Children's Karate

Children's Karate Fun in Gloucester

Karate Fun For Kids

3 year olds

A martial arts class for pre school children to have fun and start the journey of martial arts

Let Us Help Your 3 Year Old Become The Best They Can Be! THAT IS WHAT WE DO!

We have been teaching kids karate in Gloucester since 1989. Children’s Karate is a FUN class that teaches so much more than kicking and punching.  As soon as the lesson starts you will see how through games we will help your little one figure out that having great Self Control is SO MUCH FUN. Through specific martial art games, they will be rewarded for “holding back”, even if they really want to do something. Gloucester Karate Kids have GREAT self control and it starts from the very first lesson.

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Can 3 Year Olds Really Learn Karate?

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Of Course they can, and SO MUCH MORE!

Children’s Karate is not all about board breaking or fighting.  Karate for 3 year olds is about helping them become the best they can be.  This is why it is a perfect activity for pre schoolers.  While having fun they are learning life skills that will set them up for success!

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Listening Skills

One of the first games they will play, is the Listening Game!  They will be taught the three listening skills that all “Ninjas” know.  Focus your ears, Focus your eyes and Focus your body!  Most kids know the first one, some the second, but when they learn that focusing the body means they will have more fun in EVERYTHING, watch them STEP UP!! Children’s karate is more about learning important Life skills, then kicking and punching.

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Improved Focus

Did you catch onto the word FOCUS being spoke about to do with listening skills?  Not a coincidence!  The children will learn the Six Qualities Of A Champion.  Guess what number one is?  FOCUS!!!  When the kids understand that they can WIN by being more focused, you can see the FOCUS come on the faces.  They earn stickers and belts at children’s karate, not by being the best kicker or puncher, but by improving FOCUS!

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The life skills programme that all children are taught is called CHARACTER 1st.  It is not important that the kids may not even understand the word, but what they will understand is the importance of ATTITUDE.  Of the nine modules in the course, ATTITUDE is one of the fundamental skills.  This is why it is taught in every lesson!

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Character 1st

Kicking and punching is easy.  To be able to teach kids the real core values of Karate is a whole different thing.  Karate for kids is a journey into a world of principles.  Things like manners, positive attitude, self belief and focus are just some of the topics that are covered in the Character 1st life skill programme.  The kids have FUN, while learning self defence skills, getting fit and Life Skills.

Our Core Values

We are using martial arts as the vehicle to teach Life Skills. Even though I want the students to turn into wonderful martial artist, this is NOT my outcome.  My goal is to introduce the wonderful world of Personal Development to kids, no matter what age.  I do this by teaching the kids to punch, block and kick, and throwing in character education as I do it.  

The Kicx Family

Stephen Thompson Gloucester

Stephen Thompson is the chief instructor at Kicx.  He started training back in 1979 at 10 years old.  He has travelled the world competing, winning 4 World Championships, Argintina 1992′, Italy 1994′, Canada 1996 and America 1998.  When he retired from competing back in 1998, he concentrated on his own Personal Development, and has been trained by world-renowned Life coaches including Tony Robbins and Stephen Covey.   He has taught around the World and in his home town Gloucester.  

Now he is a 7th Dan Black Belt (Kyoshi), has a Personal Training studio where he can train his students his own personal philosophies that he has gained from training in Karate for over 40 years.

Karen Thompson

Karen has been fundamental in the growth of Kicx and NBBS.  She started training in martial arts back in 1995 and in 1999 she started in a relationship with Stephen and they were married back in 2003.  She earned her Black belt in not just Kickboxing, but also Wado-Ryu Karate. She helped develop the children’s programmes for our under six’s with her knowledge of early years teaching practices, as she owned a child care facility.  If you need any information on the special course’s, parents night out etc, she is the one to see. 

She puts together events for families to have fun, and makes Kicx not just a martial arts school, but a martial arts family.


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