We (www.karateglasgow.com) have been working with the 'active schools' part of the local council to try and bring Karate into the local 7-8 secondary schools. We have proposed to have a taster session throughout one afternoon followed by 4 weeks of free after school classes on a rolling basis, one school at a time.
Stangely enough out of the 7 schools approached by the council non were interested ! We were advised this may be due to the time of year etc and the activtiies going on in the schools like exams etc, and we may be more successful at the start of the next term .. which is now.
On reflecting how to generate some interest I thought about Itosu's letter to the schools, and then maybe creating something similar to this, but from a modern perspective. Something simple like 5 areas where we can add a little bit of value. So far I have an intro to Karate, our club and then some basic points (basic headings, obviously these would be embelished):
Karate is a martial art developed in the Ryukyu Islands in what is now Okinawa, Japan. It was developed from indigenous fighting methods called te, meaning literally hand and Chinese Boxing (Kara). Karate is a striking art using punching, kicking, knee and elbow strikes, and open-handed techniques such as knife-hands. Grappling, locks, restraints and throws.
(Then have a background to our club)
karate can offer a lot of benefits to school age children, the main ones being:
- Karate enables someone to avoid fights as much as it teaches someone to deal with them.
- A focus on self defence enables those training in Karate to deal with physical and mental aspects of how to deal with a confrontation, and remove oneself from that confrontation as soon as possible
- Cultural significance of learning Kata hundreds of years old
- Exercise as part of the traininig increases focus and fitness, which has been proven to improve educational results.
Struggling to articulate other aspects. (without going on about military service!!) Anyone got any good ideas I can mercilessly steal? Or better ways to entice Schools into allowing us to show them Karate?