American Sports Karate instills self-confidence and discipline in kids through traditional Japanese karate classes. In either of their two centers, elementary school aged children can undertake traditional martial-arts lessons and, if desired, join teams that allow them to compete at home and abroad. To help each student's development, a recording system installed in the training area allows youngsters to watch replays of their own form and technique.
In addition to karate classes, the facility hosts an after-school program, with a designated homework area, a library, and a recreation area stocked with video games and movies.
Tae kwon do, a nonaggressive system of self-defense, took form more than 1,000 years ago. It is now taught to the masses worldwide, including at Master Chad Wilbur's Black Belt Academy. Children as young as 2 begin learning moves designed to boost confidence and gross motor skills. Teens and adults practice more advanced techniques, such as kicking or punching through Styrofoam boards.