Grades: JK - 4 This year the Karate program will be taught in a multi-level group format. Karate 1 at Harding will introduce your child to the martial arts. They will develop skills both physical and mental. Children will work on mental skills such as focus and self discipline. They will also work on balance and coordination through the movements of martial arts. Basic blocks, kicks, and strikes will be taught as well as self defense and stranger danger skills. Karate 2 will be open to children from 2nd grade and up or younger students who have completed 2 semesters of Karate 1. Karate 2 will continue to develop martial arts skills and physical fitness. Children will work on flexibility and more advanced kicks and strikes. These include spin kicks and jump kicks. More advanced self defense moves will also be covered. Stances, footwork, and angles will be covered as well as more advanced striking combinations. Both classes will begin with 10 minutes of a physical warmup including exercises such as jumping jacks, pushups, and fast paced games. Karate 1 and 2 classes will then be put in separate groups to cover the skills of the day. The last 10 minutes the groups will come back together for the game of the day and stripe awards. All students will earn their belts, karate uniforms may be purchased. We will also incorporate special stranger danger and goal setting classes. School uniforms (pants or shorts) are acceptable or you may purchase a Gi for an additional $40.