Karate Moviemaking For Kids

By Christina Elston

Fun ideas for kids - karate moviemaking

Fight choreography techniques similar to those used in movies and television are part of the class. PHOTOS COURTESY PACIFIC MARTIAL ARTS

If you’re tired of listening to the “soundtrack” of your kids acting out improvised kung fu scenes in the living room, focus that energy in a productive direction by signing them up for Karate Moviemaking Class at the Pacific Martial Arts dojo (2614 Arthur St., Ste. D, L.A.). The course boasts knowledgeable teachers and plenty of fun ideas for kids.

Taught in partnership with Coding For Treasure computer science center in San Marino, the eight-week course is designed to help kids ages 6-12 produce their own 6-10-minute films. “We’re bringing the martial arts know-how and they’re bringing the technical know-how,” says Pacific Martial Arts lead instructor Jason Knight of the partnership. No previous movie making or martial arts experience is required for Karate Moviemaking students. “A lot of the fight choreography that you see on TV and in the movies is actually pretty easy to do,” Knight says.

Fun ideas for kids - Karate Moviemaking

Kids who take the Karate Moviemaking Class offered by Pacific Martial Arts and Coding For Treasure will learn cinematography techniques.

About half of each 90-minute session will be devoted to movie combat, karate, kung fu, jiujitsu and kick boxing techniques. During the other half, students will learn script writing, acting, improvisation, how to shoot scenes with iPads and how to use app-based special effects and Apple-based movie editing techniques.

Knight holds a third-degree black belt in karate and has a master’s degree in psychology. Coding for Treasure co-founder Karen Deer is a tech industry veteran who also practices martial arts. Instructors also include professional stunt woman Deanna Roseen (aka Deanna Page) and film and TV director Michael Fitzgerald (who also holds a black belt in karate).

Class will be capped at 25 students, and Knight promises the Pacific Martial Arts mantra of “strong and far away” will keep injuries at bay. “We’re strictly a non-contact martial arts school,” he says.

The class will be taught in rolling eight-week sessions, with each focused on a different skill set. This means kids can begin any week, and continue until they have completed eight sessions and finished their film. Fee for eight sessions is $240, and an advanced-level class is planned for students who want to continue. Learn more at www.codingfortreasure.com/karate.

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