With True Kenpo’s vast growth and explosion in Pittsburgh, the PKA Karate Academy is excited and proud to be expanding to our 2nd location:
1445 Main Street, Burgettstown, 15021
Our Students are Bully-Proof. Ask about our Anti-Bully Programs!
Early Skillz (Tuesday / Friday 5:15pm)
This psychologist recommended, tested and approved program is very specifically designed for the three and four year old. It is the perfect “Pre-Kenpo” program and the only one like it being utilized in the Southwestern Pennsylvania area, let alone in the Pittsburgh demographic. PKA Karate Academy in Pittsburgh was honored and proud to be able to bring this international program to the area in October 2010.
This safe, fun and dynamic training syllabus is very specific and adheres to the exact training guidelines that PKA Karate has always followed as an age specific, goal oriented, results driven martial arts academy.
When teaching children at any age, especially 3 & 4, instructors must be trained themselves and continually taught the different stages of development that a child goes through in order to translate these stages properly into their training ON THE MAT. Instructors at PKA Karate go away on a regular basis for a week at a time to continue their education for THIS specific program. Most schools today simply take a family’s money and will throw a new child onto the mat along with other children. They don’t know how to properly evaluate individual children or students so they can be worked with on an individual basis. Worse yet, some schools still will not even let parents participate by watching the class that they are paying to have their child take part. And even worse, not only are others NOT trained in how to work with the different ages properly, (they will put all age groups together ie…3 through 9 year olds in the same class) some have eleven and twelve year olds running classes by themselves. Kids teaching kids at such a very early age is not something that most are looking for especially when a twelve year old is still developing.
When shopping around for a martial arts school be sure to ask these questions:
- How is my child evaluated?
- Who teaches the classes?
- Are the instructors certified regularily? By whom? In school or out?
- Can the family watch classes?
- Are the classes broken down by ages? Why? Why Not?
- What are some of the developmental stages children go through to separate them for success?
- Hidden fees?
Our Early Skillz program begins the student’s adventure in Kenpo by seriously breaking down the four most critical areas in the life of a child:
The Early Skillz curriculum leads our students right into our Basic Skillz Program.
Our Burgettstown location has a Basic Skillz program that includes five through eight years old and their classes meet twice per week for a 45-minute class.
Like our older children’s classes, our Basic Skillz class is broken down based on training drills or material needed to be learned for that day. Classes consist of basic fundamentals such as: stances, kicks, punches, movement drills, self-defense, combinations, pad drills, forms, and hands-on sparring.
Focus in on safety, fun then learning at all times!
Although, at this age, more time is spent with basic strengthening, coordination, balance, eye contact and movement. There is also a very strong discipline element at this age with a major emphasis placed on respect and the family unit. The main result being CONFIDENCE!
All students have a “refridgerator sheet” for rank testing. Which they review each class and have hanging at home to continually monitor their progress. All classes are taught with enthusiasm and positive reinforcement, treating all children as individuals and meeting them each at their own levels.
The classes are very high speed and in a 45-minute class, we can often get through two hours worth of drills.
Students progress at their own speed and level. Students that are ready to test may do so upon approval from an instructor at the end of a 10-week training cycle.
The required training syllabus for the Basic Skillz is broken down in a very easy to learn and retain manner, this is Kenpo. There is also a LOT of fun to be had in our Basic Skillz program.
Regardless of age breakdown or class program, the PKA Karate Academy curriculum is PROVEN and produces RESULTS!
Our Burgettstown PKA Core class begins at the age of nine and goes through thirteen. The Core class meets twice per week for a 45-minute group class.
Each class is broken down specifically based on training drills and material which is needed to be taught for that day. Classes consist of basic fundamentals such as: stances, kicks, punches, movements drills, self-defense, combinations, pad drills, forms, and hands-on sparring.
Emphasis is placed on safety, fun and learning at all times!
All students have a bound syllabus for rank testing. (and a DVD video) This syllabus is reviewed weekly and along with the student’s personal notebook, guides both the staff and student in advancement and proper progression for testing.
PKA Karate Academy has always been known for its cutting-edge hands-on street training consisting of contact drills and sparring. Sparring is done on a continuous contact basis with emphasis on safety. All children must wear full protective gear including: mouthpieces, gloves, boots, cup/supporters/ Shin and instep pads are also available for the children and there is no head contact permitted.
The staff always promotes the family unit with respect in school and at home. Report cards are brought in and reviewed regularly with children and families soon learn that they can lean on the PKA staff for any help or issues outside the Academy as well.
Although discipline is developed and strictly enforced in all classes, children also realize that there are certain times in class for conditioning through fun and games as well. All classes are taught with enthusiasm and positive reinforcement, treating all children as individuals and meeting them each at their own levels.
All students progress at their own speed and level. Students are not required to test until the instructors are confident with all the information that needs to be demonstrated prior to the test. Students are then signed off on for the test. The testing cycle is run in 10-week increments, and a student’s progress is very easily trackable through our online members section and the cumulative growth is astounding in these programs. The PKA Karate Kenpo curriculum is measurable, visual and exciting!
PKA Karate Academy is proud to teach age specific, goal oriented, results driven classes.
Adult Tradition Martial Arts (Tuesday / Friday 8pm)
Students and enthusiasts of Kenpo have many reasons for their interest in this and other martial art styles. Some are drawn to the physical fitness and weight-loss aspects of training. Others seek to add discipline and self control to their lives. While still others are concerned about safety and self-defense.
Whether you are interested in our programs for mental or physical well being, PKA Karate Academy offers a number of programs that will fit your developmental needs and your busy schedule as well.
Classes are specifically designed for each level of adult student. Traditional drills such as: stances, kicks, punches, movement drills, combinations, self-defense, pad drills, light sparring and ground engagement are developed based on the dynamic of the class. All classes are fun, fast paced and high energy.
Contact in all adult kickboxing / A.T.T. classes is continuous with emphasis on safety. All students wear protective gear. This class is not a full-contact, no holds barred fight club.
It’s a safe, fun, dynamic and tactical class. Whether your goal is stress relief, weight loss or just for solid, cutting-edge self defense skills, you’ll have a blast!
THE PROOF IS IN OUR PRODUCT!
Our curriculum and programs are psychologist and psychiatrist tested, recommended and approved. Programs like these are NOT found in the Southwestern Pennsylvania martial arts market.
Many try to imitate, but none can duplicate the PKA experience.
CALL TO START TODAY!
- ANTI-BULLY PROGRAMS
- FAMILY ATMOSPHERE...NO EGOs!
- FREE EVALUATION
- TWO WEEK TRIAL WITH UNIFORM
- AGE SPECIFIC CLASSES
- TAI CHI FOR HEALTH
2017 New Year Specials
Limited Time Only !!!
- Early Skillz (Group 2)
5:00 pm - 5:30 pm