Tyler Tetrault leads the karate class at Alexander Park Elementary School.

Tyler Tetrault leads the karate class at Alexander Park Elementary School.

Karate popularity continues to increase in Golden

In one year, karate in Golden has gone from 18 students to 66, and gives students of all ages and various skill levels a place to learn.

In just one year, karate in Golden has gone from 18 students, up to 66, and gives students of all ages and various skill levels a place to learn.

“We study Shotokan Karate, and are part of the International Shotokan Karate Federation with over 40,000 members world wide,” said Tyler Tetrault, karate instructor.

The increase in students can be largely attributed to the club offering to teach five to nine years olds, which has brought in 34 students. Some of their parents even decided to join. The skills and benefits you get from karate span all ages.

“Karate is not about learning how to fight. Karate is about learning how not to fight, by becoming master of yourself, your environment, and situations you put yourself in,” said Tetrault. “The physical benefits of karate include increase in balance, co-ordination, speed, strength, and endurance.”

Students will also get lifelong benefits from karate including improved focus, confidence, will power, determination, as well and the desire and tools for self-improvement.

“Karate is unique from many athletic activities in that it is life long, with many people training through their 70s and 80s,” said Tetrault.

The club is in its building phase, with the majority of the students being young beginners. They advance through the coloured belt grading system two times a year when the chief examiner for British Columbia comes to Golden for testing in November and June.

“The focus is on development of this group, so in four to five years we will have a very strong adolescent group of advance karate students with the aim of competing in provincial and national tournaments,” said Tetrault.

The club is also working towards a long term goal of building their own Dojo (training facility) either for themselves, or working with other groups in the community who may be interested in a deluxe athletic training facility that would capitalize on the Town’s diverse athletic opportunities.

Karate is nearing the end of its season, but anyone interested in joining in the fall can contact Tetrault at 344-4845 or tyler@mountainsidegardens.ca.