Old Greenwich Karate classes are held in a safe, well lit training hall, located in a building behind Action Art School on Sound Beach Ave. The floors are matted for student safety. The school has a comfortable bathroom and changing room.
Rick has been teaching Karate to kids and adults since 1997. He has developed a distinctive approach for fast, efficient learning.
* Students aren’t awarded promotions, they earn them!
* As soon as students feel they have mastered a required subject, they are tested. If they pass, they immediately get rewarded with a new stripe or belt.
The power of this approach is two-fold: A) The timing of the test is initiated by the student, not the Sensei, so much of the anxiety of testing is avoided. B) Students work hard continuously, instead of “cramming” for a deadline. Using this approach, students increase both their learning speed, and their retention!
Junior 1 Karate training is specifically designed for the 4-6 year old student.
Sensei Rick stresses FUN so the kids are never afraid or intimidated. Kids learn more efficiently when they are happy and having fun. Drills are disguised as games, so students don't get bored.
Junior 2 classes stress more of the traditional Japanese Karate protocol. Kids are trained in easy to remember self-defense "moves". plus powerful strikes, kicks and blocks. When a student learns a skill, they get a promotion towards their next goal--either a stripe or new color belt. This motivates students to work towards the long-term goal of Black Belt!
Karate is not just for self-defense. The primary goal of Karate is to train the student to a achieve a lifetime of fitness. Because training is gradual, exciting, and fun "gym burnout" is seldom an issue.
Combat is a powerful blend of three martial art systems that stress hand-to-hand training for close quarter defense.
Escrima is the national martial art of the Philippines.
Ju-Jitsu is a grappling-based martial art whose central theme is the skill of controlling a resisting opponent in ways that force him to submit
Karate is an Asian system of unarmed combat using the hands and feet to deliver and block blows .
Sensei Rick demonstrating empty hand and weapon Kata.