Osu, From Karate
Karin Hillman, Sensei
Most people have a misconception of karate. They see the sport as only kicking, punching and fighting, but karate is much more than the physical aspects. It is a way of living our life to the fullest and a tool to become the best individuals we can be.
I structure my classes with a routine that teaches young students how to follow directions, be aware, practice together, become a team, make smart choices, focus, appreciate what they have, and, especially, to respect their parents and family.
I think it is important to introduce my students to a variety of movement concepts. I draw upon my various experiences with dance, fitness and Seido karate to develop a more complex understanding of movement and the karate practice.
In teaching children, I find it especially important to incorporate fun games and obstacle courses that utilize the karate skills we cover. I also like to have the students perform certain activities one at a time in order to give them personalized feedback. Students are always encouraged to do the best they can, and I find that through this individual attention we see great results. Children learn how to stand up for themselves, and to be proud.
The class encourages students to be active, but they also learn how to be calm by incorporating a short meditation at the beginning and the ending of each class. In the beginning of class they focus on what they are going to work on and commit to do their best. At the end of class they reflect on how they did and how they can improve.
I believe that if my students strive to do the best they can, leave a little better than when they came in, and are able to carry what they have learned in Karate into their daily lives by trying their best school and becoming compassionate individuals, then, I have accomplished my goal.