At our academy we focus on developing the traditional values (hard work, honour, respect) and real practical skills that martial arts was designed for.
In our instant fix, high-speed, high stress world, we are all finding it harder and harder to find meaningful things in life.
Practicing an art, devoting yourself to a skill and truly challenging your mind, body and spirit are experiences that are rare to come by in modern times. We as a species crave a challenge, a test, a mission to channel our physical and cognitive energies into.
Learning martial arts, devoting hours into refining a skill, mastering a technique or understanding a philosophy… That is a struggle. Struggling and overcoming challenges are what give us more meaning in life, and with meaning… Comes happiness!
Valour Karate offers you and your family a chance at finding some of this happiness!
All of our students, young and old;
Experience a culture
Learn an art form, and learn self defence
Meet like-minded people and make new friends
Become more self-disciplined and self-confident
Improve their outlook on life
Enjoy better physical fitness
“No matter how talented you are, your talent will fail you, if you are not skilled. Skill is achieved through practice. Work hard and dedicate yourself to being better every single day.”
(kara- empty/ te- hand/ do-way)
Originating in Okinawa, karate practices gained popularity as a powerful form of self-defence, a rite of passage/character building tradition for youths and a popular form of capture and control with-in law enforcement.
Karate has evolved over the years to be a sport, a pass time and a culture contained within an art.
A combination of te (a striking art sharing ancestry with muay thai), kung fu and okinawan folk wrestling, traditionally karate’s practices included; strikes with the hand, fist, foot, elbow and knee, grappling, joint locks and throws.
For us karate is a way of life, its’ practices bring a meaningfulness and a sense of balance to the chaos that is modern life. Karate gives us a form of active meditation and an outlet for not only our aggressive, but also our creative energies.
WHY KARATE FOR KIDS?
Karate is perfect for teaching young children and influential teens the hard life lessons. Karate provides not only physical activity, but also massive emotional and social benefits for kids, making it the ultimate kids sporting choice. Through the regimented cultural traditions, and the rigours of training, karate teaches:
- Hard work and resilience
- Discipline and focus
- Self-awareness and self-confidence
- Team work and social skills
- Control, coordination, flexibility and balance
- Emotional maturity
- Patience and calmness
- Setting and achieving goals
Jujutsu is an excellent source of physical fitness and provides the challenge and excitement that drives us to excel and achieve (something that is often lacking in adult exercise programs). Often a misunderstood art, Jujutsu is much more than white uniforms and punching air; it is widely known as the most effective self-defence art and provides endless benefits to its adult students, including:
- Stress release
- Strength and fitness
- Cultural experience
- Flexibility, balance and control
- Better understanding of the body
- Enhanced muscle tone
- Mental stimulation