Classes start with a light cardiovascular warm-up and training in basic techniques. Difficulty is based on the student’s intensity, fitness expectations and technical proficiency. The second half of the class will cover one of the following topics.
Basic and advanced techniques (waza): Techniques, including stances, strikes, blocks and kicks, in isolation and combination form the foundation of karate. All aspects of body movement and coordination are necessary for the perfection of technique, which has its application in other aspects of training including self-defense and personal development.
Prearranged forms (kata): A prearranged form, or kata, is an integrated series of techniques that is rich in learnings. Performed individually by a student in order to understand the fundamental and deeper dimensions of karate, kata is an indispensable tool for all aspects of karate training.
Multi-person drills (kihon kumite): By working with a partner to apply karate techniques for specific situations, students are able to develop practical skills while working on general principles including timing, breathing, body positioning, and teamwork.
Free and prepared sparring (kumite): Sparring is a simulation of a combat situation using karate principles to defend against an aggressive attacker. Exercises range from highly specified to unrestricted. While there is light contact and we have an exceptional record for safety, we do not permit the use of equipment and students must be aware that injuries may occur.