AAK-Way of Karate is not “Just for kids” and not “Just for fun!”
AAK-Way of Karate was started by Dr. Colin Kageyama, who has taught martial arts for over 35 years. Dr. Kageyama started his martial arts training in 1965. He studied under some of the martial arts pioneers who first brought karate to the United States in the 1960’s.
Dr. Kageyama trained in a variety Japanese, Okinawan, Chinese, and Korean martial arts under a dozen different instructors. His training included Shorinji-ryu, Shotokan, Shito Ryu, Judo, Aiki-Jitsu, and traditional Okinawan weaponry.
Professionally, Dr. Kageyama works in the areas of neuro-optometric rehabilitation, developmental optometry, and sports vision performance enhancement. These three areas parallel the thrust of his martial arts instruction. He is board certified in vision development and has operated a private practice since 1979.
Our program is not “just for kids” and not “just for fun.”
While training is enjoyable, we understand that different people have different needs, and different reasons for taking part in martial arts training. From the young child with motor delays, to the physically talented competitive athlete, to the middle age adult, a properly designed martial arts program can yield a wide range of benefits. To be able to train a student long enough to make a positive impact on their life requires that the activity be safe, enjoyable, and include a series of challenging but attainable goals. Most importantly, it involves an awareness that students of different skills and different ages can benefit from different aspects of martial arts training.
Dr. Colin Kageyama taught his first karate class in 1977 and began teaching in the Blossom Hill area of San Jose in August of 1980.
His wife and assistant instructor Valerie Kageyama was twice selected to the US Team for International Competition and was a two time national champion.
Assistant instructor Dr. Kelly Kageyama is in private practice with his father, a 2nd degree black belt, and also teachers some of the classes.
If your child has been working with motor therapy and your child’s therapist or doctor suggested that martial arts training might be a good activity to pursue, some of the reasons you are looking for a martial arts program are remedial. You may be looking for a safe and fun activity for your child, what you really want is something that meshes with your child’s motor therapy to improve skills like balance, coordination, core strength, bi-laterality, and visual attention.
Having martial arts instructors who work in the healthcare field and understands the challenges and goals of working with children can be a considerable asset in this process.
If you or your child is physically talented, and are willing to endure the intense training to achieve high level skills in the martial arts, you may be interested in a program that can appeal to the competitive nature of the high achiever. Teenagers may wish to participate in local competitions and adults may consider the possibility of national competitions. We have had nine junior national champions and several adults who have competed in national or international competition.
But it is important to realize that just because a student is physically talented does not mean they should not strive to be successful in other areas of life as well.
Over half of our youth black belts qualified to go to national championships. All but one of our youth black belts were “A” students and all but one eventually attended their college of first choice. Our youth black belts have gone to attend universities including: UC Berkeley, UCLA, USC, Harvard Medical School, Stanford Medical School, Cornell University, United States Naval Academy at Annapolis, George Washington University Medical School, Hastings Law School, Pacific University, Southern California College of Optometry, and Tuft’s University School of Dental Medicine.
Half of our youth black belts have gone on to become doctors in healthcare fields. Others who have gone on become officers in the Navy or Law Enforcement, or achieve degrees in science, law, or biotech. Our real goal at the AAK-Way of Karate is to teach our students a system of learning that they can eventually use to achieve excellence in other areas of the lives. We feel that we have made a very positive impact in the lives of many of our students.
Learning skills of time management, self-motivation, and what is involved with successfully achieving goals can have a major impact on many areas of a person’s life.
Lifetime Learning: The martial arts were originally designed as a “lifetime activity.”
Parents and grandparents of our young students often join our classes and we have had numerous members (including the head instructor) who continued to train into their 60’s. Through the 34 year history of our martial arts school, over half of our long-term students have been adults.
There should be different goals for different age groups. Young adults may train to increase strength, flexibility, and look good. Motivations for older adults are often stress reduction, getting in shape, and perhaps more importantly, staying in shape mentally. Learning complex and interesting new physical movements are important tools in maintaining brain health.
For adult students in their 40’s, 50’s, and 60’s, excellent form and an emphasis on proper biomechanics are important in allowing them to train safely. That doesn’t happen by accident. It happens when system of training are developed with adults in these age groups in mind.
While the martial arts do involve physical fitness and learning effective self-defense techniques, there are many potentially greater benefits to keeping martial arts a part of your life. Our goal is to utilize the principles of martial arts to set our serious students up with a mindset that organizes then for success in a wide range of different activities. Martial arts training can involve a mind-body system of exercise to unlock systems of creativity, dealing with stress, or problem solving?
If the martial arts can add so many benefits to your life, why would you EVER want to stop doing it? With the right type of martial arts program, some students should strive to keep doing the martial arts well into their 70’s.
Our martial arts programs are just for kids and not just for fun. Our goal is to make it a lifetime activity… with different goals and different benefits for young children, teenagers, and adults.
How Our Classes Work.
- We start with warm-up and stretching activities.
- We move on to conditioning routines, followed by cardiovascular and strength training.
- We then work with real life applications to teach the skills needed for self-defense.
- We then break down techniques into individual components so that the students can correct error and work to make their movements stronger and more efficient.
- We usually end with some sort of partner of group activity which is challenging and fun.
- Discussions about martial arts history, traditions, and learning principles.
- Classes are Monday, Wednesday, and Friday evenings.