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Steve (aged 16)

November 3, 2015
Karate School - Gold Coast - Steve

I joined Karate looking for something that would challenge my mind and body. At the start it was difficult to wrap my head around things, it seemed impossible but with the help of everyone there I got through it all within a matter of weeks. It then became fun I enjoyed every minute of it. I then joined the leadership team to try and broaden my experiences of karate and get even more from it, this was one of the best decisions I ever made. When I joined I quickly made stronger bonds with all of the other junior leaders and that lead to them becoming some of my best friends. The enjoyment of practicing karate but also with my new found friends just made everything better. Karate has given my new confidence with everyday things and has also helped me get fitter.

When I joined the leadership team I learnt that I could give something back, help and teach some of the younger ones and this made karate even better, I never thought at one stage that it was like a chore, something that I had to do it was always something that I wanted to do, it was fun. My karate journey started with me joining a club but it’s become so much more, now I’m part of a karate family and I don’t what I’d be doing now without my karate family.

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Dear Parents,

Toyakan Higashi Karate Club at Helensvale on the Gold Coast is the largest traditional Japanese Karate School in Australia and boasts two highly qualified instructors: owner, Paul Butterfield and his son, Lewis Butterfield.

Paul Butterfield has been involved in martial arts for over thirty-eight years and has been teaching children Karate for a large portion of that time. He knows karate is a discipline that will continue to benefit to children outside the martial arts Dojo and has spent years honing his classes to focus on:

  • Confidence through learning new skills and understanding how to cope with different situations
  • Discipline through taking pride in obeying rules, acting responsibly and achieving one's goals
  • Motivation through a desire to achieve more than seems possible
  • Focus through goal setting, discipline and motivation

Our professional instructors use Paul's simple, effective 3 Step Success System in high-energy, engaging martial arts classes to instil these essential life skills.