One of the most important precepts in the martial arts is the development of mutual respect. Out of mutual respect come positive character, sincerity, effort, etiquette and self-control.

We do not teach, practice or promote full contact fighting or combat competition. Our dojo (school) teaches traditional martial arts. As such, our instruction method is primarily kata training and weapons forms, perfecting jujitsu throws & yawara techniques and the practice of tai chi / chi qong. Physically, kata is a ritualized choreography of body motions, postures and gestures that simulate fighting skills and maneuvers of martial prowess. Kata is designed to refine the sense of neuro-muscular kinesiology, physical conditioning and health. Kata is meditation in motion a way to hone mind, body and self improvement. Self defense and weapon manipulations are practiced with non-contact simulated pre-arranged movements. Participants are taught to fully control techniques and may not punch, kick or strike their practice partner.

Partly from tradition, partly from necessity, certain rules necessary:

Traditionally

1.    Bow upon entering and leaving the dojo.

2.    If for some reason you cannot train hard, or you must leave class early, ask the
        instructor’s permission. Once permission is granted, take your bow and leave.

3.     If you are late and opening ceremonies are in progress, wait until they are completed and
        the Sensei acknowledges you and gives the ok to join the class.

4.     Line up according to rank.

5.     No unnecessary talking during class.

6.     Do not pass in and out of class during the opening and closing ceremony or when students
        are demonstrating.

7.     If for some reason a student finds it necessary to take leave or discontinue their training,
        protocol dictates that you submit a letter of intent to the Sensei(s).

For Safety

1.    Remove all jewelry.

2.    Keep fingers and toenails trimmed and clean.

3.    No eating, drinking, smoking or chewing gum during class.

4.    At no time is there to be horseplay or rough housing.

5.    Do not handle weapons until you have been instructed in their use.

6.    Do not practice techniques you have not yet learned.

7.    It is the privilege and the responsibility of the advance students to maintain discipline
       at all times. If conditions warrant, it is the obligation of the instructor to suspend
       temporarily or expel permanently, any student or member he/she deems necessary.
       The expelled student has no recourse. The decision of the instructor is final.
Basic Terms
TSENSEI Means “teacher” a person who has wide experience and knowledge in a certain field.
SENPAI Senior student
DOJO Martial arts school, a place to study & learn
MUKUSO Meditate
REI Bow, respect (you bow to show respect to your Parents, your Sensei and all those before you)
SENSEI NI REI Bow to the Sensei
SHOMEN NI REI Bow to what is known as the “front part of your dojo”
OTAGAI NI REI Bow to each other
YOI The ready position
HAJAME Begin
YAME Stop


Counting
1Ichi
2Ni
3San
4Shi
5Go
6Roku
7Shichi
8Hachi
9Kuu
10Juu

Karate Terms

 

DACHI - STANCES

ZENKUTSU                           Forward stance
KIBA                                       Horse stance
KOKUTSU                              Backward leaning stance (70% weight back leg/30% front leg)
NEKO                                      Cat stance
HANGETSU                          Half moon stance
HACHIJI                              Open leg stance
SANCHIN                             Hour glass stance

 

UKE WAZA - BLOCKING TECHNIQUES

GEDAN BARAI                    Downward block
UDE UKE                                Forearm block
JODAN UKE                          Upward rising block
CHUDAN UKE                     Inside middle block
CHUDAN UKE SOTO         Outside middle block
SHUTO                                   Sword hand block (chopping)
MOROTE                                Augmented forearm block

 

TSUKI WAZA - PUNCHING TECHNIQUES

OI TSUKI                              Lunge punch (step and punch)
GYAKU TSUKI                   Reverse punch
TATE TSUKI                       Vertical  punch

 

UCHI WAZA - STRIKING TECHNIQUES

HAITO                                     Ridge hand strike
URAKEN UCHI                    Back fist strike
SHUTO UCHI                        Knife hand strike

 

GERI WAZA - KICKING TECHNIQUES

MAE GERI KEAGE               Front kick snap
MAE GERI KEKOMI            Front kick thrust
YOKO GERI KEAGE             Side kick snap
YOKO GERI KEKOMI          Side kick thrust
MAWASHI GERI                  Roundhouse kick
USHIRO GERI                       Rear kick
MIKAZUKI GERI                 Crescent kick
FUMIKOMI                            Stamping kick

 

 

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