Sensei Cheryl Porter (4th Dan)
Sensei Cheryl has been training since 1998, grading to Shodan, along with her son Alex, in 2004. In December 2016 she graded to Yondan (4th degree black belt). Sensei Cheryl has been taking children’s classes since 2004 and thoroughly enjoys the energy and hugs the children bring to class.
Children’s classes are on Monday and Tuesdays from 4:30 – 5:30pm, with Senior Kids class on Fridays from 4:15 – 5:15pm, and 5:15pm – 6:00pm.
Senpai Nick also runs children’s class on Sundays from 10:00 – 11:00am.
The primary philosophy of the children’s section is to provide a safe, supportive environment in which to help our children grow and become confident in self-defence.
While Monday and Tuesdays classes focus on basic techniques and syllabus, there is also an underlying emphasis on the development of social skills, self-confidence, self-discipline, along with leadership opportunities.
We are fortunate in these two classes to have senior students assisting Senpai Steve, Senpai Marty, and myself in teaching. These young adults are fabulous role models for the children and have themselves come through the children’s section, becoming leaders in the process. Currently Jaiden, Taku, and Neo instruct.
Friday night class is for children aged 10 years and above - Yellow belt and above. The class is split into two parts. 4:15 – 5:15pm is syllabus with Senpai Lucy, This class generally is high energy focusing on strength, syllabus, and form. 5:15 – 6:00pm is sparring techniques with Senpai George and Senpai Steve. This is a great opportunity for yellow belts to safely immerse themselves into the future world of sparring.
Senpai Nick takes an excellent class on Sunday 10:00am – 11:00am. This class is generally higher intensity but still very suitable for beginners. Senpai Nick has been taking this class for a number of years and is a great young role model for the juniors. He is assisted by a number of adults.
Each year in October/November we have an overnight kid’s camp at Spencer Park. This is a great opportunity for children to get to know their Seido family better while learning lots of syllabus and basic karate skills.
A children’s tournament is held mid-year and the focus is more on participation rather than competition. Children demonstrate their kata, shiia, kihon, with sumo wrestling for the juniors (yellow belt and below) and sparring for the seniors.