Adult & Teen (12+) Karate Program in Manhattan
Come experience for yourself the beauty, joy and power of a consistent karate practice! Karate is available and accessible to every human being no matter your age, skill level, fitness level, or body type. It is never too late to begin and whether your goal is earning a Black Belt, getting in shape, or joining a strong and supportive community, Ken Wa Kan is the place for you!
Adult & Teen Karate Classes at Ken Wa Kan provide a practice that will increase your fitness level, stamina, strength, coordination and flexibility. Off the mat, a karate practice will improve your quality of life and your overall experience of power, confidence and peace of mind. Our professional, qualified and knowledgeable instructors will challenge you and work with you to achieve your goals. Our Karate programs develop people in an intelligent three-dimensional movement practice and they’re fun!
Come join a diverse community of New Yorkers and families that train together with respect, love and fierce karate spirit!
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Anatomy of Adult & Teen Karate Classes
Each class begins and ends with meditation in seiza (formal sitting position) to allow students the opportunity to practice being still and present in mind and body and prepare themselves for training and whatever comes after class.
Practice drills with focus mitts and body shields to develop speed and power in kicks and punches.
Basic sparring techniques and exercises practiced with a partner.
From stationary stances, students practice punches, blocks and kicks.
Kata Form Training
Movement sequences that develop overall strength, coordination, flexibility, agility and fundamental fighting skills. Over time, kata practice becomes more advanced and simple choreography becomes more complex to include sophisticated breathing techniques and timings.
Kumite Controlled Sparring
At the intermediate & advanced level, students engage in controlled “free” sparring to further develop their ability to stay present and respond effectively in a fight. This is done under full supervision of senior instructors who cultivate an environment of partnership among the students as they challenge and support each other in getting to the next level.
Dojo Kun Student Creed
We recite the Dojo Kun at the end of every class, these are the promises we make for living life and practicing martial arts. These are the tenets of our karate school, the context in which we practice martial arts and how we approach and live our lives.