1. Wearing A Dogi
“Dogi” is unique uniform that all karate students wear. You can instantly tell a person’s skill level by the color of their belt. By wearing a dogi, you set your mind and body, ready for training.
2. Bowing and Meditating
There is a saying in karate, “Karate starts and ends with a bow”. Bowing may seem like a simple gesture, but it’s actually one of the key fundamentals. Your punches and kicks will improve significantly when you learn how to “correctly” bow.
Through meditation, you will be in a state of deep peace, mind calm and silent, away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. To fully enjoy this moment, we will meditate at the beginning of the class.
3. Basic Punches and Kicks
Then we’ll practice the basic stances, punches, kicks, and defense techniques of karate. One crucial aspect of karate is that there’s no jumping. This linear aspect of the sport is what differentiates it from other Martial Arts and why speed is king.
After demonstrating “kata” or detailed patterns of movements intended as a literal depiction of a mock fight, we will learn the first kata “Heian Shodan“. You will experience how to use it for attacking and defending. We will also take a video of your kata, just like a martial arts movie!
5. Board Breaking
Don’t worry! We’re not sending you home without a good old fashioned board break. Everyone will have the chance to write a Japanese letter on a wooden board, and punch or kick through them!