Karate & Physical Arts

 

We offer a 10m x 6m Physical Arts DOJO with basic equipment, toilet facilities and a private boma braai area. The Dojo is located in a private garden with outdoor training facilities and a karate competition ring. This facility is ideal for karate, boxing, wrestling, thai chi, dance and art training.
We also have two fields 90mx50m, lecture room, accommodation for up to 30 attendants, 400m cross country track, hill run etc

How to Understand Basic Karate (www.wikihow.com)The concepts of basic karate explained. This should work with almost any style of karate, because the basic principles are essentially the same.

Steps
There are many styles of Karate; e.g. traditional and modern (Sport Karate), but many of the basic techniques are the same.

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Training in Karate generally involves four aspects:
o Kihon (Basic techniques);
o Kata (Form or pattern);
o Bunkai (Study of techniques encoded in kata or “kata application”);
o Kumite (Sparring or paired form).

1. In kihon, you learn the Karate way of punching, blocking, kicking and movement. Often you will do drills for your Sensei that may be dull and boring, however you should always try your absolute hardest, sound motivated, get low, and snap out your blocks, punches, and kicks.
2. In kata, you learn to combine the basic techniques in a flowing movement. Each kata is built around a specific fighting strategy for you to understand. Always remember to look where you’re going, and remember what you learned in kihon.
3. In bunkai, you analyze every movement in a given kata and develop possible applications in real combat situations. Bunkai is a transition step to kumite.
4. In kumite, you learn to apply kihon and bunkai in a controlled environment. Kumite is one step towards real combat, in that two practioners will attempt to perform moves on each other, whether in turns, or in Du Kumite which is another step towards freefighting. Remember to be relaxed, and don’t pay any attention to the size of the person. Pretend you are playing a video game, and don’t be afraid of getting hit. That will happen often.

Basic Punches:
Karate punches use straight punch technique with a twist of the wrist near the point of impact. Always hit with your first two knuckles, and make sure that your elbow is not locked, because you will overextend it and get hurt. Pull the fist that isn’t punching back to your waist as you punch. This is called ‘Hikite’ and if timed correctly, will help your punch be stronger and sharper.

Basic Blocks:
o Upper rising block (Age Uke);
o Middle block (Yoko Uke for inside to outside and Yoko Uchi for outside to inside);
o Downward block (Gedan Barai).

Basic Kicks:
o Front kick (Mae Geri), hit with the ball of the foot;
o Side kick (Yoko Geri), hit with the blade of your foot, toes pointing down;
o Roundhouse kick (Mawashi Geri), hit with the ball of the foot, curl your toes up and try to turn your foot sideways;
o Hook kick (Ura Mawashi Geri), reverse roundhouse kick.
o Back kick (Ushiro Geri) this is a kick behind you, make sure you look where you’re kicking and hit with the heel

Advanced techniques:
o Grappling and joint locking (Tuite).
o Pressure points(Kyusho jutsu)

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Tips
Remember: the secret in mastering advanced techniques is a solid foundation, master the basic techniques first.
There are two types of punches: forward and reverse.
‘Forward’ is punching with the ‘leading side’ (same side as the ‘front foot’);
‘Reverse’ is punching with the ‘trailing side’ (opposite side as ‘front foot’).
Always pay attention to your stance. Low and short is best.
Focus on what you are doing, not what others are doing. If someone else is doing something wrong, don’t try and correct them – you might be making the same mistake. Leave the teaching to your Sensei or the Senpai (senior) in charge.
Remember to ki-ai (shout/yell) when told to do so – it should be strong and powerful, coming from the hara, just below the navel.
There is one rule only in karate training; never injure a training partner.
Always stretch before you work.

Warnings
Don’t fool around – it is wasting your time and other people’s time, and you may end up hurting yourself or someone else (martial arts techniques are designed to damage people, and should not be handled carelessly).
Don’t hit anyone without permission – it is not only impolite, but dangerous, as someone who is unprepared is much more likely to be injured when struck.
If you have any physical complications, consult your doctor before beginning karate classes.
Make sure you do the best you can in practice. The simple reason for this is that if you practice at your best, in a competition or self defense, your best effort will now be second nature.