Training Times are Monday and Thursday 6.30pm-8pm
A typical training at our Dojo involves the following. Our training is a min of 45 minutes to 90 minutes long. A typical class starts with a formal line up ritual. Then warm-up exercises of 5 to 10 minutes are done before the actual training begins. The training is comprised of three segments: Kihon (basics), Kumite(sparring), and Kata(forms).
Initially, basic moves that form the foundation of everything that later follows are taught. Basics are the technique of blocking, punching, and kicking. Balancing and body shifting are also other important techniques that are a part of body movement or basics.
Beginners are taught simple techniques first. They practice the same technique numerous times in a slow manner until the technique becomes natural. Eventually, the students will learn more sophisticated techniques and the combinations to improve their attacking and defending skills.
A great deal of one's Karate training involves working with partners in class. This exercise is
called Kumite. The objective of working with a training partner is to learn the distance and practice the application of the basic techniques in a controlled environment. All Kumite sparring) is closely monitored and managed by the instructor and, in order to avoid injuries, no body contact, other than blocking and minimal contact with a chudan (stomach mid area) zuki (punches) is allowed.
In addition to the basic punching, kicking and blocking techniques used in Kumite (sparring), Kata training is also practiced. Kata training is the performance of a prescribed series of Karate moves designed to teach combination techniques in a mock fight against multiple attackers with and without weapons. There are twenty-six different basic Kata in the JKS syllabus, but a beginner will practice only the first ten or so in the first couple years of training. A typical Kata has 30 to 40 steps but could go up to over 65 steps.
For Shodan (First Degree Black Belt) examination, a student is expected to know at least 12 different Kata. Senior black belts will continue to learn up to 30 or so new kata.