Our first competition of 2018 was a big success! We'd like to say a massive well done to all our Little Dragon and Junior students who attended and demonstrated a fantastic level of martial arts.
The event kicked off with a great display from our youngest students, aged 4-7 years. Everyone learnt and performed a Technical Form by themselves in front of parents, spectators, fellow students and judges. We were very proud as we know how much courage it takes to do this. A fun kicking competition followed.
Our Junior students worked extremely hard. Categories included Points, Continuous, Grappling and Technical Forms.
Well done to Billie-Grace Tooke, Ethan Ashford, Jessie Newson, Lily Larke, Alec Rae, Oliver Gray, Harry Dolan, Henry Ridgeon, Joshua Newson, Kia Gridley, Mary Cracknell, Oscar Parsons, Reuben Francksen, Stanley Spurr and Lilli Newton.
We were very impressed with the standard of martial arts on display. Each competition keeps getting better and better.
However, what was most impressive was the support, encouragement and sportsmanship displayed by all.
On the 29th January we held our first Teen & Adult Grading of 2018.
For most of the participants, it was their first Karate Grading – and what a great event it was! The standard of martial arts on display was excellent for the level of experience of the students.
The grading started with a tough display of fitness. It was great to see everyone giving it 100% effort. Then, a display of striking techniques, sparring and finally self defense work.
We would like to say a massive WELL DONE to all successful students:
Keep up the good work – onwards and upwards!
What an amazing start to 2018 for Elmswell Karate!
We would like to say a big CONGRATULATIONS to all our students who were successful in their Colour Belt Exams today on the 27th January 2018.
The day began with an hour demonstration by our Little Dragons (4-7 year olds), followed by two hours from our Juniors (8-12 year olds). All those invited showed great spirit, concentration and technical progress over the last few months.
We would like to congratulate: Arthur Beales; Billie-Grace Tooke; Charlotte Todd; Ethan Ashford; Freddie Rose; Jessie Newson; Joshua Carberry; Leon Rudd; Lily Larke; Otis Bligh; Spencer Morten; Thomas Edwards; Alesha Brand; Alex Benua; Ben Warner; Ella Mayhew; Finley Holloway; James Morris; Jayden Birkesl Joshua Newson; Kia Gridley; Lucas Bond; Lucas Palframan; Mary Cracknell; Oliver Ward; Oscar Parsons; Paige McFadyean; Reuben Francksen and Joshua Joel.
We would like to wish all our Teen & Adult students GOOD LUCK for Monday’s Grading.
We would like to say a HUGE well done to all our junior students who attended our end of year Karate Competition on the 9th December 2017.
The event was a fun morning of competition, which included Points, Continuous and Grappling categories.
Points First Place Winners:
Continuous First Place Winners:
Grappling First Place Winners:
We would like to thank all competitors, spectators and helpers who made our end of year competition a big success.
We would also like to congratulate all our students on their performances and good sportsmanship throughout. You are all a credit to the club.
This year we were kindly invited to perform at Ixworth Free School’s Christmas Fayre – and what a great event it was!
Our karate students had lots of fun displaying their martial arts skills for the community. We also received many compliments from both the school and members of the public.
Highlights of our display included:
We would like to say a massive thank you to Ixworth Free School, staff, volunteers, parents and of course, all our students who attended what was a great event in Ixworth.
We are very much looking forward to working alongside Ixworth Free School in the future.
Now, I’m sure you found our website because you were looking for a martial arts program for your child, and I’m also fairly certain that you’re mostly expecting your child to get a little exercise and some self-defense training in a karate class. However, I’m here to tell you that martial arts training at Elmswell Karate offers your child many more benefits than fitness and self-defense.
Martial Arts Teaches Confidence!
What’s the number one thing that will make or break a child in every aspect of their life? That’s right, confidence! As a parent, you know how important it is to feel confident about yourself, and I’m sure you try hard to help build your child’s confidence in all they do.
But unfortunately there are so many negative influences that can impact your child’s self-image. Everything from negative and misleading media images, to social media, to bullying at school – these can all take a toll on a child’s feeling of self-worth and self-esteem.
