Do not forget that Karate-Dō begins and ends with rei. – Mr. Gichin Funakoshi, 1st guiding principle
Shotokan Karate is a Japanese martial art that specializes in blocking, striking, kicking, and effective body movements without weapons. Combined with balance, timing, and coordination, single techniques are threaded together to create sequences of movement that imagine engaging hypothetical opponents. These forms (kata) are karate’s longest surviving lessons that are passed down from generation to generation. Within kata are glimpses of how to engage a physical opponent through sparring drills, or kumite. Though it is foundational for developing a “fighting spirit”, kumite is still an object lesson in cooperation, manners, etiquette, and proper mentality.
NO PREVIOUS MARTIAL ARTS EXPERIENCE IS REQUIRED.
Current Hampshire Dojo members are encouraged to assist newcomers and model for juniors.
THIS IS NOT AN EXERCISE OR SELF-DEFENSE CLASS. Karate is a study of budo (The Way of the Warrior) that requires a mentality of work, not just “work out”.
Uniforms for beginners are not required.
Newcomers please come prepared in functional and maneuverable clothing that allows for full freedom of motion.
Uniforms (gi) are available for purchase upon request. Supplies and certain sizes are limited.
Class meets in the South Lounge on the 2nd floor of the Robert Crown Center.
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Class begins and ends with a brief meditation. Followed by warm up and review of fundamental movements, we will study and polish our curriculum of kihon, kata, and kumite. Specialized practices studying theories and capturing the meaning of certain movements will be examined to broaden our overall repertoire of skills and responses.
Ranked members of SKA will practice content specific to bringing out their best for their level. This includes strengthening kihon, practice of favorite kata and anticipating assignments of required kata, and developing experience and confidence in kumite.