident youngsters in a positive environment. Karate is an ideal activity for your child, combining self-defence and fitness, while being a great way to meet and interact with others.

Austin Biesty, Instructor

What to wear and bring

Comfortable clothing that will allow free range of movement, such as tracksuit bottoms and a t-shirt, is recommended for the first few lessons. All jewellery must be removed before the class starts.

Inside, we train barefoot. Outside, trainers that stay on feet (!) are a necessity, while warm layers (excluding scarves) are fine if it’s a little chilly.

A bottle of water and some fruit such as an apple or banana is ideal for after the class. Hand sanitiser and wipes are recommended too.


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Before class

Please arrive 5 minutes early in order for them to be ready to start on time.

Your child should have visited the toilet before the class is due to start. There are options though, even while away from the dojo, so if they do need to go during an in-person session, they should raise their hand to notify the instructor, and be accompanied by their parent.

We ask that parents of very young children remain present throughout the duration of the session.

Away from class, your child will need encouragement to practise at home.