Yet, I’m here to tell you that at Elmswell Karate we focus on giving kids unstoppable confidence – the kind that can only be gained through real honest achievement. And while it’s true that kids can gain confidence in any martial arts program, we go the extra mile to give your child positive reinforcement and praise in every single class.
Understand, this isn’t like some sports or recreational activities… I mean, we don’t just give kids ribbons for participation or showing up. Instead, we look for what they’re doing right, and we compliment them and encourage more of that behavior. This sort of consistent, sincere praise leads to increased positive behaviors from kids, and it helps their confidence skyrocket over the long term.
Will Your Child Be Our Next Success Story?
We’d love to provide your child with the opportunity to become our next success story. And the best way to make that happen is for you to take advantage of our exclusive web specials and discounts. All you have to do is to get in touch here.
We would like to say a MASSIVE well done to all our junior students who attended the Colour Belt Exams today on 4th November 2017.
The event was a tough 2 hour display of martial arts and we are very pleased to say that all students passed!
We would like to congratulate: Alex Benua, Alesha Brand, Alfie Chaning-Pearce, Cameron Glazier, Evan boast, Finley Holloway, Harvey Long, Henry Ridgeon, James Morris, Jayden Birkes, Joshua Newson, Kia gridley, Lilli Newton, Lucas Bond, Lucas Palframan, Mathieu Paterno, Mary Cracknell, Owen Whymark, Oliver Ward, Paige McFadyean, Reuben Francksen, Sam Dixon, Stanley Spurr.
Stand out performances on the day were from Finley Holloway, Henry Ridgeon and Lilli Newton.
We had a wide range of experience levels attending this event. Some students were taking their first belts and some have been with us for over two years. We were extremely pleased with how everyone performed and dealt with their own nerves.
Martial Arts have been practised for thousands of years as a method to train the mind, body and spirit. And for good reason!
Martial arts is not just about learning punches and kicks. It’s about developing ones character and becoming the best version of yourself.
Children who get involved in martial arts at a young age often find accelerated progress in other areas of their life. Martial Arts training teaches physical, mental and social skills that can last a lifetime.
In this article, we want to share with you a few reasons why we believe every child should take up martial arts.
1 - Fitness
At Elmswell Karate, every session starts with a warm up and fitness training. This is a crucial element in order to achieve optimal health and performance. We regularly perform exercises such as star jumps, push ups, squats and stretches.
To be an efficient martial artist, students must strengthen their entire body, including the muscles, bones, heart and lungs. Without this, some of the techniques would be very difficult to perform.
With time, consistency and an effective training program, your child will get fitter, stronger and healthier.
2 - Self Defense
Unfortunately, we live in a society full of violence. Self defence and personal safety is vital for everyone and should be taught to children from a young age.
The ability to defend yourself and avoid danger is a cornerstone of many martial arts, including our programs here at Elmswell Karate.
We teach simple “street-smart” techniques to children to help them avoid problems altogether
3 - Discipline and Focus
To master martial arts, a student requires self discipline. This means a student must learn to control their emotions and actions.
The quality of Self-Discipline is a “Black Belt Principle” here at Elmswell Karate. This means that as a student progresses through the ranks, their self discipline will also increase.
Martial arts training is proven to increase mental focus in children. This means they will be able to concentrate for longer on tasks such as school work, exams and household chores.
It is common for martial arts students to excel in many areas of their life. In fact, we have had many students go on to win awards at school and completely change their outlook.
4 - Respect
Martial arts teaches respect for instructors, school teachers, parents, fellow students and the environment.
Your child will learn that being respectful at all times is important in order to progress, not only within martial arts, but also life in general.
5 - Confidence
A good martial arts program will be structured so that a student gradually builds in confidence. A child who sticks at martial arts generally becomes a confident person.
Working through a belt ranking system gives a child measurable goals that are realistic with consistent work. This also teaches that hard work and consistency will equal results.
A motto we have at Elmswell Karate is, “A Black Belt is a White Belt who never gave up!”
And there we have it!
Those are just 5 reasons every child should take up martial arts.
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