After School Program
Kids learn Ryukyu Kempo karate and do art, music, and movement activities in an after school program at the NW Rec Center. Led by black belt instructors Shihan Adam Frey (third degree black belt), Sensei Erika Munn (second degree), and supervising Rec Center staff, kids will learn karate fundamentals, and on a rotating basis do crafts, music, movement like yoga, and unwind after school in an environment that fosters respect, resilience, compassion, connection, and confidence. All skill levels and school age kids are welcome. The after school program will operate on the same calendar as the Cedar Rapids Community School District. As we grow, we hope to offer in-service day activities as well. Cost is $175/month with discounts available through the City of Cedar Rapids.
Our karate programming goes through Wa Sen Shi Kan, the martial arts practice arm of Open Hand. Our instructors are third-degree black belt and Open Hand Executive Director/Founder Shihan Adam Frey and second-degree black belt Sensei Erika Munne, who use Ryukyu Kempo Karate as a tool to build stronger minds and bodies. We focus on self-improvement and cooperation instead of competition and real-world application of karate techniques with an emphasis on protection of self and those around you. We believe in conflict avoidance and resolution first; our students develop strength, confidence, respect, and awareness. Classes are $55/month for fundamentals and $25 for advanced (must also take fundamentals); scholarships are available through the City of Cedar Rapids. More information and registration is available through Wa Sen Shi Kan.
Classes are held year-round.
We also offer seminars that are just plain fun, like how to look like a ninja with foam nunchucks.
Upcoming seminars are:
Karate Workshop with Kaicho
Join the head of the United Ryukyu Kempo Alliance for a day of karate! Open to all Wa Sen Shi Kan students and URKA members.
Saturday, August 24 9am-1pm @ NW Rec Center, no cost, $25 donation to our GoFundMe appreciated. Find the event on Facebook.
Sat., September 14 10am-12pm @ NW Rec Center, cost is $45 (foam nunchucks included!)
Saturday, November 23 10am-12pm @ NW Rec Center, cost is $35