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Child Focus

While balancing his instructor on his foot, upside down, and using telekinesis to levitate rocks, the padawan Luke Skywalker loses his emotional focus. His mind suddenly flashes to his friends who are in trouble, this causes him to lose control of the force. Sensing this disturbance and understanding the consequences of gravity, Master Yoda shouts to Skywalker while falling to the ground, “Control, control, you must learn control”.

Fiction aside, every martial arts instructor and every student have had a similar moment, albeit without a magical power. More realistic, a junior student is kicking and doesn’t truly understand their own power or speed and without intending to, they strike their instructor or worse, another student with shocking force.  From this moment forward, the instructor must be on high alert to keep the student and their peers safe. Paraphrasing Yoda, “I’ve got to teach that child control”.

Close Cousins:

Much like the life skill of focus, control are very close cousins. Both skills work in the same three areas, body, mind, and emotion.  But unlike focus, control regulates and influences our behavior as opposed to centering ourselves on an interest or activity. For example, a child can be so incredibly focused mentally on something they find exciting, like a video game, that they then lack the ability to control their body or emotions when they lose. For instance, they throw their tablet.

Where such behavior should never be condoned the source of such issues may not be as cut and dry as we adults might like to believe. Many times, kids can be very frustrated by their inability to control their own bodies or to verbalize their emotions. Understanding this, it’s important to teach them to seek failure as a learning opportunity. And not only that, also to learning how to program their own bodies through muscle memory and repetition.  Equally important, learning to focus is great, but once we’re locked in, we must learn to perform consistently.

“In essence, if we want to direct our lives, we must take control of our consistent actions. It’s not what we do once in a while that shapes our lives, but what we do consistently.”
Tony Robbins

To aide in this development, we have designed many of our drills and lessons to promote better control. We always ask each student to complete a life skills worksheet and share their thoughts with their fellow students.


About our Karate & Taekwondo Classes

Pre-School Karate

If you are looking for toddler karate classes or martial arts for toddlers, you and your child will LOOOVVVEE our Little Ninjas Program. We teach the skills they need to be ready for learning at school and prep. They will improve their listening skills, co-ordination, focus and self control, while learning how to make friends!


Kids Karate Classes

At Focus Martial Arts, we specialise in kids martial arts classes. Instead of just karate lessons for kids or taekwondo classes for kids - we have actually taken elements of various martial arts that are effective against a bigger, stronger attacker. So they are PERFECT for kids! Its a personal development program with a self defence basis!


Teen Karate Classes

Fitness and Self Defense, two major goals parents have when looking for Teen Martial Arts in Brisbane. It’s time to give your teenager a workout they will enjoy and will relieve teenage stress and build confidence.


Adult Karate Classes

Fitness and Self Defense, two major goals for anyone looking for Adult Martial Arts in Woodbury. It’s time to change up your work out and get the results you’ve been looking for.


Family Karate Classes

Discover why parents love our Family Martial Arts lessons in Brisbane. "A Family that Kicks Together - Sticks Together!" What other activity or sport can you all do together, that you ALL enjoy?


Fitness Kickboxing Classes

Sick or boring fitness workout? Imagine a fun, calorie-burning, body-toning workout that you LOVE! Perfect to do with friends, or make new ones. Cardio Kickboxing is a workout like no other! our Fitness Kickboxing Classes in Brisbane is where you will see real results. Many losing 10kg+ in a few short weeks! Are you ready to for a change?


Adult Brazilian Jiujitsu
in Brisbane

Fitness and Self Defense, two major goals for anyone looking for Brazilian Jiujitsu in York . It’s time to change up your work out and get the results you’ve been looking for.


Kids Brazilian Jiujitsu
in Brisbane

The ultimate tech alternative that gets kids active, engaged, stronger and safer. Motivation has never been easier!


After School Care OHSC Alternative

An after school pick up service that you can have peace of mind, knowing your kids are getting life-long benefits of building confidence, focus, resilience and mental toughness. Our kids martial arts classes, as a fun after school program are the perfect alternative to OHSC. Plus lot of school holiday activity choices in our Brisbane martial arts academies.


Kids Karate Parties

Want a stress-free kids birthday party. We have all your kids party ideas covered. From themed parties to children's party entertainers. Our kids parties are AMAZING! The perfect combo of kids party games, fun entertainment and of course the highlight "cutting the cake, with a 'real' samurai sword"! Many parents & kids say "It's the BEST Kids Party I've been to". Chat with us & find out why. 

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