The purpose of Bitterroot Karate Club, a Cornerstone Ministry, is to provide a safe, Christian environment in which to study the martial art, to mentor both youth and adults, and to be a positive influence in our community.
When and where class is held:
Class is held 6:00PM – 7:30PM every Tuesday and Wednesday at Cornerstone Church, 11625 US Highway 93 South, Lolo, MT.
After your first class:
Please reserve an extra 20 minutes after your first class to attend an orientation session. The orientation session will acquaint with the class etiquette, expectations of the student, and to ensure that the required paperwork is completed.
Who may participate:
The class is open to adults (18 years old and up), youth ages 14-17 with parent/guardian permission, and youth ages 10-13 when a parent/guardian also participates in the class.
What is taught:
A typical class covers three broad topics:
Physical Conditioning is based on Sensei Morse’s experience and is intended to strengthen the muscles needed most for karate. It is not a complete physical fitness program. In response to student feedback, additional emphasis has been placed on this part of the class.
Karate instruction is based on Okinawan Goju Ryu Karate as taught in the United States by Sensei Paul Enfield who has over 30 years of karate experience. Sensei Morse studies under Sensei Clarke Woodfin of Florida.
Character development is based on the Bible. Each month, students study one of 24 character traits beneficial to karatestudents. The list of character traits was developed by the Christian Karate Association and is used with their permission. Students can expect to have fun while developing their karate skills, improving their physical fitness, and studying those traits central to a mature martial artist.
Students can expect to have fun while developing their karate skills, improving their physical fitness, and studying those traits central to a mature martial artist.
The class is free to the public. Students are expected to purchase their own uniforms and safety equipment by the beginning of the fifth class they attend. They will also need to purchase sparring equipment before they are permitted to spar.
Karate is a contact sport. Participants should expect to experience minor injuries, such as sore muscles, bruises and abrasions, as a result of participation.