4 YEARS OLD AND UP / ALL ABILITIES
Osuna Karate teaches Shotokan Style and it is a member and headquarters of the World Shotokan Karate Federation (W.S.K.F.) in Japan and Canada.
LITTLE / BIG TIGERS CLASS
Little Tigers & Big Tigers are Karate Classes specially designed for children between the ages of 4 and 9 years old.
Osuna Karate teaches Little Tigers & Big Tigers class on Saturdays from 9:15 am to 10:00 am at the Springbank Dojo.
This is a full year session September to June divided in 3 blocks: Fall, Winter & Spring.
Little Tigers (Saturdays): It is a class designed for children ages 4 through 6 years old, who are just beginning to develop gross motor skills, hand-eye coordination, concentration and attention skills and get ready for more organized activities at this preschool-kindergarten years.
The Little Tigers classes use the "concrete reasoning" stage of development that the students are in at this age, where everything is black and white to them, in order to teach them about following rules, working with others and cause and effect of work and reward.
On the physical development side students are improving coordination, balance, body coordination. Activities such as hand blocks, punches and kicks are taught to help build a base from which self defense tactics are built.
Big Tigers / Children beginners (weekdays in after school program): It is a class designed for children ages 7 to 9 years old, who are in school settings and have developed gross motor skills, have spatial awareness, coordination, attention, concentration skills have been reached to their natural development level. This class is more focused on using these skills and integrate them into Karate. In this class kids will get their first level (Kyu) completed at the end of the year and if all requisites are completed.
Osuna Karate offers a unique experience in our Little Tigers and Big Tigers classes.
As is the focus with all of our classes, we want to meet the student on their current learning level and apply training which addresses their physical needs as well.
Mentally, we challenge students to build memory skills with names of techniques and other terminology, as well as learning about how to use physical skills to escape and seek help.
Our Little Tigers program has proven to be a great development opportunity. After 9 years of running this program, many of the young practitioners in our regular class are Little Tigers' alumni and current members of the Provincial and National Team.
CHILDREN, TEEN AND ADULT CLASSES:
The natural division of karate training is not given by age but by knowledge level. Following a standard syllabus both a beginner adult or a child would have to learn the same basis. Nevertheless, we planned our program with specific goals for children, teens and adults. We separate children from teens and adults several times a month. Traditionally we had kept classes separated but as we evolved we have come to the conclusion that children benefit from emulating adult behavior during classes, so we do several joined classes a month.
What to expect?
Although karate is trained in a group setting, it is undoubtedly an individual activity. Our experience tells us that all kids will develop at their own pace and that they all will eventually reach a comparable level of basic skills.
It takes from 5 to 7 years to form a proficient karateka (karate practitioner), with variations depending on individual talent and dedication.
Different from other combat arts, karate training is not set to be fast, it is set up to go step by step. In fact, if what parents are looking for is a quick way for their kids to learn to fight, karate is not the option. Kids will develop self-defense skills as they progress in their technical training.
Your child will look different from the rest. We like to emphasize this, because karate is very individual from a development perspective, but again on time all kids reach core base of skills.
Manners, discipline and training conduct?
Karate is known for its discipline and respect for others, and at our Dojo we follow traditional karate schemes.
We are, however, very conscious of the age of our students and understand that there would be distractions and other things the come along. We like to stimulate positive behaviors to find better results.
Your children will be encouraged to endeavor during class.
Because we believe in discipline and respect, we have no tolerance for disrespectful behavior.
Tell us about your child! Let us know if there is something else we should be aware of:
Class time is very busy and it makes it hard to chat with the instructors but you can email Sensei Osuna at any time with information about your child that you find pertinent to their training, or schedule a call. Sensei Osuna will find time in his busy schedule to chat with you. If your child has any disabilities or challenges, we would like to know so we can make a plan.
The program aims to include individuals with motor, cognitive and behavioral challenges in the practice of traditional karate.
“An inclusive Dojo and welcoming training environment where there are no barriers to the practice, filled with enjoyment and mastery of traditional Shotokan Karate-Do".
To include children with different challenges and abilities in the practice of karate.
To help children with special needs overcome physical and social challenges.
To train young, high-level students to work with children with special needs.
To involve and collaborate with all karate dojos in Calgary in the Program.
To create more awareness of special needs in Para-Karate category.
Karate’s emphasis on structure, consistency and repetition allows complex movements and concepts to be broken down into manageable tasks, so that progress is tangible and self-confidence is improved. The focus on accumulated skills results in a variety of physical benefits for all participants, regardless of level or ability:
- Improved reflexes, coordination and balance
- Increased endurance
- Increased strength
- Increased flexibility
- Improved cardiovascular fitness
In addition to the physical benefits, there is evidence to suggest that traditional martial arts, “which emphasize self-control, self-defense, patience… concentration, respect, and humility…improve executive functions [i.e., memory, attention, reasoning, problem solving, spatial awareness, etc.].”[i], These programs can also be shown to decrease impulsivity and hyperactivity, while increasing self-esteem.[ii] Finally, social awareness and interaction can be improved in integrated environments.
Participants: program instruction is tailored to participant's individual challenges and abilities, including:
- Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
- Autism Spectrum/Asperger’s Syndrome
- Cerebral Palsy (CP)/motor delays
- Down Syndrome
- Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
- Visual Impairment
- Other: i.e., Developmental Coordination Disorders (DCD)
The Program will support young, mature black belts in acquiring the specialized skills and training required to teach kids with special needs.
The Program is designed to include parents/family, doctors, therapists and others in the development of individualized strategies for participation.
Karate-Able, as part of Osuna Karate, follows the general rules for membership in the World Karate Federation (WKF), the World Shotokan Karate Federation-Canada (WSKF Canada), Karate Alberta Association (KAA) and Karate Canada, including the policies regarding participation in tournaments and competitions for Athletes With a Disability (AWAD) and/or Para-Karate.
We work with students of all levels and abilities, and at the same time, we welcome people with special needs to participate in our program. Our classes are fully inclusive and most of our advanced students are always willing to help anyone improve their karate abilities.
Karate is one of the new sports included for TOKYO 2020 Olympics. In support of this and taking one step further, Sensei Osuna is part of the Karate Canada "Para-Karate" committee and helps with the efforts of developing karate as a paralympic sport.
[i] K.D. Lakes, W.T. Hoyt, Appl. Dev. Psychol. 25, 283 
[ii] Mindfulness Based Martial Arts Program Report, The Provincial Centre of Excellence for Child and Youth Health at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario, 2006