School Enrichment Classes
Enrichment and Convenience
We offer enrichment classes at local schools where students can learn authentic karate from a very experienced instructor. These classes can help lighten parents’ load shuttling kids around in the afternoons/evenings. The situation at each particular school dictates whether classes are offered immediately after school or during the lunch break.
In these classes, kids can expect to learn:
- the most important kihon (basic) techniques and begin to apply them in basic and very controlled self-defense exercises (almost no contact at all)
- very basic kata (pre-arranged sets of movements)
- strength, speed and balance exercises
Kids will get some exercise while learning techniques and strategies that could help them avoid or get out of a dangerous situation.
How is it different?
We teach authentic karate, as it’s practiced in Japan. We don’t spend the class time playing games. We keep it packed with fun for the kids but within a traditional structure where they also learn respect and discipline. This is real karate.
Our goal is to see kids learn some basic skills in a relatively short period of time and understand when it’s appropriate to use them. Tests are conducted at no charge at the end of each multi-week session (between 8 and 16 weeks, depending on the school schedule). Tests are an honest assessment of what students have learned, not an automatic pass.
SVSK Chief Instructor Jon Keeling teaches the enrichment classes. Sensei Keeling began teaching Shotokan karate in 1984. He lived and trained in Japan for 8 years and is one of the most highly qualified instructors of Shotokan anywhere. He has written over 100 karate-related articles, runs an instructors’ training program, is Chief Judge for the area’s largest tournaments, is certified by the Red Cross in CPR, First Aid & AED, is the official karate instructor for San Jose State University and a certified personal trainer.
Most important though, he is great with kids!
His own children attend schools in Palo Alto and Los Altos. Sensei Keeling attended school in Newtown, Connecticut. The 2012 tragedy in Newtown reignited his drive to promote safety training for children in schools.