Karate Kids

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-I'm Nicole Rizzo and I'm 11-years old. I've been taking karate lessons about 6 years. I'm in the process of training for my second degree black belt. Karate gives me confidence and helps me with my-- helps me with my sports. -I've been training martial arts for 30 years now. I started on 1979 and fifth-degree black belt and taekwondo. My name is Charlie DiGirolano and we're at Northern Valley Martial Arts in Norwood, New Jersey. Parents should actually look for an instructor who has children, number one. A clean, safe environment and I believe someone that has a staff that has some nurturing towards children. I think instructor who has children definitely is a better martial arts teacher because they have a little bit more patience and they understand what children really need. You gotta be a leader, you gotta teach these kids that, you know, they have to become leaders also. And the adults just needs to give them a good work out and you want them to be discipline and has got to be a stress-relief. You need to actually go and watch a sparring class. If there's gonna be contact, make sure that they're wearing the right equipment and, you know, contact isn't over excessive. -My name is Jordana Arkus and I'm 13. I've been taking karate for about five years. I'm a first-degree black belt. I may continue karate lessons because it's helped me a lot and it's been good 'cause it kept me in shape. -Face front. Bow. -Yes sir. -You advance body belts and you're normally taking a belt test every couple of months and a perfect world, you can get a black belt in four years. My youngest black belts been I think 7 or 8 years old. We have a bunch of kids that, you know, did a little ninjas at 5-years old, 6-years old, 7-years old and, you know, then they're doing the freshman class and they're moving up in rank. And a lot of times you have an entire group, the kids started together and they're actually, graduating black belt together at age, you know, 7, 8, 9, depending on when they started. -Alright. Good. Nice. Johan. -Can I be-- -Blue ring in the back and you're with Terrence, you're in the front. Terrence and Johan. The big guy and the smaller guy. Jack in the back. Actually we send something home with the parents because we definitely need the parents' cooperation and kids gonna go through peaks and valleys. The main thing about our school with kids, it has to be fun. If they're not having fun, they're not gonna want to come to class. -Pull. Terrence, pull that way. Terrence, pull that way. Terrence pull the other way. There you go. -Keep going Terrence. -Come on Terrence, pull. Come on guys. -I think both parents-- especially being a parent, I want my daughters-- especially I have three daughters to be disciplined, I don't want them to be picked on at school. I really think it's a great confidence building for them -- I have a lot of self-esteem and not only that, they're gonna be very, very physically fit by doing this. -Number one, it gets the kids out of the house for my wife, number one. Number two, it gives them coordination, it gives them strength, it gives them confidence, it gives them agility, it improves their interaction with other kids, it's all around. There's whole positives. -At home, he definitely is more focused, he definitely listens better, he responds better at home. He's definitely a different child since he started. -In my opinion, I think all the children that do taekwondo or karate or any type of martial art that really stick with it, have the edge on all the other kids. I think they're all a lot more discipline. They're definitely in excellent, excellent shape, their mind is focus, they're used to doing hard things and, you know, striving towards their goal. And I gotta tell you, kids that do this they-- all the kids that, you know, they-- they're not smoking, they're not drinking, they're really staying out of trouble, they're really good kids. -Nine. -Taekwondo. -Ten. -Taekwondo. -Everyone back straight position. -Yes sir. -Obviously, you can practice at home. I, you know, I always say, you know, pushups are probably the best exercise. I do pushups at home, I stretch at home, and the forms you do in class you can actually practice at home if you have the room. The biggest kick that I get out of it, it's so self-gratifying coming in here and really doing something to give love every single day. My biggest joys, taking a kid that's a little challenged as a white belt and you're giving them black belt 4 years later, and I gotta tell you, totally different kid four years down the line when you get that black belt. -Ready? Okay? -Mom give me a hug. -Okay. -We want karate. -Thank you for watching Parents TV; our families, our lives.