Each class begins with exercises to help you stretch you muscles and warm up for Karate training. You will learn proper breathing techniques to increase your speed and power, and to eliminate tension both in Karate and in your daily life.
The class proceeds with a review of basic techniques - blocking, striking, punching and kicking. You will learn each technique step by step, individually and in combination with other techniques. As a beginning student, you will focus almost exclusively on these basics.
Karate is one of the oldest forms of Martial Arts. It has been studied for hundreds of years. Karate has many great masters who perfected Karate down to a science. This perfection can only be created by time and effort.
Therefore, those who study Karate, must show respect to the creators and the prefecters of the art in which they practice. The way this is done is by keeping with the traditional methods of showing respect.
When entering and leaving the dojo (place of studying Karate-do) it is proper to bow. This is done to show respect for the place of study and those who study Karate.
You will soon notice that a great deal of respect is given to the Sensei. This as well relates back to tradition. When the Sensei speaks, everyone listens very closely to what is said. There is a constant respect and what is being taught. It is always expected that when training, students give the Sensei their undivided attention at all times.
After a few weeks of training, a student should buy a Gi. This is the traditional uniform for Karate. The Gi is designed to allow for maximum flexibility, comfort and durability. It is worn with a belt which signifies your level in Karate.
The Gi and belt can be purchased through the club. They range in price from $45 up to $150 dollars. Beginners are more than welcome to wear their own loose clothing when they first start Karate.
The Gi should be kept clean and well pressed. It is desrespectful to train with a Gi that is wrinkled and dirty. For safety reasons, it is asked that students remove jewelry and keep toe and fingernails cut short.
It is the role of the student to decide how high they set their own standards. The higher the student sets them, the quicker they will progress, thus benefittig themselves.
Karate has a few guidelines and the student is expected to comply with these guildlines set out to insure a good learning environment.
The highest expectation is that you always try to do your utmost best; both in the dojo and outside of it. You must constantly strive to perfect yourself, as well as your studies.
Another extremely high expectation is that Karate is to be used for self-defense only. Under no circumstances is the student to utilize what is taught in the dojo for anything but a situation you cannot walk away from and calls for physical retaliation.
It is also expected that when in class, and outside, the student must always show respect to those around him. This includes being
on time and ready to go before class begins.
Everybody who enters Karate has different expectations. Karate does not just improve the one area that someone is concentrating on. It improves on many different areas: