Lifetime Learning: The martial arts were originally designed as a “lifetime activity.”
Parents and grandparents of our young students often join our classes and we have had numerous members (including the head instructor) who continued to train into their 60’s. Through the 34 year history of our martial arts school, over half of our long-term students have been adults.
There should be different goals for different age groups. Young adults may train to increase strength, flexibility, and look good. Motivations for older adults are often stress reduction, getting in shape, and perhaps more importantly, staying in shape mentally. Learning complex and interesting new physical movements are important tools in maintaining brain health.
For adult students in their 40’s, 50’s, and 60’s, excellent form and an emphasis on proper biomechanics are important in allowing them to train safely. That doesn’t happen by accident. It happens when system of training are developed with adults in these age groups in mind.
While the martial arts do involve physical fitness and learning effective self-defense techniques, there are many potentially greater benefits to keeping martial arts a part of your life. Our goal is to utilize the principles of martial arts to set our serious students up with a mindset that organizes then for success in a wide range of different activities. Martial arts training can involve a mind-body system of exercise to unlock systems of creativity, dealing with stress, or problem solving?
If the martial arts can add so many benefits to your life, why would you EVER want to stop doing it? With the right type of martial arts program, some students should strive to keep doing the martial arts well into their 70’s.
Our martial arts programs are just for kids and not just for fun. Our goal is to make it a lifetime activity… with different goals and different benefits for young children, teenagers, and adults.
How Our Classes Work.
- We start with warm-up and stretching activities.
- We move on to conditioning routines, followed by cardiovascular and strength training.
- We then work with real life applications to teach the skills needed for self-defense.
- We then break down techniques into individual components so that the students can correct error and work to make their movements stronger and more efficient.
- We usually end with some sort of partner of group activity which is challenging and fun.
- Discussions about martial arts history, traditions, and learning principles.
- Classes are Monday, Wednesday, and Friday evenings.
Dr. Kageyama started his martial arts training in 1965. He studied under some of the pioneers of modern karate who first brought karate to the United States in the 1960’s.
Dr. Kageyama trained in a variety Japanese, Okinawan, Chinese, and Korean martial arts under a dozen different instructors. His training included Shorinji-ryu, Shotokan, Shito Ryu, Chito-Ryu, Kong Soo, Judo, Aiki-Jitsu, Tai Chi, and traditional Okinawan weaponry of bo, sai, tonfa, and kama.
Professionally, Dr. Kageyama works in the areas of neuro-optometric rehabilitation, developmental optometry, and sports vision performance enhancement. These three areas parallel the thrust of his martial arts instruction. He is board certified in vision development and has operated a private practice since 1979.
Developmental optometry uses movement exercises to enhance a child’s ability to learn visually. Many of these patients have conditions that mimic ADD, Dyslexia, or High Functioning Autism. In sports vision performance enhancement he works with elite athletes, who wish to improve their athletic performance by improving the speed at which they can process visual information. In neuro-optometry, he deals with adults who have had stroke or brain injury and are attempting to regain function.
Dr. Kageyama is board certified in Vision Development, and operates a practice what deals with remediating or enhancing visual perception and visual processing skills. He has authored two books and written numerous articles. His practice of neuro and developmental optometry has his main office in Campbell and a branch office in Santa Cruz.
He started the Way of Karate in September 1980 and moved it to its present location at 5855 Winfield Blvd in San Jose on August 1981.
We have taught in the Blossom Hill/Almaden area of San Jose for 34 years. Our goals have always been to help our students achieve their potential. To do this requires an understanding that people of different ages and different talents may have vastly different goals.
And it involves the understanding that when a student’s skills grow, their goals may expand as well.