GKR Karate kids took to the floor at Lansell Square on Thursday.
GKR regional manager Luke Carruthers and class instructor Pam Jolly led a demonstration with students from across their five Bendigo schools.
Family, friends and interested onlookers watched the students complete traditional basic techniques.
GKR assistant regional manager Lisa Byars said the school regularly goes out to schools and shopping centres to offer information on karate and conduct safety awareness programs.
“We like to be pre-active and go out to people and show them what karate has to offer,” she said.
Ms Byars said children learnt a lot from karate.
She said it improved more than just fitness.
“Karate promotes confidence, self-esteem, coordination, focus and discipline,” she said.
“It helps them at school in class and also when interacting with other children.
“A lot of the teachers say they notice an improvement in behaviour.
“It also helps them with team-work and speaking in front of others.”
She said the sport was continuing to grow in popularity in Bendigo.
“We’ve just put in another two classes for under 13s which is activity-based and teaches the students basic techniques in a fun way,” she said.
“Children learn more when their having fun.
“It’s a good intro for children who want to take it further.”