What are the classes like?
Karate classes are challenging and provide
workouts for both mind, body, and spirit. Classes typically begin with
a meditation (visualization) period which prepares the student for the
rigorous calisthenics and combative mindset. The calisthenics are
designed to improve flexibility,
strength, stamina, and coordination.
Following the calisthenics the following
activities are performed:
Junbi Undo – classes typically
begin with a warm-up to improve endurance, strength, flexibility and coordination of all the major
muscle groups. It is only when one correctly
prepares these physical fitness skills can the body, mind,
and spirit work harmoniously to engage true karate-do training.
Waza – they include vaious punches,
blocks, stances, kicks, and strikes which are practiced initially
singularly and then put into various combinations.
Kata – (Forms) are the heart and
soul of Karate. A kata is the systematic use of defensive (bogyo) and
offensive (kogeki) techniques used against several imaginary opponents.
Even though the opponents are imaginary, the mind must be alert and
alive. The visualization of the opponent is a real situation and is
half the battle in the performance of kata.
Kumite – Perhaps the most dynamic
part of karate training, kumite (sparring) is practised in controlled
and safe, but realistic manner to correctly learn stepping and dodging,
different stances and positions, and basic techniques of attack and
defence with a partner.
Goshin – (Self defense) The
practice of defensive and offensive encounters against single and
multiple opponents both unarmed and armed.
Ju-Jitsu – The pracitce of
Ukemi (break falls), Nage Waza (throwing techniques), Katame Waza or Ne
Waza (grappling techniques), Atemi Waza (smashing techniques), Shime
Waza (strangulations and chokes), and Kansetsu Waza (joint and limb
manipulation and locks). These techniques, unlike regular karate
training, help the student in take down and ground fighting at close
Kobudo – (Kobu Jitsu) The
practice of weaponry with the amalgamation of Ju-Jitsu and Karate
techniques. In our association, the late Master Shintani had developed
Shindo (a staff 1 ¼"
Dia. X 36" long) techniques with self defense and kata. Karaka are
allowed to pick a weapon of their choice for free weapon individual
All karate students engaging in kumite are
required to have the respect and discipline necessary to maintain a
high degree of safety.