Shima Karate has been a part of our community since 1988, offering classes in traditional Goju-Ryu Karate in Nanaimo.
Karate is fun and exciting way to improve your life, and there are many positive benefits to practicing this honored art.
Karate is taught in a dojo (the word “do” means way, road, or path and the word “jo” means place. Therefore, the place of the way is the dojo) which is a place of honor and respect.
At Shima we are not trying to make a 9 year old Super Black Belt.
Due to developmental stages kids that age are usually not physically ready and are definitely not mentally ready to be a black belt. Our goal at Shima is to develop a child over the long run to be an outstanding teen with integrity and a sense self worth and of personal goals.
They will be ready if they train on a regular basis to grade for their Black Belts when they are between 14 and 16 years of age. This will create a strong, confident person who does not bow to peer pressure and understands what it takes to succeed at anything they wish to do.
They will appreciate through personal experience the rewards of hard work and perseverance. This student will be ready to make their life their own with an understanding that they can do anything they want in life.