Traditional Karate begins with basic punches, blocks, and kicks that help to develop fine motor skills at a young age. As students progress through the belt levels they also learn katas, which is a set of pre-arranged movements used to visualize defending yourself against an attack.
Students also learn sparring, which is a very light contact form of fighting similar to tag, where mandatory padded head gear, gloves, foot protection, along with a mouth guard are worn. The object of sparring is to score points against your opponent, without being scored on. Sparring helps students to develop their balance and hand-eye coordination. Students in the traditional karate program also learn self-defense throughout their classes. The goal of the NLMA traditional karate program is to help our students gain confidence, self-discipline, and teach them the importance of goal setting.