AIS guidelines for a return to training

 

The Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) and Sport Australia have recently released some guidelines that will form the foundation for the safe return to training in a measured and considered manner. Whilst each activity and state will have their own recommendations, the AIS Framework for Rebooting Sport in a COVID-19 Environment has outlined a tiered approach to a return to training. The below table outlines the current recommendations being. proposed by the AIS for Karate.

Level A Level B Level C
Running/aerobic/agility training (solo), resistance training (solo), technical training (solo) — e.g. mirror work. No contact/bouts. Shadow sparring.
Non-contact technical work with coach, including using pads, paddles.
Full training and competition.

Find out more about ‘the AIS Framework for Rebooting Sport in a COVID-19 Environment’ by reviewing the executive summary provided by the AIS below.

To keep up to date with the latest developments, the AIS has a useful page that is regularly updated

The Benefits of Karate for Kids

Self-Discipline

Karate will help to teach children the art of self-discipline. All too often in the modern day children are accustomed to getting what they want when they want. Karate teach restraint and patience.

Get Active

It gets kids away from their screens and off the couch and encourages them to be more physically active at the same time as having fun. Learning Karate is a full body workout not only for the body but the mind as well!

Setting Goals

Having a competition or tournament that the children can aim for helps teach them to set goals in life and whether they win or not it helps them to deal with either outcome which will be beneficial in later life.

Respect

Sometimes in the modern day, children find it hard to respect authoritative figures however at karate teaches kids to respect their instructor and each other as they learn the art.

Listening

Listening is key in Karate as without listening to the instructor they will be unable to complete the move correctly. It teaches listening on a one-to-one basis as well as in a group and demonstrating these skills allows children to progress through the belts.

Increases self-esteem and confidence

When a child masters a new skill or move it will boost their confidence and give them a real sense of achievement. Working their way up through the ranks also shows that hard work pays off and they have something to be confident about.

Teamwork

Often in practice classes will work in pairs to practise and learn new skills and moves. This not only teaches them to respect the other children but work together to achieve their mutual goal. They’ll soon learn that sometimes two heads are better than one!

Conflict Resolution

A common misconception of karate is that it can promote violent behaviour but in fact it is quite the opposite. Karate teach children peaceful, non-violent conflict resolution skills and emphasise that physical altercations must be avoided.