Whether you’re a parent who wants to help their child develop focus and better emotional control or you’re an older student looking for a good workout, you are in the right place!
Mark Yates – called Shihan in the dojo, which means a senior instructor who has achieved a high ranking – is a 7th dan black belt in Goshin Jitsu Karate and has been teaching martial arts for over 40 years.
In his 40 years he has won 6 World Champion Titles in Self Defense and Traditional Weapons, brought over 300 students up to their black belt, and taught thousands of people karate and self-defense.
More than karate skills, Shihan teaches life skills.
What does “teaching life skills” look like? It looks like “mat chats” when Shihan talks about subjects like how to handle bullying at school, how to stay calm when someone makes you angry, and how to build resilience.
You can see it during a class when Shihan throws out bite-size bits of knowledge and encouragement as kids learn new katas or compete with themselves in a drill.
Parents and students can bring their challenges to Shihan to get some perspective and practical wisdom.
Shihan has worked with students of all ages and ability levels.
One great thing about martial arts is you’re able to modify the curriculum to work with students of different ability levels. Everyone, working to the best of their abilities, can achieve Black Belt.
Working towards your black belt will teach and reinforce perseverance, self-control, and positive outlook.
Everybody comes to karate for a different reason. It can be to learn to deal with a bully at school, to develop skills to stay calm, or because you like karate and want to compete.
Some stay for a month and some stay for 40 years. Whatever the reason, everyone who comes to karate will get something from the training.