Family Life Worcestershire
22nd January 2021

Guest Blog: It’s about respect, not just kicking…

Today’s guest blog has an active theme and is all about how karate instils respect and self discipline. Read more below….

Sports and physical activities during childhood have always been recognised as an aid for development. This includes improving motor skills, to installing healthy lifestyle habits and overall fitness. But there’s more than just the physical benefits.

By participating in sports, children also develop key values and morals, most importantly in a fun way!

Benefits include teamwork and leadership skills, respecting both yourself and others. It’s also a good opportunity to learn about winning and losing gracefully, reflecting on performance and learning from achievements and mistakes.

Following rules and instructions is also key which is an important transferable skill needed for both the school room and life in general.  It’s shown to improve concentration and desire to succeed in other areas such as academically or in other aspects of life.

USKO Karate are a family run Karate club who have a number of classes across the Worcestershire area. They’re dedicated to introducing as many children as possible to the sport so they can reap the benefits mentioned above.

‘Our students learn more than just how to kick and punch. They learn self-discipline, etiquette and respect. Our classes are taught in a relaxed but disciplined manner and are great for both children and adults alike. The varied workouts (Line work, Bag Work, Kata and Sparring) are both rewarding and stimulating.’

Parents also see a difference in their child’s confidence. Here are a few words from one happy grandparent:

‘Because I was bullied as a youngster, this is my biggest fear for my grandchildren. Since my grandson joined this group 6 weeks ago I see his confidence and positive attitude grow every week. What does £6 a week buy you? A McDonald’s, a big bag of pick and mix? Me, it buys watching my grandson learning self-discipline, courage and self-defence, under the guidance of the most brilliant instructors I have ever had the pleasure of knowing.’

Classes in the Worcestershire area include:

Tuesday               –             Wallace House, Evesham. 5:45 – 6:45pm

Droitwich Community Hall, 5:30 – 6:30pm

Wednesday        –             Wallace House, Evesham. 5:30 – 6:30pm

Tudor Grange Academy Sports Centre, Redditch. 5:30 – 6:30pm

Thursday             –            Cropthorne Village Hall. 5 – 7pm

Friday                    –             Evesham Leisure Centre. 6 – 8pm

Sunday                                 –             Evesham Leisure Centre. 10am – 12pm

USKO also do a number of before and after school clubs, but are always on the lookout for more opportunities. Please get in touch if you’re a school who feels that you could benefit from this.

More information on how to get in touch with us can be found on Facebook or our webpage or by contacting Josh Mountney on 07824442833

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