Barrie Karate offers classes for all ages and abilities with training that can benefit everyone

Karate summer camp is the perfect way for kids to train their minds and bodies while having fun!

With the pandemic finally in our rear-view mirrors and with summer fast approaching, in-person summer activities are officially back.

And while there are plenty of team-based activities you could consider, if you want your kids to participate in something that will help them build confidence, learn discipline and focus, karate is the perfect activity. , said Dan McDougall, founder and Sensei of Barrie Karate. .

“Team sports are great, but karate is more beneficial to the individual,” he said. “There’s also the camaraderie and community that develops with some people making lifelong friends in martial arts, but when it comes to a competitive team or environment, it’s just the opposite, you have your own struggles, but you also have your own victories.”

In July, Barrie Karate hosts its summer camp, the first in-person camp since 2019, offering kids ages 5-12 a chance to not only learn the basics of karate, but also make new friends and grow. new memories in a fun and engaging setting. atmosphere.

“After a few years of forced screen time, it’s important to get kids off the couch, away from their screens, and into an activity that encourages physical conditioning and positive mental stimulation,” McDougall said.

Barrie Karate is a longtime member of the community offering karate lessons for everyone

Karate is a unique sport that can benefit anyone, regardless of age or ability level. McDougall said they have classes for children as young as four and currently have a 67-year-old student, so it’s a really accessible activity that can be just as challenging and fulfilling for everyone. world.

“Ability doesn’t matter and age isn’t a factor, and that’s why it’s very individualized training,” he said. “So what we like to do is challenge the student just above their level of ability and we meet them wherever they are.”

Lil’ Dragons is offered to children aged four to seven, where children are exposed to positive social interaction and how to follow directions. Junior Karate is for children ages eight to 12, where respect, discipline and control are emphasized and demonstrated in every class, and Teen/Adult is for anyone 13 years and older, where training becomes more focused and serious, learning and perfecting physical karate skills.

Teaching a traditional style of karate from Okinawa, where karate originated, called Goju-ryu, said McDougall as they aim to teach their students skills such as coordination, fitness and balance , their main objective is to help cultivate good behavior and teach fundamental values ​​such as discipline, respect and concentration, which also benefits them in their daily lives.

Barrie Karate offers a welcoming atmosphere where the whole family can train

McDougall said that often when they hire a student, they also hire their entire family. Indeed, they offer a family plan where when two people sign up, the rest of the family is free and the parents train with their children.

“Barrie Karate is like an extended family, and as new students qualify to train with us, we often have multiple family members starting to train as well.” said McDougall.

Opened in 1997, McDougall has operated Barrie Karate for 25 years and last year they welcomed Japan Karate Federation member Raki Sensei from Japan to become their newest instructor.

“Karate is his life, he’s very passionate and family oriented, so his value structure is all family oriented,” he said. “The students love him and he has brought new energy to the dojo and his extreme passion continues to be inspiring,” adding that Raki’s value and passion aligns perfectly with the values ​​they already embrace at Barrie Karate.

Barrie Karate is an established and respected dojo that has been a mainstay in the Barrie community for 25 years. Their longevity can be attributed to their professionalism, with their instructors having decades of experience providing traditional martial arts training in a safe, clean and friendly environment.

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That said, McDougall cautions that not all martial arts studios are created equal and the industry is unregulated, meaning anyone can offer karate lessons. He wants to warn people to do their research when choosing a dojo, to ensure that you or your children feel comfortable with the facility and the instructors, and experience the best that karate training has to offer. to offer.

“There are a lot of people who teach martial arts as a hobby and work full time during the day, but we are different. We are a full time dojo, it’s not just our career, it’s our passion,” he said.

To learn more about Barrie Karate’s summer camp program, call them at 705-812-8022 or email them at [email protected] today! You can also visit their Facebook page to learn more.

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