Karate is one of the more complex sports disciplines, because when the students practice it, it develops the motor skills in a secure way. Its origin begins hundreds of years ago in Okinawa, which was influenced by an ancient Chinese tradition. Karate Do, literally means, walk with empty hands. This is a reference that its followers do not use weapons, not to attack nor to defend yourself, just their feet, hands and body. Even then, Karate is much more than just physical activity, it is based in the great philosophical and spiritual tradition of Bushido.
The purpose of Karate is to develop a balance and spiritual and physical harmony, through a disciplined training. A Karate school naturally promotes openness, peace and character integrity, growing day by day. Many practice this sport to improve discipline, coordination, agility and even to lose weight. At the age of 4, a child is ready to learn to learn discipline based in karate and achieve favorable results because in a short period of time the child will mature mentally, physically and most importantly in discipline. That is why many parents like this sport, because it benefits the children in many ways such as to be intuitive, to formulate, to create and to design a more stable personality, it also help to control the behavior and balance the child psychology. Karate is one of the sports disciplines that includes men and women and it is considered among the ones with the lowest risk for injuries.
Alex Jaramillo has been teaching karate-do for over 20 years, he is third dan, referee and trainer in the USA federation and also a blue belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu; he tells us that one of the greatest benefits that children get from doing karate is to improve the self-esteem. “Many children come to our academy very shy, and after three months they already can demonstrate new techniques they have learned in class with a big smile. This will continue in their homes and schools, their parents always tell us at our academy about the change in the children’s personality, when they attend the karate lessons”.
Sensei Jaramillo teaches lessons together with his wife Sensei Paola Jaramillo who is first dan in the art of Shoto-Kan Karate-do and has over ten years of experience. Both teach classes at their academy Shoto-Kan Karate Center of Miami, located in 17225 S. Dixie Highway, suite 103, in Palmeto Bay. Sensei Paola added that Karate can improve the child’s behavior as long as their participation is constant attending the classes. The change is subtle but constant.
Each child is different therefore each student requires the adequate time to work with them. In our academy a child can achieve a black belt (First Dan) by demonstrating the technical level and training required by this rank. This past December, Maxwell Juarez and his twin brother Joshua Juarez achieved the goal to be first dan in the art of karate-do.
They began training in our academy when they were 7 years old and both have represented the State of Florida in the highest contests in the country: The U.S. National Championships and Team Trials”. If you would like more information about karate lessons call Sensei Alex at 305.235.4257 or visit www.karatesportcenter.com