All karateka must spend some time learning Kihon (basic movements) before integrating them into the more complex aspects of Karate. During this time, we suggest that you don’t buy a Gi until you have decided whether Karate is for you. If you do decide to buy a Gi, tuition in tying the belt is given before the class, so you are properly dressed to begin.
All new students will begin with direct instruction from a black belt, so that within the four weeks they will have covered:
Rei - Bowing
Entering and leaving the dojo, being invited on and off the tatami and bowing to each other to formally start and end the class from Seiza.
Obi - Tying the belt
Presentation is important, so all students will be shown how to tie their belts.
Dachi/Kokyu - Standing and breathing
This includes the two formal stances used for bowing (Heisoku Dachi, Musubi Dachi) and two informal stances used for the ready position (Heiko Dachi, Hachiji Dachi). We then teach the five fundamental stances (Zenkutsu Dachi, Kokutsu Dachi, Kiba Dachi, Neko Ashi Dachi and Sanchin Dachi). Once these have been taught we explain breathing as we start to move, and the use and understanding of Kiai, as a distraction, breathing technique and an embodiment to power.
Uke - Blocking
6 fundamental blocks (Gedan Barai, Chudan Uchi Uke, Soto Uke, Shuto Uke, Jodan Age Uke and Juji Uke) are covered and integrated with the 5 main stances.
Tsuki/Zuki - Punching
How to make a fist and punch correctly, where to aim, and links between punching, stances and breathing.
Geri/Keri - Kicking
Explaining the types of kicks in Karate, how to perform the kicks correctly and which areas of the foot are used for each kick.
Ukemi - Break falling
Learning how to break fall to protect yourself if swept. Front, back, sides and rolling are taught.