Beginner: Introduction to Martial Arts
Beginner classes promote self-discipline, self-confidence,
courtesy and a positive attitude. These are smaller classes for ages 4-6, 7-12 and
Teens/Adults, designed to introduce the fundamentals of Shido-kan
is placed on proper stretching, breathing, basic hand and leg techniques,
stances, mat and pad work, and self-defense concepts.
The student handbook with an explanation of terms and dojo etiquette are
covered. Full GI (uniform) is mandatory.
Beginner classes are
required for all
new students. The number of Beginner classes will be determined by
Sensei Mitch on an individual basis. Upon completion of Beginner classes, the
student will move to a Traditional Shido-kan Class as described below.
Traditional Shido-kan Karate Classes
Traditional Shido-kan Karate classes cultivate self-control, modesty,
integrity, perseverance and positive thinking. Classes are divided by
age and by rank in some cases (intermediate or advanced belts for example) for
ages 4-6, 7-12, Teens and age Adults.
incorporate training in
all hand and leg techniques, stances, kata, kumite, bunkai,
mat and pad work, and self-defense
techniques, including throws and break-falling techniques. Participants will also receive
stretching, conditioning and strengthening exercises before and during
class, although the emphasis in class is
developing karate technique.
Friday classes are focused on
point, contact and ground fighting techniques.
Equipment is required for these
classes - please see Sensei for details.
Prior to attending Friday sparring classes, students are required to attend
at least 8 age-appropriate "Sparring Skills - no gear" classes. Full GI is mandatory.
Youth are permitted to wear a Shido-kan of Mahwah Tee Shirt in place of
their Gi jacket from Memorial Day to Labor Day in classes.
Traditional Okinawan Weapons Training
instruction is incorporated into Black Belt Club Classes on a limited
basis. Expert instruction in all traditional weapons described below are
taught by qualified instructors in Weapons Classes open to Black Belt
Club members and Yellow Belts (with Sensei Mitch's approval). Additional
fees are required for these classes; Black Belt Club members receive a 40%
discount. Enrollment is for 3- month periods on a continuing basis.
Traditional Weapons are:
If interested, please call.
Fitness Classes for Adults are described on the Yoga