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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.

Advanced Wado

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 range.

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 study.

All karate students engaging in kumite are required to have the respect and discipline necessary to maintain a high degree of safety.

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