Center Of The Heart Karate

Center Of The Heart Karate

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About this pro

As a female, 3rd degree instructor teaching martial arts (karate) is an individual journey with the student which allows for learning at the rate of the student.  How quickly one learns determines the testing schedule which is not group oriented.  I accept student's  ages 4 to adults and am family friendly.  My goal is to raise personal safety awareness, teach skills and techniques that build flexibility, speed, strength, endurance, and coordination and balance all of which enrich all endeavors in life.

Karate has been a passion of mine for longer than the 20 years I have practiced.  I love nothing more than to watch a student work through techniques through traditional karate creating building blocks for self defense through muscle memory, confidence, self control and ability to protect yourself and others.

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Charlotte, NC 28212
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  • Bridget Sweeney

    Terry Helse is kind, patient, an excellent trainer, and reasonably priced. I could not be more pleased with your suggestion and my choice. Thank you!


What is your typical process for working with a new student?

The age is relevant for this question due to the learning ability and style of each student. The first lesson begins with "show me" so I can examine the natural tendencies of how the student operates the body.  Such skills as the fist, punch, kick, they exhibit will show me what needs to be worked on.  Talking about why the karate is desired helps me assure I cover the parents concerns for youth students so they are present during a portion of the lesson.  Students 4 to 6 will experience their first lessons with "play and work" scenarios to see how they respond to direction and their natural behavior.  While "playing" they will practice elementary skills they will want to show their parents with an understanding they are learning something that requires discipline and self control so they do not hurt themselves and is only for getting away from danger.  Adults of course have their own reasons for wanting to take karate so lessons will take place with a variety of skills, practice and scenarios are explored giving rank appropriate techniques for escape or safety of others.

Karate is very dynamic in what one learns but also in how it is taught to achieve understanding, retention, goals, and results.

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

My training began with putting my girls into karate lessons and watching them achieve and learn something useful while building them physically, and mentally which lead to a feeling of self.  I began as a parent assistant and was given basic lessons that immediately gave me an inner confidence and personal satisfaction I did not know before.  The past 20 years is history as I achieved black belt after 6 years and worked toward ranking to 3rd degree Isshin Ryu karate certified instructor.  I have watched the promotion of many young men and women to black belt from white belt including my two daughters.  My son is currently a brown belt but has chosen rugby for the moment.  Black belt is not an expectation as it is a personal journey that is earned and desired not just given so some take longer than others as the individual sees where it fits into their lives.

Karate has taught me to believe in myself and what I am capable of and is my passion so I try to apply lessons learned and beliefs into how to treat, train, and motivate others at work, in the dojo, and in life.  What I have learned is I do not have to alter my life activities because of fear and lack of confidence.  I know I can help myself and others if I need to.

Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

one time $50 registration fee (includes uniform and curriculum plus a coupon for one training stick at the end of the 3 months)

$10 per lesson as you go or $40 a month. (Includes 2 classes a week)

New year special (ends Feb 1)

I currently offer 3 months "share the wealth" or buy one get one (*2 students for $5 each) 

*both students must complete 3 months 

testing fees for white to yellow can be accomplished within 3 months or less with multiple classes.