Welcome parents!   Highland Elementary has formed a strategic community partnership with Babin’s Karate for Kids to increase academic performance and build citizenship.     This partnership brings together Highland teachers and staff with one of Phoenix’s oldest programs (established in 1981)that teaches mental and physical discipline–Babin’s Karate for Kids.

kidsThe cornerstone of that program —  developed exclusively for Highland School — is an on-site karate class held at Highland on Wednesday afternoons.   We have prepared this webpage to provide more details on the history and philosophy of this program to the parents of children who have been referred to us by your teachers.   Please read on for more details on this exciting opportunity.

The KARATE FOR KIDS class teaches confidence and self-control.  Children develop confidence when they work in a structured classroom.   This structure allows them to anticipate what will happen; they say to themselves, “I know what to do!”, “I know what to say.” and “I know how to act.” so their level of participation rises.  As they participate more, they develop more confidence, and participate even more, creating and upward spiral toward success!

And there’s more!  Your child’s academic performance will improve because of better focus and concentration.   Focus begins with getting still, and one of the first lessons in KARATE FOR KIDS is standing still or “standing like a black belt.”  Your child will learn to “listen with the eyes AND the ears.”  From this simple beginning, we very slowly increase demands on concentration until you are proudly watching your KARATE KID earn a black belt after a few short years of training.    This ability to focus, concentrate, and persevere directly transfers to schoolwork.

The Karate for Kids program will also teach your child not only health and fitness, but also safety and self-defense.    The KARATE FOR KIDS class uses karate-based exercises such as blocking, striking, and kicking in a fun, structured setting to teach a positive attitude toward exercise.   Karate can be a lifelong endeavor that makes a huge contribution to your overall well-being.   The actual physical moves (blocks, strikes, kicks) apply directly to self-defense, and your karate kid will also experience the WWW.KIDZNPOWER.NET safety lessons, designed to prevent abduction and molestation and help children have the confidence to manage bullies.

With most childrens activities, the learning stops when the activity ends. At Karate for Kids, our goal is to teach children how to take the life skills we teach and put them to use in their lives at home and in school.  Our “Victory” reward program will help you reinforce our lessons at home and at school.   Because KARATE FOR KIDS is karate-based, we are proud to help children learn the values of discipline, courtesy, respect, and self-control. Using our weekly progress reports, you can continue the lessons at home in a fun and exciting way. Each time your KARATE KID turns in a positive homework sheet, we reward him/her in front of the entire class, helping reinforce good behavior!

We also understand that sometimes our children have trouble displaying these values.  So if your child needs a little extra parental support, we’re here to work side-by-side with you, to make sure your child gets back on track!

Please  contact us today at 480-497-0515 to enroll your child in this program prepared exclusively for Highland Elementary School.

“When I talk to parents about martial arts, I tell them to come to KARATE FOR KIDS MESA.   We’ve been to other schools and we know there is a difference.  At KARATE FOR KIDS MESA, the expectations for students are high, the staff and instructors communicate well with parents and kids alike, and I can see a real connection between the things my daughter learns in class day to day, week to week and month to month.”
– Norma Lohide

“KARATE FOR KIDS MESA creates such greater discipline and focus.  It gives them the confidence to go out and do what they want.  The program creates a more well-rounded person.  It’s not just about punching and kicking.  It is about values and morals and every day stuff that helps keep kids safe.”
– Kris & Neil Houston

“Words cannot express our gratitude to both of you, along with all of Sean’s instructors, for the tremendous patience, guidance, focus, and determination he’s been shown these last four years.  Thank you for all you’ve helped him become.  We are so happy you are part of his life.”
– Kyle & Maria Longley