October 6

Recommended Reading: The Kids’ Karate Workbook

If your child loves martial arts, consider picking up a copy of The Kids’ Karate Workbook: A Take-Home Training Guide for Young Martial Artists by Didi Goodman.

This book is written for children, helping them to better understand some of the techniques they’re learning in class.

Of course, not everything in our style is included here, but it includes many

  • stances
  • hand techniques
  • leg techniques
  • escaping techniques
  • drills
  • and much, much more!

Ms. Goodman, in her note to parents that precedes the book itself, recognizes that martial arts cannot be learned from a book.

Instead, she says kids can “benefit from productive ways to stay engaged with their training between classes. Staying engaged helps keep up their motivation to continue.”

Most of the students in our program should be able to read this by themselves, but both I’ll follow Ms. Goodman’s recommendation that you may want to support your student by helping them through this book.

“Kids need support from their parents, too, to keep them going to class,” she writes. “But ‘karate parents’ don’t always know how to support their ‘karate kids.’”

Ms. Goodman maintains a blog and can be followed on Twitter.