Martial arts encompass a range of systems and styles practiced in many different regions around the world. At KORU sports academy we teach a style of Karate that has originated from Japan, called Yoshukai.
Karate is a Japanese word meaning 'empty hands' which indicates that karate is a kind of martial art that does not require weapons other than the parts of the body. Originally, it was a method of unarmed self-defence developed in the Okinawan Islands over 300 years ago from various techniques introduced from mainland China, as well as local innovations. In truth, the origins of karate appear to be somewhat obscure and little is known about the early development of karate until it appeared in Okinawa.
Benefits of Karate:
Karate can be practiced as budo (self-development), as a sport, as a combat sport, or as self defence training. It builds strength, endurance, flexibility, posture, balance and co-ordination, and without doubt, results in positive overall health and fitness.
Additional to the obvious physical benefits, karate has many non-physical benefits. The martial arts enhance self esteem and confidence, encouraging self discipline to draw on ones own strengths and strive for personal best. The well rounded teaching of martial arts can positively impact on kids by enhancing their life-skills and placing emphasis on their values and attitudes.
As a student your safety and enjoyment of learning are of premium importance to us. Regardless of age or gender, you will learn in a positive and encouraging atmosphere.
Karate Training Disciplines:
Kihon are the fundamental moves of Karate and are usually learnt through the repetition of techniques by an entire group of karateka. Kihon involves the perfection of basic kicks, punches, strikes and blocks which are applied in kumite (sparring). By practicing the basic techniques over and over, karateka seek to improve balance, power, speed, concentration, strength, rhythm, timing and breathing.
Kata is often referred to as the "formal exercise" of martial arts. It is a set of prearranged maneuvers that is practiced by the individual (karateka) to become proficient at the techniques, and demonstrating the essence or spirit of its practitioners.
Kumite is the practice of sparring, utilising techniques such as punching, kicking and blocking. Beginners will learn correct technique, and develop control and accuracy before applying power and speed.
Weapons are an extension of kumite, using specific tools which historically had alternative uses. 'Sai' and 'Bo' are weapons used in Yoshukai.
Grading Award system:
Karate uses a grading system, known as the Kyu/Dan system that was adopted from Judo in 1924. The Kyu system uses a number of coloured belts to represent different standards of ability, ranging from the beginner as a 10th kyu, progressing to 1st kyu, which precedes black belt, the highest colour belt to be gained.
Once black belt rank is achieved, the karateka begins to progress from shodan (1st Dan) through numeric levels of dan grades.
To pass a kyu grading, karateka are required to demonstrate level specific techniques, kata and kumite.
"Aspire to Achieve"
KORU sports academy