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American Family Karate
103 Hoffman St.
Elmira, NY 14905
Homeschool Class

Class Warm UpsAt American Family Karate in Elmira, NY, we understand the difficult curriculum choices, socialization, financial strain, time commitment, and personal sacrifice that it takes for you to Home School your Child in Chemung County.

Complement your child's homeschooling with the benefits of Martial Arts training. Physical fitness, Leadership Development, Integrity, Confidence, Honor, Improved listening skills, Balance & Coordination, Discipline, and Self-Esteem are just some of the benefits that come with your American Family Karate Martial Arts training.

Students build social skills and make new friendships in this safe and fun learning environment along with meeting physical fitness requirements. At American Family Karate we have ongoing activities for students to participate in and make new friends. Students can join us for Tournaments, Parades, Demos, and much more! .

This class is open ONLY to home school children and their parents. Cost will be $40 per month for the 1st child, $30 for additional siblings. (These special rates apply to the homeschool class only!) All of our students are held to the same high standards as outlined in our Soryu Karate Curriculum. Homeschool classes consist of two 45 minute classes twice a week. $50 Registration is required.

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Students Will Learn:

- Confidence, Leadership & Integrity: the motivating factors of our school!
- Respect - for instructors, traditions, opponents, self - is a key element of martial arts and American Family Karate.
- Punches, blocks, kicks & stretching techniques
- Practical Self-Defense
- Kata - Japanese word describing detailed choreographed patterns of movements
- Sparring – students will start learning sparring techniques as early as white belt. After Yellow Belt students will begin to learn controlled sparring techniques & will practice against each other under supervision.
- Fitness activities – jumping jacks, running, rounds & various strength training & cardiovascular activities will be implemented.

Additional Details:

  • Uniforms & sparring gear will be required but can be purchased over time. Students do not need sparring gear until after Yellow Belt.
  • Students will test for rank only after skills have been demonstrated. Rank Exams are scheduled & open to all eligible students as determined by Sensei Brown. Exams are held on Thursday evenings, usually once every 2-4 months depending on when students are ready to test. Rank Exams are $35. Students who do not pass, do not pay. However, students are not allowed to test until they know the material. We set our students up for success! Fee includes belt and certificate of rank
  • Parents may join with their kids! We love having families participate together! (Please note: only adults who have their child in the home school class may participate in this class. Relatives of students can participate on a pre-approved basis.)
  • We follow Elmira City School District for Holidays & Snow Days. Please be advised that Sensei Brown lives in Corning & if Corning has a snow day it is possible that she can’t get off her road. Please watch Facebook & email for information. You can also call. We do not consider teacher training days holidays & will be open on those days.
  • We do not refund for missed classes. Students can make up one missed class per month with the regular evening classes. Students can also attend a regular evening classes with an adjusted Drop-In rate of $2.50.
  • Children under the age of 8 MUST have a parent on grounds at all times. Sorry, NO exceptions.
  • Young children may not be left unsupervised in the lobby while a parent participates.
  • American Family Karate is a Woman owned, family run, locally owned, small business and we greatly appreciate our students purchasing their sparring and martial arts gear from us. :-)