A globally focused education does not end in the classroom. Seven Arrows strives to introduce students to the traditions and practices of communities outside its own. As part of this effort, all students supplement their physical education classes with Goju-Ryu karate, one of the four original Okinawan styles of karate, taught in a safe and nonviolent setting.

Translated from the Japanese, Goju-Ryu means “hard-soft,” and its technique speaks to a style of self-defense that stresses the balance between firm and gentle movements in order to achieve maximum results. Along with the cardiovascular and hand-eye coordination benefits of Goju-Ryu karate, students learn self-control and physical and emotional balance. Karate is also a wonderful physical education supplement for children who prefer independent activities over competitive or ball sports.