Grand Rapids, Michigan

Spirit Moves Karate

Spirit Moves Karate

Have you ever wanted to try karate but had concerns about the values of the school and the teachers?
Providence CRC understands this and offers our community a karate program that provides a safe, nurturing environment for you and your family.  Classes are taught by Rick and Marylu Dykstra, 4th Degree Black Belts and professional instructors in Okinawan Shorin Ryu Shorinkan Karate. Classes held at Providence CRC will be taught in the classic sense, maintaining respect for the traditional techniques, but in an environment intended to develop and nurture self-esteem and personal growth in mind, body and spirit. Additionally, specific self-defense techniques will be taught addressing the capabilities of small children through adults.

Christianity, Karate and Core Values

You do not need to be Christian to take karate here. Nor do you need to be a member of our church. Yes, we are Christians and we share a Bible verse during class, and we are here to learn karate and share our core values.              

These classes are not about violence or hurting people, but studying an ancient art of self-defense and getting a good mental and physical work out.

Core Values
Honesty
Integrity
Spirit: heart, mind and soul
Respect yourself and others
Learn and Grow
Perseverance

Class Information

Sign -ups are ongoing throughout the year, with people working at their own pace and comfort level.  Classes are held in the Gym and are available for ages 4 through adult with staggered dismissal based on age. Uniforms are not necessary but are available for separate purchase. Belt rank promotions and certification are held every two months. Parents must be present to sign up children under 18 years of age. No “contracts” are necessary as we only accept donations for each class you attend. This allows you to work within your budget and schedule. Our suggested donation rate is based on the age group.  You do not need to be “in shape” to join, just come to learn and enjoy the fellowship.

Schedule

Tuesday: 5:00 – 6:30 p.m. (All ages & ranks)

Saturday: 8:00 – 9:00 a.m. Okinawan weapons; 9:00 – 10:30 a.m. (All ages & ranks)

Suggested donation by age and approximate class time. Newer students and young children increase in class time as they continue to learn.

Age Class                       Time (mins)                     Suggested Donation
4 through 6                        45                                                 $2
7 through 10                      60                                                 $3
10 through 13                    60                                                 $4
13 through Adult                90                                                 $5