Rais­ing black belts

Dalby Herald - - LIFE -

A NEW sport­ing fran­chise has ar­rived in Dalby, one that prom­ises to pro­vide plenty of laughs for chil­dren as well as teach­ing them vi­tal life skills.

Karate 4 Kids is a fit­ness and safety school for chil­dren above three to build con­fi­dence at school, home and in gen­eral life.

Ge­off French is the man­ager of Karate 4 Kids and is adamant the com­pany’s move into Dalby will only ben­e­fit the town.

“Dalby is also very sim­i­lar in de­mo­graph­ics to Kin­garoy where our head of­fice is lo­cated. So it was a mat­ter of repli­cat­ing the site in Dalby,” Mr French said.

“We’ve em­ployed two lo­cal staff mem­bers to run this site. Both had been un­em­ployed for over 12 months and suit the po­si­tions on of­fer per­fectly.

“We es­ti­mate this cen­tre will in­ject over $100k into the lo­cal com­mu­nity in its first year through wages, rents, out­go­ings and site set up costs.”

Mr French also said mar­tial arts can ben­e­fit a broad range of chil­dren for a va­ri­ety of rea­sons.

“The classes are age spe­cific... Each group have dif­fer­ent men­tal and phys­i­cal de­vel­op­ment and the pro­grams are de­signed to help de­velop char­ac­ter skills, self­con­fi­dence and fit­ness. In do­ing so chil­dren be­come strong in mind and body,” he said.

“We found our pro­gram has been very ben­e­fi­cial and ef­fec­tive for chil­dren with OCD, ADD, ADHD and Asperg­ers be­cause of the struc­tures we use.”

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