By Ron Gale*
Kids are getting far less physical activity today than years ago when their parents grew up. Spending the majority of their day sitting in classrooms, watching TV, playing video games, surfing the internet or texting their friends for endless hours can develop into various health challenges. Research goes so far as to suggest that it is quite possible for the first time in history that children may live shorter lives than their parents. A very daunting thought, indeed!
The good news is that Chilliwack has many opportunities for keeping our children engaged in physical activities, and I was delighted to see that we are getting another venue to get our children involved in fitness. The Chilliwack Chito-Ryu Karate Club is opening their latest location in the beautiful Garrison Village Shopping Centre, in January 2018. Classes are currently held at both Watson and Greendale Elementary for the Dragons (age 3 to 6), Kick N’ Fit (age 7 to 13) and Karatecize for those 16 and older.
The school will specialize in working with young children. Youngsters passing through this program will learn the importance of leading an active lifestyle, develop their self-confidence and gain an understanding of the importance of respect; respecting themselves and others in the community. As their confidence grows, they will literally ‘Bully Proof’ themselves which will continue to serve them well in years to come.
Sensei Fred MacKenzie, a 5th Dan in Chito-Ryu, will be the Master Instructor, working alongside several other highly qualified Black Belts and a fitness consultant, who have been instrumental in setting up this club for the youngsters.
One of the things that impressed me most about the opening of this club is that it is unique in its holistic approach in engaging and developing each student on different levels – physical, emotional and mental. Aside from the experienced and highly qualified instructors, children and parents will also benefit from the expertise of a local Registered Dietitian. She will be available to assist with recommendations for healthy snacking choices, which will make a difference in your child’s overall health regime. Parents’ involvement is greatly encouraged in showing their children that fitness can be a fun family affair, and also a superb way to increase learning, focus and self-discipline.
I seldom run into a group of individuals that share the same passion and enthusiasm that I have for fitness and healthy living. Check out what Chilliwack’s Chito-Ryu Karate Club can offer your child, and you’ll see what I mean.
* Ron Gale, Healthy Business Consulting Ltd.; Past fitness coordinator for the Vancouver Police Department and one of the 1st 100 Canadians to complete the Hawaii Ironman.