Academy of Okinawan Karate

Taught by Shuri-ryu Chief Instructor Joey Johnston

The Academy of Okinawan Karate

The Academy of  Okinawan Karate is the only Peoria Karate school specializing in classes for kids 6 years old and younger.

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Tiny Tiger Program
(age 6 & Under)

Our Tiny Tigers Children's Karate program is designed to meet the needs of younger students by developing their focus and coordination.  Classes are scheduled for 30 minutes each (versus 1 hour for older children and adults).  It is ideal for Tiny Tigers to attend two classes per week.  The martial arts skills are kept simple and are interspersed with skill building activities to keep the children focused and enthused.  The kids will think these activities are games but they have great benifits including timing, balance, hand eye coordination and so many other attributes.

Positive reinforcement for goals achieved is the foundation of this program.  The kids will quickly learn to set goals and learn to work toward those goals.  The most immediate goals for the tiny tiger class is to earn a stripe to go on to their belt.  When the kids earn this stripe their self esteem jumps up.  When they earn this stripe their focus increases.  When they earn this stripe their drive to achieve more things becomes something you'll want to see.  BUT! When they earn their new belts... EVERYTHING SKY-ROCKETS! 

The Tiny Tigers Program will also prepare your child for our Youth Martial Arts program. In the Tiny Tiger classes, your child will be exposed to positive social interaction.  They will make new friends who have similar interests.  They will learn how to work with others and follow directions from their instructors.  Our Tiny Tiger Instructors are good role models who have been trained specifically to work with preschool age children.


The following are some of the benefits your child will attain from participating in the Tiny Tiger Class:

FOCUS - This will help your child's aim, listening skills and reaction skills. They will excel faster in any physical activities. Your child will also become a better listener and a more focused student in school.

TEAMWORK - Teamwork is necessary for any young child to develop. The more your child is willing to work with others, the more he or she will accomplish. Your child will develop character, which will help him or her make new friends and become a better leader in life.

CONTROL - Having control means making good decisions. Whether your child is handling a pet or handling a problem, he or she will learn to make the right decisions. Control builds confidence.

BALANCE - This skill is crucial to develop at an early age. Your child is beginning to participate in many physical activities that are challenging, like riding a two-wheeled bicycle. Your child will develop good balance and a better posture.

MEMORY - Developing a good memory is exercise for your child's brain. The sooner your child exercises his or her brain, the smarter he or she will become. Our drills are constantly helping your child think and make smart decisions.

SELF DISCIPLINE - Our instructors use the Tiny Tiger drills to help create the vision that self discipline is fun and rewarding.  Your child will take pride in doing the right thing.  Your child will also follow directions better.

FITNESS - It is important for children to understand the importance of being healthy and physically fit. If your child does not burn off excess energy exercising, how will he or she burn off all that energy?

COORDINATION - Your child will learn left from right. They will become better physical participants in sports and activities. The better coordination your child has, the fewer injuries your child will sustain.



In our Tiny Tigers classes, we make learning fun and educational. Our goal is to help your child be the best they can be at everything they put their mind to. Our motto is "Tiny Tigers today, leaders tomorrow!"

At the Academy of Okinawan Karate, our program will equip your children with the attributes of self esteem and confidence that will make them less of a target for bullies.  We'll also teach them specific ways to avoid trouble, and to overcome the bully without fighting. But, instead of teaching them "sport karate" or flashy, but ineffective "Hollywood Movie" techniques, we'll give them practical and effective self defense skills that are appropriate for their age, that will last them for a lifetime. Skills like how to get out of a headlock, how to make somebody stop choking them, how to get a bully that's holding them down off of them, and more.

Additionally, we cover a variety of life skills ranging from stranger awareness, how to introduce themselves properly, how to dial 911 and what an emergency is, how to say "NO" to a bully and mean it, and much more. We teach the importance of having respect for parents and teachers, as well as showing proper courtesy. We even teach them how to get a parent's attention without interrupting. (We have parents who tell us that this is their favorite thing that we teach.)


Here's what other people have to say about our
Tiny Tigers Program:

"Overall, after 3 months, Nicholas is very happy. I can't believe how much he has learned already!"     
- Deana Beata

"I have even received complements from my son, Kyle's teacher on his change in behavior and his desire to do well since he began his Karate lessons."
- Susan Hoover




We would like to extend a special invitation and offer to you.  We would like to offer you and your family a Free Introductory Lesson. Normally, this lesson would cost $5.00, but Internet visitors pay nothing for this Introductory lesson. This will be a free trial class with one of our highly trained instructors.  They will teach you or your child some basic karate techniques, a few rules around a dojo (karate school), and explain how a karate class works.

In addition to a FREE CLASS, if you or a member of your family enroll into class we will give you a FREE karate-gi (a karate uniform)!

To get this offer and start getting the benefits that Martial Arts can provide and develop, call us today at 692-2499!

Remember, this is for Internet Visitors only, so please print this page and bring it with you when you come in for your Free Introductory Lesson.

Thanks you for visiting us on the Web and we look forward to seeing you at the Academy of Okinawan Karate soon!


Sensei Joseph Johnston and the AOK Staff.