What is the Karate Kids program?

Karate Kids is an extra curricular program held in the gymnasium of the hosting elementary school and run during the lunch recess.  The 40 minute class incorporates physical fitness, non-contact Martial Arts and character lessons.


Who can join the Karate Kids program? 

Karate Kids is offered to students in grades 1 through 5. The offered grade range differs in some schools depending on the Principal’s decision and the number of students in each grade range at a school.  


How many Instructors and students make up a Karate Kids class?
 

An average Karate Kids class has 36 students and 2 Instructors.  In larger classes, Karate Kids maintains a ratio of 1 Instructor to 20 students.


Who are the Karate Kids Instructors?

One instructor is a Black belt Martial Arts Instructor from a local Martial Arts Centre, and the other is a certified fitness trainer or fitness enthusiast that has the important role in ensuring your child enjoys their Karate Kids experience and gives the students one to one attention during the class.


Are Karate Kids Instructors trained and certified?

Our Karate Kids Instructors take part in a comprehensive training and certification program prior to teaching a Karate Kids class.  In addition, they have all provided annual clear Vulnerable Sector Screens or Criminal Record Checks as required by our company and the school boards.


When do Karate Kids classes take place?  

Classes take place once per week, on the same day each week, during the lunch-hour recess or in the Peel school board, one of the nutrition breaks (depending on your region).


Where do Karate Kids classes take place?

Classes take place in the school gymnasium. 


How long are Karate Kids classes?

Classes are 40 minutes long.


Are children given time to eat?

 Yes, for lunch-recess programs children are given ample time to eat before or after the Karate Kids class.  


Can I withdraw my child from the Karate Kids program?

Yes. During the first four weeks of classes, if your child is not enjoying the program you may cancel their membership and receive a full refund, minus a $15 administrative fee. 

Dropout Deadline: After the fourth class Karate Kids Canada no longer provides a refund.  Part of the reason for this is that if a child has been enjoying the class up until this point we want to help them complete their commitment to their goal of earning their next level Karate Belt!  We want to help strengthen  “the muscle and habit of commitment”.  The more times a child practices sticking with something the have started, even when new distractions arise, they are building the habit of commitment and follow through.  This is an extremely important character trait to help students develop to make success in other areas of life more achievable.


Why is there a deadline to withdraw my child?

One of the values we strive to teach is commitment to reaching a goal and to remain focused on the bigger reward of accomplishment.  This is a valuable lesson for young students who may easily get distracted when new options arise and want to quit to play outside with their friends for a recess or two. However, we feel that letting a student quit at this stage of the program is a disservice to a child’s development of achievement and goal setting later in life.  Therefore our instructors will do all they can to coach and engage students to "stay the course" who may have a moment of distraction.

Children often need support to develop this character trait, which will later serve them well on their path to other successes in life! We always request the parent’s support to keep their child focused on the end reward of graduating with their team mates and achieving a higher-level belt which will bring them a great deal of pride.


How long is the Karate Kids program? 

The Karate Kids program is an 18-week class at most schools.  Depending on your child’s school, programs may be separated by grade range to accommodate all the interested students.


Is there a limit to how many students can join a Karate Kids class? 

Yes.  Space is limited!  Karate Kids accepts members on a first come basis, and we close registration when a class reaches 50 students.


What should my child wear to Karate Kids class?

Karate Kids members’ wear a uniform made up of a Karate Kids team t-shirt and a Karate belt. This uniform is included in your Karate Kids membership fee! They should wear this uniform to every class. In addition, your child should wear comfortable pants and inside athletic shoes.


My child is a member of a Martial Arts Centre and has a Karate uniform.  Can they wear this uniform?

 

When students ask us if they can wear their uniform from another Martial Arts class they have been at we always ask them back: "Would a baseball player joining the Blue Jays wear their other league’s uniform? Of course not!"  We strive to  create a team environment so it is important that all of our participants  wear the Karate Kids uniform. However, we do encourage students to wear their own coloured belt that they have already earned in their previous training.


My child earned a Karate Belt last year in the Karate Kids program.  Should THEY wear this belt to Karate Kids class?

 

Yes!  It shows what level they have already achieved and should wear it proudly. Your child will have the opportunity to earn up to three next level colour belts if they take the program for three years.


How serious is the Karate Kids program TRAINING if it only takes place once per week for 40 minutes?   

The Karate Kids program is specialty designed for a lunch recess program running in the elementary school system.  The program develops children’s fitness levels and basic Martial Arts skill while building character.  Our program is a basic level introduction to the Martial Arts and therefore once per week is enough to get them started and to build confidence to go on to more advanced training at a local martial arts studio if they have the passion and drive to do so!


What happens when a class is cancelled or they miss a class? Does my child get a “make-up” class?

When a class is cancelled due to inclement weather or a school event using the gym that day, or your child misses a class, you can take advantage of the free bonus class passes found in the Parent Information Package. This certificate allows your child and a friend to attend a Martial Arts class at your local Karate Kids affiliated Martial Arts Centre for up to 3 classes.   If we are in an area of the city where we do not have a local affiliate martial club to refer our members to, then we do our best to add on another class if it works with the school gym schedule and we have the instructors available.  


How do I register my child in Karate Kids?

Simply fill out the Karate Kids enrolment form that will be sent home with your child from their school one week before the first class starts. Return the form with your payment to the main office of their school or to a Karate Kids Instructor.  And don’t forget: it’s a first come first serve system so don’t wait to long to send back in your enrolment form once you receive it! Alternatively, if you do not have an enrolment form, you can call the Karate Kids customer service line at 416 482-8198 and leave a message including your name, the name of the school your child attends and your phone number so we can have the right program manager get back to you. 


Where do I get a Karate Kids enrolment form?

Enrolment forms are distributed to students 7 to 10 days in advance of or at the first Karate Kids class.  Thereafter, enrolment forms can be obtained from the main office of your child’s school.  We can accept new enrolments up to the 4th class if there is still space available.


How do I pay for Karate Kids?

You can pay by cheque, credit card, or post-dated cheques. 


Are there family discounts for multiple children?

Unfortunately, we do not discount further.  The Karate Kids program is already discounted to less than half the cost of a regular Martial Arts program. However, if you have triplets or three children who all want to attend at the same time, call us and we will work something out :)


Will my child be tested for their Karate skills?

Yes.  Every four weeks, children are tested and receive progress stripes to put on their Karate belts.  At the end of the term, children are tested and receive progressive coloured Karate Kids belts.