A big thanks to Marc and Shane for an awesome introduction to kickboxing. I have thoroughly enjoyed the classes I've attended and look forward to returning in the future. The ladies only kickboxing class is a great environment in which to learn new skills as a beginner. It really gets the heart and spirit pumping! It offers an effective, challenging and really fun way to exercise the body and mind, increasing fitness and confidence.
Just wanted to acknowledge and say a big thank you to sensai Marc and his staff for running such an organised and professional karate class. Our son Byron joined Newcaslte Karate some months ago and trains twice a week. Not only are we seeing a change in his self confidence but also his teachers have noticed a significent growth in this area. When making choices about the type of activity you want your child to participate in away from school you want somewhere that will engage them so they enjoy the experience and want to return, encourage them to respect not only themselves but others and empower them with skills that enhance their self confidence. As their logo states Newcastle Karate encapulate these elements perfectly and I encourage all parents to make the time and book your child into a class.
Students at St Paul's Booragul have had karate as an option for Friday afternoon Sport. Beside the obvious benefit of Improving the ability to defend yourself other benefits of studying Martial arts include: Fitness, Reduced risk of Injury, Self discipline, focus and concentration, Respect for yourself and each other, Self confidence These benefits go beyond doing well in a martial arts. For students these benefits translate directly into ability to focus and perform better at schoolwork. Sensei Marc Mathews, assisted by Sensei Laurie, of Newcastle Karate has been instructing classes of about 20 students on Friday afternoons. A typical class includes warm up exercises to improve strength and flexibility, basic punching, blocking and kicking techniques and self-defence techniques against pushes and grabs. The students have enjoyed participating and their improvement has been quite noticeable.
My 9 year old daughter says to me the other day after hearing that Karate was back from the Christmas break - 'You know mum, I can't wait to get my black belt so I can travel the world' - 9 years old and already wanting to achieve and travel - I just love it! Here's cheers and a huge thank you to Marc and the team for providing the kids an environment where they feel they can reach the stars!
I chose Newcastle Karate because it was a lot of fun from the very first class. I feel comfortable, accepted and respected, it makes me feel confident and calm. I like that there are a lot of Sensei's to help you, so you dont have to wait for one instructor to come around and help you, there is always someone to help you and show you the correct moves. It is a lot of fun, you meet a lot of new friends and I am always excited about when my next class is on.
Before being introduced to Karate I had low self-esteem, But Karate has taught me to be confident from how I walk to how I talk. I have gained so much self discipline through learning self-defense that it has made me more aware of my surroundings and respectful of all people. I feel my life is more structured and I have goals - one is to earn my black belt. At Newcastle Karate they make you feel like a winner, I felt that I always failed at my previous sports but with Newcastle Karate your are highly respected. I have seen other Karate schools and tried them but Newcastle Karate is by far the best, the other schools have one or two instructors for a class of 30 or more but at Newcastle Karate there are Four or more instructors (sensei's) to teach, guide and support on a more personal level. Besides the opportunity to meet great people and earn self-defense, you will have a lot of fun!
Before we joined Newcastle Karate we looked around at the other Karate schools and our girls chose Newcastle Karate as their favourite straight away. Furthermore it was the best value for money compared to the other karate schools. The experience and professionalism is of a very high standard without the high price tag. Everyone is friendly, welcoming and more than happy to help and support you. The fact that there are a lot more instructors per student is an advantage. Within a few weeks we noticed our girls concentration, focus and discipline increase and an overall positive attitude. We recommend Newcastle Karate to anyone who is looking for a professional and friendly karate school.
After training in Tae Kwon Do and receiving my 1st Dan Black Belt I found sadly I had lost my passion for martial arts with its point scoring style of sparring. At first I was apprehensive to begin a new style of martial arts believing I would be sent all the way back to square one with my training and I would find some adversity towards being a black belt from a different style. However these doubts were immediately dispelled within ten minutes of my first lesson. Newcastle Karate has a great team of friendly instructors and a community of students that provides support and encouragement to all who pass through its doors. Incorporating elements not just from Karate but other martial arts, students are provided with a diverse understanding of self defence, contact sparring and fundamental techniques with a noticeable improvement in fitness and flexibility. I also have joined their Ladies Only Kickboxing classes and have to say I've never had more fun in a sport before.
Hi Marc I am writing to thank you for the team building experience that you facilitated for my operational team at Jemena. It was great to see the team working out of their comfort zone and in an environment that encouraged them to work together and build trust. An important part of the experience was to also get our people active and moving. The session worked brilliantly and was enjoyed by all team members. It was great to participate in a unique corporate team building program and I would highly recommend this to other companies. Once again thank you sensei Marc
Awesome is how I would describe sensei Marc and Newcastle Karate. It has focussed attention from Sensei Marc and the team who are more than happy to impart their wisdom. It has a well rounded and diverse curriculum that is effective when it comes to anything more than scoring points in the ring. I have been training with Newcastle Karate for over 3yrs and have found my fitness and flexibility improve dramatically and on top of it all it is enjoyable and rewarding to attend Newcastle karate.
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