Children’s Martial Arts Classes

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Martial Arts training for Kids…

Fun, exciting and dynamic!

In the Martial Arts classes at our Basingstoke club, your children will not only learn self defence and self protection skills through their practice of Karate, Kung Fu, Kickboxing, or Judo. They will learn so much more from our highly trained coaches, who are specialists in teaching Martial Arts classes for children and understanding how to help them succeed.

Martial Arts training for Kids with us is different, it’s fun, it’s exciting, it’s dynamic and as a life skill is invaluable. Teaching focus and discipline in all areas of life along with some very useful physical skills.

Recognising and celebrating success

Your child will be recognised for effort and achievement. Like all children who train with us, this helps to motivate them to be recognised for their effort. They can earn trophies, stickers, badges and special weekly, monthly and annual awards.

All achievements in our students are recognised, not only for those who are physically talented but also for those who have shown progress in other areas. For example: being polite, hardworking, thoughtful towards others, having shown good attendance or working well as part of a team.

We also recognise and encourage achievement outside of the Martial Arts, e.g. at school, cubs, swimming, gymnastics or at home. When a child can demonstrate external success, we celebrate this by rewarding them in front of their peers.

Have a look at our teaching timetable

Children’s long-term development

Our children’s Martial Arts classes are split by age and ability group, this gives us the opportunity to focus on the specific needs of that age group. Our view, informed by academic and scientific studies alongside our coaching experience, is that you wouldn’t have mixed aged children in a school classroom environment. A 5 year old and a 13 year old learn at a different pace and learn disparate things because of their stage of maturation. The same is true of learning any Martial Art, including the main ones that we teach to kids, which are Karate, Judo, Kung Fu and Kickboxing.

The age specific advantage

The distinct advantage to you, is that when you have an age specific curriculum, the children learn faster and progress more confidently. Like school, they move into different classes as they get older and become more knowledgeable, physically aware and capable. At each stage, we increase the complexity of what they do in order to improve their skill levels still further and to help them retain and develop new knowledge and new skills.

It has been proven that by structuring Martial-Arts training in this way, the benefits and rate of progression are significantly improved. Children not only learn more rapidly but also better retain the information and therefore increase their skills faster. Additionally, they also develop a much better understanding of the life skills developed through learning a Martial Art. For example; respect, healthy living, confidence, discipline, personal safety and decision making.

What do we do in Karate, Kickboxing or Kung Fu classes?

Classes are structured so that we train safely. All classes include a warm up, flexibility, strength and conditioning exercises as well as a cool down at the end.

Our use of methods derived from sports science ensures that we make full use of proven, leading methods of coaching and training. Consequently, this ensures that all members can achieve their very best from their own personalised Martial Arts training. This takes into account physical differences, rates of maturation, psychology, biomechanics, physiology, nutrition as well as strength and conditioning.

The format for each class changes slightly on a weekly basis as we progress through our proven, tested curriculum. This helps to ensure that we cover all the necessary areas to help the children to further develop their skills and knowledge. Our classes are structured to encourage a ‘can do’ confident attitude in all the children we teach. It is our job as educators to work with parents to make sure your children are successful, not just in our Martial Arts classes, but in life in general.

In our view all children’s activities should teach both physical skills and personal development. We achieve this by showing children that hard work means achievement and achievement means success and helping them to understand and shape their personal core values.

Photo of children's martial arts class
Photo of children's martial arts class

Earning new belts

Members are also able to take part in regular examinations within our Martial Arts club in Basingstoke or at our satellite schools. This allows them to earn their next belt, all the way to Black Belt in a transparent and fair way with family members observing the grading.

Our senior grading examiners have been qualified to conduct Black Belt gradings since 1993. During this time they have carried out many successful gradings in diverse Martial Arts such as Karate, Kickboxing and Kung Fu.

Our Judo Black Belt gradings are held under the auspices of a British Judo Association Senior Examiner.

