5280 Karate Academy Foundation

5280 Karate Academy Foundation

6 employees
24 years in business

About this pro

We are a vital 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that attempts to moderate the negative impact of apathy and lack of available outreach services in Lakewood and beyond.  Our organization's projects, implentnated by a well-train staff, off many opportunitiessfor the reduction of negative behaviors and acrivities among today's young adults throug mentorship oppoartunitis, aathetic training

1. Decrease behavioral problems

2. Improve social and communication skills

3.Improve relationship with others including peers, teachers, and parents

4. Increase connunity involment and broadened world view

5. Increase self-confidence and self-estee,

I am a 7th Degree Black Belt and have been studing the martial arts for over 30 years, I will recieve my 8th degree Black Belt next month.  I am the senior master instructor.  May education: MBA in Business Management. I know we can make a positive contribution in helping people work with lead a more fulfilling life

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Denver, CO 80232
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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

5280 Karate Academy Foundation realizes that each student possesses different phusical abilities.  Size and strength vary with each individual.  Once a student has acquired a strong foundation the basic, we will outline program that will enhance the student's physical capabilities and maximize his/her self-defense skills.

5280 KAF school is not interested in just teaching self-defense, all our certified instructor remain interested in the complete personal development of each student.  Individual attention is a feature of each and every class, allowing all stludents to progress quickly and confidently toward their personal goal.  Master Robert Lewism takes responsibility as a role model for younger students seriously, teaching them the importance os strong character, leadership and good values.

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

Over 30 years of martial art training; 7th degree black belt; master instructor; MBA in Management  

How did you get started teaching?

Contrary to popular belief, it takes more than just having knowing martial arts to become a teacher. Like most teaching jobs, you'll need to meet special qualifications, know what you're doing, and prove you're dedicated enough to your job to get students to sign up.  Black belt is the highest belt in karate, awarded only to people who have put in the work, time, and dedication into learning the forms they are taught. This takes years to achieve, and you'll be expected to go to the karate classes at least two times a week. You shouldn't be teaching if you yourself haven't trained long enough, so you'll have to be a black belt if you want to teach karate. You may have to be past a first degree black belt, as well. Many dojos will allow you to teach without pay once you've proven yourself and have become a black belt. (SWAT: Students With A Winning Attitude)

What types of students have you worked with?

All typers of students, all they have to do is be interested in the martial arts.

What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

Just because a person loves martial arts and has great skills doesn’t mean they can effectively teach children. It takes a special type of person to be able to connect and inspire a child. Each individual child is unique in their special way and a good teacher will know how to adapt their approach to maximize success. Even though most martial arts culture teaches students to always show respect and humility, some adults can develop a large ego along the way. This is especially the case with adults who carry a high rank in their art. This large ego can create a challenge since an effective teacher will have to be goofy, make jokes, or act a little immature to help the student feel comfortable or just to keep their attention. I’ll say it once and I’ll say it again; just because you know martial arts doesn’t mean you can teach kids.

What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?

Your child has tried team sports but the interest is just not there. You have searched for other extracurricular activities but nothing has seemed to grab your child’s attention. Martial arts can be a great choice for children who doesn’t connect with mainstream sports or could use a boost with important character traits like confidence or focus. Once you start looking, you may notice there are a lot of choices for martial arts classes. They may claim they all teach martial arts to kids but the methods and approaches can be drastically different. Look for these things to increase your chances of finding the right school.