- Classes promptly start on time. If you arrive late, please wait to be recognized by the Instructor to join the class.
- The training requirements and promotional system for each belt rank are based on the Shobayashi Shorin Ryu Karate system.
- Any class schedule, cancellations, and/or special events will be posted on our Facebook page and/or Twitter account.
Everything begins with understanding the basics of kicking and punching for maximum effectiveness. Just like any other physical activity or sport, a strong foundation in your technique provides the basis for success.
Kata (or form) is a patterned series of pre-arranged movements choreographed as if facing imaginary attackers, kata is a training tool used for honing a karate student’s martial skills. It is akin to a gymnast’s floor routine. Some of the oldest traditional katas are hundreds of years old, handed down from teacher to student, generation after generation.
- Beginners: basics of punch and kicking
- Intermediate: beginning and intermediate kata
- Advanced: high level kata
- Beginners: Basic Defensive combinations
- Intermediate: Introductory Form Sparring; chokes and throws
- Advanced: Higher levels of self-defense involves more than kicks and punches, we also incorporate grappling techniques from jujutsu; armbars and wristlocks from aikido; and finally, various defensive scenarios including defense against multiple attackers, defense versus the club, defense versus the knife, defense verses multiple opponents attacking with a club or knife
Weapons instruction begins with the advanced (brown belt level) students. The school teaches the traditional Okinawan weapons include the staff (bo), the sai, the tonfa (or tuifa), nunchuku, the kama and the oar (eku).
- Intermediate: weapon manipulations, stationary and moving lines
- Advanced: weapon katas
Sparring is the sport part of karate, not only does one get a good physical workout but it helps develop strategy, hone the reflexes and create a competitive, but friendly, atmosphere with your dojo mates. This school does not support nor allow any full contact sparring.
- Beginners: sparring combinations, no contact allowed
- Intermediate: light contact with sparring partner
- Advanced students: advanced sparring strategies, tournament sparring
- Intermediate/advanced level of sparring is an optional component at this school