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6th Dan Japanese Karate Association – A Instructor B Examiner B Judge – Australia Karate Federation Accredited Coach – AKF State Level Referee

Children Karate Warm Ups – Karrinyup Karate – Stirling Karate

Children Karate Warm Ups – Karrinyup Karate – Stirling Karate

Karrinyup Karate – 2 Nerita Way – Stirling Karate

Karate warmup  for children aiding in development.


To be able to teach young children karate, the instructors will need to understand something about child development and structure the classes in such a way as to accommodate, compliment and reinforce this.

A good warm up can be used to address a lot of these important aspects.

The following needs to be taken into consideration:

Physical Development Karin Prinsloo Karate Teaching Student 7

Design warm ups for children not only for preparing the body for karate, but to improve skills such as coordination, agility, speed, power, core strength and flexibility.

Intellectual DevelopmentKarin Prinsloo Karate Teaching Student 8

The young child’s mind is like sponge when it comes to soaking up information. They love learning new things. Remembering sequences, patterns and following instructions stimulates intellectual development. E.g. Performing the ladder drills while the line is moving fast, enhances focus and concentration.

Emotional Development Karin Prinsloo Karate Teaching Student 5

Young children relates better to “feel” rather than “reason”.  Exercises must “feel” like fun to do. They still will be developing their understanding of feelings. This is a vitally important skill which will aid them in eventually becoming well-balanced adults. Instructors should show constant support and offer plenty of reassurance to the children, helping them to develop their confidence and sense of self.

Karin Prinsloo Karate Teaching Student 6

Social Development

Any form of group learning or exercise is a “social experience”, wherein the young child will not only be learning the subject being taught, but also certain aspects of interpersonal skills and teamwork. This is where they learn about responsibility, discipline and good manners. To ”wait their turn” and use “please” and “thank you” (and “Oss”) etc. They will also learn about the appreciation of law and order.

In conclusion: Young children has energy, a short attention span, learn quickly and love games. This means train in a safe environment, short (30/45min), focus on “doing”, plenty variety and must be fun. Design and pre-plan your warm-ups around these aspects and great results will show..


Prof. J R Lee-Barron PhD FIMAS

President, Institute of Martial Arts and Sciences

Dean, Faculty of Martial Arts



Karin Prinsloo – Kumite Techniques – Defending Against Kicks

Karin Prinsloo – Kumite Techniques – Defending Against Kicks

Defending Against Kicks

Karrinyup Karate – Stirling Karate – 2 Nerita Way Stirling.


Whether you are competing in karate, do kumite sparring or defending yourself, nobody like to be kicked in the head! It’s not only dangerous but humiliating.

A. The first part of the video is about a nice little 3 point drill that helps you defend a front foot maswashi geri to the face.
1. Move towards the kick, break the line, counter attack kezame tsuki
2. Move back to block and counter gyaku tsuki
3. The opponent delivers an ushiro mawashi geri and defending by moving towards the closed side of the opponent , keeping close while countering gyaku tsuki.

In your training session let the opponent perform two front foot maswashi geris and one front foot ushiro mawashi geri to the target standing still. Secondly provide a moving target. Thirdly let the opponent move into the correct directions. Fourthly apply block and counter attacking.

B. The second part of the video is some ideas around defending against a front foot mawashi while sweeping the opponent’s supporting leg. Be sure to keep your defence up when approaching with the sweep.


Karin Prinsloo – Kumite Techniques – Attacking Against A “Cut off”

Karin Prinsloo – Kumite Techniques – Attacking Against A “Cut off”

Karin Prinsloo – Kumite Techniques – Attacking Against A “Cut off”

Karrinyup Karate – Stirling Karate – 2 Nerita Way – Perth


It takes good timing, courage, accuracy and speed to “cut off” an attacker with a gyaku zuki, as they are launching an attack. So, what to do when you are down on points and your opponent beats you by cutting you off with a gyaku zuki? Here are some ideas…. ‪#‎sajka‬ ‪#‎jka‬ ‪#‎kumite‬ ‪#‎karate‬‪#‎karinprinsloo‬ ‪#‎pinetownjka‬