Why Karate Builds Confident Kids

By Marnie Adams, Contributor @ Kids In Perth 12 Dec 2021

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Karate is one of the few activities that truly makes children stronger, from the inside out.

Aside from dynamic techniques practised in this timeless martial art, karate empowers children to step outside their comfort zone, embark on a lifetime learning journey and, above all, grow in quiet confidence.

Cumulative time spent practicing this martial art, being surrounded by positive mentors, builds resilience in children so they grow to become confident community-minded adults.

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About | What is GKR?

Go-Kan-Ryu or GKR Karate is a traditional Japanese style of karate founded by Robert Sullivan in 1984 after dedicating 20 years of his life training and teaching in Japan, the USA and Australia.

Training at GKR Karate isn’t driven by high pressure or achieving competitive outcomes. Rather, it’s about children focusing on their own personal journey of self-improvement, character growth and confidence building. In karate, ‘winning’ stems from the practise, and striving for incremental improvement with each session.

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Thoughts | Karate & Bullying

Bullied and Karate

Bullied children are often shy and lack confidence, consequently,  appear as “easy targets” for bullies. 

Instructors train children in how to deal with bullying, encouraging them to speak to teachers and parents. 

GKR Karate students often turn to instructors for advice about personal issues. 

In this instance, the instructor can notify parents about their child being bullied.


Karate and Bullies

Children with bullying tendencies may develop an interest in karate. 

Naturally, these parents fear that skills learnt at karate will make their child's bullying worse. Actually, it's the opposite. 

In contrast, being a bully and low self-esteem often go hand-in-hand, being placed in a positive dojo environment surrounded by positive role models helps to change attitudes in these children.

Being regularly reminded that karate is for self-defence, never to be misused without risk of being suspended from training, provides extra motivation for children to behave.

Finally, a dojo setting often humbles bullies as they are no longer the "alpha" in the environment. 

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Benefits | Karate's positive influence

  • Builds a stronger mind and body
  • Feel more confident and self-assured
  • Enhance your fitness & lose weight
  • Become more self-disciplined
  • Improves your child’s concentration and general behaviour
  • Develop inner calm & reduce stress
  • Persistence to achieve long-term goals such as a Black Belt.
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