Raising black belts
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.”