Children's Karate.

Children's Karate Class Overview (5 – 12 Years).

Welcome to the children’s Karate Classes at Stirling Karate, a nurturing and dynamic environment designed for children aged 5 to 12. The 50-minute sessions are meticulously crafted to blend fun with discipline, creating a rewarding and engaging experience for our young learners. The program goes beyond teaching karate techniques, aiming to foster life skills in a structured, yet captivating environment. This balance of enjoyment and discipline is crucial for the holistic growth and development of young minds and bodies, encouraging them to flourish in all aspects of life.


The Children’s Karate classes are guided by Sensei Karin Prinsloo and Sensei Graz Prinsloo. Sensei Karin Prinsloo, a 6th Dan JKA instructor, brings her wealth of knowledge and a nurturing teaching style that resonates deeply with children. Her approachable manner, combined with her extensive karate background, makes learning both enjoyable and impactful for young students. 

Sensei Graz Prinsloo, equipped with a 4th Dan JKA certification, specializes in engaging young learners with her dynamic and interactive teaching style, making each karate lesson both enjoyable and educational. Together, they create a learning environment that is both inspiring and conducive to personal growth.

Class Structure and Focus.

Our children’s Karate classes are tailored to the unique needs of young students. Each session is designed to be engaging and interactive, filled with energy and enthusiasm to keep children captivated and eager to learn. We place a strong emphasis on fundamental skill development, focusing on teaching basic karate techniques that lay a robust foundation for physical skills such as coordination, balance, and strength. But it’s not just about the physical skills; we also prioritize character building and instilling values like respect, resilience, discipline, and perseverance, which are vital for personal development and success in life.

What to Bring to Class.

For the best experience in our children’s Karate classes, we recommend that children come prepared with the following items:

Water Bottle

Staying hydrated is key to maintaining energy and focus throughout the class.

A Karate Suit

Beginners can wear comfortable stretchy pants to facilitate ease of movement and flexibility and a t-shirt for comfort and to maintain a full range of motion during exercises.

Good mindset

An open mind and positive attitude are a great way to learn.

Check out the online shop for some Karate clothing and accessories.

Class Schedule.

The class schedule is designed to accommodate the busy lives of young students and their families:


Beginners: 3:45 – 4:30 pm
Junior Class 1: 4:30 – 5:15 pm (White – Orange 1)
Junior Class 2: 5:15 – 6:00 pm (Orange 2 – Red 2)


Dinkies: 3:45 – 4:30 pm
Beginners and Junior Class 1: 4:30 – 5:15 pm (White – Orange 1)
Junior Class 2: 5:15 – 6:00 pm (Orange 2 – Red 2)

Benefits of Children's Karate.

The benefits of participating in karate for children are vast and multifaceted. Physically, karate improves overall fitness, enhances coordination, and promotes agility, which is crucial during their early developmental stages. Mentally, children develop better focus, concentration, and cognitive abilities through the disciplined practice of karate. Emotionally, karate helps build self-confidence, self-esteem, and emotional resilience, key qualities for personal development. Furthermore, the classes promote teamwork, help build friendships, and teach respect for others, enhancing social skills. These benefits combine to create a well-rounded development experience for children, preparing them for the challenges of life.

The Role of Karate in Child Development.

Children’s Karate plays a significant role in the overall development of a child. It’s not just a sport but a comprehensive training program that shapes various aspects of a child’s growth. Discipline and respect are integral to karate training, teaching children the importance of these values both for themselves and others. These lessons are invaluable and extend beyond the dojo, influencing their interactions at school, home, and in other social settings. 

The belt system in children’s karate as laid out by the JKA Karate syllabus provides a clear framework for setting and achieving goals. As children progress through different belt levels, they learn the value of hard work, dedication, and experience the sense of pride that comes with achieving their goals. This experience is crucial in teaching them about goal setting and achievement, which will serve them well in all areas of life. Karate training also involves overcoming challenges and learning from setbacks. Children learn to face difficulties with resilience, an essential skill that benefits them throughout their lives.

The Specialized Children's Karate Curriculum.

The JKA curriculum for children’s Karate is specifically designed to cater to the learning styles and developmental needs of children in the 5-12 age group. It includes age-appropriate karate techniques that are suitable for the physical abilities and cognitive development stages of young children. Teaching methods are designed to be fun and engaging, ensuring that children enjoy their time in the dojo while learning valuable skills. We conduct regular assessments to track each child’s progress and provide constructive feedback to help them improve and develop their skills. This approach allows us to tailor teaching to each child’s needs, ensuring that they receive the most benefit from their karate training.

Children's Karate FAQs.

A: Children as young as 5 years old can start karate at our dojo. This age is ideal for them to begin learning the basics of karate and to enjoy the group learning environment.

Children’s Karate has a profoundly positive impact on children’s behaviour. It instils self-discipline, respect, and the importance of consistent effort, positively influencing their behaviour at home, school, and in other areas of their lives.

Absolutely! We offer trial classes for children to experience karate before committing. It’s a great way for them to get a feel for our dojo, the instructors, and the overall learning environment.

Yes, children who show interest and readiness have the opportunity to participate in karate competitions. These events provide a platform for them to showcase their skills, experience the thrill of competition, and learn valuable lessons about sportsmanship and resilience.

Sure! To understand the fee structure for our Children’s Karate classes, please check out the fees page for all the necessary details.

Inspirational Member Stories.

We share the inspiring stories of our young members who have experienced significant personal growth and achievements through their dedication to karate. These stories not only demonstrate the impact of karate on children’s lives but also serve as a source of inspiration for new students and their parents. From overcoming shyness to achieving new levels of confidence and discipline, these stories highlight the transformative power of karate and its ability to positively shape the lives of our young members.

Stirling Karate's Role in the Community.

Stirling’s commitment to the community goes beyond teaching karate. We actively participate in various community events, engage in charity work, and conduct educational demonstrations. These activities not only enrich students’ learning experience but also help spread the positive impact of martial arts in the broader community. We believe that by engaging in community activities, students learn the importance of giving back and become more well-rounded individuals. Involvement in these events also allows us to showcase the benefits of karate to a wider audience, inspiring others to join and experience the many rewards of martial arts.