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BUILDING CONFIDENCE THROUGH WHOLESOME TRAINING

CHILDCARE OPEN HOUSE Saturday November 5th 10am — noon SPOTLIGHT ON: POWERHOUSE MARTIAL ARTS

Sensai Ramin instructs a student in karate. Photo: supplied.

by Helen Peterson Children today have to deal with many overwhelming challenges growing up that can erode their self-esteem, with lasting negative results. But, “there is something we can do,” says Sensei Ramin Emami, a Japanese trained 5th-degree black belt and head instructor of The Powerhouse Martial Arts Academy.

“I’ve come to believe that we must provide the kids with the necessary skills to resist peer pressure, and empower them enough to be able to say firmly – ‘no’ - to negative influences, before, or soon after they start going to school,” he says. “Karate is not a game, it’s a tool we hand our kids to have with them, to lead a healthier and safer life,” says the Sensei. This approach has spawned a “Confidence Building” program at the Powerhouse specifically designed for young kids. Not the typical karate class, it addresses two main areas: fitness (first) and then technical skill; both combined will result in improved self-confidence and simply a better

ability to cope with life. Sensei Ramin says some parents (and kids) picture karate as a violent game and perhaps don’t consider this wholesome training system for their children. But he says that the main emphasis in his classes is, “better behavior, discipline and learning how not to fight,” which all martial art styles are expected to promote. “We want to raise strong, confident children… and at the same time wellbehaved and peaceful kids!” he says with a smile. Sensei Ramin adds that members at the Powerhouse - kids and adults - train seriously two to three times a week, and to ensure that no child is left behind, there is a generous charitable program offered at the Powerhouse for those who cannot afford to pay for training. To find out more, go to www.the-powerhouse.ca, or call Sensei Ramin directly at 604-812-3656.

Face painting — Circle time — Bubbles — Refreshments & more

Come find out about our affordable & flexible childcare programs! We offer play-based programs that support the healthy development of your children. Programs service the entire Westside. Bumble Tree Childcare: 18 months - 4 years Kits Preschool: 3-5 years Kits & Dunbar Out of School Care: 5 - 12 years

Open House location:

6th & Highbury - Jericho Garrison For more information about these programs and directions: www.kitshouse.org

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Being a parent himself, understanding all the concerns parents have, and knowing how karate could change a child’s life, the Sensai has turned the focus of his 18 years of dojo towards the younger kids.

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WEST POINT GREY ACADEMY INFORMATION SESSION Tuesday, November 8, 2011 Grades 5 – 12 at 9:30 am RSVP not required

Register for next year! Visual, media and performing arts classes available for children and youth ages 2-19, all skill levels. Winter Session classes start January 9!

Arts Umbrella Supporters: Bunt & Associates Engineering Ltd., The Christopher Foundation, Margaret & Gordon Davis, Mary Lou and Peter Gazeley, Darrell & David Mindell, RBC Capital Markets, The Vancouver Trolley Company Print sponsor:

An Independent Co-Educational University Preparatory School Entry Years: Junior Kindergarten (Age 4) and Grade 1 Acceptance in other grades dependent upon available spaces

APPLICATION DEADLINE – December 1, 2011 Admissions Office 4125 West 8th Avenue Vancouver, B.C. V6R 4P9 | admissions@wpga.ca (604) 678-2351

Visit our website for more information www.wpga.ca

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Vancouver Courier November 4 2011  

Vancouver Courier November 4 2011

Vancouver Courier November 4 2011  

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