Child Development Programme


You can give your children everything money can buy, but unless you give them the capability to ‘succeed on their own,’ you have failed to give the most important gift of all.

For more than three hundred years, martial arts training has been recognized as one of the best ways to build self-confidence and courage. Throughout history, civilizations have realized the need for strong healthy bodies and strong confident minds. Martial arts have often played a crucial role in developing these character traits. Often, royalty and nobility used martial arts training to instil leadership qualities to the heirs of thrones and kingdoms.

Since 1985, North West Shukokai has been teaching martial arts in the Cheshire area. We have taught many people the art of Shukokai Karate/ self-defence and helped them develop a feeling of personal strength and self-esteem.

We are especially proud of our work with children. 2010 we put into effect what has come to be known as our “Child Development Program.” This program is dedicated to helping children develop a confident, winning attitude in all areas of their life. This includes academic achievement. Young students at North West Shukokai are taught to take pride in their efforts both within and outside of the dojo.

Each of us knows that we have more fun doing things we do well. Success is a pleasant feeling. Failure is an unpleasant feeling. Success breeds success. Failure breeds failure. Students at North West Shukokai are taught to succeed.

Karate and related martial arts training have proven to be an excellent method of improving physical fitness, developing sequences to improve balance, agility, strength, perception of body in space and flexibility. It is helpful in improving skills related to learning, for example, tension can be lowered, self-control and attention span increased, and the child will function better in social situations.

Our young students are motivated to excel in their school work. Special recognition is given to superior performance. Counselling is given to those who require it. Youngsters soon learn that advancement and reward are results of hard work and determination.

Parents/Guardians are encouraged to take part giving you the opportunity to be part of your child’s path.  


Shihan Kevin Barlow.


North West Shukokai Karate Japan Karate Do operates a child protection policy which can be viewed on the UKASKO web site.