Adults Karate Classes
Our Adults Karate classes based at our full time Dojo in Basingstoke are suitable for beginners to learn the principles of standing Martial Arts, such as Kickboxing, Karate and Taekwondo and for the more experienced practitioner to learn and add new depth to their skills and knowledge base.
We prefer not to pigeon-hole our adults Karate into a specific label. There are several the major styles including Shotokan Karate, Goju Ryu Karate, Wado Ryu Karate and Shito-Ryu Karate. Each style has it’s own idiosyncrasies and all have their own strengths and weaknesses. There are only so many ways that one can learn to punch, kick and block using one’s body. We work to explore the different options, in order to learn how to effectively strike, kick and block. Simultaneously we work to help you improve your flexibility, strength and fitness. As you progress we then teach you how to fine tune your techniques to make them faster, more powerful and ultimately more effective in a self-defence scenario.
We have a large range of equipment to help you train safely and effectively in Karate. You’ll learn how to use pads with a partner and vary the way you hold them to facilitate correct techniques. Once you understand this, we look at footwork, timing, rhythm, breathing and their impact on correct and effective technique. You can use our kick bags and standing bags to develop speed, accuracy and strength in your kicks and other techniques.Our adults Karate classes will help you to stretch yourself physically and mentally to reach the coveted black belt.
Within a Karate environment we practice our fundamentals, ‘Kihon’ in Japanese. Which are the foundation of the art. We work these also within structured patterns called ‘Kata’ in Japanese. These help us to memorise the techniques and also understand how the moves can be used against an opponent. We teach Katas from both Shotokan Karate and also Shito-Ryu Karate. We also then test these skills with a partner in ‘Kumite’ which are sparring drills. Kihon, Kumite and Kata are part of the key essence of our adults Karate classes.
The Concept of Shu Ha Ri
Karate, as one becomes more proficient becomes more difficult as the concepts and the techniques increase in difficulty. We follow a structured syllabus, which over time increases students confidence and co-ordination, suppleness and strength improve as well. Karate as an activity is safe for anyone to partake of. We have taught pupils who have ranged in age from 4 years old to 74 years of age, all of these people have realised different goals from their study of Karate. Over time, a student progress in their practice from beginner to innovator to creative within their knowledge. In Shotokan Karate a beginner learns a Heian Kata and the associated skills, whereas a Black belt learns Unsu, which is more demanding. Shito Ryu Kata are very similar starting with Pinan Kata progressing through to Suparimpei and Chatanyara no Kushanku.
If you are interested in competing then our club can give you that opportunity with several members of the competition squad training with the England squad and competing internationally.
Many people who start learning a Martial Art do so to get fit and lose weight. If you are prepared to put the effort and the time in, then you can achieve both goals with us and learn some very useful self defence skills along the way.
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