Our Karate Kids

Our karate program teaches children more than kicking and punching. We offer an age specific curriculum designed to instruct students in the basics of martial arts and self-defense, which also teaches them important skills that they can use throughout their lives. The foundation for this program is our fun based curriculum that uses exciting, and enriching methods that can be used in karate class and beyond. The skills that are taught are: Memory, Teamwork, Balance, Discipline, Manners, Coordination, Self- Control and Leadership Skills. This will help them to build strong bodies, mental focus, respect for self and others, and build self-esteem.

Along with traditional Karate training the children will learn about Japanese language and culture. Our goal is to engage our students to learn and grow by extending the discipline of martial arts to their daily lives. This will also help build a strong foundation that can easily be applied in academics, sports, arts and other social settings outside the class. And it’s a great companion class to our Yoga Program!



Learn More About Our Karate Instructor

Chris Johnson, 6th Dan Shotokan Karate Instructor SKIF-USA
Chris has been training Shotokan Karate (traditional Japanese karate) since 1985. She achieved her first level of black belt in 1992. Over the years she has trained and tested for subsequence ranks, achieving her 6 th Dan rank in 2014.

In 2002 she became owner and Chief Instructor of Peak Performance Shotokan Karate-Do dojo located in New Brighton, MN. Her school teaches all ages of students, specializing in youth programs. Chris is also honored to be teaching preschool programs at Creative Kids Academy in the Minneapolis area and youth/adult programs for the YMCA Emma B. Howe-Coon Rapids. Chris has also served on the Shotokan Karate International Federation-USA board of directors since 2005; an organization dedicated to growing Shotokan Karate schools throughout the US. This organization is the USA branch of Shotokan Karate International Federation located in Japan and founded by Kanazawa Soke.

Chris is a certified instructor, judge and referee through SKIF. And has competed on the international stage in Kata.