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What our clients think

format_quoteMy kids have been attending Shin Gi Tai for the last 8 years and the whole family loves it! The coaches are all highly talented and make sure everything is age appropriate, with a healthy dose of fun thrown into each session. No two classes are ever the same with a blend of games, groundwork, karate, self defence and Kung fu. This gives the kids lots of variety and a chance to find something they really enjoy. I love the fact that my kids have a focus outside of school. Not only do they get to burn off excess energy from sitting in a classroom all day, but they learn to focus, listen and apply themselves each lesson with hard physical work to reach a long term end goal (their belts). They pick up lots of other skills, with an added bonus of making friends along the way. In the older classes the coaches emphasise the importance of taking responsibility for your own equipment and progression which is a great life lesson from a young age. My kids love getting involved to help support the fundraising events that Shin Gi Tai hosts which benefit local charities and I think it’s great my kids get to hear about people who are less fortunate and work together as a club to make a difference. I decided to try out kickboxing to loose a few pounds after my third child, and 4 years later I’m hooked and practising 3 different martial arts. The coaches are the masters of motivation! The club offers a no obligation trial session to everyone, so you have nothing to loose!format_quote
Elaine Bullock

Our Martial Arts classes are split by age

Our Children’s Martial Arts classes in Basingstoke are split by age. Rising Heroes’ class is for 4-6 year olds. Our Young Legends class is for 6-9 year olds  and 10-14 year olds. Our Children’s Judo class caters for children over the age of 6 years old.

Each Class has a different focus…

4 – 6 years old Rising Heroes

  1. Balance
  2. Coordination
  3. Discipline
  4. Fitness
  5. Focus
  6. Memory
  7. Control
  8. Teamwork


14 – 17 years old Cadets

  1. Self Protection
  2. Skills development
  3. Ability to adapt
  4. Dealing with emotional and physical stress and anxiety
  5. Instinctual Reaction
  6. Analytic approach to problem solving
  7. Strength and Conditioning
  8. Technical skills over strength

6 – 9 years old – Young Legends

  1. Concentration
  2. Flexibility
  3. Speed
  4. Technique
  5. Agility
  6. Courage
  7. Intensity
  8. Perseverance

10 – 13 years old – Urban Warriors

  1. Versatility
  2. Precision
  3. Reaction
  4. Instinct
  5. Strength
  6. Vision
  7. Explosiveness
  8. Dexterity

10 – 16 years old – Kickboxing

  1. Physical fitness
  2. Explosive speed
  3. Competition
  4. Focus
  5. Intensity
  6. Reaction
  7. Instinct
  8. Dexterity

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Rising Heroes: Children 4 – 6 Years old

Our Rising Heroes curriculum is designed to help your child to develop their motor skills and physical coordination, listening and cognitive skills. Young children of this age have bundles of energy and enthusiasm, which we harness within a structured fun educational environment.

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Young Legends: Children 6 – 9 Years old

Today’s children, more than any other generation, spend much of their time sat down staring into a screen and consequently are not getting enough regular exercise or social skills development to keep them fit and healthy.

Our classes will help them to develop good habits of physical exercise to help them grow into healthy teens as they go through puberty. Our drills, activities and ‘games’ have been designed to disguise physical repetition, meaning that the kids are having fun, learning Martial Arts whilst helping their minds and bodies to keep active and healthy.

Self defence is an important skill that we practice, learning how to avoid danger or threats without having to rely on physical skills, although they do have those skills to fall back on, if absolutely necessary. We educate them on self protection online, including how to safely use social media and online gaming. The issue of playground bullying and the school expectations of this subject is always a firm favourite topic that we learn about in our Kids Karate classes.

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Urban Warriors: 10 – 14 years old

Learning a Martial Art is not just about learning kicking and punching skills. It’s not just physical exercise, it teaches self protection and self defence skills, which for this age group are vital. At this age, children are more likely to need self defence skills to protect themselves against a potentially bigger and stronger, attacker.

Our Urban Warriors programme teaches self confidence and discipline, it builds self esteem and self worth. Our classes provide a supportive, friendly and positive alternative to the many undesirable alternatives that some of their peers may favour.

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Cadet's Class

Our Cadets program for older teenagers and young adults is designed to promote self-confidence and discipline, while building self-esteem and self-worth in our members. The program provides a supportive, friendly, and positive environment where participants can learn self-protection and self-defense skills through a variety of martial arts techniques.

This age group is particularly vulnerable and may find themselves in situations where self-defence skills are necessary. The program utilizes a range of martial arts, including Chinese Kung Fu, Karate, Chinese Kickboxing, and Judo, to provide a well-rounded skill set. 

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Children's Kickboxing

Physically, Kickboxing helps children develop coordination, strength, and flexibility. The combination of punches, kicks, and footwork used in Kick boxing helps to improve overall body coordination, build strength, and increase flexibility. This can lead to improved athletic performance and a reduction in the risk of injury in all sports.

Kids learning Kickboxing will improve their overall fitness with a fun and challenging full-body workout. Children will burn calories, increase their cardiovascular endurance, and develop lean muscle mass. It also helps to boost their metabolism and increase energy levels.

Mentally, Chinese Kick boxing or Kung Fu helps children develop self-confidence and self-esteem. 

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