The World Champions Karate Center at 112-20 Beach Channel Drive in Rockaway Park has a view of martial arts training not shared by many other dojos. Sensei Bruce Hodes says that he wants to educate his students for life, to watch them grow and learn as well as to train them in the disciplines necessary to rise in the Karate ranks.
|Older students, many of whom have achieved the status of black belt, continue to train and teach at the Beach 112 Street dojo. These students also participate in tournaments hosted by the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU).The dojo moves outdoors several times a year to the beach or, in this case, to Fort Tilden for the Rockaway Music And Arts Fall Festival.
The heart of the program is the youngsters who begin the long road to becoming a black belt. These children, aged six to teen, took part in a recent graduation ceremony. Many of the students begin at the dojo at age four, even before they enter school. A half-hour special session is scheduled for these students on Saturday mornings.|